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Newcastle Gold Cup Preview

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 $250,000 in prize money. The 2020 Newcastle Gold Cup was won by Mugatoo from Hush Writer with Attention Run 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 in September. Newcastle Cup Day features on the Friday and the Group 3 Cameron Handicap for sprinters and Group 3 Tibbie Stakes for fillies & mares are held alongside the Newcastle Gold Cup.

Newcastle Gold Cup info

Date: Friday 17th September 2021
Track: Newcastle racecourse, Newcastle
Distance: 2300 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000
2020 Winner: Mugatoo

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 prize money 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 Group 1 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 Group 1 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 Group 1 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

Hush Writer (2019) ran secind in the Listed Wyong Cup over 2100m at Wyong before scoring a stylish victory in this event for the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott stable at Randwick.

Recent Newcastle Gold Cup winners include Carzoff (2018) and Broadside (2017).

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.

newcastle track map

2020 Newcastle Gold Cup result

1. $2.40 Mugatoo 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $5.00 Hush Writer 56.0 Tim Clark
3. $26.00 Attention Run 54.0 Andrew Gibbons

then followed
4. $9.50 Paths Of Glory 54.0 Ms Rachel King
5. $31.00 Norway 54.0 Sam Clipperton
6. $19.00 Carzoff 54.5 Lee Magorrian
7. $8.50 The Lord Mayor 54.0 Tommy Berry
8. $14.00 Aliferous 54.0 Regan Bayliss
9. $151.00 Zacada 54.0 Brandon Griffiths
10. $41.00 Azuro 54.5 Robbie Dolan
11. $201.00 The Getaway 54.0 Ms Rachael Murray
12. $15.00 Herengawe 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
13. $31.00 Big Duke 54.0 Jason Collett
14. $201.00 Nothing Too Hard 54.0 Ms Mikayla Weir
15. $101.00 Sweet Thomas 54.0 Glen Boss

Margins: 1.54 len, 0.59 len
Time: 2:25.10

Newcastle is home to two more group races during the season, the Gr3 Spring Stakes in November and the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Hcp in March.

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Newcastle Gold Cup winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Mugatoo Hush Writer Attention Run 2:25.1
2019 Hush Writer Attention Run Our Candidate 2:23.2
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