Auckland Cup

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For the pacing event, see Auckland Trotting Cup.
Auckland Cup
Group I race
Location Ellerslie Racecourse
Auckland, New Zealand
Inaugurated 1874
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.ellerslie.co.nz
Race information
Distance 3200m (2 miles)
Surface Turf
Track right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Weight Handicap
Purse NZ$500,000

The Auckland Cup is an annual race held by the Auckland Racing Club (ARC). It is an Open Handicap for thoroughbred racehorses competed on the flat turf over 3200 metres (two miles) at Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland, New Zealand. The race is graded as a Group One (G1) and was first contested in 1874.[1]

For years, the Auckland Cup was the richest horse race in New Zealand. It recalled such names as Beau Vite, Howe, Kindergarten, Beaumaris, Yeman, and Froth, and a consistent runner of the 1880s, Australian champion Nelson, who greeted the judge at the head of the field three times in four years.[2]

The Auckland Cup is currently run for a purse of NZ$500,000. Since 2006, the race is contested on the second Saturday of Auckland Cup Week at the beginning of March. It was run on Boxing Day from its inception until 1958 and then on New Year’s Day from 1958 to 2006.

The first meeting of the [Auckland Racing] Club was in May 1874. One of the events, run over a distance of 1 12 miles, was named the Auckland Cup. This race was won by Mr. J Watt’s three-year-old Batter. At the Summer Meeting of 1874 the Auckland Cup was run on Boxing Day over a distance of two miles and in subsequent published records of the club this race is shown as being the first official, recognized Auckland Cup contest.[3]

This race was won by Templeton who must have been an impressive horse as to inspire Thomas Bracken (composer of 'God Defend New Zealand')[4] to write a requiem of sorts to his fading prowess called Old Templeton. The day was reviewed positively in the December 28 issue of the New Zealand Herald,[5] and was found to be absent of ‘sheanannaking’ and ‘hanky-panky’ and that everything was ‘above-board’ and ‘up hill and down straight’.[6]

Winners since 1997[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1997 Yobro 6 Grant Cooksley K Roberts R M Nichels 3:23.02
1998 Jezabeel 5 Opie Bosson Brian Jenkins A Burr & B Jenkins & P Tatham 3:19.97
1999 Irish Chance 5 Noel Harris C Jillings & R Yuill Michael Fay & P Hogan 3:21.91
2000 Able Master 4 Grant Cooksley Bruce Wallace Able International Syndicate 3:22.34
2001 Our Unicorn 6 Michael Coleman C Alderson K L & K K Yam 3:26.91
2002 Maguire 5 Scott Seamer K Collins Watson Bloodstock 3:21.74
2003 Bodie 5 Noel Harris Neil Connors C & E M Connor
2004 Upsetthym 5 Gemma Sliz Karen Fursdon Pepsi Syndicate 3:23.61
2005 Bazelle 5 Mark Du Plessis Paul Jenkins M Glennan, B Hewitt et al 3:29.45
2006 Pentane 4 Michael Walker L O'Sullivan M G & P A Fraher 3:21.52
2007 Prize Lady 5 Mark Du Plessis Graeme Sanders & Debbie Sweeney J C Wallis 3:23.63
2008 Prize Lady 6 Mark Sweeney Graeme Sanders & Debbie Sweeney J C Wallis 3:35.09
2009 Spin Around 8 Vinnie Colgan Steven Cooper Brookby Stables 3:23.61
2010 Zavite 7 Damien Oliver Anthony Cummings N Falconer et al 3:18.96
2011 Titch 6 Opie Bosson Kevin Myers J N Wallace 3:17.02
2012 Shez Sinsational 4 James McDonald Allan Sharrock A Baeyertz, J Goodin, G MacDonald et al 3:25.35
2013 Sangster 4 Opie Bosson Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young M Bradley, M Fenwick, K Greenlees et al 3:23.23
2014 Who Shot Thebarman 5 Matt Cameron Mark Oulaghan O'Leary Brothers 3:25.28
2015 Rock Diva 4 Mark Du Plessis Tony Pike Raffles Racing 3:21.74
2016 El Soldado 9 Darryl Bradley Phillip Devcich Philip Devcich, B & Mrs C Higginson 3:21.70

Previous winners[edit]

  • 1996 - Senator
  • 1995 - Royal Tiara
  • 1994 - Miltak
  • 1993 - Ligeiro
  • 1992 - Castletown
  • 1991 - Star Harvest
  • 1990 - Miss Stanima
  • 1989 - Spyglass
  • 1988 - Sea Swift
  • 1987 - Kotare Chief
  • 1986 - Kerry Lane
  • 1985 - Secured Deoposit
  • 1984 - Stylish Dude
  • 1983 - Fountaincourt
  • 1982 - Chimbu
  • 1981 - Drum
  • 1980 - Blue Denim
  • 1979 - Tamboura
  • 1978 - Stylemaster
  • 1977 - Royal Cadenza
  • 1976 - Perhaps
  • 1975 - Kia Maia
  • 1974 - Rose Mellay
  • 1973 - Apollo Eleven
  • 1972 - Sailing Home
  • 1971 - Artifice
  • 1970 - Il Tempo
  • 1969 - Il Tempo
  • 1968 - Bright Chief
  • 1967 - Royal Sheen
  • 1966 - Apa
  • 1965 - Lucky Son
  • 1964 - Senor
  • 1963 - Stipulate
  • 1962 - Floutulla
  • 1961 - Ruato
  • 1960 - Marie Brizard
  • 1959 - Froth
  • 1958 - Red Eagle
  • 1957 - NOT HELD
  • 1956 - Yeman
  • 1955 - Tesla
  • 1954 - Arawa
  • 1953 - Coaltown
  • 1952 - Rev
  • 1951 - Classowa
  • 1950 - Beaumaris
  • 1949 - Swanee
  • 1948 - Frances
  • 1947 - Balgowan
  • 1946 - Sylis
  • 1945 - Expanse
  • 1944 - Foxwyn
  • 1943 - Lord Chancellor
  • 1942 - Kindergarten
  • 1941 - Piastre (AUS)
  • 1940 - Beau Vite
  • 1939 - Cheval De Volee
  • 1938 - Cheval De Volee
  • 1937 - The Buzzer
  • 1936 - Cuddle
  • 1935 - Cuddle
  • 1934 - Gold Trail
  • 1933 - Minerval
  • 1932 - Fast Passage
  • 1931 - Admiral Drake
  • 1930 - Motere
  • 1929 - Concentrate
  • 1928 - Corinax (AUS)
  • 1927 - Rapier
  • 1926 - Tanadees (AUS)
  • 1925 - Rapine
  • 1924 - Te Kara
  • 1923 - Muraahi/Te Kara
  • 1922 - Scion
  • 1921 - Malaga
  • 1920 - Starland
  • 1919 - Karo
  • 1918 - Mascot
  • 1917 - Fiery Cross
  • 1916 - Depredation
  • 1915 - Balboa
  • 1914 - Warstep
  • 1913 - Sir Solo
  • 1912 - Bobrikoff
  • 1911 - Santa Rosa
  • 1910 - Waimangu
  • 1909 - All Red
  • 1908 - All Red
  • 1907 - Zimmerman
  • 1906 - Master Delaval
  • 1905 - Putty
  • 1904 - Mahutonga
  • 1903 - Wairiki
  • 1902 - Siege Gun
  • 1901 - St. Michael
  • 1900 - Blue Jacket
  • 1899 - Blue Jacket
  • 1898 - Uhlan
  • 1897 - Antares
  • 1896 - Nestor
  • 1895 - Anita
  • 1894 - Lottie
  • 1893 - Pegasus
  • 1892 - St. Hippo
  • 1891 - Pinfire
  • 1890 - Crackshot
  • 1889 - Leopold
  • 1888 - Lochiel
  • 1887 - Nelson (AUS)
  • 1886 - Nelson (AUS)
  • 1885 - Nelson (AUS)
  • 1884 - The Poet
  • 1883 - Salvage
  • 1882 - Welcome Jack
  • 1881 - King Quail
  • 1880 - Foul Play
  • 1879 - Ariel
  • 1878 - Ariel
  • 1877 - Lara
  • 1876 - Ariel
  • 1875 - Kingfisher
  • 1874 - Templeton

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