The action packed Silver City Cup is on again this weekend and what better excuse to take a trip to Broken Hill.
The historic Silver City Cup was first run in 1899 when thousands would flock to the Club’s weekly race meetings. The event is the oldest horse race in the region and attracted more than 2500 race goers in 2012.
Today – 114 years later – they race once a year to coincide with the prestigious WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Melbourne.
In 2012 jockey Chenelle Ellis stole the show, riding her first winner and then following it up with a win in the 1600 metre feature event to claim a double in just her third ever race meeting.
The $15,000 ‘Silver City Cup’ attracts a bevy of horses from the bush to the big smoke.
The 2013 Pooncarie Cup winner “Artistic” ridden by another fantastic female jockey, Belinda Carlile will make the trip to Broken Hill to compete in the feature event.
The Silver City Cup leads a full day of racing, together with the 5 supporting races offer $50,000 total winnings.
The day is to be filled with fun for all ages, including pony rides, face painting and a jumping castle for the kids and a public bar, food stalls, bookies, on-course tote and coverage of other major interstate races for the ‘grown-ups’.
A fully catered Silver City Cup marquee – located in prime position at the edge of the track for a bird’s eye view of the races – is expected to be a welcome addition for racegoers.
There is ‘Fashions on the Field’ with prizes for Most Elegant Silver City Lady, the Trendiest Chick and Country Casual Male, as well as Best Dressed Girl and Boy.
So don’t miss this opportunity to experience the outback tourism mecca of Broken Hill.
For more information go to:
St Patrick’s Race Club 399 Crystal Street Broken Hill, NSW 2880
Broken Hill is colloquially referred to as ‘The Silver City’, evidently due to the mining of silver from the local mineral deposit.