Newcastle Gold Cup

The Newcastle Gold Cup is a Group 3 event held during September on the Friday before Randwick's George Main Stakes Day as a lead-up to The Metropolitan.

2020 Newcastle Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #1 Mugatoo
  • 2nd: #2 Hush Writer
  • 3rd: #12 Attention Run



The Newcastle Gold Cup is a Group 3 staying event held at Newcastle Racecourse in mid-September.

Raced over 2300m, the Newcastle Gold Cup presents horses with an interesting challenge and punters with a half-decent guide to the Melbourne Cup. Run under open handicap conditions, the Newcastle Gold Cup allows genuine winners to rise to the occasion and prove their staying abilities.

With $200,000 prize money, the Newcastle Gold Cup is quite a lucrative Group 3 event. Trainers from both local stables and Sydney stables seek entry into the Newcastle Gold Cup for their higher-class stayers.

Although only holding Group 3 status, the Newcastle Gold Cup attracts horses of a higher calibre; it is not unusual to see some past Group 1 winners in the Newcastle Cup field. Sometimes, horses from Queensland will make the journey down south, although it is rarer for Victorian and Western Australian horses to travel for the Newcastle Gold Cup.

The Newcastle Gold Cup is held at beautiful Broadmeadow, the home of the Newcastle Jockey Club. The Newcastle Gold Cup is the headline event of the two-day Newcastle Racing Carnival. There are four other black-type events held during the Newcastle Racing Carnival, including two Group 3 events, the Cameron Handicap (1500m) and the Tibbie Stakes (1400m).

Depending on their spring campaign plans and their results in the Newcastle Gold Cup, many of the runners will continue on to major feature races during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival including Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) on Epson Handicap Day at Randwick.

The Newcastle Gold Cup winner is exempt from The Metropolitan ballot and Glencadam Gold (2012) was the last horse to do the double.

The year before, Green Moon (2011) won the Newcastle Gold Cup before a next-up second in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m). Green Moon also went on to win the 2012 Melbourne Cup over the two miles at Flemington.

The 2020 Newcastle Gold Cup ran on Friday September 18, 2020 and saw local trainer Kris Lees finally take out his home-town Cup with the favourite Mugatoo. 

Newcastle Gold Cup
Date: Friday September 18, 2020
Track: Newcastle Racecourse
Distance: 2300m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $200,000

2020 Newcastle Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #1 Mugatoo
  • 2nd: #2 Hush Writer
  • 3rd: #12 Attention Run

Last start Group 3 Premier’s Cup winner at Rosehill, six-year-old Australian Bloodstock import Mugatoo ($2.40F) continued his spring success taking out the Newcastle Gold Cup 2020 results. Fifteen-time Group 1 winning trainer Kris Lees finally saluted in his home-town Cup with Mugatoo ridden to victory by triple Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy, the favourite defeating last year’s champion Hush Writer in a powerful finish.

Click here to read more on the Newcastle Cup 2020 win by Mugatoo.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 7 59kg $2.40F
2 2 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.54L 11 56kg $5
3 12 ATTENTION RUN (GER) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 2.13L 14 54kg $26
4 8 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 2.27L 15 54kg $9.50
5 7 NORWAY (IRE) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 3.98L 13 54kg $31
6 4 CARZOFF (FR) Chris Waller Lee Magorrian 5.33L 3 54.5kg $19
7 9 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 8.17L 2 54kg $8.50
8 14 ALIFEROUS Kris Lees Regan Bayliss 9.01L 9 54kg $14
9 15 ZACADA (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee Brandon Griffiths (a) 9.03L 1 54kg $151
10 3 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Robbie Dolan 9.95L 8 54.5kg $41
11 16 THE GETAWAY Paul Perry Ms Rachael Murray 9.97L 4 54kg $201
12 11 HERENGAWE (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 10.41L 6 54kg $15
13 6 BIG DUKE (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett 12.14L 10 54kg $31
14 17e NOTHING TOO HARD Paul Perry Ms Mikayla Weir (a) 15.98L 12 54kg $201
15 13 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Glen Boss 22.4L 5 54kg $101
10 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith Ms Kathy O’Hara 0
5 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Newcastle Gold Cup Odds

The spring’s top Newcastle Gold Cup 2020 racing odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available for punters below once released.

Mugatoo ($2.40 in 2020) was the last favourite in Newcastle Gold Cup betting to salute for the punters.

2020 Newcastle Gold Cup Field

The Newcastle Gold Cup field attracts a quality line-up of second tier spring stayers each season, many coming off lead-up runs in races like the Listed Wyong Cup (2100m) a fortnight earlier or Rosehill’s Listed Premiers’ Cup (1900m) the month before. Carzoff (2018) was the last horse to do the Wyong Cup – Newcastle Cup double.

The official Newcastle Gold Cup Final Field & Barriers are announced on the Wednesday of race week.

Kris Lees’ last start Group 3 Premier’s Cup winner Mugatoo heads a capacity 2020 Newcastle Gold Cup field carrying the 59kg topweight this Friday.

Update: #5 Sir Charles Road (15) drawn wide has been scratched from the Newcastle Cup field and the only emergency, Nothing Too Hard (12) coming in for a run.

Update: #10 Grey Lion (13) has been scratched.

Click here to read more on the key chances in the 2020 Newcastle Gold Cup field & betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6x11126x11 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 7 59kg 108
2 816x7000x3 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 11 56kg 102
3 55313770×7 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Robbie Dolan 8 54.5kg 99
4 x024923328 CARZOFF (FR) Chris Waller Lee Magorrian 3 54.5kg 99
5 0533499×00 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 15 54kg 98
6 6x750x9084 BIG DUKE (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett 10 54kg 97
7 731x7836x0 NORWAY (IRE) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 14 54kg 97
8 11123×0011 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 17 54kg 97
9 3×08364252 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 2 54kg 97
10 40880×0830 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith Ms Kathy O’Hara 13 54kg 96
11 36221×0553 HERENGAWE (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 6 54kg 95
12 6x507x1925 ATTENTION RUN (GER) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 16 54kg 94
13 x47740715x SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Glen Boss 5 54kg 92
14 442944×333 ALIFEROUS Kris Lees Regan Bayliss 9 54kg 90
15 76P8x8x600 ZACADA (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee Brandon Griffiths (a) 1 54kg 54kg 87
16 4×00000759 THE GETAWAY Paul Perry Ms Rachael Murray 4 54kg 67
17e 63213×1374 NOTHING TOO HARD Paul Perry 12 54kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Newcastle Gold Cup Nominations

Nominations for the Newcastle Gold Cup close the Monday of race week and will be published below once announced.

The 2020 Newcastle Gold Cup Nominations feature a class list of 19 stayers including the defending champion Hush Writer coming off a third in the Wyong Gold Cup, winner of that race Paths Of Glory, Chris Waller’s Wyong and Grafton Cup runner-up The Lord Mayor, and the in-form Kris Lees-trained Mugatoo coming off a Group 3 Rosehill win.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 442944×333 ALIFEROUS M 5 Kris Lees 90
2 6x507x1925 ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 6 Kris Lees 94
3 55313770×7 AZURO (FR) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
4 6x750x9084 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 9 Kris Lees 97
5 x024923328 CARZOFF (FR) G 8 Chris Waller 99
6 40880×0830 GREY LION (IRE) G 9 Matthew Smith 96
7 36221×0553 HERENGAWE (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 95
8 816x7000x3 HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 102
9 6x11126x11 MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 108
10 160x1225x0 MUSTAJEER (GB) G 8 Kris Lees 112
11 731x7836x0 NORWAY (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 97
12 63213×1374 NOTHING TOO HARD G 6 Paul Perry
13 11123×0011 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 97
14 0533499×00 SIR CHARLES ROAD G 7 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 98
15 x47740715x SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 9 Matthew Smith 92
16 32142×2314 TAIKOMOCHI G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 105
17 4×00000759 THE GETAWAY G 7 Paul Perry
18 3×08364252 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 97
19 76P8x8x600 ZACADA (NZ) G 8 Jim & Greg Lee 87

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Newcastle Gold Cup History

Inaugurated in 1898, the Newcastle Gold Cup has an extensive history of prestige. Over time, the Newcastle Gold Cup has garnered a reputation as one of the most renowned country cup events in the nation. The reputation is shared by Broadmeadow Racecourse and the Newcastle Jockey Club. Originally a Principal race, the Newcastle Gold Cup was granted Group 2 status in 1980. In 2001, however, the event was downgraded to Group 3, a status it has held since.

The calendar slot the Newcastle Gold Cup occupies ensures that the race attracts a number of top-rated horses each year. Many of the runners in the Newcastle Gold Cup have plans to contest major Group 1 events further down the track. 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon took out the Newcastle Gold Cup in 2011. 1982 Newcastle Cup winner Gurners Lane went on to win the Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup double. Bianca, who took out the 2008 Newcastle Gold Cup, went on to place second in The Metropolitan.

Other notable Newcastle Gold Cup winners include Raven’s Plume (1898), Duke Alwyne (1915, 1916), Salazar (1939), Lord Valentine (1941), Mr Mako (1985), Agincourt Express (2001) and Glencadam Gold (2012).

A new Newcastle Gold Cup race record was set in 2019 when Gai Waterhouse won the event for the sixth time since 2000 with Hush Writer who took it out in 2 minutes, 23.25 seconds.

In 2020 Hush Writer just failed to go back-to-back running second to Mugatoo, the winner handing local horseman Kris Lees his first Newcastle Gold Cup success.

Newcastle Gold Cup results since 2000 are provided below.

Newcastle Gold Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Mugatoo 2 minutes 25.10 seconds
2nd Hush Writer
3rd Attention Run
2019
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Hush Writer 2 minutes 23.25 seconds (R)
2nd Attention Run
3rd Our Candidate
2018
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Carzoff 2 minutes 24.44 seconds
2nd Auvray
3rd Just Shine
2017
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Broadside 2 minutes 24.26 seconds
2nd Auvray
3rd Admiral Jello
2016
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Sacred Master 2 minutes 14.5 seconds
2nd Dee I Cee
3rd Junoob
2015
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Beyond Thankful 2 minutes 23.5 seconds
2nd Orbec
3rd Rio Perdido
2014
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Disclaimer 2 minutes 23.2 seconds
2nd Brigantin
3rd Wish Come True
2013
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Winning Glory 2 minutes 24.9 seconds
2nd Lucripetous
3rd Peal Of Bells
2012
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Glencadem Gold 2 minutes 23.3 seconds
2nd Peal Of Bells
3rd Gazza Guru
2011
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Green Moon 2 minutes 22.4 seconds
2nd Home On A Wing
3rd Gazza Guru
2010
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Stratofortress 2 minutes 22.2 seconds
2nd Snow Alert
3rd Scottish Border
2009
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Streetfighter 2 minutes 26.9 seconds
2nd Lodge The Deeds
3rd Enzedex Eagle
2008
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Bianca 2 minutes 23.4 seconds
2nd Keepin The Dream
3rd County Tyrone
2007
Newcastle Gold Cup
Race Not Held
2006
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Bikkie Tin Blues 2 minutes 21.3 seconds
2nd Exinite
3rd Respect
2005
Newcastle Gold Cup
=1st Carael Boy 2 minutes 25.6 seconds
=1st High Cee
3rd Cross Bar
2004
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Another Warrior 2 minutes 20.5 seconds
2nd New York Style
3rd County Tyrone
2003
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Comforts 2 minutes 21.5 seconds
2nd My Tally
3rd Daneborough
2002
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Time Off 2 minutes 23.4 seconds
2nd Red Trinket
3rd Danyon
2001
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Agincourt Express 2 minutes 24.9 seconds
2nd Yuppie
3rd Consolidator
2000
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Silent Impact 2 minutes 23.4 seconds
2nd Prophet’s Kiss
3rd She’s Neat

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