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The Newcastle Gold Cup is a Group 3 open handicap race held annually on a Friday afternoon in September at Newcastle racecourse in Newcastle, New South Wales, during the Sydney spring racing carnival in New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 2300 metres and worth $175,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Newcastle Gold Cup was won by Carzoff from Auvray with Just Shine third.

Newcastle is located about 200km north of Sydney on the Hunter Coast and is home to the Newcastle Jockey Club's very popular two-day Newcastle Gold Cup Carnival, which now takes place on a Friday & Saturday afternoon, with four group races on the first day.

Three group races are held alongside the Newcastle Gold Cup on the Friday, including the Gr3 Cameron Handicap for sprinters, the Gr3 Spring Stakes for three-year olds, and the Gr3 Tibbie Stakes for fillies & mares.

The Newcastle Gold Cup carnival has been held midweek on Wednesday & Thursday in recent years but was moved to Friday & Saturday from the 2015/2016 racing season to provide greater opportunity for locals to come along and enjoy the day.

Newcastle Gold Cup info

Date: Friday 14th September 2018
Track: Newcastle racecourse, Newcastle
Distance: 2300 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $175,000
2018 Winner: Carzoff

The Newcastle Gold Cup is an above average country cup raced under handicap conditions and typically attracts handy local stayers or capable city horses that might travel up from Sydney for the Newcastle carnival.

The race offers good prizemoney for a provincial race and the Newcastle Gold Cup is the feature staying event of the year for the Newcastle Jockey Club. Winners and placegetters in recent times have gone on to perform soundly in spring feature races such as the Gr3 Colin Stephen Quality Hcp and Gr1 The Metropolitan later in the carnival.

In recent times Glencadam Gold (2012) has won The Metropolitan and both Lodge The Deeds (2nd in 2009) and Bianca (2008) have finished runner-up, while County Tyrone (3rd in 2004) managed to win The Metropolitan after placing in this race. Exinite (2nd in 2006) won the Colin Stephen Quality Hcp at his next start.

Gazza Guru (3rd in 2011-2012) ran third in the Gr3 Craven Plate at Randwick at his next start and The Verminator (5th in 2011) managed to win the The Metropolitan on the same day.

Talented stayer Green Moon (2011) went on to finish runner-up in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield during the Melbourne spring racing carnival after taking out the Newcastle Gold Cup. He then returned the following autumn to win the Gr2 Blamey Stakes at Flemington before winning the 'race that stops a nation', the Gr1 Melbourne Cup, the following spring at the same track.

A race like the Listed Wyong Cup is a good lead up to this event and both Carzoff (2018) and Beyond Thankful (2015) are recent Wyong Cup and Newcastle Gold Cup double winners.

Carzoff (2018) captured the Listed Wyong Cup over 2100m at Wyong before scoring in this event for the Chris Waller stable.

Recent Newcastle Gold Cup winners include Broadside (2017) and Sacred Master (2016).

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Newcastle Track Map

Newcastle race track is a flat track which has a circumference of 2000m and horses race in a clockwise direction. The track surface is turf and the straight length is 415m.

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2018 Newcastle Gold Cup result

1. $3.60 Carzoff 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $4.40 Auvray 59.5 Tye Angland
3. $10.00 Just Shine 54.0 Jason Collett

then followed
4. $6.50 Goathland 54.0 Tommy Berry
5. $9.50 Harper's Choice 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
6. $26.00 First Crush 54.0 Mark Du Plessis
7. $41.00 Vassal 54.0 Jeff Penza
8. $31.00 Destiny's Kiss 58.0 Jay Ford
9. $31.00 Mongolian Wolf 54.0 Andrew Gibbons
10. $10.00 Dark Eyes 54.0 Tim Clark
11. $31.00 Grand Dreamer 54.0 Corey Brown
12. $41.00 Segenhoe 54.0 Christian Reith
13. $26.00 Cismontane 54.0 Glyn Schofield

Margins: 0.4 len, 1.13 len
Time: 2:24.44

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Newcastle Gold Cup winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Carzoff Auvray Just Shine 2:24.4
2017 Broadside Auvray Admiral Jello 2:24.2
2016 Sacred Master Dee I Cee Junoob 2:14.5
2015 Beyond Thankful Orbec Rio Perdido 2:23.5
2014 Disclaimer Brigantin Wish Come True 2:23.1
2013 Winning Glory Lucripetous Peal Of Bells 2:24.9
2012 Glencadam Gold Peal Of Bells Gazza Guru 2:23.3
2011 Green Moon Home On A Wing Gazza Guru 2:22.4
2010 Stratofortress Snow Alert Scottish Border 2:22.2
2009 Streetfighter Lodge The Deeds Enzedex Eagle 2:26.9
2008 Bianca Keepin The Dream County Tyrone 2.23.4
2007 Race not held Equine Flu
2006 Bikkie Tin Blues Exinite Respect 2:21.3
2005 Carael Boy = 1 High Cee = 1 Cross Bar 2:25.8
2004 Another Warrior New York Style County Tyrone 2:20.5
2003 Comforts My Tally Daneborogh 2:21.5
2002 Time Off Red Trinket Danyon 2:23.4
2001 Agincourt Express Yuppie Consolidator 2:24.8
2000 Silent Impact Prophet's Kiss She's Neat 2:28.4
1999 Maltese Beauty Zexzabeel Edward Brae 2:30.0
1998 Joss Sticks Ronzino In Joyment 2:30.8
1997 Emerald Cut Aphasia Our Mr Kinman 2:31.9
1996 My Kiwi Gold Super Monarch Few Are Chosen 2:27.5
1995 Seto Bridge Gossips Electronic 2:27.4
1994 Oompala Striking Gold Pl. C'quest/Mjr Dec. 2:30.3
1993 Azzaam Paris Fire Moods 2:38.1
1992 Beachside Donegal Mist Sir Winston 2:32.3
1991 Maharajah Ecliptic Rural Prince 2:26.0
1990 Our Magic Man Donegal Mist Macquarie Prince 2:21.7
1989 Hunter Macquarie Prince Just Irish 2:25.6
1988 Eye Of The Sky Prince Toronaga Grosvenor Square 2:26.7
1987 The Brotherhood Kensei Lord Hybrow 2:23.5
1986 Indian Raj Coobers Gold Born To Be Queen 2:26.9
1985 Mr Mako On Stage Reckless Tradition 2:23.6
1984 Forward Charge Admiral Lincoln Lost Valley 2:23.9
1983 Chiamare Hayai Noble Heights 2:26.2
1982 Gurner's Lane Port Carling Elmar 2:26.4
1981 No Peer Sean's Pride Under Orders 2:24.5
1980 Star Dynasty Reckon I'm Ready Prodigal 2:23.4