Launceston Cup

The Launceston Cup is one of the only 4 Group races that held in Tasmania each year. The Group 3 event takes place in February over the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival.

2018 Launceston Cup Results

  • 1st: #5 Bondeiger
  • 2nd: #6 Fastnet Dragon
  • 3rd: #2 Pretty Punk



The Launceston Cup is one of the few Group status races held in Tasmania each year. The Group 3 staying showdown takes place in February over the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival and offers $200,000 in prize money.

Launceston Cup Day also features the weight-for-age Listed Mowbray Stakes (1600m) and Listed Gold Sovereign Stakes (1200m) for two-year-olds that offer plenty of top summer betting opportunities for punters at Ladbrokes.com.au. Run under handicap conditions over a mile and a half (2400m), the Launceston Cup field traditionally attracts mainly local stayers coming off a run in the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) a fortnight earlier.

The Hobart Cup – Launceston Cup betting double is popular each summer and was last achieved by Up Cups (2016).

The Launceston Cup 2018 ran on Wednesday February 28, 2018 and was won by the Darren Weir-trained Bondeiger in race record time.

2018 Launceston Cup
Date: Wednesday February 28, 2018
Track: Launceston Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2018 Launceston Cup Results

  • 1st: #5 Bondeiger
  • 2nd: #6 Fastnet Dragon
  • 3rd: #2 Pretty Punk

Check out the official Launceston Cup 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, the race won by the Darren Weir-trained Bondeiger who made it three wins on the trot with a half-length success over Hobart Cup third placegetter Fastnet Dragon in a new race record of 2 minutes 29.56 seconds. The Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Adelaide based mare Pretty Punk won the Hobart Cup, but had to settle for third in the Launceston Cup trifecta.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 5 BONDEIGER Darren Weir Regan Bayliss 3 54kg $6
2 6 FASTNET DRAGON Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn Dean Yendall 0.5L 12 54kg $11
3 2 PRETTY PUNK Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ben Allen (a) 1.5L 2 58kg $9
4 3 ANDREA MANTEGNA (USA) Darren Weir Damian Lane 1.9L 9 55kg $3.70F
5 9 EASTENDER Barry Campbell Craig Newitt 2.3L 5 54kg $9
6 1 BERISHA John Sadler Mark Zahra 4.3L 10 59kg $7.50
7 10 SETTLER’S STONE Troy Blacker Damien Thornton 5.3L 6 54kg $26
8 8 BRILLIANT JET Aiden Nunn Anthony Darmanin 5.6L 1 54kg $16
9 7 UP CUPS Rhonda Mangan Ben Thompson (a) 5.8L 8 54kg $18
10 4 GEEGEES GOLDENGIRL Stuart Gandy Ms Sigrid Carr 6.55L 15 54kg $51
11 16 SMOKE ’N’ WHISKY John Blacker Troy Baker 10.55L 4 54kg $151
12 15 EARL DA VINCI (NZ) Scott Brunton Ms Stephanie Thornton (a) 12.05L 16 54kg $61
13 14 KANJI Mick Burles Chris Caserta (a) 13.55L 7 54kg $101
14 11 GALLOW GATE John Blacker Chris Graham (a) 15.55L 13 54kg $101
15 13 BIDIRECTIONAL Adam Trinder Ms Nikita Beriman 18.8L 14 54kg $41
16 12 THE MIGHTY JROD (NZ) Robbie Laing Daniel Ganderton 39.3L 11 54kg $21
18e STRIKING PROSPECT Gary White 0
17e WYUNA Scott Brunton 0

2018 Launceston Cup Betting Odds

The latest Launceston Cup 2018 odds and betting market links will be released below as soon as available.

2018 Launceston Cup Field

The Launceston Cup 2018 field and barriers are set to be released on Friday February 28, 2018 and will be published in full below as soon as announced by Tas Racing.

Launceston Cup History

The Launceston Cup has been run and won since way back in 1865 when Panic won the inaugural edition of this time-honoured Tasmanian race. It ran as a Principal race until gaining its current Group 3 status in 1980 when Summer took out the event. It was originally a three mile contest run over a gruelling 4800m. It ran over two miles (3200m) – the same distance as the iconic Melbourne Cup – from 1847 – 1879 before decreasing. It has run over 2400m since 2002.

Notable Launceston Cup winners in recent years including St. Andrews (2000, 2002 & 2003), Geegees Blackflash (2013) and Up Cups (2016).

Recent Launceston Cup Winners

See below for the full Launceston Cup results and winners going back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Launceston Cup
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Launceston Cup
1st Bondeiger 2 minutes 29.56 (Record)
2nd Fastnet Dragon
3rd Pretty Punk
2017
Launceston Cup
1st Big Duke 2 minutes 31.30 seconds
2nd Count Da Vinci
3rd Tuff Bickie
2016
Launceston Cup
1st Up Cups 2 minutes 34.9 seconds
2nd Arianne
3rd Schockemohle
2015
Launceston Cup
1st Genuine Lad 2 minutes 29.6 seconds
2nd Banca Mo
3rd Geegees Blackflash
2014
Launceston Cup
1st Epingle 2 minutes 31.3 seconds
2nd Gold To Go
3rd Geegees Blackflash
2013
Launceston Cup
1st Geegees Blackflash 2 minutes 34.1 seconds
2nd Lucky Angel
3rd Dream Pedlar
2012
Launceston Cup
1st Prevailing 2 minutes 34.0 seconds
2nd Geegees Blackflash
3rd Fieldmaster
2011
Launceston Cup
1st Fast Future 2 minutes 30.3 seconds
2nd White Yard
3rd Geegees Blackflash
2010
Launceston Cup
1st Larry’s Never Late 2 minutes 24.3 seconds
2nd Dream Pedlar
3rd Growl
2009
Launceston Cup
1st Zavite 2 minutes 31.2 seconds
2nd Centurytwentyone
3rd Ista Kareem
2008
Launceston Cup
1st Ista Kareem 2 minutes 31.2 seconds
2nd Lady Atire
3rd Our Dashing Dane
2007
Launceston Cup
1st Hofmeister 2 minutes 28.8 seconds
2nd Field Hunter
3rd Emerald Jack
2006
Launceston Cup
1st Precise Timing 2 minutes 30.0 seconds
2nd Aquiline
3rd Mr Buttkicka
2005
Launceston Cup
1st Dakasha 2 minutes 32.2 seconds
2nd Bondy
3rd Under The Bridge
2004
Launceston Cup
1st Zacielo 2 minutes 32.7 seconds
2nd Saturday Fever
3rd Dream Quest
2003
Launceston Cup
1st St Andrews 2 minutes 29.2 seconds
2nd Arena Valadora
3rd Saturday Fever
2002
Launceston Cup
1st St Andrews 2 minutes 31.0 seconds
2nd Bondi Iceberg
3rd Imax
2001
Launceston Cup
1st Full Of Rhythm 2 minutes 45.5 seconds
2nd St Andrews
3rd Naucho
2000
Launceston Cup
1st St Andrews 2 minutes 48.5 seconds
2nd Mt Arthur
3rd Naucho

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