2018 Launceston Cup Field, Barriers & Odds

Launceston Cup

The Launceston Cup 2018 is the final of three great group races conducted in Tasmania as part of the state’s Summer Racing Carnival.

The 2018 Launceston Cup will be held on Wednesday February 28th.Launceston Cup

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A Group 3 status race, the Launceston Cup is run over a 2400m staying distance and is run under open handicap conditions.

With over $225,000 in stakes to give away, the Launceston Cup always attracts a field of Tasmania’s best gallopers eager to collect a Group status victory. It is also the second richest race held in Tasmania.

Lead Up Races

The other two Group events held in Tasmania are the Group 3 Tasmania Derby (2200m) and the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2200m).

Both of these earlier events held in February make fantastic lead-ups to the Launceston Cup and are often used as preparatory events for the leading stayers getting around.

The Hobart Cup is a particularly useful lead-up event as it is run under the same open handicap conditions.

Horses to back up their Hobart Cup wins with victory in the Launceston Cup include Zacielo (2004) and St Andrews (2002).

Upcoming Races

Group 2

Silver Slipper Stakes





Group 2

Hobartville Stakes





Group 2

Sires Produce Stakes





Group 1

Chipping Norton Stakes


Warwick Farm


3YO & Up WFA

Group 2

Adelaide Cup





Group 2

The Yallembee Classic





Launceston Cup History

The time honoured Launceston Cup was first run in 1865 and the inaugural race was won by Panic.

It was originally run over a greater distance of 2600m but was shortened to its current length of 2400m in 2002 and reached its prestigious Group 3 status in 1980.

Launceston Race Track

The Launceston race track is located in Mowbray, around 3 kilometers from the heart of the city, and has a short 230 metre straight making up the 1,830 metre course length. Racing at Launceston is run by the Tasmanian turf club and the track is named Tasman Park. You can now place all your wagers on the Launceston races online. There is no need to attend the race meet. Just relax at home or even bet from the office – all online. The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s richest horse racing event and holds a global renown for also being quite prestigious. Punters all over the world place bets for it online each year. This year, the Melbourne Cup 2016’s prize money reaches a total of $6.2 million. All you need is an online bookmaker who is taking bets on your event of interest and a reliable source for Melbourne Cup news.

The Tasman park racecourse has an oval shaped track, with the racing on anti-clockwise direction and offers starters at the 1,100 metre mark and the 1,200 metre mark an advantage from the inside barriers.

Launceston Cup Betting

Each year, punters queue up at the bookies at Launceston Racecourse to get some bets on their favourite runners. Launceston Cup betting is a huge deal, and it revolves around a race that has become a major cult feature of Tasmanian horse racing.

Launceston Cup betting is enormously interesting, as the considerable prize money attracts some of the best stayers in the state. As a 2400m event, it’s important to focus largely on those horses which have successfully contested races over that distance.

When making your Launceston Cup betting selections, be sure to include horses that can finish strongly after 2400m, and consider those horses which have raced and placed at Group 1 level previously.

Launceston Cup News

Big Duke has justified his resounding favouritism with a strong performance for success in the 2017 Launceston Cup (2400m) in Tasmania this afternoon. Big Duke was unable to make up the distance on Count Da Vinci when second in the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2200m) a fortnight ago, but did…