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 prizemoney of $200,000. The 2019 Launceston Cup was won by Eastender from Fabrizio with Lamborghini 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 latter held on the same day. The Launceston Cup is held during the Tasmanian summer racing carnival in Launceston and is generally a big affair locally.
|Date:||Wednesday 27th February 2019|
|Track:||Launceston racecourse, Launceston|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
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 Gr3 NE Manion Cup at Rosehill after winning this race. Norsqui (4th in 2013) went on to win the Gr3 Adelaide Cup over 3200m at Morphettville after running fourth in the Launceston Cup.
Eastender (2019) captured the Hobart Cup over 2400m at Hobart before making it back-to-back Tasmanian Cups for Spreyton trainer Barry Campbell.
Recent Launceston Cup winners include Bondeiger (2018) and Big Duke (2017).
1. $3.70 Eastender 57.0 Craig Newitt
2. $8.50 Fabrizio 59.0 Stephen Baster
3. $5.50 Lamborghini 54.0 Michael Dee
4. $101.00 Settler's Stone 54.0 Raquel Clark
5. $7.50 Second Bullet 55.5 Damien Oliver
6. $16.00 Speed Force 54.0 Luke Currie
7. $61.00 Snoano 54.0 Ms Stephanie Thornton
8. $3.30 Etymology 58.0 Brendon McCoull
9. $10.00 Appmat 54.0 Dwayne Dunn
10. $151.00 White Hawk 54.0 Anthony Darmanin
Margins: 0.5 len, 0.5 len
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|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|