Auckland Trotting Cup

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Auckland Trotting Cup
Group I race
Location Alexandra Park
Auckland, New Zealand
Inaugurated 1890
Race type Standardbred - Harness racing
Website Alexandra Park Raceway
Race information
Distance 2,700m
Track Oval dirt, right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Purse NZ $400,000

The Auckland Trotting Cup or Auckland Cup is a race held at Alexandra Park in March in Auckland, New Zealand for Standardbred horses. It is one of two major harness races, along with the New Zealand Cup, held in New Zealand each year. It is notable as it is a Group 1 championship race over distance of 2700 m, and has been won by nearly every champion pacer in New Zealand. The race is currently run over 2,700 metres from a mobile start. Prior to that, it was a 3,200 metres handicap race. It forms part of Auckland Cup Week, a carnival which also includes feature Thoroughbred and greyhound racing.

It is currently valued at $600,000.[1] Horses which have won it included Hall of Fame inductees and champions like Cardigan Bay and Caduceus who later succeeded in the United States and Canada.[2]

Records[edit]

Most wins by a driver:

  • 8 - Tony Herlihy (1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2008)
  • 6 - P T Wolfenden (1960, 1961, 1963, 1978, 1983, 1984)
  • 4 - J (James) Bryce jnr (1943, 1945, 1948, 1949)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 4 - R A McKenzie (1957, 1959, 1971, 1985)

Winners list[edit]

AUCKLAND TROTTING CUP (2700 metres, mobile barrier, $400,000) Run annually in March at Alexandra Park Raceway
Year
Month
Distance
Horse
Hcap
Owner
Driver
Time
2012 Mar 2,700 m Sir Lincoln Lincoln Farms Ltd Maurice McKendry 3:19:5
2011 Mar 2,700 m Themightyquinn Mrs B Richardson,G L Moore,G Ralston,M Congerton Gary Hall 3-16.72
2010 Mar 2,700 m Monkey King Cavalla Bloodstock Limited Ricky May 3-21.0
2009 Mar 2,700 m Auckland Reactor Auckland Reactor Ltd Mark Purdon 3-18.5
2008 Mar 2,700 m Gotta Go Cullen I D Dobson Tony Herlihy 3-20.0
2007 Mar 2,700 m Flashing Red Ravelyn Pty Ltd, Jenkscraft Pty Ltd Anthony Butt 3-17.2
2006 Mar 3,200 m Mi Muchacho Fr R C Anderson, Ms P C Larsen Peter Ferguson 4-05.7
2005 Dec 3200 m Howard Bromac Fr Michelle Larsen, L Philpott, D Hardie Kirk Larsen 4-03.0
2004 Dec 3200 m Elsu 10 m J Walters/Double Up Synd/Est D Hudson/P Small David Butcher 4-05.1
2003 Dec 3200 m Elsu Fr J Walters/Double Up Synd/Est D Hudson/P Small David Butcher 4-00.5
2002 Dec 3200 m Young Rufus Fr Manolitsis/V, T & W Lynch/G Carey/K Hyslop Mark Purdon 4-00.6
2001 Dec 3200 m Holmes D G Fr Second Five Syndicate Barry Purdon 4-03.4
2000 Dec 3200 m Flight South Fr J Yardley, K J McNamara, A P Neal Andrew Neal 4-02.6
1999 Dec 3200 m Happy Asset Fr J J O'Donnell, M K Rodgers, D J MacDonald Anthony Butt 4-01.8
1998 Dec 3200 m Christian Cullen 10 m I D Dobson, D A Dobson, B A O'Meara Danny Campbell 3-59.7
1997 Dec 3200 m Kate's First Fr G H Beirne, P R Bielby Peter Ferguson 4-01.2
1996 Dec 3200 m Sharp and Telford Fr A J Parker, P R A Parker, N I Gillanders Tony Herlihy 4-02.2
1995 Dec 3200 m Burlington Bertie Fr P D Bagrie, A G Bagrie, A Spark, S Spark Colin De Filippi 4-02.1
1994 Dec 3200 m Chokin 15 m Pacers Australia/M Joyce/J Loughlan/B De Boer Tony Herlihy 4-02.6
1993 Dec 3200 m Chokin 10 m Pacers Australia/M Joyce/J Loughlan/B De Boer Tony Herlihy 3-59.5
1992 Dec 3200 m Master Musician Fr R J Dunn, K L McDonald, E C Storck Robert Dunn 4-03.2
1991 Dec 3200 m Christopher Vance 10 m R R Reid, Lorna Reid Syndicate, J C Reid Tony Herlihy 4-04.2
1990 Dec 3200 m The Bru Czar Fr G A West, J G West Gary Hillier 4-02.4
1989 Dec 3200 m Neroship Fr G J Webber, N W Webber John Langdon 4-10.0
1988 Dec 3200 m Luxury Liner 15 m R Reid, Lorna Reid Syndicate, J C Reid Tony Herlihy 4-03.8
1987 Dec 3200 m Luxury Liner Fr R Reid, Est L F Reid, J C Reid Tony Herlihy 4-05.3
1987 Jan 2700 m Master Mood K L & B A Williams, S F & F B Wong Kevin Williams 3-24.4
1986 Feb 2700 m Comedy Lad M L Harvey Tony Herlihy 3-22.4
1985 Feb 2700 m Roydon Glen R A McKenzie W F (Fred) Fletcher 3.25.8
1984 Feb 2700 m Enterprise P D & C T Heffernan P T (Peter) Wolfenden 3.27.4
1983 Feb 2700 m Armalight H B Smith P T (Peter) Wolfenden 3.20.7
1982 Feb 2700 m Gammalite L F O'Connor W B (Bruce) Clarke 3.24.6
1981 Feb 2700 m Delightful Lady A & P Grant M J (Mike) Stormont 3.22.9
1980 Feb 2700 m Delightful Lady A & P Grant M J (Mike) Stormont 3.25.1
1979 Feb 2700 m Sapling G C and G M Cruickshank & L Given H W (Henry) Skinner 3.30.5
1978 Feb 2700 m Sole Command B J & M I Walker & R C Purdon P T (Peter) Wolfenden 3.26.4
1976 Dec 3200 m Bolton Byrd Fr J S Dalgety R J (Robert) Dunn 4.13.7
1975 Dec 3200 m Captain Harcourt Fr E J Bennett T H (Tommy) Knowles 4.10.2
1974 Dec 3200 m Young Quinn 10 m D J & R O Baynes C S (Charlie) Hunter 4.16
1973 Dec 3200 m Arapaho 20 m L Forde J W (Jack) Smolenski 4.11.2
1972 Dec 2 mi Royal Ascot Fr C J McLaughlin & F E Newfield F E (Felix) Newfield 4.14-8
1971 Dec 2 mi Garcon Roux Fr R A McKenzie J B (John) Noble 4.22.4
1970 Dec 2 mi Stella Frost Fr L H Tilson D J (Doody) Townley 4.11.8
1969 Dec 2 mi Leading Light Fr H S Kruse, T Lock & J G Power D G (Derek) Jones 4.27
1968 Dec 2 mi Cardinal Garrison Fr R C Nelmes & P G Trigg T H (Tommy) Knowles 4.09.2
1967 Dec 2 mi Allakasam Fr C J McLaughlin A M (Alan) Harrison 4.14.4
1966 Dec 2 mi Waitaki Hanover 24 yd J & F Smith D J (Doody) Townley 4.13.6
1965 Dec 2 mi Robin Dundee 12 yd J W Hewitt M F (Maurice) Holmes 4.13
1964 Dec 2 mi Lordship 36 yd D G Nyhan D D (Denis) Nyhan 4.11.4
1963 Dec 2 mi Cardigan Bay 78 yd A D Dean P T (Peter) Wolfenden 4.11.2
1962 Dec 2 mi Dandy Briar Fr J Steel C S (Ces) Donald 4.21.8
1961 Dec 2 mi Cardigan Bay Fr A D Dean P T (Peter) Wolfenden 4.18
1960 Dec 2 mi Damian 24 yd L J R Barrett P T (Peter) Wolfenden 4.23
1959 Dec 2 mi Scottish Command 60 yd R A McKenzie I W (Ian) Hunter 4.17
1958 Dec 2 mi Macklin Fr J H, R H & M T Butterick J H (John) Butterick 4.25
1957 Dec 2 mi Highland Air 12 yd R A McKenzie G B (George) Noble 4.24.4
1956 Dec 2 mi Unite 12 yd V Leeming D C (Doug) Watts 4.26.6
1955 Dec 2 mi Prince Polka Fr G Carmichael N L (Noel Berkett) 4.20.6
1954 Dec 2 mi Caduceus Fr D D & D R Moore J D (Jack) Litten 4.19
1953 Dec 2 mi Thelma Globe 12 yd A C & A S Sandston J B (Jack) Pringle 4.16.6
1952 Dec 2 mi Soangetaha 36 yd M A Ryland D G (Derek) Jones 4.12
1951 Dec 2 mi Soangetaha Fr M A Ryland D G (Derek) Jones 4.19
1950 Dec 2 mi Victory Globe Fr E L McKeon R (Bob) Young 4.14
1949 Dec 2 mi Captain Sandy 36 yd J M Bain J (James) Bryce jnr 4.21.4
1948 Dec 2 mi Captain Sandy Fr J M Bain J (James) Bryce jnr 4.18
1947 Dec 2 mi Single Direct 12 yd M R & Bruce Elliott E N (Edgar) Kennerley 4.24.8
1946 Dec 2 mi Loyal Nurse 12 yd C V May C V (Clarry) May 4.22.4
1945 Dec 2 mi Sea Born 12 yd C Johnston J (James) Bryce jnr 4.27.2
1944 Dec 2 mi Betty Boop 12 yd P Reid D (Denny) McKendry 4.21
1943 Dec 2 mi Loyal Friend 24 yd A J Wilson W J (Bill) Doyle 4.24.4
1943 Jan 2 mi Shadow Maid 24 yd G Chesmar J (James) Bryce jnr 4.22
1941 Dec 2 mi Uenuku 12 yd R A McMillan R A (Alan) McMillan 4.28
1940 Dec 2 mi Ned Worthy Fr H Hunter W J (Bill) Doyle 4.26
1939 Dec 2 mi Marlene Fr C S Donald C S (Ces) Donald 4.22.4
1938 Dec 2 mi Navy Blue Fr Messrs Gough & Sanders M Stewart 4.28
1937 Dec 2 mi Willow Wave Fr D Windle & W McDonald O E (Ossie) Hooper 4.20.4
1936 Dec 2 mi King's Warrior Fr B C Lincoln F J Smith 4.20.8
1935 Dec 2 mi Graham Direct 12 yd J Westerman F (Free) Holmes 4.26.4
1934 Dec 2 mi Roi L'Or 48 yd P Brown F (Free) Holmes 4.15.4
1933 Dec 2 mi Indianapolis Fr G J Barton W J (Bill) Tomkinson 4.26.4
1932 Dec 2 mi Great Parrish Fr J T Paul J T (Jim) Paul 4.26.8
1931 Dec 2 mi Royal Silk Fr M Harrall J S (Jack) Shaw 4.29.4
1930 Dec 2 mi Carmel Fr J W Murphy C S (Ces) Donald 4.25.6
1929 Dec 2 mi Gold Jacket 48 yd E J Parker A (Andrew) Bryce 4.33.4
1928 Dec 2 mi Gold Jacket 12 yd E J Parker A (Andrew) Bryce 4.30.2
1927 Dec 2 mi Ahuriri 36 yd R M Morten J (Scotty) Bryce 4.25.6
1926 Dec 2 mi Talaro 12 yd C E Lindsay M F (Maurice) Holmes 4.31
1925 Dec 2 mi Nelson Derby Fr G J Barton W J (Bill) Tomkinson 4.29.4
1924 Dec 2 mi Locanda Mac Fr N Gunn A Fleming 4.36.6
1923 Dec 2 mi Blue Mountain King 12 yd McKendrick Bros G A (George) McKendrick 4.30.4
1922 Dec 2 mi Minton Derby Fr C W Griffin P (Peter) Riddle 4.32.2
1921 Dec 2 mi Man O'War 96 yd J R Corrigan A (Andrew) Bryce 4.31
1920 Dec 2 mi Man O'War 84 yd J Corrigan J (Scotty) Bryce 4.29.4
1919 Dec 2 mi Norah Creina 12 yd W Orange W (Bill) Orange 4.33.4
1918 Dec 2 mi Harold Junior 24 yd A Brown A Brown 4.38
1917 Dec 2 mi Steel Bell 96 yd T Roe J (James) Lynch 4.33.8
1916 Dec 2 mi Admiral Wood 144 yd A M Seymour A Julian 4.52.4
1915 Dec 2 mi Cathedral Chimes 9 sec J B Thomson J (Scotty) Bryce 4.40.2
1914 Dec 2 mi Steel Bell 7 sec T Roe J (James) Lynch 4.38.4
1913 Dec 2 mi Jewel Chimes 14 sec J D Piper D (Dan) Nyhan 4.39.6
1912 Dec 2 mi Mandarene scr J G Lecky W C Hird 4.40.4
1911 Dec 2 mi Bingana 11 sec F Porangi J West 4.44.8
1910 Dec 2 mi Floranz 8 sec Preece & Hamilton S Hamilton 4.53.8
1909 Dec 2 mi Havoc 17 sec D Nyhan D (Dan) Nyhan 4.58.2
1908 Dec 2 mi Scotia 5 sec J Parsons W (Bill) Orange 4.57.4
1907 Dec 2 mi All Night 15 sec W A Scott W A Scott 5.15.2
1906 Dec 2 mi Typewriter 14 sec C Baker Baker snr 4.54.2
1905 Dec 2 mi Le Rosier 15 sec W C Watt S Hamilton 5.7.4
1904 Dec 2 mi Rebel Boy 7 sec T Penny W C Hird 5.03
1903 Dec 2 mi Plain G 10 sec L Robertson L (Lou) Robertson 5.07
1902 Dec 2 mi Van Dieman 20 sec J Pettie E McCann 5.06
1901 Dec 2 mi Thorndean 26 sec H Grant A (Andy) Pringle 5.14.6
1900 Dec 2 mi Cob 34 sec W Singleton E Murfitt 5.31.2
1899 Dec 2 mi Billy Wilson 32 sec W C Hird W C Hird 5.22.2
1898 Dec 2 mi Duke C scr R McBride H Chatteris 5.9.2
1897 Dec 2 mi Awahuri 38 sec C C Miles E Murfitt 5.32
1896 Dec 3 mi Fibre 50 sec J Gage G Clarke 8.37
1895 Dec 2 mi Old Judge 28 sec E G Sandall E G (Ted) Sandall 5.31
1894 Dec 3 mi Tom Hicks 75 sec E G Sandall E G (Ted) Sandall 8.48
1893 Dec 3 mi Sandfly 64 sec B Tanner S (Sam) Tanner 8.50.2
1892 Dec 3 mi Little Ben 53 sec H Lowe L Goodwin 8.36
1891 Dec 3 mi Rarus[3] 25 sec A E Green W Stevenson 8.49.6
1890 Dec 3 mi Commodore 40 sec S Heaney D (Dinny) Hartford 10.06.6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prizemoney for Premier Ne Zealand Harness racing events
  2. ^ Auckland Trotting Cup list of winners
  3. ^ Rarus promoted from 2nd after the 'winner' was disqualified for 'misdescription'.