Boulder Cup

The Boulder Cup is one of Kalgoorlie Racecourse's biggest events held on a Sunday in mid-late September.


Boulder Cup News


The 2021 Boulder Cup is a Listed event held at Kalgoorlie Racecourse around mid-September each year on the Sunday after Sydney’s George Main Stakes Day.

Run under quality handicap conditions, the Boulder Cup provides country horses with an opportunity to compete against some metropolitan stabled horses. Raced over a distance of 2100m, the Boulder Cup is an ideal step-up for milers. Stayers can also step down relatively easily to the 2100m event. Prior to 2014, the Boulder Cup was raced over 1760m. With $125,000 prize money as of 2021, the event attracts plenty of local talent each spring.

While the Boulder Cup could form any stage in a variety of spring campaigns, it usually attracts locals who will be hitting the Kalgoorlie track regularly over the season. The Boulder Cup often falls into the sights of horses who are targeting the Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) and who may have already raced in the Coolgardie Cup. Those top-class horses who perform above expectations might go on to contend the Group 1 Railway Stakes or even the Group 2 Perth Cup.

In 2020 the Boulder Cup winner Friar Fox went on to run third in that season’s Kalgoorlie Cup, while Divine Shadow ran second in both events.

Friar Fox returned and made Boulder Cup history in 2021 becoming the first back-to-back winner in over 70 years.

The 2021 Boulder Cup was held on Sunday September 19, 2021 and saw Friar Fox successfully defend her title. 

Boulder Cup
Date: Sunday September 19, 2021
Track: Kalgoorlie Racecourse
Distance: 2100m
Race Type: Open Quality Handicap
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $125,000

2021 Boulder Cup Results

  • 1st: #3 Friar Fox
  • 2nd: #6 Bella’s Idol
  • 3rd: #5 Living The Dream

Friar Fox ($6) lifted late to salute in the Boulder Cup 2021 results and make history as the first back-to-back winner of the race since Trectratic (1946-47). 

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 FRIAR FOX Justine Erkelens Shaun O’Donnell 1 58kg $6
2 6 BELLA’S IDOL Summer Dickson Ms Lucy Warwick 0.06L 8 55kg $7.50
3 5 LIVING THE DREAM Brian Allen Joseph Azzopardi 0.39L 2 55.5kg $4F
4 4 MEDIA BARON David Harrison Ms Kristy Bennett (a) 0.63L 3 57kg $10
5 11 STAFFORD’S LAD Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 1.42L 11 54kg $10
6 8 MEXI COLA Rod Brown Craig Staples 2.95L 9 54kg $61
7 9 PINK AND PURPLE Peter Fernie William Pike 4.02L 6 54kg $9.50
8 10 SECRET PEARL Ricky Moss Jason Brown 4.45L 10 54kg $26
9 2 MISSILE LAUNCH Vaughn Sigley Patrick Carbery 4.7L 4 58.5kg $20
10 7 CUBAN TWIST Peter Fernie Ms Jade McNaught 4.91L 5 54kg $19
11 1 DIVINE SHADOW Brett Pope Steven Parnham 5.2L 7 59kg $5

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Boulder Cup Betting

Betting on the Boulder Cup opens following final acceptances on the Wednesday before the event and will be available below once available through Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Boulder Cup Field

The 2021 Boulder Cup field will be officially released on Wednesday of race week and published below.

The Boulder Cup 2021 field features 11 stayers including last start Coolgardie Cup winner Living The Dream, runner-up in the same traditional lead-up event Friar Fox drawn the rails for the rematch and Brett Pope’s top weight Divine Shadow running second-up.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2x805513x4 DIVINE SHADOW Brett Pope Steven Parnham 7 59kg 94
2 41300×7668 MISSILE LAUNCH Vaughn Sigley Patrick Carbery 4 58.5kg 93
3 82137×5972 FRIAR FOX Justine Erkelens Shaun O’Donnell 1 58kg 92
4 x975127x47 MEDIA BARON David Harrison Ms Kristy Bennett (a) 3 57kg 90
5 2119×85741 LIVING THE DREAM Brian Allen Joseph Azzopardi 2 55.5kg 87
6 1344239423 BELLA’S IDOL Summer Dickson Ms Lucy Warwick 8 55kg 86
7 x422944423 CUBAN TWIST Peter Fernie Ms Jade McNaught 5 54kg 71
8 95085×1067 MEXI COLA Rod Brown Craig Staples 9 54kg 67
9 7×63421115 PINK AND PURPLE Peter Fernie William Pike 6 54kg 68
10 9221525357 SECRET PEARL Ricky Moss Jason Brown 10 54kg 70
11 7×06224132 STAFFORD’S LAD Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 11 54kg 66

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Boulder Cup History

The Boulder Cup has a long and storied history. Held in the gold-mining town of Kalgoorlie, the Boulder Cup and other Kalgoorlie races have long been an intrinsic part of the local sporting culture. Kalgoorlie Racecourse is one of the best country tracks in Western Australia, which ensures that the better listed and country events remain there.

Notable Boulder Cup winners include Opening Twist (2001), Hotel Casuarina (2005) and Gondorff (2010). Reverend Lovejoy was able to take out victory in 2009 over Gondorff and then return in 2011 to win the race again over celebrated WA gelding Kincaple.

Prince Of Pop placed second in 2000 and was able to come back in 2003 for a third place. Mercedario has two third places, in 2002 and 2004. You’ll often notice the same local horses popping up in the results from year to year. Starting in 2014, the Boulder Cup changed to 2100m as opposed to 1760m.

In 2021 Friar Fox made Boulder Cup history becoming the first successive champion since Trectratic (1946-47). 

Boulder Cup winners, top results and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

Boulder Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Boulder Cup
1st Friar Fox 2 minutes 09.47 seconds
2nd Bella’s Idol
3rd Living The Dream
2020
Boulder Cup
1st Friar Fox 2 minutes 11.73 seconds
2nd Divine Shadow
3rd Major Mambo
2019
Boulder Cup
1st Gangbuster 2 minutes 09.91 seconds
2nd First Affair
3rd Touch Of Silver
2018
Boulder Cup
1st First Affair 2 minutes 10.21 seconds
2nd State Prosecutor
3rd Gloryland
2017
Boulder Cup
1st Already Famous 2 minutes 09.17 seconds
2nd Shinta Mani
3rd Gloryland
2016
Boulder Cup
1st Don’tgetcaught 2 minutes 08.42 seconds
2nd Cougar Express
3rd Ihtsahymn
2015
Boulder Cup
1st Ask Me Nicely 2 minutes 12.12 seconds
2nd Already Famous
3rd Woodsville
2014
Boulder Cup
1st Red Blast 2 minutes 08.11 seconds
2nd Ram Jam
3rd True Gold
2013
Boulder Cup
1st Fanicio 1 minute 45.52 seconds
2nd Barnsley Lad
3rd Amelias Dancer
2012
Boulder Cup
1st Belora 1 minute 45.23 seconds
2nd Amelias Dancer
3rd Amelia Storm
2011
Boulder Cup
1st Reverend Lovejoy 1 minute 45.98 seconds
2nd Kincaple
3rd Battle Emblem
2010
Boulder Cup
1st Gondorff 1 minute 45.94 seconds
2nd Admiring
3rd Inarticulate
2009
Boulder Cup
1st Reverend Lovejoy 1 minute 47.12 seconds
2nd Gondorff
3rd Impact Rating
2008
Boulder Cup
1st Mr Diagnosis 1 minute 48.21 seconds
2nd Goldtown
3rd Stormblitz
2007
Boulder Cup
1st Impact Rating 1 minute 45.88 seconds
2nd Friar’s Touch
3rd I Command
2006
Boulder Cup
1st Scenic Assault 1 minute 46.97 seconds
2nd Moodometer
3rd Black Tom
2005
Boulder Cup
1st Hotel Casuarina 1 minute 45.30 seconds
2nd Priceless Matt
3rd Chenille Prince
2004
Boulder Cup
1st My Thornbird 1 minute 46.07 seconds
2nd Blevvo
3rd Mercedario
2003
Boulder Cup
1st Space Age 1 minute 49.07 seconds
2nd Priceless Matt
3rd Prince Of Pop
2002
Boulder Cup
1st Lawmaker 1 minute 47.71 seconds
2nd Eastern Standard
3rd Mercedario
2001
Boulder Cup
1st Opening Twist 1 minute 48.49 seconds
2nd Face Your Fears
3rd Stage Whisper
2000
Boulder Cup
1st Never Blue 1 minute 47.74 seconds
2nd Prince Of Pop
3rd Waters Rising

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