Summer Cup

The Summer Cup is a Group 3 handicap held at Royal Randwick on Boxing Day each December over the Christmas racing season.

2017 Summer Cup Results

  • 1st: #9 Montauk
  • 2nd: #2 Red Excitment
  • 3rd: #3 Testashadow



The 2017 Summer Cup is a Group 3 handicap event held at Royal Randwick Racecourse each year on Boxing Day, December 26. After a break from racing on Christmas Day, the Boxing Day races in Sydney are hugely popular.

Held over 2000m under handicap conditions, the Summer Cup is open to all horses aged three years and older. With $150,000 prize money on offer, the Summer Cup is a decent target for horses who are at the end of their spring campaign.

It stands as one of the only Group events held in Sydney during the summer, and is the standalone black-type event on the day. Elsewhere in the country, Morphettville and Sandown also host Boxing Day races.

The Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) is a reasonably popular lead up race to the Summer Cup. Following the Summer Cup, most horses head to the paddock. Some might choose to head over to Western Australia for the last of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival races including the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) run on either New Year’s Eve or in the first week of January.

The 2017 Summer Cup ran on Tuesday December 26, 2017 and was won by the Chris Waller-trained Mon

Summer Cup 2017
Date: Tuesday December 26, 2017
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: 3YO+ Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2017 Summer Cup Results

  • 1st: #9 Montauk
  • 2nd: #2 Red Excitement
  • 3rd: #3 Testashadow

See below for the full Summer Cup 2017 Results & Finishing Order, the Boxing Day classic narrowly won by the Chris Waller-trained Montauk ($12) ridden by bush-based hoop Mathew Cahill who enjoyed his first stakes success in five years. Randwick specialist Montauk edged out the defending Summer Cup winner Red Excitement ($5.50) for a long-neck victory, while Testashadow ($6) ran just over a half-length off the winner in third.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 9 MONTAUK Chris Waller Mathew Cahill 5 53kg $12
2 2 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 0.2L 3 57.5kg $5.50
3 3 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Tye Angland 0.6L 4 57kg $6
4 4 MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Chris O’Brien 1L 8 55kg $5F
5 6 DEE I CEE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King (a) 1.2L 6 53kg $15
6 5 DARK EYES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jean Van Overmeire (a) 2.1L 1 54kg $6.50
7 1 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Jay Ford 2.5L 7 59kg $26
8 8 BLACK ON GOLD Chris Waller Corey Brown 3.3L 9 53kg $8.50
9 12 WAKING MOMENT John P Thompson Blaike McDougall (a) 3.7L 10 53kg $51
10 7 SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees Ms Kathy O’Hara 6.1L 2 53kg $51
11 10 LORD KINGSLEY Lauri Wray Christian Reith 12.7L 11 53kg (cd 54kg) $10
11 ASHKANND (FR) Richard Litt Ms Rachael Murray 0

2017 Summer Cup Betting Odds

The latest Summer Cup odds on the Group 3 Boxing Day race at Royal Randwick will be found below complete with links to Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back your Summer Cup Tips at the best racing odds!

2017 Summer Cup Field

The Summer Cup Field attracts a quality line-up of middle-distance summer stayers, many of which are backing-up out of a Villiers Stakes run over the Randwick mile in mid-December.

Racing NSW officially release the Summer Cup 2017 Final Field & Barriers the Thursday before the race and the acceptances will be available in full below.

The 2017 Summer Cup Field features a dozen hopefuls including last year’s champion Red Excitement back to defend his title and the 2015 winner Mighty Lucky coming off a string of fourth placings including in the Villiers Stakes from December 16.

Read more on the Summer Cup 2017 Final Field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 7634150410 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Jay Ford 7 59kg 108
2 5×42780537 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 3 57.5kg 105
3 633030×716 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Tye Angland 4 57kg 104
4 64×7227444 MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Chris O’Brien 8 55kg 100
5 105×753610 DARK EYES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jean Van Overmeire (a) 1 54kg 98
6 x8x01784x8 DEE I CEE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King (a) 6 53kg 96
7 40x667100x SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees Ms Kathy O’Hara 2 53kg 92
8 6100×12126 BLACK ON GOLD Chris Waller Corey Brown 9 53kg 91
9 2454323×73 MONTAUK Chris Waller Mathew Cahill 5 53kg 89
10 038×117212 LORD KINGSLEY Lauri Wray Christian Reith 11 53kg 83
11 0966843511 ASHKANND (FR) Richard Litt Ms Rachael Murray 12 53kg 71
12 57170×6577 WAKING MOMENT John P Thompson Blaike McDougall (a) 10 53kg 71

2017 Summer Cup Nominations

The 2017 Summer Cup nominations will be provided here as soon as released by Racing NSW the week before the race.

Summer Cup History

The Summer Cup was inaugurated in 1890, with Stockwell taking home the first Summer Cup trophy. Throughout the years, the Summer Cup has been variously held at Warwick Farm, Rosehill Gardens and its current home, Royal Randwick.

The distance of the Summer Cup has varied too, with it running over 2400m at Rosehill in 2011, as opposed to its current 2000m.

Quite a few decent horses have gone through the Summer Cup. Notable recent Summer Cup winners include I’m Imposing (2013-14), Mighty Lucky (2015) and Red Excitement (2016) who improved on a lead-up third in the Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill three weeks earlier. Red Excitement also went on to run second to Montauk (2017) in the following year’s Summer Cup results.

Summer Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Summer Cup
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Summer Cup
1st Montauk 2 minutes 5.74 seconds
2nd Red Excitement
3rd Testashadow
2016
Summer Cup
1st Red Excitement 2 minutes 3.81 seconds
2nd Foreign Prince
3rd Shalmaneser
2015
Summer Cup
1st Mighty Lucky 2 minutes 3.7 seconds
2nd Junoob
3rd I’m Imposing
2014
Summer Cup
1st I’m Imposing 2 minutes 4.8 seconds
2nd Midsummer Sun
3rd Casino Dancer
2013
Summer Cup
1st I’m Imposing 2 minutes 4.8 seconds
2nd Travolta
3rd Destiny’s Kiss
2012
Summer Cup
1st Le Roi 2 minutes 35.1 seconds
2nd Brightest
3rd Praecido
2011
Summer Cup
1st Yulalona 2 minutes 30.1 seconds
2nd Nextanix
3rd Count Encosta
2010
Summer Cup
1st Spechenka 2 minutes 26.3 seconds
2nd Strike One
3rd Let Them Have It
2009
Summer Cup
1st Solid Billing 2 minutes 30.6 seconds
2nd Zazabeau
3rd Rockwood
2008
Summer Cup
1st Ready To Lift 2 minutes 31.8 seconds
2nd Bellagio Wynn
3rd Zazabeau
2007
Summer Cup
1st Race Not Held
2nd
3rd
2006
Summer Cup
1st Jamberoo 2 minutes 32.9 seconds
2nd Game On
3rd Taken At The Flood
2005
Summer Cup
1st Aqua D’Amore 2 minutes 28.1 seconds
2nd County Tyrone
3rd Beat The Tide
2004
Summer Cup
1st This Manshood 2 minutes 27.8 seconds
2nd Vereza
3rd New York Style
2003
Summer Cup
1st Stadium 2 minutes 30.1 seconds
2nd Ocho
3rd Stoway
2002
Summer Cup
1st Stoway 2 minutes 33.2 seconds
2nd Ego Fast
3rd Barawin
2001
Summer Cup
1st Majestically 2 minutes 29.3 seconds
2nd Zarayev
3rd Power Of Pegasus
2000
Summer Cup
1st Lanolin 2 minutes 27.4 seconds
2nd Vitrinite
3rd Consolidator

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