The Devonport Cup
The Devonport Cup recorded more than 6,500 visitors to this year’s event. Social networking is almost as important as the races themselves, establishing itself as a premium social event, now providing corporate and private marquees, has proven to be very successful. The Tasmanian Life marquee was a huge success, with delicious food supplied by Diane of Lancaster House of Ulverstone. Willie and Catherine from Seven Sheds Brewery (Railton) and also a great selection from Van Dieman Brewing, Goaty Hill Wines, and the much loved Pinot Gris from Velo Wines.
Various techniques were applied on the day to selecting the winning horse. Some had followed racing for years and knew trainers and jockeys, while others tried the fun approach, colour, name, close your eyes and pick one … either way there were wins and losses, but everyone enjoyed the day.
In July 2011 the track received the final stage of the long-awaited three-stage upgrade and the new Tapeta surface was laid, designed by trainer Michael Dickenson of Tapeta Footings. This is the first track to be laid of its kind in Australia. The patented, wax coated mixture of sand, rubber and fibre is impervious to weather conditions. In August 2011 the first horse crossed onto the new, world-class track, marking the new beginning to racing at the newly named Tapeta Park (Spreyton Park).
The unsettled weather that morning didn’t stop the patrons flowing through Tapeta Park’s gates, with the club welcoming more than 6500 visitors on the day. Social networking is almost as important as the races themselves. The Devonport Cup has established itself as a premium social event, now providing corporate and private marquees, which have proven to be very successful.
The Tasmanian Life marquee was a huge success and we received a great deal of positive feedback in regards to the delicious food supplied by Diane of Lancaster House of Ulverstone. Willie and Catherine from Seven Sheds Brewery (Railton) also provided their finest brew, ‘Paradise Pale’, which kept many patrons very happy. Other Tasmanian produce that was supplied on the day and much appreciated by guests included a great selection from Van Dieman Brewing, Goaty Hill Wines, and the very much loved Pinot Gris from Velo Wines. It seemed everyone was coming from all directions to have a taste of what Tasmania had to offer.
Every race meeting has its own style and the Devonport Cup can certainly hold its own.
I couldn’t wait to see what everyone was wearing. It was a great to see plenty of bright colours and an assortment of styles, hats and fascinators. Many had gone with the traditional black and white stripe … while others tried new trends of ‘colour blocking’. There was a lot of competition with Fashions on the Field and some great prizes up for grabs. The judges were looking for elegant styles and accessories and they were not disappointed. It was great to see the efforts many had gone to with the looks they had created.