Cairns is the focal point of racing in Far North Queensland and is pivotal to the survival and success of the area.
Racing in Cairns is interdependent with the conduct of racing in both Townsville and Mackay. The ongoing continuation of racing in North Queensland relies on horses and participants from the other areas to provide the critical mass necessary to fulfill a racing program at these venues.
Cannon Park is home to the well-known Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival which began as a small meeting in 1959 to bring city and country together and has grown to become one of the biggest events in North Queensland, attracting a large number of visitors from across Australia.
The Carnival is conducted by the Far North Queensland Amateur Turf Club and is held over four days, focusing around two days of horse racing at Cannon Park and is complemented by a host of social activities, both formal and informal.
The recent upgrade of the thoroughbred infrastructure has significantly enhanced the broadcast quality of TAB meetings televised by Sky Racing.