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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 $225,000 in prizemoney. The 2014 Hobart Cup was won by Epingle from Geegees Blackflash with Gee Gee's La Quita third.

One of only four group races held in Tasmania each year, alongside the Gr3 Launceston Cup, Gr3 Bow Mistress Trophy & Gr3 Vamos Stakes, the Hobart Cup is a major social event in the city of Hobart in Southern Tasmania.

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.

Hobart Cup info
Date: Saturday 15th February 2014
Track: Hobart racecourse, Hobart
Distance: 2400 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $225,000
2014 Winner: Epingle

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

then followed
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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Hobart Cup recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Epingle Geegees Blackflash Gee Gee's La Quita 2:30.6
2013 Hurdy Gurdy Man The Cleaner Geegees Blackflash 2:33.3
2012 Geegees Blackflash Viking Hero Dream Flyer 2:17.8
2011 Bid Spotter Organised Davcon 2:16.9
2010 Growl De Fine Lago Dream Pedlar 2:15.1
2009 Gotta Keep Cool Zavite Dream Pedlar 2:15.6
2008 Offenbach Jacques Le Naif Ista Kareem 2:17.8
2007 Blutigeroo Rubijon Field Hunter 2:15.5
2006 True Courser Di's Angel Petite Oiseau 2:14.5
2005 Our Dashing Dane Under The Bridge Surge Of Power 2:08.0
2004 Zacielo Dream Quest Liquid Lunch 2:30.1
2003 Jeune's Mark The Mightly Lions St Andrews 2:29.7
2002 St Andrews Imax Lord Baracus 2:27.6
2001 Brorama Star Lord Baracus Naucho 2:31.8
2000 Lord Baracus Break The Bank Torbellino 2:31.0
1999 Future Shock Sunny Lane Mt Arthur 2:28.3
1998 L'Espion Free Beer King's Landing 2:31.0
1997 Palos Verdes River Kwai Pharagrove 2:30.7
1996 Jam City Navajo Flash Danby Road 2:29.6
1995 Courtly Way Daacha Ritzy Red 2:31.1
1994 Southern States John's Way Ciba Geigy 2:31.7
1993 Frontier Boy Diamond Bases Condies Lane 2:29.9
1992 Russian Rogue Frontier Boy Bicton 2:29.9
1991 Lady Have A Heart Bitter Spring Local Knowledge 2:28.3
1990 Firetap Panneria Lady Have A Heart 2:31.0
1989 Nakagima Great Quest Brave Tresspasser 2:27.2
1988 Brisque Lloyd's Nijinsky Big Band 2:27.8

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