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 $250,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Hobart Cup was won by Pretty Punk from Andrea Mantegna with Fastnet Dragon third.
One of only four group races held in Tasmania each year, alongside the Group 3 Launceston Cup, Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy & Group 3 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 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.
|Date:||Sunday 11th February 2018|
|Track:||Hobart racecourse, Hobart|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||Pretty Punk|
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.
Pretty Punk (2018) ran fourth in a Handicap race over 2000m at Caulfield in Victoria before making the trip to Hobart to win this event and recent Hobart Cup winners include Count Da Vinci (2017) and Up Cups (2016).
1. $7.00 Pretty Punk 55.5 Ben Allen
2. $3.50 Andrea Mantegna 54.0 Damian Lane
3. $9.00 Fastnet Dragon 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
4. $21.00 Up Cups 54.0 David Pires
5. $21.00 Geegees Goldengirl 54.0 Ms Sigrid Carr
6. $26.00 Earl Da Vinci 54.0 Ms Stephanie Thornton
7. $4.00 Eastender 54.0 Craig Newitt
8. $16.00 Brilliant Jet 54.0 Anthony Darmanin
9. $51.00 Settler's Stone 54.0 Beau Mertens
10. $19.00 Speed Force 54.5 Luke Currie
11. $6.50 Dee I Cee 59.0 Corey Brown
Margins: 0.2 len, 1.25 len
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|2018||Pretty Punk||Andrea Mantegna||Fastnet Dragon||2:35.2|
|2017||Count Da Vinci||Big Duke||Gladstone||2:33.2|
|2016||Up Cups||Geegees Goldengirl||Beliveau||2:32.0|
|2015||Geegees Blackflash||Genuine Lad||Banca Mo||2:31.5|
|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|
|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|
|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|