Liverpool City Cup

The annual Group 3 Liverpool City Cup runs at Royal Randwick on Chipping Norton Stakes Day in the autumn as a possible Doncaster Mile lead-up.

2023 Liverpool City Cup Results

  • 1st: #10 Think About It
  • 2nd: #7 Gravina
  • 3rd: #3 Bandersnatch



The Liverpool City Cup is a Group 3 race run at Royal Randwick Racecourse in late February or early March during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Run over a middle-sprint distance of 1300m the event is an open quality handicap for horses aged three-years-old and above. The Liverpool City Cup offers $200,000 in total prize money as of 2023 and is one of six Group status races held on Chipping Norton Stakes Day.

The meeting’s headline event is the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) followed by the recently upgraded Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m). Other key races on the card include the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) and the Liverpool City Cup.

The Liverpool City Cup is often one of the first autumn features contested by horses in the field and good follow-up races include the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill in March, the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and possibly even the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick in April during The Championships.

The 2019 Liverpool City Cup winner Dreamforce went on to run third in the George Ryder and second in the Doncaster Mile results later that autumn. The upset Liverpool City Cup winner Think It Over went on to win the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) two starts later and enjoyed a stellar rest of the year headlined by three straight victories in the spring that culminated with success in the lucrative Rosehill Gold Cup.

The 2022 Liverpool City Cup form was franked with the winner Ellsberg running third in that season’s Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) before returning in the spring to win the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) as well as the $1 million The Five Diamonds Prelude and $2 million The Five Diamonds double.

The Liverpool City Cup 2023 ran at Royal Randwick on Saturday February 25, 2023 and was won by the in-form Joe Pride-trained favourite Think About It ($3.90F).

2023 Liverpool City Cup
Date: Saturday February 25, 2023
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1300m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2023 Liverpool City Cup Results

  • 1st: #10 Think About It ($3.90F)
  • 2nd: #7 Gravina
  • 3rd: #3 Bandersnatch

Joe Pride’s airborne So You Think four-year-old, Think About It ($3.90F), was excellent saluting for the punters in the Liverpool City Cup 2023 results for his fourth win on the trot. 

  Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
  1 10 THINK ABOUT IT Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton   2 53kg   $3.90F
  2 7 GRAVINA James Cummings James McDonald 1.55L 5 55.5kg   $4.40
  3 3 BANDERSNATCH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 1.59L 8 56.5kg   $13
  4 6 SIBAAQ (GB) Annabel Neasham Hugh Bowman 1.83L 3 56kg   $7.50
  5 4 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 3.04L 1 56.5kg   $10
  6 5 QUANTICO John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 3.74L 9 56kg   $7.50
  7 2 ROCKETING BY David Pfieffer Ms Rachel King 4.16L 6 58kg   $18
  8 9 RANCH HAND Chris Waller Tyler Schiller (a) 6.31L 7 53kg   $41
  9 1 PROFONDO Richard Litt Chad Schofield 6.45L 4 58kg   $5.50
    8 NORWEGIAN BLISS (NZ) Nathan Doyle Andrew Adkins   0      

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Liverpool City Cup Betting Odds

The latest Liverpool City Cup 2023 betting odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

There was a notable upset in 2021 with the winner Think It Over saluting at Liverpool City Cup odds of $51!

Ellsberg ($2.60F in 2022) followed by Think About It ($3.90 in 2023) are the last favourites in Liverpool City Cup betting to win.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 LIVERPOOL CITY CUP ODDS (Final Field)

2023 Liverpool City Cup Form Guide

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2023 LIVERPOOL CITY CUP FORM GUIDE

2023 Liverpool City Cup Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Liverpool City Cup 2023 Tips on the autumn lead-up at Randwick this season.

  • To Win: #5 Quantico ($5.50 at time of publish)

Open edition of the Liverpool City Cup with plenty of varying form lines to consider. Going with the John O’Shea-trained I Am Invincible six-year-old is a seven-time winner from a dozen starts and still lightly raced. Two-from-three at the Randwick track and proven at the distance. Group 1 performed, loves to win and did so fresh in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes here over 1200m first-up. Goes up a kilo but ticks plenty of boxes and can win again.

2023 Liverpool City Cup Field

The Liverpool City Cup field attracts a strong line-up of middle-distance autumn gallopers that could be eyeing a run in the upcoming Doncaster Mile Handicap.

The official 2023 Liverpool City Cup field and barriers are set for release on the Wednesday of race week and will be listed below in full.

The consistent Joe Pride-trained Think About It heads betting on the Liverpool City Cup 2023 final field with the So You Think four-year-old chasing his fourth win on the trot.

  • Scratchings Update: #8 Norwegian Bliss (4) has been scratched in favour of a run against the mares in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes on the same day.
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x04x34790x PROFONDO Richard Litt Chad Schofield 5 58kg     105
2 0x738915x6 ROCKETING BY David Pfieffer Ms Rachel King 7 58kg     105
3 5100x3200x BANDERSNATCH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 9 56.5kg     102
4 0790x0816x RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 56.5kg     102
5 0x4111x0x1 QUANTICO John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 10 56kg     101
6 x219x2232x SIBAAQ (GB) Annabel Neasham Hugh Bowman 3 56kg     101
7 49x94153x3 GRAVINA James Cummings James McDonald 6 55.5kg     100
8 11x11x12x8 NORWEGIAN BLISS (NZ) Nathan Doyle Andrew Adkins 4 53kg     97
9 0914x058x9 RANCH HAND Chris Waller Tyler Schiller (a) 8 53kg     90
10 113×111 THINK ABOUT IT Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 2 53kg     83

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Liverpool City Cup Nominations

Early nominations on the Liverpool City Cup in 2023 close the Monday of race week and will be published below.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 5100x3200x BANDERSNATCH G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 102
2 0467×11413 CUBAN ROYALE G 8 Robert & Luke Price 92
3 50690×1511 DYNAMIC IMPACT G 5 Bjorn Baker 82
4 3107x0549x DYNASTIES M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 84
5 2381x640x6 ESPIONA M 4 Chris Waller 94
6 145023x70x GEM SONG G 7 Kris Lees 105
7 49x94153x3 GRAVINA G 5 James Cummings 100
8 161x13x16x MY OBERON (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham 108
9 6435x3255x NEVER TALK M 5 Kris Lees 93
10 11x11x12x8 NORWEGIAN BLISS (NZ) M 5 Nathan Doyle 97
11 x04x34790x PROFONDO H 4 Richard Litt 105
12 0x4111x0x1 QUANTICO G 6 John O’Shea 101
13 0914x058x9 RANCH HAND G 4 Chris Waller 90
14 0790x0816x RIODINI (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 102
15 0x738915x6 ROCKETING BY G 5 David Pfieffer 105
16 134x18414x SAINT BATHANS G 4 Andrew Forsman 79
17 x219x2232x SIBAAQ (GB) G 5 Annabel Neasham 101
18 113×111 THINK ABOUT IT G 4 Joseph Pride 83

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Liverpool City Cup History

The Liverpool City Cup has been run since 1970 and the maiden winner of the race was Blue Plume.

Since then a host of smart gallopers have won the event including Lord Nelson (1973), Boasting (1989-1990), Danleigh (2008), Terravista (2014), It’s Somewhat (2015) and Dreamforce (2019).

The event started as a 2400m race holding Principal status. From 1979 it has been run as a Group 3 race and there have been a number of distance changes over the years.

It has been contested over its current 1300m distance since 2008. The race has taken place at a number of Sydney’s racecourses including Warwick Farm and has gone by other names including the Liverpool Handicap and Warwick Farm Autumn Cup.

Recent Liverpool City Cup Winners

Check out the table of Liverpool City Cup results & winners going back to 2000 below.

Year Place Horse Time
 
2023 Liverpool City Cup 1st Think About It 1 minute 16.51 seconds
2nd Gravina
3rd Bandersnatch
 
2022 Liverpool City Cup 1st Ellsberg 1 minute 20.42 seconds
2nd Brutality
3rd Blue Soldier
 
2021 Liverpool City Cup 1st Think It Over 1 minute 17.22 seconds
2nd Criaderas
3rd All Saints’ Eve
 
2020 Liverpool City Cup 1st Quackerjack 1 minute 15.35 seconds
2nd Vegadaze
3rd Rock
 
2019 Liverpool City Cup 1st Dreamforce 1 minute 15.07 seconds
2nd Snippets Land
3rd Salsonic
 
2018 Liverpool City Cup 1st Crack Me Up 1 minute 16.52 seconds
2nd Care To Think
3rd Burning Passion
 
2017 Liverpool City Cup 1st McCreery 1 minute 19.28 seconds
2nd Arod
3rd Testashadow
 
2016 Liverpool City Cup 1st Charlie Boy 1 minute 15.0 seconds
2nd Rock Sturdy
3rd Good Project
 
2015 Liverpool City Cup 1st It’s Somewhat 1 minute 15.9 seconds
2nd Rudy
3rd Gypsy Diamond
 
2014 Liverpool City Cup 1st Terravista 1 minute 16.6 seconds
2nd El Roca
3rd Ninth Legion
 
2013 Liverpool City Cup 1st Skyerush 1 minute 16.4 seconds
2nd Riva De Lago
3rd Bagman
 
2012 Liverpool City Cup 1st Ofcourseican 1 minute 17.9 seconds
2nd Somepin Anypin
3rd Fast Clip
 
2011 Liverpool City Cup 1st Triple Elegance 1 minute 15.9 seconds
2nd Graceful Anna
3rd Pureness
 
2010 Liverpool City Cup 1st Dreamscape 1 minute 17.2 seconds
2nd Triple Honour
3rd Mr Baritone
 
2009 Liverpool City Cup 1st Judged 1 minute 15.5 seconds
2nd El Cambio
3rd Faulconbridge
 
2008 Liverpool City Cup 1st Danleigh 1 minute 16.5 seconds
2nd Friday Creek
3rd Bobadah
 
2007 Liverpool City Cup 1st The Free Stater 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Regal Cheer
3rd Century Serb
 
2006 Liverpool City Cup 1st Utzon 1 minute 09.5 seconds
2nd All Bar One
3rd Patezza
 
2005 Liverpool City Cup 1st Sam Sung A Song 1 minute 09.8 seconds
2nd Falkirk
3rd Patezza
 
2004 Liverpool City Cup 1st Carael Boy 1 minute 12.1 seconds
2nd Patezza
3rd Amex
 
2003 Liverpool City Cup 1st Planchet 1 minute 09.8 seconds
2nd Snowland
3rd Moon Dragon
 
2002 Liverpool City Cup 1st Bomber Bill 1 minute 09.7 seconds
2nd Defier
3rd Maitland Gold
 
2001 Liverpool City Cup 1st Continuum 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Phoenix Park
3rd Nanny Maroon
 
2000 Liverpool City Cup 1st Catatonic 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Mr. Bureaucrat
3rd King of Acapulco

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