People have packed the 150th anniversary of the Hobart Cup, showcasing their fancy fashion while relishing in food, entertainment and the beauty of the Tasmanian summer.
Aurora’s Symphony, ridden by jockey Jordan Childs, won this year’s race and smashed a track record in the process.
Minister for Racing Felix Ellis said the racing industry generates millions of dollars every year for Tasmania and that it was a “vitally important” industry for the state.
The Rockliff Liberal Government is a proud supporter of Tasmania’s racing community and the thousands of people who love racing as a way of life,” he said.
The new Tassie Cups king! After two Launceston Cups, Aurora’s Symphony adds a @ladbrokescomau Hobart Cup.
Well done to connections, and Jordan Childs for a brilliant winning ride. pic.twitter.com/ZNpufuhdPM
— Tasracing Australia (@TasracingAus) February 11, 2024
“The Hobart Cup was first run in 1875 and is testament to the resilience of the Tasmanian Racing Club (TRC) and the love for horse racing in Tasmania.”
“To have a race run for 150 years uninterrupted through World Wars, Great Depressions and pandemics is something the Tasmanian racing community feel a great sense of pride in.”
But animal rights protesters weren’t feeling the same love and pride, taking to Elwick Park to call for a complete ban on horse racing.
“Horses are being exploited every time they are made to race,” Animals Tasmania spokesperson Chris Simcox said.
“Sure they like to run, if and when it suits them and they have the space to do so. But not with a human on their back and to be pushed to go as fast as they can.”
“This happens every time an event like the Hobart Cup is run. Horses are pushed beyond normal levels of endurance, time and again … The result is that injuries often occur.”