Newcastle Cup

Group 3

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    Date: Sep 18, 2020
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    Racecourse: Newcastle
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    Race Distance: 2,300m
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    Prize Money: $175,000

The Newcastle Cup is a 2300m Group 3 race held at Newcastle Racecourse. The handicap race has a prize pool of $175,000 and in 2020 will be run on Friday, September 18.

In 2019, the race was won by the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Hush Writer. Attention Run and Our Candidate made up the placings and both finished within a length of the winner. From the Newcastle Cup, Hush Writer competed in The Metropolitan but finished mid-field.

Last year colt Dalasan won the race for Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas with Raquel Clark on board. It was a good result for punters as Dalasan started as a $2.60 favourite. Dubious and Express Pass made up the placings while Sebrakate rounded out the first four.

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The Newcastle Cup has a rich history and was first run in 1898 and won by Raven’s Plume. Since then a number of notable horses have claimed victory in the race, including Melbourne Cup winners Russia, Hyperno, Gurner’s Lane, and more recently, Green Moon.


Over the years the race has changed distance a number of times, however, as of 2017, it returned to being a 2300m race.

Hush Writer won the 2019 Newcastle Cup in 2:23.25, which was an impressive time but not the quickest 2300m in the race over the last 20 years. That honour belongs to Another Warrior, who recorded 2:20.54 back in 2004. It also happens to be the overall course record at Newcastle over 2300m.


2019 – Hush Writer (2:23.25)
2018 – Carzoff (2:24.44
2017 – Broadside (2:24.26)
2016 – Sacred Master (2:14.59) (2200m)
2015 – Beyond Thankful (2:23.55)
2014 – Disclaimer (2:23.16)
2013 – Winning Glory (2:24.96)
2012 – Glencadam Gold (2:23.34)
2011 – Green Moon (2:22.47)
2010 – Stratofortress (2:22.22)