Launceston Cup

The Ladbrokes 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.

2024 Launceston Cup Results

  • 1st: #6 Excelleration
  • 2nd: #2 Alhambra Lad
  • 3rd: #4 Grand Pierro



The Ladbrokes 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 $300,000 in prize money as of 2023.

Launceston Cup Day also features the Group 3 Vamos Stakes (1400m) for the fillies and mares that offers 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 2022 Launceston Cup form was franked with the runner-up Ho Ho Khan heading to Melbourne for a brave next-up fourth in Flemington’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) that autumn at 60/1.

The Launceston Cup 2023 winner Aurora’s Symphony (who also won the event in 2022) franked the form with a next-up second in that year’s Group 2 Adelaide Cup results. The 2023 Launceston Cup third placed Spirit Ridge further franked the form with plenty of good, subsequent runs including a second in Sydney’s Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) that spring. 

The Ladbrokes Launceston Cup 2024 ran on Wednesday February 28, 2024 as part of the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival and was won in style by the Victorian visitor and race favourite Excelleration ($2.60F). 

2024 Launceston Cup
Date: Wednesday February 28, 2024
Track: Launceston Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $300,000

2024 Launceston Cup Results

  • 1st: #6 Excelleration ($2.60F)
  • 2nd: #2 Alhambra Lad
  • 3rd: #4 Grand Pierro

Richard Cully’s Victorian raider Excelleration ($2.60F) relished a big drop in weight to easily account for his Tasmanian rivals with a dominant victory for the punters in the 2024 Ladbrokes Launceston Cup results

  Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
  1 6 EXCELLERATION Richard Cully Harry Coffey   4 54kg   $2.60F
  2 2 ALHAMBRA LAD (NZ) Patrick Payne Jye McNeil 1.25L 6 55.5kg   $6
  3 4 GRAND PIERRO Jason Warren Craig Williams 1.35L 5 54kg   $5
  4 5 ASHY BOY Glenn Stevenson Craig Newitt 4.35L 3 54kg   $13
  5 3 WYCLIF (GB) Ciaron Maher Ms Carleen Hefel 4.45L 9 54kg   $10
  6 1 AURORA’S SYMPHONY Symon Wilde Jordan Childs 5.45L 2 61.5kg   $4.80
  7 8 RISING LIGHT Gaetan Delon Ms Codi Jordan 7.2L 1 54kg   $41
  8 7 ASSARANCA Barry Campbell Anthony Darmanin 7.4L 10 54kg   $101
  9 10 VINTAGE DIESEL (NZ) John Blacker Ms Sigrid Carr 9.9L 7 54kg   $151
  10 9 I’M SO COOL John Keys David Pires 10.9L 8 54kg (cd 55kg)   $81

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2024 Launceston Cup Betting Odds

The latest Ladbrokes Launceston Cup 2024 odds and betting market links will be released below as soon as available.

The latest Launceston Cup favourites to salute for the punters are Big Duke ($2.10 in 2017 and Excelleration ($2.60 in 2024). 

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 LAUNCESTON CUP ODDS (Final Field)

2024 Launceston Cup Form Guide

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2024 LAUNCESTON CUP FORM GUIDE

2024 Launceston Cup Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Ladbrokes Launceston Cup 2024 Tips on the popular Tassie staying showdown this summer.

  • To Win: #6 Excelleration ($3.90 at time of publish) – BET NOW

While Aurora’s Symphony is the clear class favorite in the Ladbrokes Launceston Cup, I’m leaning towards Excelleration for better value. This Richard Cully-trained seven-year-old dominated the Great Western Cup (1950m) with a 4.25 length win under 59.5kg. Though he faces tougher competition and a longer distance, he drops to 54kg and has a prime draw in barrier four. While the 2400m raises some questions, Excelleration’s current form makes him hard to ignore.

2024 Launceston Cup Field

The Launceston Cup 2024 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.

The 2024 Ladbrokes Launceston Cup final field features a smart line-up of summer stayers led in betting by the airborne Aurora’s Symphony chasing a third win on the trot and looking to complete the Hobart Cup – Launceston Cup double as the dual defending champion. 

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2024 Ladbrokes Launceston Cup field and betting markets

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11280×7011 AURORA’S SYMPHONY Symon Wilde Jordan Childs 2 61.5kg   107
2 1122×76218 ALHAMBRA LAD (NZ) Patrick Payne Jye McNeil 6 55.5kg   95
3 x013952852 WYCLIF (GB) Ciaron Maher Ms Carleen Hefel 9 54kg   90
4 x462146433 GRAND PIERRO Jason Warren Craig Williams 5 54kg   89
5 635×121124 ASHY BOY Glenn Stevenson Craig Newitt 3 54kg   88
6 141x22x551 EXCELLERATION Richard Cully Harry Coffey 4 54kg   86
7 61x6x05747 ASSARANCA Barry Campbell Anthony Darmanin 10 54kg   80
8 5×68750776 RISING LIGHT Gaetan Delon Ms Codi Jordan (late alt) 1 54kg   79
9 3689361301 I’M SO COOL John Keys David Pires 8 54kg   70
10 3112P73243 VINTAGE DIESEL (NZ) John Blacker Ms Sigrid Carr 7 54kg   65

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2024 Launceston Cup Nominations

Early nominations for the Launceston Cup in 2024 are out the Wednesday before race day and will be updated below once confirmed.

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.

In 2023 Aurora’s Symphony successfully defended his title to become the latest back-to-back Launceston Cup winner. 

Recent Launceston Cup Winners

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

Year Place Horse Time
 
2024 Launceston Cup 1st Excelleration 2 minutes 31.53 seconds
2nd Alhambra Lad
3rd Grand Pierro
 
2023 Launceston Cup 1st Aurora’s Symphony 2 minutes 31.35 seconds
2nd Rising Light
3rd Spirit Ridge
 
2022 Launceston Cup 1st Aurora’s Symphony 2 minutes 30.55 seconds
2nd Ho Ho Khan
3rd The Risk Factor
 
2021 Launceston Cup 1st Glass Warrior 2 minutes 31.70 seconds
2nd Sh’Bourne Renegade
3rd White Hawk
 
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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