The Gold Coast racecourse had begun servicing horse races since 1946 although racing had started in the 1890s. Horse races used to be held in Bundall’s cane paddocks. When racing was transferred to the present racecourse, horses race on a sand track. In 1971, races were conducted on Saturdays and the Newmarket-Gold Coast Cup was launched on grass track. United Breweries and Carlton were the primary sponsors with $2,000 as prize money.
Gold Coast racecourse
The Prime Minister’s Cup was first held in 1975 with a purse of $30,000. By 2002, this race became a regular Saturday race with Conrad Jupiters as sponsor. The Gold Coast, QLD, horse race track had at least 7,500 guests in 2006 during the Carlton Draught Prime Minister’s Cup. At that time, the prize money was pegged at $1.16 million.
With at least 60 races per season, the Gold Coast, QLD, horse race track hosts the most popular racing events with the Magic Millions Carnival as its largest annual event in January. Other prestigious races include the Gold Coast City Cup Raceday, the Gold Coast Stakes Raceday, the Easter Carnival, the Prime Minister’s Cup Carnival, and the Melbourne Cup Raceday. The racecourse is also popular as function venues even during non racedays. It offers the Magic Milions Bar, the Board Room, the Southern Lawn Marquee, the Paradise Room, the Dome, and the Winner’s Circle for various events all year round.
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There is a courtesy bus each race day which transports race enthusiasts for free. The buses service Tweed Heads, Main Beach, Southport, Harbourtown, and Runaway Bay. Friends who go to Gold Coast, QLD, horse race track can also hire fire trucks for transfers. The Gold Coast Turf Club institutes a dress code for all its venues. The club can prevent access to people who are not appropriately dressed.
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