Launceston Cup News

Tasmanian gelding Geegees Blackflash scored a big win in the Group 3 2013 Launceston Cup (2400m) in front of a exuberant crowd on Wednesday. The six-year-old was charged with the tough ask of carrying the topweight of 59.5kg but that didn’t matter as the field rounded the home turn. With the finish set…


Launceston Cup

The Launceston Cup 2014 is the final of three great group races conducted in Tasmania as part of the state’s Summer Racing Carnival.

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

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With over $300,000 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

Launceston Cup

(1100m)

Rosehill

$200,000

2YO SW

Group 2

Hobartville Stakes

(1400m)

Rosehill

$200,000

3YO SW

Group 2

Sires Produce Stakes

(1400m)

Flemington

$300,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Chipping Norton Stakes

(1600m)

Warwick Farm

$350,000

3YO & Up WFA

Group 2

Adelaide Cup

(3200m)

Morphettville

$400,000

Hcp

Group 2

The Yallembee Classic

(1200m)

Morphettville

$200,000

3YO SW

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 2014’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.