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).
|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|