Horse Racing | Hawkesbury Gold Cup

Run annually in early May, the Hawkesbury Gold Cup is the premier horse racing event for the New South Wales country club. The event headlines the race card on Hawkesbury Cup Day, one of the final feature days of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The Group 3 race has prize money of $150,000 and is widely considered one of the best country cups in Australia. The event is an Open Handicap and is run over 1600m at the picturesque Hawkesbury Racecourse. The winner of the race is usually a fit, in-form galloper who has been competing in the Autumn or an emerging type on the way up.

Talented galloper Leebaz finished runner-up in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude at Rosehill Racecourse earlier in the Autumn of 2014 before claiming the Hawkesbury Gold Cup. With its origins dating back to 1980, the Hawkesbury Gold Cup was firstly staged in December before moving to November in 2008. It was shifted to August in 2014, but from 2014 found its new home in May. It also started out as a 2000m event, but from 1989 onwards has been over the mile. It was elevated from a Listed Race to Group 3 in 1997. Multiple winners are Magic Road (1995/96) and Huge Demand (1999/2000).



PREVIOUS HAWKESBURY GOLD CUP WINNERS

PREVIOUS HAWKESBURY GOLD CUP WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2015 LEEBAZ JAMES MCDONALD M,W&J HAWKES 01:35.3
2014 COUP AY TEE JASON COLLETT CHRIS WALLER 01:35.6
2013 DARCI BE GOOD KATHY O’HARA ANDREW WILLIAMSON 01.35.3
2012 SOMEPIN ANYPIN JIM CASSIDY GAI WATERHOUSE 02:39.3
2011 THANKGODYOU'REHERE ROD QUINN P MORGAN & C WIDDISON 01:35.3
2010 KEEPIN THE DREAM CHRIS MUNCE J & G LEE 01:35.3
2009 NUCLEAR SKY GLEN COLLESS ALLAN DENHAM 01.34.7
2008 BEAUTY WATCH NASH RAWILLER GAI WATERHOUSE 01:34.4
2007 WILD QUEEN LEN BEASLEY GAI WATERHOUSE 01:38.0
2006 COURT'S IN SESSION DANNY BEASLEY GUY WALTER 01:33.2
2005 HAPPIER DARREN BEADMAN JOHN HAWKES 01:23.3