New Zealand Trotting Cup

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New Zealand Trotting Cup
Group I race
LocationAddington Raceway
Christchurch, New Zealand
Race typeStandardbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance3200m (2 miles)
TrackLeft-handed oval
QualificationThree-year-olds and up
PurseNZ $765,000 (2016)

The New Zealand Trotting Cup or New Zealand Cup is a Group One (G1) harness race held annually by the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club at Addington Raceway in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is considered the country's most prestigious harness racing event[citation needed]. As of 2013 the prize was NZ$650,000. Previously the total prize money was $1.2 million in 2008, reduced to $1 million in 2009 and $750,00 in 2010. The total prize money for the 2011 and 2012 races was $600,000.

The race is held during Show Week on the second Tuesday in November, three days before the Show Day public holiday. The New Zealand Free For All is held on Show Day. The public holiday in Christchurch is the observance of the Canterbury Anniversary Holiday (16 December in reality). The race meeting, along with the New Zealand Cup for thoroughbreds and greyhounds, forms part of Canterbury's carnival week, along with the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Show. Until 1999, the A&P show was held at showgrounds adjacent to Addington Raceway. The New Zealand Trotting cup is considered as Canterbury's biggest day on its social calendar. Most flock to Addington for the glitz and glamour of the event.

Cup history[edit]

The cup has been won by three times by three horses, Indianapolis, False Step and Terror To Love. False Step later went to the United States where he beat the acknowledged American champion of the time, Adios Butler.[1] A number of horses have won the race twice including Harold Logan and Highland Fling who both won their second cups off the very large handicap of 60 yards.

In 2007 a crowd of 25,000 people packed the race track. This Tuesday is also known for having remarkable weather, it had not rained at the New Zealand Trotting Cup since 1962, the year that mudlark Lordship beat the hot favorite Cardigan Bay.[2] It did rain in 2007, but only after the New Zealand Trotting Cup had already been run.

Cardigan Bay, the beaten favorite in 1962, did eventually win the race the next year in 1963, and also won the Inter Dominion in Australia in 1963. Cardigan Bay, in association with New Jersey master reinsman Stanley Dancer went on to become the first million dollar winner in the sport's history.

The 2008 running of the race was won by Changeover, driven by David Butcher and trained by Geoff Small, in race/world record time (1.58.8 mile rate). The race was delayed by over 6 minutes due to fractious horses and a damaged wheel to one of the favoured runners. After being slow away, Butcher moved forward to lead, and soon after took a trail behind one of the other favourites, Baileys Dream. In an exciting finish, Butcher used the passing lane to pass Baileys Dream, with Report for Duty third for Anthony Butt (who was trying for 3 wins in a row in the NZ Cup). It was another dream result for the ATC Trotting Syndicate, who own the horse. The last horse home, favoured runner Monkey King, was credited with a time of 3.58.7, which was fast enough to have won every NZ Cup, except the 2007 running, won by Flashing Red.

Terror To Love equaled the record for most wins in 2013, having won the previous two years. Despite breaking stride at the start of the race, giving the leaders a 15-length head start (about 37m or 3 seconds), Terror To Love made up the distance slowly and worked towards the front, taking the lead in the back stretch of the final lap. The horse managed to hold off late-charging runners to record the unusual win by a head. The race announcer called the race the greatest win in the New Zealand Trotting Cup's history. The race time was the second fastest behind the 2008 win by Changeover.

The 2015 running of the New Zealand Cup was won by Australian-based horse, Arden Rooney, in a slowish overall time of 3.57.4, driven by Kerryn Manning. It was the first time in the history of the race that a female had driven the winner. Arden Rooney was given a leisurely time in front after a great beginning and with a last half mile in 55 seconds under a vigorous drive, gave little else a chance to catch it. Subsequently, the driver was given a two-week suspension and $1000 fine for "Excessive use of whip". It was her second fine for a similar offense in New Zealand within 8 days.

In 2016 the race was run and won by the dominant Purdon/Rasmussen training combination, with their horse Lazarus. It was won in a very fast time in completely dominant fashion by 10 lengths, running 3.53.1 for the 2 mile event (a mile rate of 1.57.2). The Purdon/Rasmussen combination filled 3 of the first 4 finishing positions.

In 2016, the ZM Body Art final was held at the Trotting Cup.[3]


Most wins:

Most wins by a driver:

  • 7 - Ricky May (1989, 1997, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
  • 6 - C C Devine (1951, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1979)
  • 5 - M Purdon (1995, 1996, 2014, 2016, 2017)
  • 4 - J Bryce (1916, 1925, 1926, 1933)
  • 4 - Todd Michell (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004)
  • 4 - P T Wolfenden (1963, 1965, 1970, 1977)

Winners list[edit]

2018 Thefixer 5 g fr Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, Mrs P P Gillan, R J Fleetwood, R J Magness Natalie Rasmussen 3:53.9
2017 Lazarus 5 h fr G & P Kennard, T Casey & K Riseley Mark Purdon 3:55.0
2016 Lazarus 4 h fr G & P Kennard, T Casey & K Riseley Mark Purdon 3:53.1
2015 Arden Rooney 6 g fr Butterworth & Butterworth Kerryn Manning 3:57.4
2014 Adore Me 5 m fr Roberts, Kenny & Kenny Mark Purdon 3:54.6
2013 Terror To Love 6 h fr Terry McDonald Ricky May 3:57.0
2012 Terror To Love 5 h fr Terry McDonald Ricky May 3:58.6
2011 Terror To Love 4 h fr Terry McDonald Jim Curtin 4:02.0
2010 Monkey King * 8 g fr Cavalla Bloodstock Limited Ricky May 4:00.7
2009 Monkey King * 7 g fr Cavalla Bloodstock Limited Ricky May 3:57.3
2008 Changeover 5 h fr A.T.C. Trot 2006 Syndicate David Butcher 3:56.4
2007 Flashing Red 10 h 15 m Ravelyn Pty Ltd, Jenkscraft Pty Ltd Anthony Butt 3:57.8
2006 Flashing Red 9 h fr Ravelyn Pty Ltd, Jenkscraft Pty Ltd Anthony Butt 4:00.3
2005 Mainland Banner 4 m fr I D Dobson, S J Dobson, Lynne Umar Ricky May 4:04.0
2004 Just An Excuse * 6 g 10 m O Haines, Mrs I K Haines Todd Mitchell 4:01.2
2003 Just An Excuse 5 g fr O Haines, Mrs I K Haines Todd Mitchell 4:05.7
2002 Gracious Knight 6 g fr Happy Valley Syndicate Todd Mitchell 4:05.1
2001 Kym's Girl 7 m fr G J Trist, D B Miller, W G Marra Colin De Filippi 4:05.4
2000 Yulestar 6 g 10 m Mrs J L Nolan, R P Nolan Tony Shaw 3:59.1
1999 Homin Hosed 5 g fr Mrs M A Macey, B L Macey Todd Mitchell 4:04.3
1998 Christian Cullen * 4 h fr I D Dobson, Mrs D A Dobson, B A O'Meara Danny Campbell 4:00.4
1997 Iraklis 5 h fr R M Cameron, Kypros Kotzikas Ricky May 4:00.9
1996 Il Vicolo 5 h 10 m J H Seaton, M Purdon Mark Purdon 4:02.3
1995 Il Vicolo * 4 h fr J H Seaton, M Purdon Mark Purdon 4:00.4
1994 Bee Bee Cee * 5 h fr C J Calvert, Mrs J M Calvert Jim Curtin 4:01.5
1993 Chokin * 5 g fr Pacers Australia/M Joyce/J Loughnan/B De Boer Tony Herlihy 4:04.7
1992 Blossom Lady * 8 m fr Polly Syndicate Anthony Butt 4:05.0
1991 Christopher Vance * 5 g fr R R Reid, Lorna Reid Syndicate, Mrs J C Reid Tony Herlihy 4:05.3
1990 Neroship 5 h 10 m G J & Mrs. H J Webber, J W Langdon John Langdon 4:04.1
1989 Inky Lord 4 h fr G M Saunders Ricky May 4:02.2
1988 Luxury Liner 7 g 10M R R Reid, Lorna Reid Synd, Mrs J C Reid Tony Herlihy 4:00.4
1987 Lightning Blue 5 h fr N Conidi, A T Hunter, A Prochilo Jim O'Sullivan 4:05.1
1986 Master Mood * 5 h fr K L & Mrs B A Williams, S F & F B Wong Kevin Williams 4:05.5
1985 Borana 6 h Fr J G Murray, Mrs D M Murray Peter Jones 4:11.1
1984 Camelot fr Dr H G Crofts R D Butt 4:06.4
1983 Steel Jaw fr S Everett & O Marr N J Lang 4:05.3
1982 Bonnie's Chance fr Mesdames K A Grice & V B McGarry R J Brosnan 4:09
1981 Armalight * fr H B Smith R H Negus 4:08.7
1980 Hands Down * fr W H & Mrs M F McAughtrie P N Jones 4:07.2
1979 Lord Module * 5 h fr C C Devine C C Devine 4:09
1978 Trusty Scot * fr A M & J H Hunter J H Hunter 4:12.8
1977 Sole Command fr B J & Mrs M I Walker & R C Purdon P T Wolfenden 4:11.4
1976 Stanley Rio fr W J Francis, G B & J B Noble J B Noble 4:11.5
1975 Lunar Chance fr K N Lawlor K N Lawlor 4:08.6
1974 Robalan * 7 g fr A T Devery, P N Hope & D D Nyhan D D Nyhan 4:09
1973 Arapaho fr L Forde J W Smolenski 4:08.6
1972 Globe Bay fr S J Wheatley J A Carmichael 4:11.6
1971 True Averil fr C L Rhodes D J Townley 4:11
1970 James fr J A Donaldson P T Wolfenden 4:11.2
1969 Spry * fr Mrs & C A Winter P G O'Reilly 4.15.2
1968 Humphrey 6 yds Mrs & W E Lowe W E Lowe 4.16
1967 Great Adios fr Mrs P M Norton R P Norton 4.10.4
1966 Lordship 8 h 42 yds Mrs D G Nyhan D D Nyhan 4.19
1965 Garry Dillon fr E B S Grey & J H Shaw P T Wolfenden 4.22.4
1964 Cairnbrae fr W E Lowe C S Donald 4.12.6
1963 Cardigan Bay * 7 g 54 yds Mrs A D Deans P T Wolfenden 4.11.2
1962 Lordship * 4 h fr Mrs D G Nyhan D D Nyhan 4.24
1961 Invicta fr L Duff S D Edge 4.14.4
1960 False Step * 8 h 48 yds J Smyth C C Devine 4.09
1959 False Step 7 h 24 yds J Smyth C C Devine 4.12.8
1958 False Step 6 h fr J Smyth C C Devine 4.18.6
1957 Lookaway * fr C L Rhodes M F Holmes 4.14.8
1956 Thunder fr E & Est G L Rutherford C C Devine 4.21.8
1955 Our Roger 12 yds W A Newton D C Watts 4.12.2
1954 Johnny Globe * 7 h 48 yds D G Nyhan D G Nyhan 4.07.6
1953 Adorian 12 yds F G Holmes F G Holmes 4.13.8
1952 Mobile Globe 12 yds J Findlay & C Smith N L Berkett 4.26.4
1951 Van Dieman fr C C Devine C C Devine 4.19.8
1950 Chamfer fr D McFarlane M F Holmes 4.17
1949 Loyal Nurse 36 yds T S Harrison C R Berkett 4.12.2
1948 Highland Fling * 6 h 60 yds A T Kemble L F Berkett 4.10.6
1947 Highland Fling 5 h 12 yds A T Kemble C R Berkett 4.18.4
1946 Integrity 12 yds V Leeming D C Watts 4.21.4
1945 Gold Bar fr A B Holmes A B Holmes 4.16.2
1944 Bronze Eagle 24 yds W J Suttie G B Noble 4.27.8
1943 Haughty 36 yds B Grice O E Hooper 4.13.6
1942 Haughty fr B Grice O E Hooper 4.13.8
1941 Josedale Grattan * fr M G Pezaro & E G Bridgens F J Smith 4.15
1940 Marlene fr C S Donald R Donald 4.18.6
1939 Lucky Jack 24 yds W T Lowe R B Berry 4.16.2
1938 Morello fr A J Lawrence M C McTigue 4.19.8
1937 Lucky Jack fr W T Lowe R B Berry 4.21.4
1936 Indianapolis 7 h 48 yds G J Barton J Fraser jnr 4.30.6
1935 Indianapolis * 6 h 48 yds G J Barton J Fraser jnr 4.44
1934 Indianapolis 5 h 12 yds G J Barton E C McDermott 4.15.8
1933 Red Shadow * 24 yds Mrs M Harrall J Bryce 4.24.2
1932 Harold Logan * 10 g 60 yds Miss E Hinds A B Holmes 4.16.4
1931 Harold Logan * 9 g 48 yds Miss E Hinds R J Humphreys 4.18.4
1930 Wrackler 12 yds H F Nicoll M F Holmes 4.24.2
1929 Peter Bingen 36 yds W Johnstone J J Kennerley 4.18.8
1928 Peter Bingen * 12 yds J J Kennerley J J Kennerley 4.22.2
1927 Kohara 24 yds J L Webb A Bryce 4.46.6
1926 Ahuriri 24 yds R M Morten J Bryce 4.25
1925 Ahuriri 12 yds R M Morten J Bryce 4.28.2
1924 Sheik 36 yds P Riddle P Riddle 4.25.8
1923 Great Hope 12 yds J Trengrove J Bryce jnr 4.31.4
1922 Agathos 12 yds C Shanning A Butterfield 4.33.4
1921 Reta Peter (T) 7 secs F H Robson A G Wilson 4.29
1920 Reta Peter (T) 9 secs F H Robson A G Wilson 4.30.4
1919 Trix Pointer 6 secs W H Norton F Holmes 4.30
1918 Author Dillon * 3 secs B Jarden B Jarden 4.26.4
1917 Adelaide Direct 7 secs M E Edwards M E Edwards 4.27.8
1916 Cathedral Chimes 36 yds J B Thomson J Bryce 4.31.2
1915 Country Belle scr W J Morland A Hendricksen 4.35.6
1914 Win Soon 6 secs Mr. Stevenson, Mr. McMath A Pringle 4.31
1913 Ravenschild 6 secs J McCutcheon N L Price 4.35.4
1912 Albert H 8 secs M Maher A Hendricksen 4.48.8
1911 Lady Clare 4 secs W F Clinton J Brankin 4.38
1910 Wildwood Junior scr W Kerr W Kerr 4.33
1909 Wildwood Junior 5 secs W Kerr W Kerr 4.39
1908 Durbar scr H F Nicoll A Pringle 4.36
1907 Marian 9 secs S E Tasker J Tasker 5.16.4
1906 Belmont M 4 secs J Mills A G Milsom 4.46
1905 Birchmark 7 secs Allendale Stock Farm Co. D J Price 5.17.6
1904 Monte Carlo (T) 7 secs T Yarr B Edwards 4.44.4
* won the New Zealand Free For All same year

Other associated races[edit]

The horses that contest the New Zealand Cup commonly compete in various races that have become seen as traditional lead in races. The winner of the New Zealand Cup is usually one that wins or performs strongly in these races.

On the Friday following the New Zealand Cup, Canterbury Anniversary day, many of the same horses will contest the New Zealand Free For All.

Hannon Memorial 2600m Oamaru
Ashburton Flying Stakes 2400m Ashburton
Kaikoura Cup 2400m Kaikoura
New Zealand Cup 3200m Addington
New Zealand Free For All 1609m Addington
2019 Spankem
2018 Dream about me Eamon Maguire Spankem Thefixer Cruz Bromac
2017 Titan Banner Lazarus Lazarus Lazarus Ultimate Machete Lazarus won the 2017 Interdomnion final
2016 Franco Nelson Lazarus Franco Nelson Lazarus Lazarus Franco Nelson was 6th in the New Zealand Cup
2015 Mighty Flying Mac Smolda Arden Rooney Arden Rooney Tiger Tara
2014 Tiger Tara Adore Me Arden Rooney Adore Me Christen Me
2013 Franco Ledger Terror To Love Fly Like An Eagle Terror To Love Pembrook Benny
2012 Franco Ledger Terror To Love Sushi Sushi Terror To Love Gold Ace
2011 Monkey King Auckland Reactor Smiling Shard Terror To Love Smoken Up
2010 Cullen's Creek Stunnin Cullen Smiling Shard Monkey King Monkey King
2009 Bondy Karloo Mick Nearea Franco Monkey King Monkey King
2008 Ohoka Rebel Baileys Dream Report For Duty Changeover Auckland Reactor
2007 Baileys Dream Tribute Bondy Flashing Red Waipawa Lad
2006 The Flyin Doctor Flashing Red Tribute Flashing Red Sly Flyin
2005 Bobs Blue Boy Harnetts Creek Imagine That Mainland Banner Howard Bromac
2004 Mister DG Elsu Harnetts Creek Just an excuse Just an excuse
2003 Jack Cade Jack Cade Falcon Rise Just an excuse Jack Cade Jack Cade was 3rd in the New Zealand Cup
2002 Panky's Pacer Young Rufus Disprove Gracious Knight Yulestar
2001 Kym's Girl Panky's Pacer Pic Me Pockets Kym's Girl Young Rufus
2000 Chloe Hanover Yulestar Bogan Fella Yulestar Agua Caliente Yulestar also won the 2001 Interdominion final
1999 Freeway Don Holmes DG Ritchi Homin Hosed Holmes DG
1998 Iraklis Christian Cullen Bradshaw Christian Cullen Christian Cullen
1997 Iraklis Iraklis Sharp And Telford Iraklis Brabham

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A.H. McLintock (editor) (1966). "New Zealand Horses in America". An Encyclopedia of New Zealand.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Addington Raceway timeline, 1962 Archived 16 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Models bare all for New Zealand Trotting Cup body art contest Retrieved November 2016


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