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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.
2023 Launceston Cup Results
- 1st: #3 Aurora's Symphony
- 2nd: Rising Light
- 3rd: Spirit Ridge
Launceston Cup News
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 weight-for-age Listed Mowbray Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 Vamos Stakes (1400m) for the fillies and mares 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 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 Ladbrokes Launceston Cup 2023 ran on Wednesday February 22, 2023 and was won by Symon Wilde’s six-year-old from Warrnambool Aurora’s Symphony ($6) who successfully defended his title in Tassie.
|2023 Launceston Cup|
|Date:||Wednesday February 22, 2023|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
2023 Launceston Cup Results
- 1st: #3 Aurora’s Symphony ($6)
- 2nd: #8 Rising Light
- 3rd: #1 Spirit Ridge
The Symon Wilde-trained defending champion Aurora’s Symphony ($6) enjoyed a half-length win in the 2023 Launceston Cup results on Wednesday for back-to-back victories having also saluted in the event last season.
|1||3||AURORA’S SYMPHONY||Symon Wilde||Blaike McDougall||1||55.5kg||$6|
|2||8||RISING LIGHT||Gaetan Delon||Ms Carleen Hefel (a)||0.5L||11||54kg||$31|
|3||1||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Blake Shinn||0.6L||12||59kg||$3.60|
|4||7||WHITE HAWK||Angela Brakey||Mehmet Ulucinar||2.85L||6||54kg||$101|
|5||11||MISS CHARLIE BROWN||Adam Trinder||Troy Baker||4.1L||7||54kg||$91|
|6||10||ASSARANCA||Barry Campbell||Anthony Darmanin||4.3L||2||54kg||$41|
|7||15||BREW HORSE||Stephen Shaw||Bulent Muhcu||4.4L||9||54kg||$31|
|8||5||GLASS WARRIOR||John Blacker||Ms Chelsea Baker (a)||4.6L||4||54kg||$41|
|9||2||MILITARY MISSION (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Winona Costin||5.35L||3||56.5kg||$2.50F|
|10||4||DARK DREAM||Ben & JD Hayes||Craig Newitt||5.45L||14||55kg||$13|
|11||6||TRAVELLING GIGOLO||Scott Brunton||David Pires||7.45L||8||54kg||$10|
|12||12||PERUN (NZ)||Alana Fulton||Ms Alana Kelly||10.2L||5||54kg||$101|
|13||9||SUPER SWOOP||John Blacker||Ms Sigrid Carr||12.45L||15||54kg||$41|
|14||14||SKYWAY STAR||Scott Brunton||Ms Georgie Catania||14.7L||13||54kg||$101|
|15||13||CREATIVE HERO||Julie Richards||Liam Riordan||21.2L||10||54kg||$101|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Launceston Cup Betting Odds
The latest Ladbrokes Launceston Cup 2023 odds and betting market links will be released below as soon as available.
The last Launceston Cup favourite to salute for the punters was Big Duke ($2.10 in 2017).
CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 LAUNCESTON CUP ODDS (Final Field)
2023 Launceston Cup Form Guide
2023 Launceston Cup Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Ladbrokes Launceston Cup 2023 Tips on the popular Tassie staying showdown this summer.
- To Win: #2 Military Mission ($2.80 at time of publish)
Top three hard to split in this year’s Launceston Cup but tough to go past the favourite Military Mission from the Waterhouse/Bott operation. The five-year-old grey was very good in the Group 3 Hobart Cup winning over the 2400m distance by more than two lengths. He did only carry 54kg and will need to be improving going up to 56.5kg as he chases the Tassie Cups double. Did enough to suggest he can do just that with Winona Costin retaining the ride. Back don’t sack.
2023 Launceston Cup Field
The Launceston Cup 2023 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 2023 Launceston Cup final field features a quality line-up of autumn-bound stayers including last start Hobart Cup champ by over two lengths Military Mission from the Waterhouse / Bott stable.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||4408×04123||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Blake Shinn||12||59kg||103|
|2||24×9179531||MILITARY MISSION (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Winona Costin||3||56.5kg||98|
|3||7x783807x1||AURORA’S SYMPHONY||Symon Wilde||Blaike McDougall||1||55.5kg||96|
|4||4×75264644||DARK DREAM||Ben & JD Hayes||Craig Newitt||14||55kg||95|
|5||4549×06167||GLASS WARRIOR||John Blacker||Ms Chelsea Baker (a)||4||54kg||91|
|6||11311×9252||TRAVELLING GIGOLO||Scott Brunton||David Pires||8||54kg||84|
|7||x083640868||WHITE HAWK||Angela Brakey||Mehmet Ulucinar||6||54kg||83|
|8||1151313425||RISING LIGHT||Gaetan Delon||Ms Carleen Hefel (a)||11||54kg||82|
|9||98×8673411||SUPER SWOOP||John Blacker||Ms Sigrid Carr||15||54kg||78|
|10||8x45x44312||ASSARANCA||Barry Campbell||Anthony Darmanin||2||54kg||77|
|11||12x028x445||MISS CHARLIE BROWN||Adam Trinder||Troy Baker||7||54kg||75|
|12||3106331227||PERUN (NZ)||Alana Fulton||Ms Alana Kelly||5||54kg||72|
|13||8×65624988||CREATIVE HERO||Julie Richards||Liam Riordan||10||54kg||71|
|14||15435×6650||SKYWAY STAR||Scott Brunton||Ms Georgie Catania||13||54kg||70|
|15||7211×76323||BREW HORSE||Stephen Shaw||Bulent Muhcu||9||54kg||66|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Launceston Cup Nominations
Early nominations for the Launceston Cup in 2023 are out the Wednesday before race day and will be updated below once confirmed.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|2||7x783807x1||AURORA’S SYMPHONY||G||6||Symon Wilde||96|
|3||7211×76323||BREW HORSE||G||5||Stephen Shaw||66|
|4||8×65624988||CREATIVE HERO||G||7||Julie Richards||71|
|5||4×75264644||DARK DREAM||G||8||Ben & JD Hayes||95|
|6||8000×87661||FIRST IN LINE (GB)||G||7||Matthew Smith||89|
|7||4549×06167||GLASS WARRIOR||M||7||John Blacker||91|
|8||6x7x5940x4||GRAND PROMENADE (GB)||G||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||105|
|9||24×9179531||MILITARY MISSION (IRE)||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||98|
|10||12x028x445||MISS CHARLIE BROWN||M||4||Adam Trinder||75|
|11||3106331227||PERUN (NZ)||G||8||Alana Fulton||72|
|12||28×5414128||PRINCETON AWARD||G||4||Symon Wilde||72|
|13||1151313425||RISING LIGHT||G||5||Gaetan Delon||82|
|14||15435×6650||SKYWAY STAR||M||7||Scott Brunton||70|
|15||4408×04123||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||G||8||Annabel Neasham||103|
|16||98×8673411||SUPER SWOOP||G||8||John Blacker||78|
|17||11311×9252||TRAVELLING GIGOLO||G||5||Scott Brunton||84|
|18||x083640868||WHITE HAWK||G||9||Angela Brakey||83|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
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.
|2023 Launceston Cup||1st||Aurora’s Symphony||2 minutes 31.35 seconds|
|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|
|2020 Launceston Cup||1st||Home By Midnight||2 minutes 33.13 seconds|
|2019 Launceston Cup||1st||Eastender||2 minutes 31:54 seconds|
|2018 Launceston Cup||1st||Bondeiger||2 minutes 29.56 seconds (Record)|
|2017 Launceston Cup||1st||Big Duke||2 minutes 31.30 seconds|
|2nd||Count Da Vinci|
|2016 Launceston Cup||1st||Up Cups||2 minutes 34.9 seconds|
|2015 Launceston Cup||1st||Genuine Lad||2 minutes 29.6 seconds|
|2014 Launceston Cup||1st||Epingle||2 minutes 31.3 seconds|
|2nd||Gold To Go|
|2013 Launceston Cup||1st||Geegees Blackflash||2 minutes 34.1 seconds|
|2012 Launceston Cup||1st||Prevailing||2 minutes 34.0 seconds|
|2011 Launceston Cup||1st||Fast Future||2 minutes 30.3 seconds|
|2010 Launceston Cup||1st||Larry’s Never Late||2 minutes 24.3 seconds|
|2009 Launceston Cup||1st||Zavite||2 minutes 31.2 seconds|
|2008 Launceston Cup||1st||Ista Kareem||2 minutes 31.2 seconds|
|3rd||Our Dashing Dane|
|2007 Launceston Cup||1st||Hofmeister||2 minutes 28.8 seconds|
|2006 Launceston Cup||1st||Precise Timing||2 minutes 30.0 seconds|
|2005 Launceston Cup||1st||Dakasha||2 minutes 32.2 seconds|
|3rd||Under The Bridge|
|2004 Launceston Cup||1st||Zacielo||2 minutes 32.7 seconds|
|2003 Launceston Cup||1st||St Andrews||2 minutes 29.2 seconds|
|2002 Launceston Cup||1st||St Andrews||2 minutes 31.0 seconds|
|2001 Launceston Cup||1st||Full Of Rhythm||2 minutes 45.5 seconds|
|2000 Launceston Cup||1st||St Andrews||2 minutes 48.5 seconds|