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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.

2017 Launceston Cup Results

  • 1st: Big Duke
  • 2nd: Count Da Vinci
  • 3rd: Tuff Bickie



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 2017 ran on February 22, 2017.

Launceston Cup
Date: February 22,
Track: Launceston Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2017 Launceston Cup Results

The official Launceston Cup 2017 Results & Finishing Order can be found, then follow the link for more details on the win by the Darren Weir-trained favourite Big Duke over the Hobart Cup winner Count Da Vinci.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 4 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 11 55.5kg $2.10F
2 2 COUNT DA VINCI (NZ) Scott Brunton David Pires 1L 13 57.5kg $4.30
3 15 TUFF BICKIE Ken Keys Jye McNeil 1.5L 10 54kg $34.80
4 10 SETTLER’S STONE Troy Blacker Luke Currie 3.3L 4 54kg (cd 55kg) $16.90
5 8 OUR LUCKY OMENS Kelvin Bourke Daniel Moor 5.6L 1 54kg $14.40
6 3 GEEGEES GOLDENGIRL Stuart Gandy Ms Sigrid Carr 5.9L 8 56kg $18.20
7 5 GLADSTONE Scott Brunton Anthony Darmanin 6.1L 12 54kg $12.10
8 13 SMOKE ’N’ WHISKY John Blacker Bulent Muhcu 6.9L 3 54kg $25.10
9 11 BIG PEGG Scott Brunton Jason Benbow 7.7L 6 54kg $42.30
10 6 GEEGEES BARITONE Leon, Dean & Trent Wells Craig Newitt 8.2L 7 54kg $22.40
11 7 SIORCA Barry Campbell Troy Baker 8.4L 5 54kg $30.10
12 1 UP CUPS David Brunton Brendon McCoull 9.7L 2 59kg $34.60
13 14 MISS HISSY Paul Maher Cory Parish 22.2L 9 54kg $72
9 UNFURL (NZ) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 0
12 MILSON Julie Richards Ms Nikita Beriman 0

2017 Launceston Cup Betting Odds

The latest Launceston Cup 2017 odds and betting market links will be released below as soon as available.

2017 Launceston Cup Field

The Launceston Cup 2017 field and barriers are set to be released on Friday February 17, 2017 and will be published in full below as soon as announced by Tas Racing.

Check out the full 2017 Launceston Cup Field & Barrier Draw below, following the link for more on the best fancies in the race including the Hobart Cup quinella of Count Da Vinci and Big Duke.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 17×0089269 UP CUPS David Brunton Brendon McCoull 2 59kg 95
2 36×1111121 COUNT DA VINCI (NZ) Scott Brunton David Pires 15 57.5kg 92
3 274×747514 GEEGEES GOLDENGIRL Stuart Gandy Ms Sigrid Carr 10 56kg 93
4 23x1x42112 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 13 55.5kg 88
5 418×300453 GLADSTONE Scott Brunton Anthony Darmanin 14 54kg 85
6 452×459161 GEEGEES BARITONE Leon, Dean & Trent Wells Craig Newitt 9 54kg 84
7 1×11632726 SIORCA Barry Campbell Troy Baker 6 54kg 83
8 6900x9x612 OUR LUCKY OMENS Kelvin Bourke Daniel Moor 1 54kg 77
9 5646457121 UNFURL (NZ) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 3 54kg 75
10 552×865336 SETTLER’S STONE Troy Blacker Luke Currie 5 54kg 74
11 1662215711 BIG PEGG Scott Brunton Jason Benbow 8 54kg 71
12 5×04211757 MILSON Julie Richards Ms Nikita Beriman (late alt) 7 54kg 71
13 x000878632 SMOKE ’N’ WHISKY John Blacker Bulent Muhcu 4 54kg 71
14 55×0090341 MISS HISSY Paul Maher Cory Parish (late alt) 11 54kg 70
15 540×524372 TUFF BICKIE Ken Keys Jye McNeil 12 54kg 64

2017 Launceston Cup Nominations

The official 2017 Lanceston Cup nominations close on February 15, 2017 and will be listed right here so stay tuned this summer.

View the full 2017 Launceston Cup Nominations & Weights below – clicking on the link for a rundown on the entries including Hobart Cup winner Count Da Vinci and runner-up Big Duke for Darren Weir.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 55×0090341 MISS HISSY M 6 Paul Maher 1 54kg 70
2 17×0089269 UP CUPS G 6 David Brunton 2 59kg 95
3 274×747514 GEEGEES GOLDENGIRL M 5 Stuart Gandy 3 56kg 93
4 25×6795204 LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 7 Darren Weir 4 58kg 93
5 36×1111121 COUNT DA VINCI (NZ) G 6 Scott Brunton 5 57.5kg 92
6 2688232624 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 5 Darren Weir 6 57kg 91
7 23x1x42112 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 7 55.5kg 88
8 418×300453 GLADSTONE G 7 Scott Brunton 8 54kg 85
9 452×459161 GEEGEES BARITONE G 5 Leon, Dean & Trent Wells 9 54kg 84
10 1×11632726 SIORCA G 4 Barry Campbell 10 54kg 83
11 422×906061 DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE) G 6 Robbie Laing 11 54kg 82
12 2124×43143 ONCIDIUM RULER G 5 Michael Kent 12 54kg 81
13 6900x9x612 OUR LUCKY OMENS G 7 Kelvin Bourke 13 54kg 77
14 x775651287 HARDERN G 4 David Brideoake 14 54kg 75
15 5646457121 UNFURL (NZ) M 5 Darren Weir 15 54kg 75
16 552×865336 SETTLER’S STONE G 5 Troy Blacker 16 54kg 74
17 900630×090 SPUR ON GOLD G 5 Michelle Payne 17 54kg 71
18 1662215711 BIG PEGG M 6 Scott Brunton 18 54kg 71
19 x000878632 SMOKE ’N’ WHISKY G 7 John Blacker 19 54kg 71
20 5×04211757 MILSON G 9 Julie Richards 20 54kg 71
21 540×524372 TUFF BICKIE G 4 Ken Keys 21 54kg 64

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
2018
Launceston Cup
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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