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.
LISTEN Click on the red arrow to hear Greg Williams, from the Laura Turf Club, talk about the importance of the annual Laura races.
LISTEN Click on the red arrow to hear Mackay jockey David Simmons talk about his winning ride in the 116th Laura Cup.