Hawkesbury Cup Day is the annual premier event for the Hawkesbury Race Club, a country town in New South Wales. Hawkesbury Racecourse, the event’s venue, is located approximately 65km west of Sydney City, between Richmond and Windsor, and is one of the better country race tracks in Australia. The Hawkesbury Race Club conducted its first meeting in 1871. The Cup was originally held in December, before being moved to November in 2008 and moved once again to August in 2013. Organisers have since switched Hawkesbury Cup day to May to become one of the feature country events on the racing calendar, however it just falls outside of the official Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
The race card includes a number of quality races for local horses, including Group 3s Hawkesbury Gold Cup, Hawkesbury Guineas and Hawkesbury Crown. This race day has become so popular, racing administrators in NSW have made this a stand-alone Saturday meeting, with no corresponding metropolitan events scheduled. The Hawkesbury Race Club has responded by elevating stakes on Cup day past the $1m mark, with another five races boasting prize money of $100,000 or more complimenting the three features. There’s the 2YO Stakes (1300m), the Gold Hawkesbury Rush Quality (1100m) and the Provincial Stayers Championship Final (2100m), as well as two benchmark races.
|RACE NAME||STATUS||PRIZE MONEY||DISTANCE||RACE TYPE|
|HAWKESBURY GOLD CUP||GR 3||$150,000||1600M||OPEN HANDICAP|
|HAWKESBURY GUINEAS||GR 3||$150,000||1400M||3YO OPEN HANDICAP|
|HAWKESBURY CROWN||GR 3||$150,000||1300M||F&M OPEN HANDICAP|