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.
— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) September 20, 2019
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.
NEWCASTLE CUP WINNERS
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)