NE Manion Cup

The NE Manion Cup is a Group 3 staying showdown run on Golden Slipper Day in March as a lead-up to the Sydney Cup over two miles.

2020 NE Manion Cup Results

  • 1st: #1 Young Rascal
  • 2nd: #7 Mugatoo
  • 3rd: #9 Supernova



The NE Manion Cup is a Group 3 race run at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Slipper Day each March during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Contested over 2400m the race is a quality handicap event for stayers offering $160,000 in prize money and serves as a good lead-up to the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) over the two miles at Randwick in April. The Offer (2014) was the last stayer to complete the NE Manion Cup – Sydney Cup double.

Golden Slipper Stakes Day is one of the biggest of the season and is host to five Group 1 races including the $3.5 million Golden Slipper (1200m) for two-year-olds, as well as a number of Group 3 support acts.

A key lead-up to the NE Manion Cup each autumn is the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) run in early March on Randwick Guineas Day.

Many gallopers in the NE Manion Cup field go on to run in the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ and possibly the Sydney Cup the following Saturday. Libran (2016) followed by Big Duke (2017 on protest) were the last horses to complete the NE Manion Cup – Chairman’s Handicap double. Libran went on to run second in the Sydney Cup results that autumn behind Gallante, who came off a third in the NE Manion Cup results, while Big Duke backed-up from his double to run third in the 2017 Sydney Cup trifecta. Big Duke also returned for a third in the 2019 NE Manion Cup results.

The NE Manion Cup 2020 ran on Saturday March 21, 2020 and was won in a thrilling finish by the UK raider Young Rascal. 

2020 NE Manion Stakes
Date: Saturday March 21, 2020
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 NE Manion Cup Results

  • 1st: #1 Young Rascal
  • 2nd: #7 Mugatoo
  • 3rd: #9 Supernova

It was a thrilling finish in the NE Manion Cup 2020 results on Slipper Day, top honours going to the UK-trained raider Young Rascal prepared by William Haggas. The lightly-raced international had just his 11th start in the race and first since finishing midfield in the HK Vase last December. Last start Canberra Cup winner and odds-on favourite Mugatoo ($1.85) tried his best in what turned out to be a two horse race to the line, but the French-bred Young Rascal ($7.50) dug deep and wouldn’t be beaten on way to the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) in April.

Click here to read more on the 2020 NE Manion Cup winner Young Rascal.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 1 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) William Haggas Tom Marquand 11 59kg $7.50
2 7 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 0.4L 5 54kg $1.85F
3 9 SUPERNOVA (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 1.7L 8 53.5kg $6.50
4 12 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Jay Ford 2L 4 53kg $31
5 4 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 2.1L 7 57.5kg $17
6 3 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 4.9L 1 57.5kg $26
7 8 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Jean Van Overmeire (a) 5.3L 3 54kg $81
8 2 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett 6.3L 10 58.5kg $16
9 6 YOGI (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 8.3L 9 56.5kg $21
10 10 PRIMITIVO John Thompson Glen Boss 8.5L 12 53kg $31
11 5 WU GOK Chris Waller James McDonald 11.5L 6 57kg $18
11 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 0

2020 NE Manion Cup Betting

The official NE Manion Cup 2020 odds on the autumn stayers in the mix for the Sydney Cup lead-up will be available below the week of the race.

2020 NE Manion Cup Field

Each Sydney Autumn Racing season the NE Manion Cup field attracts a class line-up of Sydney Cup-bound stayers and is released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday before the race.

The official 2020 NE Manion Cup field and barriers are set to be released on March 18, 2020 and will be published in full below.

A dozen potential Sydney Cup horses will face off in the NE Manion Cup 2020 field led in betting by Kris Lees’ Canberra Cup winner Mugatoo who chases a fourth win on the trot having scratched out from the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) later in the day in favour of this mile and a half feature.

Update: #11 Fun Fact (2) has been scratched from the 2020 NE Manion Cup field

Click here for all the 2020 Golden Slipper Day scratchings.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x11x56x19x YOUNG RASCAL (FR) William Haggas Tom Marquand 11 59kg 106
2 1170x540x3 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett 10 58.5kg 105
3 44x23960x6 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 1 57.5kg 103
4 x591950x38 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 7 57.5kg 103
5 16110×9773 WU GOK Chris Waller James McDonald 6 57kg 102
6 1850x23x78 YOGI (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 9 56.5kg 101
7 x3x156x111 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 5 54kg 96
8 215x600x47 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Jean Van Overmeire (a) 3 54kg 96
9 216x2026x4 SUPERNOVA (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 8 53.5kg 95
10 3142×82195 PRIMITIVO John Thompson Glen Boss 12 53kg 94
11 x042635162 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King (late alt) 2 53kg 90
12 234x1x2414 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Jay Ford 4 53kg 82

2020 NE Manion Cup Nominations

The NE Manion Cup 2020 nominations close on the Monday leading-up to Golden Slipper Day and will be announced below as soon as available.

The 2020 NE Manion Cup nominations attracted 16 potential Sydney Cup horses including the flying Kris Lees-trained Canberra Cup winner Mugatoo chasing a fourth win on the trot this campaign, William Haggas’s British raider Young Rascal and the Chris Waller-trained Melbourne Cup performed Youngstar.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x11x56x19x YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 5 William Haggas 1 59kg 59kg 106
2 1170x540x3 RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 2= 58.5kg 58.5kg 105
3 3x71502x88 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 8 Michael Moroney 2= 58.5kg 58.5kg 105
4 44x23960x6 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 4= 57.5kg 57.5kg 103
5 x591950x38 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 4= 57.5kg 57.5kg 103
6 16110×9773 WU GOK G 6 Chris Waller 6= 57kg 57kg 102
7 x878730x42 YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller 6= 55kg 55kg 102
8 1850x23x78 YOGI (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 56.5kg 56.5kg 101
9 x3x156x111 MUGATOO (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees 9= 54kg 54kg 96
10 215x600x47 SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 8 Matthew Smith 9= 54kg 54kg 96
11 216x2026x4 SUPERNOVA (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 11 53.5kg 53.5kg 95
12 3142×82195 PRIMITIVO G 5 John Thompson 12 53kg 53kg 94
13 x042635162 FUN FACT G 4 Bjorn Baker 13 53kg 53kg 90
14 x33240x799 BEAU BALMAIN (GER) G 5 Jim Conlan 14 53kg 53kg 84
15 234x1x2414 THINK IT OVER G 4 Kerry Parker 15 53kg 53kg 82
16 17x11x9 CHAINS OF HONOUR G 3 Gerald Ryan 16 53kg 53kg 76

NE Manion Cup History

The NE Manion Cup, named in honour of the former Sydney Turf Club (STC) director N.E. Manion, was first run back in 1972 and won by Odyssey. Since then plenty of good stayers have won the Sydney showdown including Manner Hill (2002), Permit (2012 & 2015) and The Offer (2014).

The race ran as a Group 3 from 1979 – 2005, but was downgraded to Listed class during 2006 – 2013. It has been back to the Group 3 race list since 2014 and after starting out as a 2000m event has run over the current 2400m distance since 1979.

Recent NE Manion Cup Winners

See below for a full list of NE Manion Cup winners and results going back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2020
NE Manion Cup
1st Young Rascal 2 minutes 31.54 seconds
2nd Mugatoo
3rd Supernova
2019
NE Manion Cup
1st Midterm 2 minutes 35.07 seconds
2nd Big Duke
3rd Shraaoh
2018
NE Manion Cup
1st Master Of Arts 2 minutes 35.03 seconds
2nd Alward
3rd Peribsen
2017
NE Manion Cup
1st Big Duke (on protest) 2 minutes 37 seconds
2nd Our Century
3rd Allergic
2016
NE Manion Cup
1st Libran 2 minutes 30.4 seconds
2nd Cafe Society
3rd Gallante
2015
NE Manion Cup
1st Permit 2 minutes 29.5 seconds
2nd Phrases
3rd Bagman
2014
NE Manion Cup
1st The Offer 2 minutes 34.8 seconds
2nd Opinion
3rd Tremec
2013
NE Manion Cup
1st Julienas 2 minutes 28.3 seconds
2nd Permit
3rd Dance With Her
2012
NE Manion Cup
1st Permit 2 minutes 28.0 seconds
2nd Precedence
3rd Older Than Time
2011
NE Manion Cup
1st Bid Spotter 2 minutes 27.8 seconds
2nd Above Average
3rd Stand To Gain
2010
NE Manion Cup
1st Precedence 2 minutes 32.52 seconds
2nd Inkster
3rd The Embassy
2009
NE Manion Cup
1st Enzedex Eagle 2 minutes 31.64 seconds
2nd Common Objective
3rd Kettledrum
2008
NE Manion Cup
1st The Chieftain 2 minutes 32.15 seconds
2nd No Wine No Song
3rd Yong Centaur
2007
NE Manion Cup
1st The Chieftain 2 minutes 30.59 seconds
2nd Magic Instinct
3rd Prince Arthur
2006
NE Manion Cup
1st Fooram 2 minutes 28.81 seconds
2nd Above Deck
3rd Lancaster Park
2005
NE Manion Cup
1st Mahtoum 2 minutes 26.29 seconds
2nd Champion System
3rd Mooring’s Melody
2004
NE Manion Cup
1st Saturday Fever 2 minutes 31.99 seconds
2nd Majestically
3rd Restless
2003
NE Manion Cup
1st Grand City 2 minutes 29.85 seconds
2nd Bedouin
3rd Beau
2002
NE Manion Cup
1st Manner Hill 2 minutes 29.10 seconds
2nd Plea
3rd Rapida
2001
NE Manion Cup
1st Tiger’s Eye 2 minutes 31.75 seconds
2nd Prophet’s Kiss
3rd Pasta Express
2000
NE Manion Cup
1st Pravda 2 minutes 31.75 seconds
2nd Ultra Smug
3rd Steel Phoenix

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