Wellington Cup

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Wellington Cup
Group II race
The Winner by 3 quarters of a length - Cluden Creek.jpg
Cluden Creek winning the 2004 Wellington Cup
Location Trentham Racecourse
Trentham
Wellington Region New Zealand
Inaugurated 1874
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Trentham Racecourse
Race information
Distance 2400 metres
(previously 3200 meters)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-Year-Olds and Up
Weight Assigned
Purse NZ$350,000

The Wellington Cup is a Group 2 Thoroughbred horse race in New Zealand held annually in late January at Trentham Racecourse in Trentham by the Wellington Racing Club.

Inaugurated in 1874, it was raced over various distances until 1974 when it was converted to a metric distance of 3200 metres

  • 2 miles : 1874-1889, 1942–1973
  • 1 12 miles : 1890-1941
  • 3200 meters : 1974-2008
  • 2400 meters : 2009 onwards

The event is one of New Zealand's most important races and currently offers a purse of NZ$250,000. Given the prestige of the race, there was some disappointment at the news that the race would lose its Group One status from 2009. The Wellington Racing Club responded to the downgrade by reducing the distance to 2400 metres in order to attract a higher quality field.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

  • 3.15.59 - Daria's Fun 1988 3200 metres
  • 3.16.2 - Il Tempo (1970 ( at pre 1974 distance of 2 miles)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

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Most wins by a jockey:

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Most wins by a trainer:

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Winners since 1999[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2014 Graphic 5 Craig Grylls 2:29.30
2013 Blood Brotha 7 Lisa Allpress Raymond Connors M S & R M Connors 2:31.32
2012 Six O'Clock News 7 Leith Innes Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Six O'Clock News Syndicate 2:31.33
2011 Spiro 5 Kane Smith Sylvia Kay P J & Mrs S L Kay et al. 2:28.82
2010 Red Ruler 5 Mark Du Plessis John Sargent R J Arculli, A R Meehan & G B Sargent 2:27.42
2009 Megapins 5 Trudy Thornton John & Karen Parsons W R Campbell et al. 2.28.32
2008 Young Centaur 5 Michael Walker John Sargent J G Sargent & A Soon Shiong 3.22.15
2007 Willy Smith 5 Matthew Cameron Mark Todd Mrs M K Hain / M McPhail 3.22.11
2006 Envoy 7 Grant Cooksley Ken Kelso K & B Kelso / R & J White 3:22.38
2005 Zabeat 5 Peter Johnson Dean M. Logan A.M. Goodwin / Mrs. D.M. Logan 3:20.73
2004 Cluden Creek 5 Andrew Calder John Boon B Barber/W Purvis/A MacDonald 3:26.49
2003 Oarsman 5 G. Grylls P. Duncan B E & R W Punch 3:19.53
2002 Cyclades 6 Lance O'Sullivan Cydne Evans D N & W E Pye 3:20.20
2001 Smiling Like 6 Michael Walker Graeme Rogerson Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan 3:22.04
2000 Second Coming 5 Michael T. Coleman Michael Moroney Paul Moroney et al. 3.20.93
1999 Miss Bailey 7 Leanne Isherwood Grant Cullen Grant Cullen et al. 3:21.91

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1998 - Aerosmith
  • 1997 - Ed
  • 1996 - Yes Indeed
  • 1995 - Ed
  • 1994 - Castletown
  • 1993 - Dancing Lord Trained by M.A & M.I. Pearson, Jockey: Leanne Isherwood Owned by: K.S. Lee
  • 1992 - Castletown
  • 1991 - Castletown
  • 1990 - Flying Luskin (AUS)
  • 1989 - Noble Khan
  • 1988 - Daria's Fun
  • 1987 - Rastes
  • 1986 - Samasaan
  • 1985 - Imaprince
  • 1984 - Secured Deposit
  • 1983 - Kiwi
  • 1982 - Ruanuku
  • 1981 - Koiro Trelay
  • 1980 - Cubacade
  • 1979 - Big Gamble
  • 1978 - Good Lord
  • 1977 - Good Lord
  • 1976 - Guest Star
  • 1975 - Timon
  • 1974 - Battle Heights
  • 1973 - Rustler
  • 1972 - Simon de Montfort
  • 1971 - Ansin
  • 1970 - Il Tempo
  • 1969 - City Court
  • 1968 - Loofa
  • 1967 - Michael Molloy
  • 1966 - Red Crest
  • 1965 - Eiffel Tower
  • 1964 - Gay Filou
  • 1963 - Great Sensation
  • 1962 - Great Sensation
  • 1961 - Great Sensation
  • 1960 - Jalna
  • 1959 - Ark Royal
  • 1958 - Yeman
  • 1957 - Sombrero
  • 1956 - Fox Myth
  • 1955 - Golden Galleon (owned by Matthew Oram)[1]
  • 1954 - Golden Tan
  • 1953 - Crimson King
  • 1952 - Reformed
  • 1951 - Almora
  • 1951 - Prawns
  • 1950 - Beaumaris
  • 1949 - Royal Tan
  • 1948 - Spare Part
  • 1947 - Bruce
  • 1946 - Golden Souvenir
  • 1945 - Lambourn
  • 1944 - Don Quex
  • 1943 - The Joker
  • 1941 - Kindergarten
  • 1941 - Happy Ending
  • 1940 - Old Bill
  • 1939 - Defaulter
  • 1938 - Padishah
  • 1937 - Ponty
  • 1936 - Queen of Song
  • 1935 - Vintage
  • 1934 - Grand Jury
  • 1933 - Royal Artist
  • 1932 - Compris
  • 1931 - Stanchion
  • 1930 - Concentrate
  • 1929 - Vertigern
  • 1928 - Star Stranger
  • 1927 - Rapier
  • 1926 - Enthusiasm
  • 1925 - Surveyor
  • 1924 - Loughrea
  • 1923 - Rapine
  • 1922 - Insurrection
  • 1921 - Maioha
  • 1920 - Kilmoon
  • 1919 - Red Ribbon
  • 1919 - Rewi Poto
  • 1919 - Oratress
  • 1918 - Nobleman
  • 1917 - Bunting
  • 1916 - Bee
  • 1915 - Pavlova
  • 1914 - Kilrain
  • 1913 - Sir Solo
  • 1912 - Undecided
  • 1911 - Miss Mischief
  • 1910 - Crucinella
  • 1909 - Blue Ribbon
  • 1908 - Moloch
  • 1907 - Achilles
  • 1906 - Ropa
  • 1905 - Nightfall
  • 1904 - Gladsome
  • 1904 - Convoy
  • 1903 - Advance
  • 1902 - St. Michael
  • 1901 - Renown
  • 1900 - Djin Djin
  • 1899 - Daunt
  • 1898 - Uniform
  • 1897 - Strath Braan
  • 1896 - Brooklet
  • 1895 - Mahaki
  • 1894 - Vogengang
  • 1893 - Retina
  • 1892 - Cynisca
  • 1891 - Cynisca
  • 1890 - Cynisca
  • 1889 - Dudu
  • 1888 - Beresford
  • 1887 - Pasha
  • 1886 - Nelson
  • 1885 - Tasman
  • 1884 - The Poet
  • 1883 - Mischief
  • 1882 - Hilda
  • 1881 - Natator
  • 1880 - Foul Play
  • 1879 - Maritana
  • 1878 - Lara
  • 1877 - Guy Fawkes
  • 1876 - Korari
  • 1875 - Tambourini
  • 1874 - Castaway

References[edit]