150th running of the Hobart Cup celebrated as part of the Tasmanian way of life


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.

Racing is supported by proud, passionate Tasmanians, loved by families and the community all over Tasmania with links going back generations.

Minister for Racing, Felix Ellis, said today’s Hobart Cup highlights the storied history of racing in Tasmania.

“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,” Minister Ellis said.

“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.

The Elwick Track is in great condition and ready for the running of the 2024 Ladbrokes Hobart Cup, which is worth $300,000 and is a feature on the Tasmanian racing calendar.

“The Hobart Cup is not just about racing, it’s about fashion, food, entertainment and having a great time with friends enjoying the beautiful Tasmanian Summer.

“The Tasmanian racing industry generates approximately $208 million and is vitally important to the State, especially the 6400 jobs it supports in regional Tasmania and the passion and social interaction it generates in our community.”

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