Grafton Cup

The Grafton Cup runs a Grafton Racecourse on a Thursday in mid-July and is the feature race conducted by the Clarence River Jockey Club each winter.

2019 Grafton Cup Results

  • 1st: #9 Sacred Day
  • 2nd: #3 Sopressa
  • 3rd: #5 Vaucluse Bay



The Grafton Cup is a Listed race held annually at Grafton Racecourse in NSW. Held in the winter around mid-July, the Grafton Cup is run by the Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC).

Conducted over 2350m, the Grafton Cup attracts a quality line-up of winter stayers and offers a total of $160,000 in prize money. The headline event of the two-day Grafton Cup Carnival, the black-type takes place on a Thursday and follows the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) for the sprinters at the Grafton track on the Wednesday.

The 2019 Grafton Cup ran on Thursday July 11, 2019 and was won by the Kiwi raider Sacred Day. 

Grafton Cup 2019
Date: Thursday July 11, 2019
Track: Grafton Racecourse
Distance: 2350m
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $160,000
Conditions: Quality Handicap

2019 Grafton Cup Results

  • 1st: #9 Sacred Day
  • 2nd: #3 Sopressa
  • 3rd: #5 Vaucluse Bay

The Grafton Cup 2019 Results saw Kiwi horseman Tony Pike continue his awesome run down under over the winter with a quarter-length win by his in-form four-year-old Sacred Bay. Earlier in the season Pike took out a Group 1 double in Brisbane with his sprinter The Bostonian. In a blanket finish, the Grafton Cup winner Sacred Day beat home Victorian mare Sopressa – coming off a Caloundra Cup second – with the Chris Waller-trained Vaucluse Bay running third in a photo.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 9 SACRED DAY (NZ) Tony Pike Ben Looker 1 54kg $13
2 3 SOPRESSA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Matthew McGillivray 0.4L 5 56.5kg $6
3 5 VAUCLUSE BAY Chris Waller Jason Collett 0.46L 8 54kg $5.50
4 1 IGRAINE (GER) Robert Priscott Robbie Fradd 1.84L 4 59kg $4F
5 7 NO MONEY NO HONEY Richard Laming Tegan Harrison 3.07L 2 54kg $21
6 6 HAPPY GO PLUCKY John Gilmore Jim Byrne 3.14L 6 54kg $5
7 4 HE EKSCELS (NZ) Richard Laming Daniel Griffin 7.2L 10 55kg $5.50
8 2 EXOTERIC (GB) Chris Waller Ryan Maloney 9.05L 9 59kg $12
9 8 I’LL MISS YOU Julie Pratten Jay Ford 10.13L 11 54kg $101
10 13 UBER COUGAR (NZ) Maree Hopkins Raymond Spokes 12.66L 3 54kg (cd 55kg) $151
11 12 LATINO LOVER Ethan Ensby Noriyuki Masuda (a) 14.26L 7 54kg $151
12 10 PROTEST Bryan & Daniel Guy Jason Taylor 15.71L 12 54kg $151
13 14 MISSY MUSKETEER Kim Loy Clayton Gallagher (a) 21.74L 13 54kg $151
11 LOVING HOME (GB) Tess Wilkes Taylor Marshall 0

2019 Grafton Cup Odds

The winter’s latest Grafton Cup 2019 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below leading-up to the race.

2019 Grafton Cup Field

The Grafton Cup field features plenty of graduates out of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival events including the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) held a fortnight prior at the Sunshine Coast. The other key lead-up race into the Grafton Cup field each winter is the Grafton Cup Prelude (2215m) conducted just a week before the Listed event. Rednav (2016) was the last galloper to complete the Grafton Cup Prelude – Grafton Cup racing double.

The official Grafton Cup 2019 Final Field & Barriers are set for release on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2019 Grafton Cup Field features 14 hopeful winter stayers including last start Caloundra Cup winner Igraine and the Chris Waller-trained fourth-placegetter out of the same lead-up, Exoteric, who carry the equal 59kg topweight.

Read more on the Grafton Cup 2019 field and betting markets. 

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 12×9422301 IGRAINE (GER) Robert Priscott Robbie Fradd 4 59kg 101
2 1512×70604 EXOTERIC (GB) Chris Waller Ryan Maloney 9 59kg 97
3 8×05678272 SOPRESSA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Matthew McGillivray 5 56.5kg 96
4 832×826011 HE EKSCELS (NZ) Richard Laming Daniel Griffin 10 55kg 89
5 6662130329 VAUCLUSE BAY Chris Waller Jason Collett 8 54kg 84
6 1519×63041 HAPPY GO PLUCKY John Gilmore Jim Byrne 6 54kg 76
7 4944×41223 NO MONEY NO HONEY Richard Laming Tegan Harrison 2 54kg 65
8 4353×41910 I’LL MISS YOU Julie Pratten Matthew McGuren 12 54kg (probable weight 55kg) 64
9 184346×531 SACRED DAY (NZ) Tony Pike Ben Looker 1 54kg 63
10 22852×6561 PROTEST Bryan & Daniel Guy Jason Taylor 13 54kg 58
11 9×73266406 LOVING HOME (GB) Tess Wilkes Taylor Marshall 11 54kg 55
12 6048215879 LATINO LOVER Ethan Ensby Noriyuki Masuda (a) 7 54kg 52
13 5415516×85 UBER COUGAR (NZ) Maree Hopkins Raymond Spokes 3 54kg (probable weight 55kg) 50
14 4636722312 MISSY MUSKETEER Kim Loy Clayton Gallagher (a) 14 54kg 49

2019 Grafton Cup Nominations

The Grafton Cup 2019 Nominations close the Thursday prior to the race, along with those for the Ramornie Handicap.

The 2019 Grafton Cup Nominations attracted 19 stayers with the Kiwi-trained mare Igraine allocated the 59kg topweight after her big 2.25 length Caloundra Cup win.

Read more about the Grafton Cup 2019 Nominees & Weights. 

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 12×9422301 IGRAINE (GER) M 6 Robert Priscott 1= 59kg 101
2 832×826011 HE EKSCELS (NZ) G 5 Richard Laming 1= 55kg 89
3 1519×63041 HAPPY GO PLUCKY G 5 John Gilmore 1= 54kg 76
4 1512×70604 EXOTERIC (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 4 59kg 97
5 8×05678272 SOPRESSA M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 56.5kg 96
6 6662130329 VAUCLUSE BAY G 5 Chris Waller 6 54kg 84
7 180×631731 PRIMITIVO G 4 John Thompson 7 54kg 77
8 67x6078x87 RENEGED G 6 John Thompson 8 54kg 70
9 4944×41223 NO MONEY NO HONEY M 6 Richard Laming 9 54kg 65
10 4353×41910 I’LL MISS YOU M 7 Julie Pratten 10 54kg 64
11 184346×531 SACRED DAY (NZ) G 4 Tony Pike 11 54kg 63
12 22852×6561 PROTEST M 4 Bryan & Daniel Guy 12 54kg 58
13 9×73266406 LOVING HOME (GB) G 8 Tess Wilkes 13 54kg 55
14 0731124508 FENCOURT (NZ) G 5 Ethan Ensby 14 54kg 53
15 6048215879 LATINO LOVER G 5 Ethan Ensby 15 54kg 52
16 5415516×85 UBER COUGAR (NZ) M 5 Maree Hopkins 16 54kg 50
17 4636722312 MISSY MUSKETEER M 4 Kim Loy 17 54kg 49
18 5×06313670 CORSINI M 4 Matthew John Dunn 18 54kg 48
19 05×9087584 ROTOITI (NZ) G 5 Pat O’Grady 19 54kg 30

Grafton Cup History

The Grafton Cup has long been an important part of NSW country racing. Since its inception, regional trainers have placed major emphasis on the race as one of the better staying events held outside of metropolitan areas. The Grafton Cup is held on the second Thursday of every July, a tradition that grants the CRJC a day with no competing black type events. The Wednesday prior to the Grafton Cup also boasts racing, forming a two day racing festival which is quite popular in the area. A half-holiday is granted throughout the shire on Grafton Cup Day.

Notable Grafton Cup winners include Mr O’Ceirin (2013), Twin Wing (2010) and Pacific Dancer (2004).

Grafton Cup Results

The Grafton Cup winners and results since 2000 are listed below.

Year Place Horse Time
 
2019
Grafton Cup
1st
Sacred Day
2 minutes 26.46 seconds
2nd Sopressa
3rd Vaucluse Bay
 
2018
Grafton Cup
1st
First Crush
2 minutes 23.3 seconds
2nd Winkler
3rd Reneged
 
2017
Grafton Cup
1st
Supply And Demand
2 minutes 23.33
2nd Get On The Grange
3rd Montauk
 
2016
Grafton Cup
1st
Rednav
2:24.44 seconds
2nd All Clear
3rd Jumbo Prince
 
2015
Grafton Cup
1st
Bonfire
2:22.59 seconds
2nd Kapour
3rd Shoreham
 
2014
Grafton Cup
1st
Queenstown
2:24.10 seconds
2nd Secessio
3rd Noisy Ocean
 
2013
Grafton Cup
1st
Mr O’Ceirin
2:26.16
2nd Yulalona
3rd Reuben Percival
 
2012
Grafton Cup
1st
Shamardashing
2:25.30
2nd Saint Encosta
3rd Warrior Within
 
2011
Grafton Cup
1st
Warrior Within
2:23.56
2nd Gold In Dubai
3rd Shuffle The Cash
 
2010
Grafton Cup
1st
Twin Wing
2:23.98
2nd Frozone
3rd Ironstein
 
2009
Grafton Cup
1st
Castle Heights
2:24.98
2nd Hume
3rd Twin Wing
 
2008
Grafton Cup
1st
Art Success
2:22.92
2nd Belmonte
3rd Juerga
 
2007
Grafton Cup
1st
Ashraf
2:22.91
2nd Kincharm
3rd Casa De Campo
 
2006
Grafton Cup
1st
Rocking On
2:26.41
2nd Gaze On
3rd Victory Charm
 
2005
Grafton Cup
1st
Stormhill
2:25.50
2nd Precise Timing
3rd Dancing Daggers
 
2004
Grafton Cup
1st
Pacific Dancer
2:26.48
2nd Corporate Queen
3rd Zabeat
 
2003
Grafton Cup
1st
Belus
2:27.20
2nd Majestically
3rd Legerdemain
 
2002
Grafton Cup
1st
Master Pom
2:26.86
2nd Paestum
3rd Asia
 
2001
Grafton Cup
1st
Desk Top Lover
2:27.78
2nd Crown Mahal
3rd Viva La Vie
 
2000
Grafton Cup
1st
Simigan
2:26.21
2nd Super Revenir
3rd Akwazoff
 

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