Alpha is a small quiet frontier town situated in western Queensland, serving the surrounding rural area which is known as one of the richest cattle raising areas in the state. Alpha is known as the “Gateway to the West”, as it is a stopover point for people wishing to explore the vastness of the state. The sleepy little town is located a thousand kilometres from Brisbane.
Alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet, and when the first Europeans in the region arrived in 1863, they set up a station that they named Alpha Station. The town grew from that station, the name was approved, and the town became Alpha too. In 1991 a group of local artists painted a wall mural, and started a trend. Today many of the walls of the town’s buildings are adorned by colourful murals. Another peculiarity of Alpha is the fact that all its streets are named after poets, and the main street is Shakespeare Street.
Seven Races Run at the Annual Race Meeting
The Alpha Jockey Club holds a race meeting in June each year, during which seven races are run. The premier race of the meeting is the popular Alpha Community Cup. The handicap race has no age restrictions on the horses, no sex restrictions and no class restrictions. The prize money is 20,000 dollars. The horses run over a distance of 1700 metres.
The race this year drew a crowd of over 2000, whereas when the Alpha Jockey Club held the first Alpha Cup race meeting in 2002 only 40 people turned up. The Jockey Club is now looking forward to planning race meeting to take place every year. The Alpha Cup will attract many good racers from all over Queensland, and also a great number of the citizens of the town to enjoy the many festivities that are being planned. The Alpha Cup race day provides the community with a memorable social occasion, with many competitions for fashion and family fun.
Big Horse Races now Global Sports Events
The Greeks turned horses into racing animals about 3500 years ago beginning with chariot races, and later moving on to races with riders. The “sport of kings” has been popular ever since. It was only in the seventeenth century, however, that racecourses similar to the ones we are familiar with today, were established. Horse racing today is an integral part of global sports events, and takes place in most countries of the world. Many of today’s famous races are household names, like the Melbourne Cup in Australia.
There are many different kinds of horse races. There are maiden races, handicap races and stakes races, which are run by the better horses and have the biggest purses. Betting on these races can be done at the event itself, at a betting shop or even at a casino, but the most popular method these days is betting online. AFL Grand Final betting is the easiest and simplest way of placing a bet as all that is needed is a computer or smart phone, and betting sites are now so convenient and easy to access. One of the reasons that online betting has become so successful, is the fact that reputable sports books are now safe and secure, and offer excellent customer services.