The Wangaratta Cup
The Winsec Wangaratta Cup is the premier racing event in Wangaratta, a city in Victoria, Australia. The area was first inhabited by the Pangerang Aborigines, and the town was officially named Wangaratta in 1848 by a colonial surveyor named Thomas Wedge. The word is believed to mean Nest Place of Cormorants or Meeting of the Waters in an indigenous language, and taken for the town after a cattle station that was similarly named. The Cup, sponsored by Winsec Savings and Loan, takes place at the Wangaratta Turf Club and offers a purse of 60,000.00 Australian Dollars. It’s considered a mainstay of local country racing in Australia, which can give punters a chance to develop their betting strategy for the bigger events and still delivers a grand day out.
The Jewel in the Crown
The Wangaratta Cup is the feature event on a card of eight races, so savvy punters can take away some serious winnings. They’ll need to compare the city and country form of competing steeds and jockeys, as well as the usual injury reports, performance history, track conditions and trustworthy tips, which can make for a really enjoyable challenging. The event forms an important part of the Wangaratta Festival weekend and is usually part of a country cups campaign that also includes the likes of the Kilmore, Stoney Creek and Warrnambool Cups, so it really is a main feature of some rather impressive festivities. It is a 2,010-metre-long test of the best stayers in country Victoria, but attracts several metropolitan racers as well. Horses are often brought over the border from New South Wales, given the fact that Wangaratta is in the north-east of Victoria. The race line-up is also considered a great solution for trainers whose horses might not be strong enough for the Melbourne Autumn Carnival but still want to race and win – they still get to compete, and for a decent amount of prize money.
Besides watching and betting on the races, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained on the day of the Wangaratta Cup. Local and national personalities often come out and are happy to meet fans, and superb live music options keep the party going. As with most of Australia’s racing events, this one features some spectacular outfits and rewards in the Fashions on the Field competition. Children of all ages are kept happy and amused with free entertainment and activities, and there are even other ways to win money besides betting on the Wangaratta Cup or any of the other horse-racing events. For example, a Wheel-of-Fortune is sometimes used to award cash prizes and football teams have been known to dash for cash down the home straight.
Everyone’s budget is accommodated by the Wangaratta Turf Club, from the Sam Miranda Ultimate Dining Package and the Carlton Draught Lounge Marquee which both feature guest celebrities, to simply relaxing on the lawns. Romancing a sweetheart, spending time with family, networking and hobnobbing or bonding with friends is all possible at the Wangaratta Cup – all while punting and winning!