Hawkesbury Gold Cup

Hawkesbury Gold Cup

Hawkesbury Gold Cup

Date: Saturday 2nd May 2015
Track: Hawkesbury racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $150,000
2014 Winner: Leebaz

The Hawkesbury Gold Cup is a quality open handicap Group 3 race that takes part during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The event is held each year around August at Sydney’s Hawkesbury Racecourse and is regarded as one of the major Group 3 open handicap event in the Spring Carnival. The Hawkesbury Gold Cup is today worth up to $175,000 in prize money and is run over a distance of 1600M.

The race has for the last few years grown remarkably for the better. Last year, the Hawkesbury Gold Cup went down as one of the most competitive events in the Sydney Spring and in the end, Coup Ay Tee shook off a strong challenge from Julieanas to win the race. The latter came close in second with Darci Be Good settling for third.

Previously, the Hawkesbury Gold Cup was held during the Melbourne Cup Carnival but the event was moved to August as part of a change in programming in the Sydney Spring Carnival. The race is today an ideal country open handicap race for above average and talented locals and even in the last few decades, the race has only assemble handy types. The Hawkesbury Gold Cup is a good build up for a number of races that come later including the Group 3 Cameron Handicap and the Newcastle Gold Cup.

The Hawkesbury Gold Cup is one of the few races in the Sydney Spring that showcases some of the best raw racing talent from different parts of the country. The race has produced exemplary horses some of whom have continued to make a name in other big events. Notable horses to grace the event include Something Anypin back in 2011, Keepin The Dream back in 2009 and Race Not held back in 2007.

Hawkesbury Gold Cup recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Leebaz Wistful Keep Cool 1:35.3
2013 Coup Ay Tee Julienas Darci Be Good 1:35.6
2012 Darci Be Good Isopach Praecido 1.35.3
2011 Somepin Anypin Willy Jimmy Renewed Vitality 2:39.3
2010 Thankgodyou’rehere Glintz Kimillsy 1:35.3
2009 Keepin The Dream Spinney Bernicia 1:35.3
2008 Nuclear Sky Alverta Gergis 1.34.7
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Beauty Watch Friday Creek Prince Arthur 1:34.4
2005 Wild Queen Verb Cateclipse 1:38.0
2004 Court’s In Session Magsaya Salgado 1:33.2
2003 Stoway Vital Agreement Takas 1:37.5
2002 This Manshood Huge Demand Evander 1:33.1
2001 Carael Boy Play Station Ra Eclipse 1:34.9
2000 Huge Demand Grey And Gold Lanolin 1:33.8
1999 Huge Demand Chinhoyi So Precise 1:34.3
1998 Referral Banner Headline Tricove 1:33.7
1997 Quick Flick Wakool Ash Stony Bay 1:33.8
1996 Magic Road Headstrong Classy Fella 1:33.1
1995 Magic Road Rouslan Social Rule 1:35.3
1994 Jack Attack Cohort Another Victor 1:34.7
1993 Thrifty Reserve Square The Circle Play Or Pay 1:32.9
1992 Mr Impose Thrifty Reserve Belas Knap 1:35.1
1991 Shining Wind Pre Record Thrifty Reserve 1:34.1
1990 Rancho Classic Livistona Lane Post Elect 1:35.3
1989 Swain Prince Toronaga Impoverish 1:37.5
1988 Regal Native Toscanini It’s Lunchtime 2:01.1
1987 My Parade Palmyra Bay Commercial Balance 1:59.3
1986 Gold Zama Jogger Reuter’s News 2:01.6
1985 Peaceful Joe Likealunch Benbulban 2:00.9