Summer Cup

The Summer Cup is a Group 3 handicap held at Royal Randwick on Boxing Day each December over the Christmas racing season.

2019 Summer Cup Results

  • 1st: #3 Luvaluva
  • 2nd: #4 Black On Gold
  • 3rd: #5 Taikomochi



The 2019 Summer Cup is a Group 3 handicap event held at Royal Randwick Racecourse each year on Boxing Day, December 26. After a break from racing on Christmas Day, the Boxing Day races in Sydney are hugely popular.

Held over 2000m under handicap conditions, the Summer Cup is open to all horses aged three years and older. With $160,000 prize money on offer, the Summer Cup is a decent target for horses who are at the end of their spring campaign.

It stands as one of the only Group events held in Sydney during the summer and is the only Black-Type race on the card that day. Elsewhere in the country Caulfield also hosts some popular Boxing Day races with the Listed Chistmas Stakes (1200m) and Listed Lord Stakes (1700m) running in Melbourne.

The Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) is a reasonably popular lead up race to the Summer Cup, however the Villiers Stakes – Summer Cup double hasn’t been completed since Aqua D’Amore (2005). Following the Summer Cup, most horses head to the paddock. Some might choose to head over to Western Australia for the last of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival races including the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) run on either New Year’s Eve or in the first week of January.

The 2019 Summer Cup ran on Thursday December 26, 2019 as part of the Christmas racing program in Sydney and was won by class mare Luvaluva. 

Summer Cup 2019
Date: Thursday December 26, 2019
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: 3YO+ Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2019 Summer Cup Results

  • 1st: #3 Luvaluva
  • 2nd: #4 Black On Gold
  • 3rd: #5 Taikomochi

The Summer Cup 2019 results saw John Sargent’s Group 1 performed mare Luvaluva post her first win since a Group 3 double as a filly in the autumn of 2018 with a commanding 2.8 length victory over Black On Gold (2nd), while Taikomochi (3rd) rounded out the trifecta in the Boxing Day feature.

Read more on the big 2019 Summer Cup victory by Luvaluva.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 3 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Koby Jennings 5 56.5kg $3.90
2 4 BLACK ON GOLD Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 2.8L 1 56.5kg $8
3 5 TAIKOMOCHI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 3L 8 56.5kg $11
4 6 LIVE AND FREE (NZ) John O’Shea Robbie Dolan (a) 4L 3 55.5kg $3.80F
5 8 EMPEROR’S WAY Peter & Paul Snowden Glyn Schofield 4.4L 7 54kg $10
6 2 SIR PLUSH (NZ) Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 4.6L 2 58kg $8
7 1 ALWARD (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5.2L 9 59kg $14
8 9 TURNBERRY Kris Lees Jay Ford 7.2L 6 54kg $9.50
9 7 TAMARACK (NZ) Joseph Pride Christian Reith 9.7L 4 54.5kg (cd 55.5kg) $17
10 SHALMANESER Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Jess Taylor 0

2019 Summer Cup Betting Odds

The latest Summer Cup odds on the Group 3 Boxing Day race at Royal Randwick will be found below complete with links to Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back your Summer Cup Tips at the best racing odds!

2019 Summer Cup Field

The Summer Cup Field attracts a quality line-up of middle-distance summer stayers, many of which are backing-up out of a Villiers Stakes run over the Randwick mile in mid-December.

Racing NSW officially release the Summer Cup 2019 Final Field & Barriers the Thursday before the race and the acceptances will be available in full below.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 5781623116 ALWARD (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10 59kg 99
2 7421×06072 SIR PLUSH (NZ) Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 2 58kg 97
3 823854×256 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Koby Jennings 5 56.5kg 98
4 43x745x682 BLACK ON GOLD Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 56.5kg 94
5 221400×394 TAIKOMOCHI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 9 56.5kg 94
6 x93328x920 LIVE AND FREE (NZ) John O’Shea Robbie Dolan (a) 3 55.5kg 92
7 1798×52033 TAMARACK (NZ) Joseph Pride Christian Reith 4 54.5kg 90
8 3720×85564 EMPEROR’S WAY Peter & Paul Snowden Glyn Schofield 7 54kg 89
9 51545×0322 TURNBERRY Kris Lees Jay Ford 6 54kg 88
10 329x700x07 SHALMANESER Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Jess Taylor 8 54kg 78

2019 Summer Cup Nominations

The 2019 Summer Cup nominations will be provided here as soon as released by Racing NSW the week before the race.

The Summer Cup 2019 nominations attracted 15 early entries including three for trainer Chris Waller who has won the race three times in the past six years. Last year’s winning trainer with subsequent two-time Melbourne Spring Carnival Group 1 winner Fierce Impact – Matthew Smith is back with his smart mare Aqua D’Ivina who along with Group 2 winner Luvaluva are the only mares in the mix.

Read more on the Waller-led 2019 Summer Cup nominations.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Hcp. Rating
1 5781623116 ALWARD (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 1 59kg 59kg 99
2 823854×256 LUVALUVA (NZ) M 5 John Sargent 2 56.5kg 56.5kg 98
3 7421×06072 SIR PLUSH (NZ) G 7 Bjorn Baker 3= 58kg 58kg 97
4 41100×4037 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 3= 58kg 58kg 97
5 43x745x682 BLACK ON GOLD G 6 Chris Waller 5= 56.5kg 56.5kg 94
6 221400×394 TAIKOMOCHI G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 5= 56.5kg 56.5kg 94
7 x93328x920 LIVE AND FREE (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 7 55.5kg 55.5kg 92
8 1798×52033 TAMARACK (NZ) G 6 Joseph Pride 8 54.5kg 54.5kg 90
9 10x60x9819 AQUA D’IVINA M 5 Matthew Smith 9= 54kg 54kg 89
10 3720×85564 EMPEROR’S WAY G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 9= 54kg 54kg 89
11 51545×0322 TURNBERRY G 5 Kris Lees 11 54kg 54kg 88
12 2x1430x225 MUSHAIREB (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 12 54kg 54kg 80
13 329x700x07 SHALMANESER G 9 Richard & Michael Freedman 13 54kg 54kg 78
14 x663170x67 OUR GRAVANO (NZ) G 7 Kris Lees 14 54kg 54kg 71
15 4x3134x1x8 NATIONAL GUARD (USA) H 4 Richard Litt 15 54kg 54kg 70

Summer Cup History

The Summer Cup was inaugurated in 1890, with Stockwell taking home the first Summer Cup trophy. Throughout the years, the Summer Cup has been variously held at Warwick Farm, Rosehill Gardens and its current home, Royal Randwick.

The distance of the Summer Cup has varied too, with it running over 2400m at Rosehill in 2011, as opposed to its current 2000m.

Quite a few decent horses have gone through the Summer Cup. Notable recent Summer Cup winners include I’m Imposing (2013-14), Mighty Lucky (2015) and Red Excitement (2016) who improved on a lead-up third in the Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill three weeks earlier. Red Excitement also went on to run second to Montauk (2017) in the following year’s Summer Cup results.

The Summer Cup form of 2018 was franked the following year when the winner Fierce Impact dominated the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival winning the Group 1 Toorak Handicap – Group 1 Cantala Stakes double in 2019.

Summer Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Summer Cup
1st Luvaluva 2 minutes 2.84 seconds
2nd Black On Gold
3rd Taikomochi
2018
Summer Cup
1st Fierce Impact 2 minutes 4.02 seconds
2nd Satono Rasen
3rd Life Less Ordinary
2017
Summer Cup
1st Montauk 2 minutes 5.74 seconds
2nd Red Excitement
3rd Testashadow
2016
Summer Cup
1st Red Excitement 2 minutes 3.81 seconds
2nd Foreign Prince
3rd Shalmaneser
2015
Summer Cup
1st Mighty Lucky 2 minutes 3.7 seconds
2nd Junoob
3rd I’m Imposing
2014
Summer Cup
1st I’m Imposing 2 minutes 4.8 seconds
2nd Midsummer Sun
3rd Casino Dancer
2013
Summer Cup
1st I’m Imposing 2 minutes 4.8 seconds
2nd Travolta
3rd Destiny’s Kiss
2012
Summer Cup
1st Le Roi 2 minutes 35.1 seconds
2nd Brightest
3rd Praecido
2011
Summer Cup
1st Yulalona 2 minutes 30.1 seconds
2nd Nextanix
3rd Count Encosta
2010
Summer Cup
1st Spechenka 2 minutes 26.3 seconds
2nd Strike One
3rd Let Them Have It
2009
Summer Cup
1st Solid Billing 2 minutes 30.6 seconds
2nd Zazabeau
3rd Rockwood
2008
Summer Cup
1st Ready To Lift 2 minutes 31.8 seconds
2nd Bellagio Wynn
3rd Zazabeau
2007
Summer Cup
1st Race Not Held
2nd
3rd
2006
Summer Cup
1st Jamberoo 2 minutes 32.9 seconds
2nd Game On
3rd Taken At The Flood
2005
Summer Cup
1st Aqua D’Amore 2 minutes 28.1 seconds
2nd County Tyrone
3rd Beat The Tide
2004
Summer Cup
1st This Manshood 2 minutes 27.8 seconds
2nd Vereza
3rd New York Style
2003
Summer Cup
1st Stadium 2 minutes 30.1 seconds
2nd Ocho
3rd Stoway
2002
Summer Cup
1st Stoway 2 minutes 33.2 seconds
2nd Ego Fast
3rd Barawin
2001
Summer Cup
1st Majestically 2 minutes 29.3 seconds
2nd Zarayev
3rd Power Of Pegasus
2000
Summer Cup
1st Lanolin 2 minutes 27.4 seconds
2nd Vitrinite
3rd Consolidator

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