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TAB Townsville Cup

TAB Townsville Cup

20th May 2021

This year on Saturday 7 August a reimagined TAB Townsville Cup general admission pass will grant you the freedom to roam and experience the variety of tastes, entertainment and experiences on offer.

The first Townsville Cup was run at Cluden Park in 1884, marking it as one of the richest and longest standing races in the nation. Now in its 137th year, the premier event is the pinnacle of racing and a drawcard for crowds from far and wide to compete in, and marvel over.

One of the largest social events on the Townsville calendar, and the jewel in the crown of Cluden Park’s Winter Racing Carnival, this year’s reinvigorated TAB Townsville Cup is set to thrill.

Taking centre stage are two of North Queensland’s premier racing events. The sprinters will get their chance for triumph in the Cleveland Bay Handicap before the stayers take centre stage in the day’s namesake race – the TAB Townsville Cup.

Guests can look forward to a heady combination of the creative and social side of the racing scene with the heart-stopping action of a race day.

A new Race Zone pass will give guests the freedom to roam the shaded Figtree Lawns and get close to the action on the trackside lawns. Viewing the racing will be made easier with multiple big screens around the venue so you don’t miss any of the action. 

Those looking to enjoy exclusive access and atmosphere can upgrade to the Canadian Club Party Zone with a four-hour drinks package, food and live music entertainment in a trackside marquee.

For the first time, an official afterparty will continue celebrations after the last race, with tunes spun by a DJ on the lawns while the sun sets. 


Our new Race Zone Pass is your ticket to recreating remarkable memories as this space sees a return to the amazing atmosphere of the Townsville Cup of yesteryear.

Move freely around the Figtree and Trackside Lawns in the Race Zone space and get up close and personal with thoroughbred racehorses in the new, state of the art tie-up stalls before seeing them down the finishing straight.

Enjoy the tastes from food vans and choose from multiple options to quench your thirst including Mango, Raspberry and Lime Seltzers, Gordons Pink and Pimms along with all of your other favourites.

Gather around centre stage as we host Fashions and live entertainment throughout the day.

For the first time, an official afterparty will continue celebrations after the last race, with tunes spun by a DJ on the lawns while the sun sets.

Upgrade your experience to the exclusive Canadian Club Party Zone with a food and beverage package and entertainment by a DJ throughout the day.

Guests will be perfectly placed in a trackside marquee, next to the Townsville Cup start for exciting viewing.


 Register upon entry for the ever captivating and glamorous Fashion Stakes sponsored by Laser Clinics Australia. For 2021, there are four categories to enter into:

  • Queen of the Cup (best dressed lady)
  • King of the Cup (best dressed gentleman)
  • Most Stylish Duo 
  • Millinery 

 The competition will be adjudicated by special guest judges, with amazing prizes to be won.

More details will be released about the judging criteria, including styling inspiration, on our Facebook page and website.