The Summer Cup is the final race of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival that takes place on Boxing Day at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse in New South Wales. The event is a Group 3 Race valued at up to $125,000 in prize money. The Summer Cup is arguably the most competitive long distance race and always provides a great show to close down the Sydney Spring in style. The 2013 edition of this 2000M race was won by I’m Imposing.
The horse capped a modest performance in the carnival with a great show in the final race to beat Travolta and Destiny’s Kiss to second and third respectively. Together with the Group 2 Villiers Stakes, the Summer Cup is one of the two biggest races that feature on December every year. In recent years, the race has remained a major stayer’s event. A lot of horse trainers and jockeys look at the Summer Cup as the perfect stage to build on previous performances during the year and as such, the event always assembles a great field of talented locals.
The Villiers Stakes is the best lead up race for the Summer Cup and in fact, the race often lines up horses that had competed in the Villiers Stakes. Nonetheless, the event has always produced great long distance runners and notably, Aqua D’Amore won the Summer Cup and the Villiers Stakes double back in 2005. Since then no horse has managed to replicate this success.
Although traditionally the Summer Cup is run over 2400M, the distance was reduced to 2000M for the 2013-14 season and it is expected to remain that way in some years to come. Notable horses to win the race include Jamberoo in 2006, Solid Billing back in 2009 and Ready To Lift in 2008. The Summer Cup is a great race to end Sydney’s racing year and it has always attracted a full house at the Randwick Racecourse.
Summer Cup recent winners & placegetters
|2014||I’m Imposing||Midsummer Sun||Casino Dancer||2:35.1|
|2013||I’m Imposing||Travolta||Destiny’s Kiss||2:04.8|
|2010||Spechenka||Strike One||Let Them Have It||2:26.3|
|2008||Ready To Lift||Bellagio Wynn||Zazabeau||2:31.8|
|2007||Race not run|
|2006||Jamberoo||Game On||Taken At The Flood||2.32.9|
|2005||Aqua D’Amore||County Tyrone||Beat The Tide||2.28.1|
|2004||This Manshood||Vereza||New York Style||2.27.8|
|2001||Majestically||Zareyev||Power of Pegasus||2.29.3|
|1998||Dance Til Dawn||Pasta Express||Bombast||2.29.0|
|1996||Century Boy||Mr. Neslo||Seto Bridge||2.30.4|
|1995||Catalan Prince||Praise Indeed||Night After||2.29.3|
|1994||Spiritual Star||El Castano||Tusk Hunter||2.31.0|
|1993||Striking Gold||Double Take||Demerit||2.27.0|
|1992||Mr. Eurostar||Anythings Possible||Swiss Cotton||2.29.0|
|1991||Cross Swords||Local Knowledge||Initial Approach||2.29.0|
|1989||Lord Hybrow||Palace Revolt||Miss Amazer||2.28.0|