2018 Silver City Cup

The Silver City Cup will take over Broken Hill as the 2018 race season draws near


Race-goers will dress to impress as the 2018 Silver City Cup prepares to start with a bang. The second of two major racing events in Broken Hill, the Silver City Cup is a family-friendly event catering to a large number of outback residents and city visitors.

Date: Saturday 27th October
Features: The event will feature a variety of family-friendly activities including • Horse racing with on course betting • Field fashions • Kids’ rides and activities • Food stalls • Pop-up markets


The Silver City Cup has held a long tradition of drawing crowds to the outback community of Broken Hill. Now in its 129th year, it is the longest running horse race in the region.

Established in 1889, the Silver City Cup was originally held weekly with thousands travelling to attend meets. As the region’s mining boom came to end, Broken Hill’s population dwindled to a fraction of its former size, and the cup was transformed into an annual event.

Now a mecca for outback tourism, the renowned ‘Silver City’ attracts race goers from throughout the outback and nearby cities including Mildura.

Competition is known to be fierce, but always in good spirit. The Silver City Cup’s considerable cash prize pool, traditionally encourages a hearty line-up of both country and city racers. A bevy of horses are expected to participate as the nomination date heads towards its close.

Each year, race goers look forward to the unveiling of the new event poster. Traditionally designed by one of the region’s many renowned artists, the event poster aims to encapsulate Broken Hill’s unique culture and heritage. This year, it will feature the colourful and quirky style of Silverton painter, John Dynon.

Fashions of the Field is a popular part of the day, with prizes awarded to the Most Elegant Silver City Lady, the Trendiest Chick and Country Casual Male, as well as Best Dressed Girl and Boy.

Children are also well catered for, with rides and face painting available throughout the day.


Joining the race day action? Make your stay out of the ordinary with these great venues.

Accommodation The Broken Hill Outback Resort – New venue boasting picturesque backdrops for campers and caravans. The Argent Hotel – Family-friendly accommodation in the heart of Broken Hill The Tourist Lodge – Budget accommodation in the Broken Hill CBD

Food Mount Gipps Hotel located at the Broken Hill Resort – picturesque outdoor and indoor settings with weekly live music The Alma Hotel – Mouth watering menu and hearty meals in a family-friendly venue