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advantages: Of least importance at 1400 and 2400
on the Gold Coast dates back to the 1890's when an occasional public
meeting was run in the old cane paddocks of Bundall, not far from
the present Gold Coast Turf Club.
at its present headquarters began on 15 May 1946 when the club was
known as the Southport and District Amateur Race Club (formed on 17
March 1946). Racing in those days was on a sand track.
In January 1971,
the club began conducting races every Saturday. In August of that
year the Club launched the Newmarket-Gold Coast Cup three-day carnival
on a quality grass track.
Back then the race was sponsored by Carlton and United Breweries and
carried prizemoney of just $2,000.
In 1974, the Prime
Minister’s Cup was launched, carrying Australia's richest purse
for a provincial race of $30,000 and in 2002, the Prime Minister’s
Cup, then sponsored by Conrad Jupiters, became a stand-alone Saturday
In 2006 a record
crowd of over 7500 people witnessed the running of the Carlton Draught
Prime Minister’s Cup which included a record prizepool for the
raceday of $1.16million.
60 race meetings each season, the Gold
Coast Turf Club is also HOME to several highly anticipated major events.
The largest of these is the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Carnival
held annually in January over 19 days.