With just 100 days remaining to the start of the Territory’s largest and most prestigious sporting and social event of the year, the 2021 Great Northern Darwin Cup Carnival is shaping up as one of the biggest yet.

The month-long carnival which injects millions of dollars into the Darwin economy kicks off with the Darwin Guineas on Saturday, July 3 and continues right through to Cup day on Monday, August 2.

Darwin Turf Club chief executive Brad Morgan said since going on sale in mid-January, ticket sales remain extremely strong over the entire eight days of racing action.

“There has been an unprecedented uptake of tickets on not just the Great Northern Darwin Cup, but the other seven days as well,” he said.

“With no international travel, people are choosing Northern Australia, in particular Darwin, to holiday and escape the cold, miserable winter months of the southern states.

“The Great Northern Darwin Cup Carnival is a spectacular event and we are proud to host tens of thousands of people over that time, and give our hard-working tourism sector a boost too.”

The final weekend of the eight-day Carnival is proving once again an extremely popular few days with the Darwin Turf Club even now considering further ticketing options for attendees to accommodate the numbers expected on course.

“Already several of our more popular hospitality areas are sold out or are very near to being at capacity on Cup day which is unprecedented considering we are still four months out from the event,” Mr Morgan said.

“We are even now creating other hospitality areas that will enhance our corporate and public offerings to which will provide for a much different look and feel as experienced in previous years.”

Ticket sales are also in high demand with signature events within the carnival including to the Darwin Turf Club Gala Ball and the Bridge Toyota Ladies’ Day being highly sought-after tickets.

“We are incredibly excited for these two events, with ticket sales indicating crowds not seen for several years,” Mr Morgan said.

“The free-flowing Veuve on Ladies’ Day and the Gala Ball are real highlights for locals and interstate guests alike.

“We know our community is incredibly thankful for the hard work put in over the last 12 months to make the Territory the safest place in Australia, and are really looking forward to a year where they can show friends and family how great the Territory is.”

Tickets to all eight days of the Great Northern Darwin Cup Carnival can be purchased through the Darwin Turf Club website – darwinturfclub.org.au, or for more information phone 8923 4222.