The Launceston Cup is a Group 3 open handicap race that is held each year on a Wednesday afternoon in February at Launceston racecourse in Launceston, Tasmania. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and run under set weight & penalty conditions with prize money of $200,000. The 2020 Launceston Cup was won by Home By Midnight from Taikomochi with Dogmatic third.
This race is one of only four group races held in Tasmania each year. The other three are the Group 3 Hobart Cup, Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy and Group 3 Vamos Stakes. The Launceston Cup is held during the Tasmanian summer racing carnival in Launceston where locals gather for a huge day of racing.
|Date:||Wednesday 26th February 2020|
|Track:||Launceston racecourse, Launceston|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2020 Winner:||Home By Midnight|
The Launceston Cup is a major attraction to the city of Launceston, much like the Hobart Cup is to the city of Hobart, and the race itself assembles a field of predominantly local horses along with any mainland horses willing to make the trek to Tasmania to tackle the event.
Most of the time the Launceston Cup is simply a race for handy Tasmanian staying types and the Hobart Cup is the logical lead up race to this event. Up Cups (2016) was the last horse to win the Hobart Cup & Launceston Cup double, while it was Epingle (2014) before him.
In recent times Eastender (2019), Up Cups (2016) and Epingle (2014) have claimed the Hobart Cup & Launceston Cup double, while Geegees Blackflash (2013) & Ista Kareem (2008) ran 3rd in the Hobart Cup before going on to win this event. Growl (3rd in 2010) won the Hobart Cup by a big margin before running third in this race at his next start.
Interestingly enough, Big Duke (2017) travelled to Sydney at his next start to win the Group 3 NE Manion Cup at Rosehill after winning this race. Norsqui (4th in 2013) went on to win the Group 3 Adelaide Cup over 3200m at Morphettville after running fourth in the Launceston Cup.
Home By Midnight (2020) ran sixth in the Hobart Cup before scoring a stylish victory in this event for trainer Patrock Payne.
Recent Launceston Cup winners include Eastender (2019) and Bondeiger (2018).
1. $11.00 Home By Midnight 59.0 Billy Egan
2. $5.50 Taikomochi 58.5 Adam Hyeronimus
3. $9.50 Dogmatic 54.0 Dean Holland
4. $9.00 Glass Warrior 54.0 Ms Sigrid Carr
5. $21.00 Vamos Raffa 52.0 Ms Georgie Catania
6. $3.50 Toorak Affair 57.0 Anthony Darmanin
7. $6.50 Shady Hustle 54.0 Bulent Muhcu
8. $21.00 Morton's Fork 57.5 Daniel Ganderton
9. $31.00 White Hawk 54.0 Blaike McDougall
10. $26.00 Settler's Stone 54.0 David Pires
11. $151.00 Gee Gee Fiorente 54.5 Ismail Toker
12. $14.00 Exoteric 55.5 Craig Newitt
13. $41.00 Appmat 54.0 Ms Jessica Eaton
14. $201.00 Pinkeyes Pride 54.0 Troy Baker
Margins: 2.25 len, 2.5 len
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|2020||Home By Midnight||Taikomochi||Dogmatic||2:33.1|
|2018||Bondeiger||Fastnet Dragon||Pretty Punk||2:29.5|
|2017||Big Duke||Count Da Vinci||Tuff Bickie||2:31.3|
|2015||Genuine Lad||Banca Mo||Geegees Blackflash||2:29.6|
|2014||Epingle||Gold To Go||Geegees Blackflash||2:31.3|
|2013||Geegees Backflash||Lucky Angel||Dream Pedlar||2:34.1|
|2011||Fast Future||White Yard||Geegees Blackflash||2:30.3|
|2010||Larry's Never Late||Dream Pedlar||Growl||1:24.3|
|2008||Ista Kareem||Lady Atire||Our Dashing Dane||2:31.2|
|2007||Hofmeister||Field Hunter||Emerald Jack||2:28.8|
|2006||Precise Timing||Aquiline||Mr Buttkicka||2:30.0|
|2005||Dakasha||Bondy||Under The Bridge||2:32.2|
|2004||Zacielo||Saturday Fever||Dream Quest||2:32.7|
|2003||St Andrews||Arena Valadora||Saturday Fever||2:29.2|
|2002||St Andrews||Bondi Iceberg||Imax||2:31.0|
|2001||Full Of Rhythm||St Andrews||Naucho||2:45.5|
|2000||St Andrews||Mt Arthur||Naucho||2:48.5|
|1998||King's Landing||Prince Baracus||Napier Street||2:42.4|
|1997||Ticking Away||Vaudeville Piper||L'Espion||2:43.2|
|1996||Free Beer||Ticking Away||Faveaux||2:48.8|
|1995||Free Beer||Beloako||Danby Road||2:44.5|
|1994||Rich Dreams||Eager Prince||Strike High||2:41.5|
|1993||Diamond Bases||Varo's Last||Clan's Comet||2:46.5|
|1992||Star Cheers||Pelagic||Russian Rogue||2:42.0|
|1990||Down The Pitch||Lady Have A Heart||Daarro King||2:42.7|
|1988||Superior Way||Ivor Capri||Dollar Investment||2:42.1|