Launceston Cup

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

2020 Launceston Cup Results

  • 1st: #1 Home By Midnight
  • 2nd: #2 Taikomochi
  • 3rd: #7 Dogmatic



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 $250,000 in prize money.

Launceston Cup Day also features the weight-for-age Listed Mowbray Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 Vamos Stakes (1400m) for the fillies and mares 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 Eastender (2019) and Up Cups (2016).

The Launceston Cup 2020 ran on Wednesday February 26, 2020 and was won in an upset by veteran galloper Home By Midnight. 

2020 Launceston Cup
Date: Wednesday February 26, 2020
Track: Launceston Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000

2020 Launceston Cup Results

  • 1st: #1 Home By Midnight
  • 2nd: #2 Taikomochi
  • 3rd: #7 Dogmatic

There was an upset Launceston Cup 2020 result with Patrick Payne’s veteran stayer Home By Midnight ($11) improving on an unplaced Hobart Cup run (6th) to fly home for a two and a quarter length victory over the Tulloch Lodge-trained Taikomochi ($5.50). In a distant third nearly five lengths off the winner was Dogmatic ($9.50), while the Hobart Cup winner and race favourite Toorak Affair ($3.50) could only manage to run seven lengths back sixth.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 1 HOME BY MIDNIGHT (NZ) Patrick Payne Billy Egan 11 59kg $11
2 2 TAIKOMOCHI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 2.25L 5 58.5kg $5.50
3 7 DOGMATIC Richard Laming Dean Holland 4.75L 13 54kg $9.50
4 9 GLASS WARRIOR John Blacker Ms Sigrid Carr 4.95L 1 54kg $9
5 14 VAMOS RAFFA Scott Brunton Ms Georgie Catania 6.45L 6 52kg $21
6 4 TOORAK AFFAIR Michael Trinder Anthony Darmanin 7.2L 2 57kg $3.50F
7 12 SHADY HUSTLE Stephen Lockhart Bulent Muhcu 7.4L 10 54kg $6.50
8 3 MORTON’S FORK Richard Litt Daniel Ganderton 8.15L 8 57.5kg $21
9 13 WHITE HAWK Angela Brakey Blaike McDougall 8.9L 4 54kg $31
10 11 SETTLER’S STONE John Blacker David Pires 12.9L 14 54kg $26
11 8 GEE GEE FIORENTE Leon, Dean & Trent Wells Ismail Toker 18.4L 3 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $151
12 5 EXOTERIC (GB) Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn Craig Newitt 18.6L 12 55.5kg $14
13 6 APPMAT Brendan McShane Ms Jessica Eaton (a) 22.1L 7 54kg $41
14 10 PINKEYES PRIDE John Luttrell Troy Baker 42.35L 9 54kg $201

2020 Launceston Cup Betting Odds

The latest Launceston Cup 2020 odds and betting market links will be released below as soon as available.

2020 Launceston Cup Field

The Launceston Cup 2020 field and barriers are released the Friday before the event featuring a similar line-up to that of the Hobart Cup and will be published in full below as soon as announced by Tas Racing.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 749×089226 HOME BY MIDNIGHT (NZ) Patrick Payne Billy Egan 11 59kg 101
2 00×3943214 TAIKOMOCHI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 5 58.5kg 100
3 0323481267 MORTON’S FORK Richard Litt Daniel Ganderton 8 57.5kg 98
4 4×21116111 TOORAK AFFAIR Michael Trinder Anthony Darmanin 2 57kg 101
5 873803×985 EXOTERIC (GB) Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn Craig Newitt 12 55.5kg 94
6 139x8038x8 APPMAT Brendan McShane Ms Jessica Eaton (a) 7 54kg 82
7 11325×2939 DOGMATIC Richard Laming Dean Holland 13 54kg 79
8 11×6441560 GEE GEE FIORENTE Leon, Dean & Trent Wells Ismail Toker 3 54kg 73
9 x222x34923 GLASS WARRIOR John Blacker Ms Sigrid Carr 1 54kg 86
10 2313952098 PINKEYES PRIDE John Luttrell Troy Baker 9 54kg 56
11 213×466742 SETTLER’S STONE John Blacker David Pires 14 54kg 79
12 x00x421122 SHADY HUSTLE Stephen Lockhart Bulent Muhcu 10 54kg 89
13 x133897521 WHITE HAWK Angela Brakey Blaike McDougall 4 54kg 76
14 7×072231 VAMOS RAFFA Scott Brunton Ms Georgie Catania 6 52kg 75

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).

The 2018 Launceston Cup winner Bondeiger set a new record winning the mile and a half feature in 2 minutes 29.56 seconds.

Recent Launceston Cup Winners

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

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Launceston Cup
1st Home By Midnight  2 minutes 33.13 seconds
2nd Taikomochi
3rd Dogmatic
2019
Launceston Cup
1st Eastender 2 minutes 31:54 seconds
2nd Fabrizio
3rd Lamborghini
2018
Launceston Cup
1st Bondeiger 2 minutes 29.56 seconds (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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