Cape York PeninsulacommunityEFFINCUEfar north Queensland

THE ANNUAL LAURA RACES – STILL GOING STRONG 116 YEARS ON

These popular races have been held for over 100 years and are very well supported with participants from throughout the Gulf Peninsula and even central Queensland, drawing 2,500 to 3,000 people. Horse sports are held on Friday, races on Saturday and the rodeo Sunday. – See more at: http://www.tnqcalendar.com.au/events/event_detail/1497#sthash.6utcipCo.dpuf

and they're off small

Pictures & interviews by Kirsty Nancarrow

Last weekend, the population of Laura, a tiny Cape York Peninsula town, swelled from the usual 100 or so, to over three thousand. People had come from all over the Cape, all over Australia, for the annual Laura races and rodeo.

There’s a long and strong tradition of country race meetings in this part of the world – many of them date back more than 100 years. This year was the 116th running of the Laura Cup. Some years back, Queensland Racing tried to shut down the Laura races, so the locals found a way to keep the meeting going by funding it themselves. They offer bigger prize money than race meetings in much larger towns, and it’s one of the biggest Cape York social events of the year.

Greg Williams, from the Laura Turf Club, talks about the importance of the annual Laura races.

 

Mackay jockey David Simmons talks about his winning ride in the 116th Laura Cup.

 

  • AT THE 116TH LAURA RACES 2013
    AT THE 116TH LAURA RACES 2013
These popular races have been held for over 100 years and are very well supported with participants from throughout the Gulf Peninsula and even central Queensland, drawing 2,500 to 3,000 people. Horse sports are held on Friday, races on Saturday and the rodeo Sunday. – See more at: http://www.tnqcalendar.com.au/events/event_detail/1497#sthash.6utcipCo.dpuf
These popular races have been held for over 100 years and are very well supported with participants from throughout the Gulf Peninsula and even central Queensland, drawing 2,500 to 3,000 people. Horse sports are held on Friday, races on Saturday and the rodeo Sunday. – See more at: http://www.tnqcalendar.com.au/events/event_detail/1497#sthash.6utcipCo.dpuf
These popular races have been held for over 100 years and are very well supported with participants from throughout the Gulf Peninsula and even central Queensland, drawing 2,500 to 3,000 people. Horse sports are held on Friday, races on Saturday and the rodeo Sunday. – See more at: http://www.tnqcalendar.com.au/events/event_detail/1497#sthash.6utcipCo.dpuf
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