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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 $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Hobart Cup was won by Count Da Vinci from Big Duke with Gladstone third.
A $100,000 Cups Double trainer-owner bonus was introduced during the 2012/2013 racing season for any horse winning both the 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 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 Epingle (2014), Itsa Kareem (3rd in 2008), Zacielo (2004) and St Andrews (2002) all went on to win the Hobart Cup & Launceston Cup double. Genuine Lady (2nd in 2015) and Zavite (2nd in 2009) went on to win the Launceston Cup after finishing second in the Hobart Cup beforehand.
Races like the Summer Cup at the same track are ideal lead up races to the Hobart Cup and Up Cups (2016) was the last galloper to claim the Summer Cup and Hobart Cup double.
Count Da Vinci (2017) ran second in the Summer Cup over 2200m at Hobart before winning this event for trainer Scott Brunton and recent Hobart Cup winners include Up Cups (2016) and Geegees Blackflash (2015).
2017 Hobart Cup result
1 $10.80 Count Da Vinci 54.0 David Pires
2 $2.10 Big Duke 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
3 $31.30 Gladstone 54.0 Anthony Darmanin
4 $11.70 Geegees Goldengirl 55.0 Ms Sigrid Carr
5 $2.80 Cool Chap 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy
6 $44.40 Settler's Stone 54.0 Jarrod Todd
7 $110.20 Milson 54.0 Daniel Moor
8 $18.80 Lucky Lucky Lucky 56.0 Luke Currie
9 $21.20 Up Cups 58.0 Craig Newitt
10 $90.50 The Princeling 54.0 Raquel Clark
Margins: 1.5 len, 0.4 len Time: 2:33.21
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