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Darwin Cup

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The Darwin Cup Carnival happens every year during July and August with the feature race being the Darwin Cup. The race is run at the Fannie Bay Racecourse track and covers a distance of 2000m. Crowds of 20,000 can gather to watch the Darwin Cup.


Something of a rarity in Australian horse racing, the track is a dirt one. The track covers 1780m while the home straight is measured at 340m. In 1956 the first Darwin Cup was run.


Recent winners include Activation, General Market, Wild Heart, Brave Decision, Instant Policy and Silver Shark. The winner of the first Darwin Cup of the modern era was Lord Chamberlain in 1990. The 2010 race was won by Shout Out Loud. It was a come from behind victory for Shout Out Loud and jockey Robbie Fradd as they caught Hawks Bay and then passed the favourite to win a close race. Shout Out Loud was trained by Kerry Petrick.


The Fannie Bay Racecourse is located close to the middle of Darwin, and not far from the airport, it is a short drive to the track while some buses do also service the area. The Fannie Bay Racecourse has all of the facilities that horse racing fans require, with plenty of food and drink available. The Ted D’Ambrosio Lounge is somewhere to go between races for a meal. The Schweppes Pavilion allows people to stay inside with the comfort of air conditioning. Another place to watch the races is the Ted Bailey Grandstand, located above the winning post it also features air conditioning.


Entertainment acts are also a big part of the racing in Darwin. Delta Goodrem and Brian McFadden performed in 2010. The singing group Human Nature has also performed there. Other acts include Leo Sayer, David Campbell, Jessica Mauboy, Marcia Hines and Vanessa Amorosi.


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