The Hobart Cup is a Group 3 open handicap race held annually each February at Hobart racecourse in Hobart, Tasmania during the Tasmanian summer racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $225,000 in prizemoney. The 2014 Hobart Cup was won by Epingle from Geegees Blackflash with Gee Gee's La Quita third.
A $100,000 Cups Double trainer-owner bonus was introduced during the 2012/2013 racing season for any horse winning both the AAMI Hobart and Launceston cups ($50,000 each), and this race also raised in distance from from 2100m to 2400 metres, the same distance as the Launceston Cup.
The 2014 Hobart Cup was held on a Friday after extreme weather forced the postponement of the race from the previous Sunday.
The Hobart Cup is widely considered the premier staying handicap race for thoroughbreds in Tasmania and much like the Tasmanian Derby for three-year-olds, usually attracts the best local gallopers available. Now and then an interstate horse may make the journey across to Tasmania in an attempt to gain victory in a black type Cup event.
More often than not, the Hobart Cup is simply a race for handy Tassie stayers and not a high quality affair, although it's worth noting that Blutigeroo (2007) went on to win the Gr1 The BMW a few weeks later at Rosehill racecourse during the Sydney autumn racing carnival in New South Wales.
Other notable races on Hobart Cup day are the listed Wrest Point Strutt Stakes & Thomas Lyons Stakes.
The natural progression from the Hobart Cup for stayers is the Launceston Cup in a couple of weeks time at Launceston and in recent times Itsa Kareem (3rd in 2008), Zacielo (2004) and St Andrews (2002) all went on to win the Hobart Cup & Launceston Cup double. Zavite (2nd in 2009) went on to win the Launceston Cup at his next start.
Epingle (2014) finished third in a Handicap event over 2000m at Flemington in Victoria before travelling to Tasmania to win this race for the Mick Kent stable and recent Hobart Cup winners include Hurdy Gurdy Man (2013) and Geegees Blackflash (2012).
2014 Hobart Cup result
1. $3.50 Epingle 54.0 Craig Williams
2. $5.40 Geegees Blackflash 60.0 Stephen Maskiell
3. $16.40 Gee Gee’s La Quita 54.0 David Pires
4. $15.10 Surpass 54.0 Jake Noonan
5. $5.60 The Cleaner 56.5 Anthony Darmanin
6. $4.20 Magnapal 54.0 Ms Nikita Beriman
7. $7.60 Unchain My Heart 54.0 Tim Clark
8. $51.90 Relentless Pursuit 54.0 Jason Lyon
9. $62.90 Can Get Thirsty 54.0 Ms Sigrid Carr
Margins: 3 len, 3.4 len Time: 2:30.69
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