The Summer Cup is a Group 3 open handicap that takes place each year on Boxing Day at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales over the summer period in December. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $125,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Summer Cup was won by Fierce Impact from Satono Rasen with Life Less Ordinary third.
Held on Boxing Day, a couple of weeks after the Gr2 Villiers Stakes at the same track, these two races are the predominant group events held during the festive period and the Summer Cup is the final group race of the year in Sydney.
|Date:||Wednesday 26th December 2018|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||Fierce Impact|
The Summer Cup is a middle distance event for stayers run the day after Christmas Day and is the main distance race held during the summer in Sydney. The race generally tends to attract a handy field of predominantly local stayers who are not typically anything special, although it's worth noting that the great miler Super Impose managed to win this event in 1988.
Horses who contested the Villiers Stakes the week before may consider going on to tackle this race and Aqua D'Amore (2005) was the last galloper to score the Villiers Stakes & Summer Cup double in the same year. Traditionally run over 2400m, the Summer Cup has been run over 2000m since 2013, making the Villiers the ideal lead up race.
Another race to consider when doing the Summer Cup form is the Gr3 Festival Stakes held in early December at Randwick. Of late, both Mighty Lucky (2015) and I'm Imposing (2014) won the Festival Stakes & Summer Cup double after contesting the Villiers Stakes beforehand.
Fierce Impact (2018) ran second in a BM88 race over 1800m at Rosehill before scoring a classy victory in this event for trainer Matthew Smith.
Recent Summer Cup winners include Montauk (2017) and Red Excitement (2016).
1. $4.60 Fierce Impact 54.0 Corey Brown
2. $71.00 Satono Rasen 55.5 Jason Collett
3. $7.00 Life Less Ordinary 59.0 Glyn Schofield
4. $19.00 Black On Gold 54.5 Ms Kathy O'Hara
5. $9.00 Roman Son 54 (cd 54.5) Regan Bayliss
6. $11.00 Abdon 54.0 Tom Marquand
7. $51.00 Grande Rosso 57.5 Christian Reith
8. $7.50 Goodfella 54.0 Jean Van Overmeire (a)
9. $3.80 My Nordic Hero 58.0 James McDonald
10. $9.50 Alward 54.5 Jay Ford
Margins: 1 len, 0.5 len
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|2018||Fierce Impact||Satono Rasen||Life Less Ordinary||2:04.0|
|2016||Red Excitement||Foreign Prince||Shalmaneser||2:03.8|
|2015||Mighty Lucky||Junoob||I'm Imposing||2:03.7|
|2014||I'm Imposing||Midsummer Sun||Casino Dancer||2:04.7|
|2013||I'm Imposing||Travolta||Destiny's Kiss||2:04.8|
|2010||Spechenka||Strike One||Let Them Have It||2:26.3|
|2008||Ready To Lift||Bellagio Wynn||Zazabeau||2:31.8|
|2007||Race Not Run|
|2006||Jamberoo||Game On||Taken At The Flood||2.32.9|
|2005||Aqua D'Amore||County Tyrone||Beat The Tide||2.28.1|
|2004||This Manshood||Vereza||New York Style||2.27.8|
|2001||Majestically||Zareyev||Power of Pegasus||2.29.3|
|1998||Dance Til Dawn||Pasta Express||Bombast||2.29.0|
|1996||Century Boy||Mr. Neslo||Seto Bridge||2.30.4|
|1995||Catalan Prince||Praise Indeed||Night After||2.29.3|
|1994||Spiritual Star||El Castano||Tusk Hunter||2.31.0|
|1993||Striking Gold||Double Take||Demerit||2.27.0|
|1992||Mr. Eurostar||Anythings Possible||Swiss Cotton||2.29.0|
|1991||Cross Swords||Local Knowledge||Initial Approach||2.29.0|
|1989||Lord Hybrow||Palace Revolt||Miss Amazer||2.28.0|