Hottest ticket in town!

Written by: Rachel Licciardello | May 31, 2019

Press those suits and feather those fascinators, the Townsville Turf Club 2019 Winter Racing Carnival is galloping ahead! It’ll be a day for fun, fashion and a punt, and with fewer tickets available this year, it’ll be the hottest ticket in town.

With February’s Townsville floods causing around $12 million damage to the Townsville Turf Club, it hasn’t exactly been a fair start out the gate for the 2019 Winter Racing Carnival. 

The venue’s permanent facilities, members area and jockey area all endured flood damage, after 1.5 metres of water went through all ground-level buildings, and the second-floor experienced water damage from roof and gutter leaks. This means, in February, just five months before the club’s largest festival of the year, all buildings were deemed uninhabitable.

Townsville Turf Club President Malcolm Petroski says Cluden Racecourse’s buildings will be entirely rebuilt over the coming months, with expected completion February 2020. “This has given us the opportunity think about how we want to move the club into the future, while preserving the history of the club, and make sure our facilities are the best in town. Once we get through the total refurb, it will be a completely revitalised Cluden Racecourse.”

The racetrack itself though is already in pristine condition, with local weekly racing already back in action, and the club has worked tirelessly to be able to deliver a spectacular Winter Racing Carnival.

“This year we’ll have a lot more trackside marquees and umbrellas and shade areas, out the front of the grandstand,” says Malcolm.

The club promises the carnival will offer all the fun and festivity of previous years. The only difference will be a reduced capacity, which will most impact Townsville Cup day. Past carnivals have seen attendance capacity of 7500 at Townsville Cup, however that capacity will reduce to 4500.

“We expect Townsville Cup to sell out a lot quicker this year due to the reduced number of guests we can host,” says Malcolm. “My advice is to not leave it to the last minute, or even the last month, as we don’t expect tickets to be available at the gate.”

Tickets for Townsville Turf Club’s Winter Racing Carnival events are on sale now.


2019 Townsville Turf Club Winter Racing Carnival

Details and tickets for all events can be found at

2YO Classic Family Race Day

Saturday 8 June
This event is all about affordable family fun, with free kids rides, local and live horse racing, live entertainment, hobby horse racing and kids’ Fashions on the Field.

Ladies Day
Saturday 20 July
This ever-popular day at the races will feature various marquee options for race-goers. Called ‘Ladies Day’ it’s also a great one for the gents who enjoy a day out.

TAB Townsville Cup
Saturday 27 July
The Winter Racing Carnival’s largest event, this year will offer all the glamour and spectacle of past years, but with more trackside marquees and open-air choices. 

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