Scone Cup News

Talented British import Tales Of Grimm has completed a perfectly-timed performance to win the 2015 Scone Cup (1600m) in a photo finish this afternoon. Tales Of Grimm jumped from the gates only fairly in the 2015 Scone Cup, but worked into a good position slightly better than midfield over the…


Scone Cup

The 2016 Scone Cup is held annually on a Friday during May at Scone Racecourse in New South Wales. The Listed Scone Cup is run over a distance of 1,600 metres and is worth $200,000 in prize money. Run under quality handicap conditions, the Scone Cup is open to horses if all ages.

The 2016 Scone Cup is due to run at Scone Racecourse in mid May 2016.

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The Scone Cup is the headline event of the two-day Scone Cup Carnival and one of the major features of the Scone Horse Festival, held during the first half of May.

Scone is the self-declared horse capital of Australia. So it’s no real surprise that the Scone Cup Carnival garners considerable attention, particularly considering its paucity of black-type events.

A number of notable trainers and other names in the thoroughbred industry make the journey for the Scone Cup. Gai Waterhouse had a trifecta during the 2014 Scone Cup Carnival, and Kerrin McEvoy took out the Golden Whip for the carnival by a considerable margin. That year also saw leading jockey Robert Thompson receive recognition for riding 4000 winners throughout his career.

The Scone Cup attracts a wealth of sponsors, including Emirates Park, Inglis, Darley, Coolmore, Vinery Stud, Yalumba and many others.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Stradbroke Handicap

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$1,000,000

Hcp

Group 1

The TJ Smith

(1600m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Winter Stakes

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

WFA

Group 1

BTC Cup

(1200m)

Doomben

$400,000

WFA

Group 1

The Goodwood

(1200m)

Morphettville

$350,000

SWP

Group 1

Doomben Cup

(2020m)

Doomben

$500,000

WFA

The race is part of the wider Scone Racing Carnival, which includes the Scone Quality Handicap and Dark Jewel Classic. The Scone Cup is held on Scone Cup Day, which itself attracts approximately 10,000 people to the track each year.

Horses that run in the Scone Cup have often come via races such as the Listed Hawkesbury Guineas, Listed Darley Crown or Listed Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury Racecourse the weekend prior. The Scone Cup may also appeal to horses that have performed fairly in races at Randwick on Sydney Cup Day, such as the Group 1 All Aged Stakes, Group 2 Emancipation Stakes and Listed James HB Carr Stakes.

Those horses that are successful in the Scone Cup are likely to embark on a Brisbane Winter Carnival Campaign during the remainder of May and June.

A notable winner of the Scone Cup is Raspberries, who won the race in 2012. The Lonhro mare posted almost half a length victory in the race ahead of Izababe and Lightinthenite. Raspberries finished eighth in the Listed Hawkesbury Mile prior to her Scone Cup win. Her only prior win that preparation came when first-up in the Group 3 PFD Food Service Stakes at Flemington Racecourse.

Betting is available on the Scone Cup each year, with an expected $3.5 million turned over on the eight-card Scone Cup Day meeting. Betting combinations such as quinellas, exactas, first fours and trifectas are all available to be placed on the Scone Cup, with basic win and place betting also offered.

The 2014 Melbourne Cup is set to race on the 4th of November, 2014 – so don’t miss the race that stops a nation!