Horsing around on the Queens birthday

We all know the Queen loves horses and fashionable outfits so what better way to celebrate the monarchs official birthday next Monday, June 12, than taking the family to the Byron Bay Cup meet at the Ballina Racecourse.

The Byron Bay Cup, presented by the Byron Bay Lions Club, is one of Australias oldest race events, having first been run at Byrons main beach in 1888. The beach races continued until 1903, then moved to the racecourse until they faded away for a while when the 1930s Depression cast its gloom over the country.

Byron Bay Lions Club vice president, Robert Raymond, said the club decided the Byron Bay Cup should be put back on the racing calendar four years ago.

Now were Ballina Racecourses third largest meeting of the year, Mr Raymond said. The Byron Bay Cup race itself has $25,000 in prize money up for grabs and the total days prizes for eight races come to $100,000. We also have prizes for fashion on the field, activities for kids and great food.

The gates open at 10am on Monday, with the first gallopers hurtling down the track at midday.

Admission is only $6 for adults and kids under 18 are free.

All funds raised go to the Lions Clubs community projects around Byron Bay.


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