The Hobart Cup is a Group 3 open handicap race held annually each February at Hobart racecourse in Hobart, Tasmania. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $225,000 in prizemoney. The 2013 Hobart Cup was won by Hurdy Gurdy Man from The Cleaner with Geegees Blackflash 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 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.
Hurdy Gurdy Man (2013) ran third in the Terang Cup over 2150m at Terang in Victoria before travelling to Tasmania to win this race for the Darren Weir stable and recent Hobart Cup winners include Geegees Blackflash (2012) and Bid Spotter (2011).
2013 Hobart Cup result
1. $3.80 Hurdy Gurdy Man 54.0 Glen Boss
2. $7.30 The Cleaner 57.5 Jason Maskiell
3. $9.50 Geegees Blackflash 59.5 Peter Mertens
4. $11.80 Lucky Angel 54.0 Chad Schofield
5. $8.90 Fieldmaster 55.0 Ms Michelle Payne
6. $6.90 Norsqui 56.0 Chris Symons
7. $8 Westsouthwest 54.0 Dwayne Dunn
8. $69.50 Success Dostta 54.0 Anthony Darmanin
9. $15.20 Dream Pedlar 56.5 Craig Newitt
10. $18.90 Power Broker 54.0 Stephen Baster
11. $27.50 Kenjorwood 54.0 Robert Thompson
12. $138.80 Gee Gee’S Boss 54.0 David Pires
13. $146.60 Testa Jesta 54.0 Miss Sigrid Carr
14. $48.50 Prevailing 55.0 Brendon McCoull
15. $215.50 Gee Gees Beauty 54.0 Rasit Yetimova
Margins: 1 1/4 len, Short head Time: 2:33.30
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