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CAIRNS RACECOURSE TRACK MAP

Best Recent Times Recorded

960 54.20
1000 56.20
1250 1.12.50
1300 1.17.62
1400 1.20.04

Barrier advantages: Of least importance at 1500

The long and colorful history of the Cairns Jockey Club started in the townships Mining Exchange Hotel in July 1884. Over fifty enthusiastic people signed up for membership and the very first race meeting was conducted shortly after. The day was proclaimed a holiday, and the meeting attracted attendees from as far a field as Herberton and Port Douglas.

The Cannon family generously donated the land where the club is currently located, with the first race meeting held in 1911. Records show that the celebrated Cairns Cup was first conducted in the early 1900’s, with only the war years interrupting the continuous running of this event.

In recent times several developments have taken place at Cannon Park. The grandstand was opened 15th July 1972, by the then Minister of Racing the Honorable Sir Gordon Chalk KBE. It was shortly after that work was started to an extension which now houses the main public bar, tote office and windows, and the Barrier Reef function room. New improvements include the extension of the gallops track to 1800m, construction of the horse swimming pool, completion of the air-conditioned swab stall, upgraded stewards towers and installation of an improved semaphore board and photofinish systems.