Newcastle Gold Cup

The Newcastle Gold Cup is a Group 3 event held during September on the Friday before Randwick's George Main Stakes Day as a lead-up to The Metropolitan.

2021 Newcastle Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #12 Great House
  • 2nd: #2 Quick Thinker
  • 3rd: #10 No Compromise



The Newcastle Gold Cup is a Group 3 staying event held at Newcastle Racecourse in mid-September.

Raced over 2300m, the Newcastle Gold Cup presents horses with an interesting challenge and punters with a half-decent guide to the Melbourne Cup. Run under open handicap conditions, the Newcastle Gold Cup allows genuine winners to rise to the occasion and prove their staying abilities.

With $250,000 prize money as of 2021, the Newcastle Gold Cup is quite a lucrative Group 3 event. Trainers from both local stables and Sydney stables seek entry into the Newcastle Gold Cup for their higher-class stayers.

Although only holding Group 3 status, the Newcastle Gold Cup attracts horses of a higher calibre; it is not unusual to see some past Group 1 winners in the Newcastle Cup field. Sometimes, horses from Queensland will make the journey down south, although it is rarer for Victorian and Western Australian horses to travel for the Newcastle Gold Cup.

The Newcastle Gold Cup is held at beautiful Broadmeadow, the home of the Newcastle Jockey Club. The Newcastle Gold Cup is the headline event of the two-day Newcastle Racing Carnival. There are four other black-type events held during the Newcastle Racing Carnival, including two Group 3 events, the Cameron Handicap (1500m) and the Tibbie Stakes (1400m).

Depending on their spring campaign plans and their results in the Newcastle Gold Cup, many of the runners will continue on to major feature races during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival including Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) on Epson Handicap Day at Randwick.

The Newcastle Gold Cup winner is exempt from The Metropolitan ballot and Glencadam Gold (2012) was the last horse to do the double.

The year before, Green Moon (2011) won the Newcastle Gold Cup before a next-up second in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m). Green Moon also went on to win the 2012 Melbourne Cup over the two miles at Flemington.

In 2020 the Newcastle Gold Cup winner Mugatoo went on to run second in The Metropolitan and fourth in that year’s Cox Plate results in Melbourne. Mugatoo further franked the Newcastle Gold Cup form winning the $5 million The All-Star Mile first-up in 2021.

The 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup ran on Friday September 17, 2021 and was won by the Chris Waller-trained Great House.  

Newcastle Gold Cup
Date: Friday September 17, 2021
Track: Newcastle Racecourse
Distance: 2300m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $250,000

2021 Newcastle Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #12 Great House
  • 2nd: #2 Quick Thinker
  • 3rd: #10 No Compromise

Jockey Jeff Penza was on fire celebrating a treble on Newcastle Cup Day including taking out the day’s feature as the Chris Waller-trained Great House ($13) enjoyed an upset in the Newcastle Gold Cup 2021 results defeating Quick Thinker and the also Waller-trained No Compromise.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 12 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller Jeff Penza 3 54kg $13
2 2 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Rory Hutchings 0.37L 9 59kg $20
3 10 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller Lee Magorrian 1.11L 1 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $7.50
4 11 LUNCIES (GB) Kris Lees Ms Alysha Collett 1.94L 7 54kg $5F
5 4 TAIKOMOCHI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Louise Day 2.99L 14 58.5kg $61
6 6 HARPO MARX (IRE) Bjorn Baker Brodie Loy 3.63L 4 56kg $6
7 7 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 3.87L 12 54kg $10
8 9 CRIMINAL CODE Chris Waller Chad Lever 4.34L 13 54kg (cd 55kg) $7.50
9 5 LAURE ME IN Matthew Dunn Ashley Morgan 4.71L 8 56.5kg $19
10 3 BERDIBEK (FR) John O’Shea Christian Reith 5.16L 11 58.5kg $6.50
11 8 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Grant Buckley 5.2L 6 54kg $31
12 1 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Chris Waller Koby Jennings 6.16L 2 59kg $21
13 15 OAKFIELD MISSILE Damien Lane Darryl McLellan 7.63L 5 54kg $151
14 13 TORRENS Lauri Parker Ms Jess Taylor 9.25L 10 54kg $31
14 MASTER SHUHOOD (IRE) Richard Litt 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Newcastle Gold Cup Odds

The spring’s top Newcastle Gold Cup 2021 racing odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available for punters below once released.

Mugatoo ($2.40 in 2020) was the last favourite in Newcastle Gold Cup betting to salute for the punters.

2021 Newcastle Gold Cup Field

The Newcastle Gold Cup field attracts a quality line-up of second tier spring stayers each season, many coming off lead-up runs in races like the Listed Wyong Cup (2100m) a fortnight earlier or Rosehill’s Listed Premiers’ Cup (1900m) the month before. Carzoff (2018) was the last horse to do the Wyong Cup – Newcastle Cup double.

The official Newcastle Gold Cup Final Field & Barriers are announced on the Wednesday of race week.

Fifteen potential The Metropolitan hopefuls make-up the 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup field on Friday led in betting by Wyong Cup champ Berdibek chasing a third win on the trot.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the Newcastle Gold Cup 2021 field and betting market.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 79x11400x9 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Chris Waller Koby Jennings 2 59kg 105
2 5x75810x05 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Rory Hutchings 9 59kg 105
3 06×0626411 BERDIBEK (FR) John O’Shea Christian Reith 11 58.5kg 104
4 2x23141x80 TAIKOMOCHI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Louise Day 15 58.5kg 104
5 44×4195215 LAURE ME IN Matthew Dunn Ashley Morgan 8 56.5kg 100
6 122×541511 HARPO MARX (IRE) Bjorn Baker Brodie Loy 4 56kg 99
7 00x654700x HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 12 54kg 93
8 648×753126 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Grant Buckley 6 54kg 93
9 54×3914242 CRIMINAL CODE Chris Waller Chad Lever 14 54kg 55kg 90
10 6×33311216 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller Lee Magorrian 1 54kg 54.5kg 86
11 1101x71x57 LUNCIES (GB) Kris Lees Ms Alysha Collett 7 54kg 84
12 3134×13275 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller Jeff Penza 3 54kg 79
13 9120×09701 TORRENS Lauri Parker Ms Jess Taylor 10 54kg 75
14 56×9682443 MASTER SHUHOOD (IRE) Richard Litt 13 54kg 74
15 01×5684700 OAKFIELD MISSILE Damien Lane Darryl McLellan 5 54kg 72

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Newcastle Gold Cup Nominations

Nominations for the Newcastle Gold Cup close the Monday of race week.

Newcastle Gold Cup History

Inaugurated in 1898, the Newcastle Gold Cup has an extensive history of prestige. Over time, the Newcastle Gold Cup has garnered a reputation as one of the most renowned country cup events in the nation. The reputation is shared by Broadmeadow Racecourse and the Newcastle Jockey Club. Originally a Principal race, the Newcastle Gold Cup was granted Group 2 status in 1980. In 2001, however, the event was downgraded to Group 3, a status it has held since.

The calendar slot the Newcastle Gold Cup occupies ensures that the race attracts a number of top-rated horses each year. Many of the runners in the Newcastle Gold Cup have plans to contest major Group 1 events further down the track. 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon took out the Newcastle Gold Cup in 2011. 1982 Newcastle Cup winner Gurners Lane went on to win the Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup double. Bianca, who took out the 2008 Newcastle Gold Cup, went on to place second in The Metropolitan.

Other notable Newcastle Gold Cup winners include Raven’s Plume (1898), Duke Alwyne (1915, 1916), Salazar (1939), Lord Valentine (1941), Mr Mako (1985), Agincourt Express (2001) and Glencadam Gold (2012).

A new Newcastle Gold Cup race record was set in 2019 when Gai Waterhouse won the event for the sixth time since 2000 with Hush Writer who took it out in 2 minutes, 23.25 seconds.

In 2020 Hush Writer just failed to go back-to-back running second to subsequent 2021 All-Star Mile hero Mugatoo, the winner handing local horseman Kris Lees his first Newcastle Gold Cup success.

Newcastle Gold Cup results since 2000 are provided below.

Newcastle Gold Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Great House 2 minutes 28.04 seconds
2nd Quick Thinker
3rd No Compromise
2020
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Mugatoo 2 minutes 25.10 seconds
2nd Hush Writer
3rd Attention Run
2019
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Hush Writer 2 minutes 23.25 seconds (R)
2nd Attention Run
3rd Our Candidate
2018
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Carzoff 2 minutes 24.44 seconds
2nd Auvray
3rd Just Shine
2017
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Broadside 2 minutes 24.26 seconds
2nd Auvray
3rd Admiral Jello
2016
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Sacred Master 2 minutes 14.5 seconds
2nd Dee I Cee
3rd Junoob
2015
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Beyond Thankful 2 minutes 23.5 seconds
2nd Orbec
3rd Rio Perdido
2014
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Disclaimer 2 minutes 23.2 seconds
2nd Brigantin
3rd Wish Come True
2013
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Winning Glory 2 minutes 24.9 seconds
2nd Lucripetous
3rd Peal Of Bells
2012
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Glencadem Gold 2 minutes 23.3 seconds
2nd Peal Of Bells
3rd Gazza Guru
2011
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Green Moon 2 minutes 22.4 seconds
2nd Home On A Wing
3rd Gazza Guru
2010
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Stratofortress 2 minutes 22.2 seconds
2nd Snow Alert
3rd Scottish Border
2009
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Streetfighter 2 minutes 26.9 seconds
2nd Lodge The Deeds
3rd Enzedex Eagle
2008
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Bianca 2 minutes 23.4 seconds
2nd Keepin The Dream
3rd County Tyrone
2007
Newcastle Gold Cup
Race Not Held
2006
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Bikkie Tin Blues 2 minutes 21.3 seconds
2nd Exinite
3rd Respect
2005
Newcastle Gold Cup
=1st Carael Boy 2 minutes 25.6 seconds
=1st High Cee
3rd Cross Bar
2004
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Another Warrior 2 minutes 20.5 seconds
2nd New York Style
3rd County Tyrone
2003
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Comforts 2 minutes 21.5 seconds
2nd My Tally
3rd Daneborough
2002
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Time Off 2 minutes 23.4 seconds
2nd Red Trinket
3rd Danyon
2001
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Agincourt Express 2 minutes 24.9 seconds
2nd Yuppie
3rd Consolidator
2000
Newcastle Gold Cup
1st Silent Impact 2 minutes 23.4 seconds
2nd Prophet’s Kiss
3rd She’s Neat

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