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
|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|
|2009||Keepin The Dream||Spinney||Bernicia||1:35.3|
|2007||Race Not Run|
|2006||Beauty Watch||Friday Creek||Prince Arthur||1:34.4|
|2004||Court’s In Session||Magsaya||Salgado||1:33.2|
|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|
|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|
|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|