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The Boulder Cup is one of Kalgoorlie Racecourse's biggest events held on a Sunday in mid-late September.
The 2023 Boulder Cup is a Listed event held at Kalgoorlie Racecourse around mid-September each year on the Sunday after Sydney’s Golden Rose Stakes Day program.
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.
Stafford’s Lad (2022) was the last horse to complete the Boulder Cup – Kalgoorlie Cup double. He further franked the form running second in the 2023 Group 2 Perth Cup results the following January.
The 2023 Boulder Cup was held on Sunday September 24, 2023 as an early Perth Cup lead-up and saw the Grant & Alana Williams-trained favourite Villeins ($2.15F) storm home for a one and three-quarter length win for the punters.
|Boulder Cup 2023|
|Date:||Sunday September 24, 2023|
|Race Type:||Open Quality Handicap|
2023 Boulder Cup Results
- 1st: #10 Villeins ($2.15F)
- 2nd: #3 Be Optimistic
- 3rd: #4 Dancing Jack
Former Sydney galloper Villeins ($2.15F) was too good under the guidance of the ‘Wizard of the West’ William Pike who continues associations aboard the Grant & Alana Williams-trained stayer to post a big win in the 2023 Boulder Cup results.
|1||10||VILLEINS||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||8||54kg||$2.15F|
|2||3||BE OPTIMISTIC||Luke Fernie||Clint Johnston-Porter||1.73L||3||54kg||$3.80|
|3||4||DANCING JACK||Pamela Oram||Ms Natasha Faithfull||2.69L||1||54kg||$61|
|4||7||GROUND BRAKER||Ted Martinovich||Brandon Louis (a)||5.09L||4||54kg||$7.50|
|5||8||OUR NORMAN||Chris Willis||Ms Holly Watson||6.49L||2||54kg||$11|
|6||5||ELAFELLA||Nadia Bishop||Peter Knuckey||8.19L||6||54kg||$26|
|7||9||ROCKY PATH||Brian Allen||Ms Kristy Bennett||8.97L||9||54kg||$41|
|8||2||GENERAL GRANT||Stephen Miller||Michael Poy||9.19L||10||57.5kg||$21|
|9||6||FRIAR AWAY||Justine Erkelens||Shaun O’Donnell||9.91L||5||54kg||$10|
|10||1||UTGARD LOKI||Peter Fernie||Laqdar Ramoly||12.96L||7||58kg||$21|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 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.
Villeins ($2.15 in 2023) was the last favourite in Boulder Cup betting to salute for the punters.
CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 BOULDER CUP ODDS (Final Field)
2023 Boulder Cup Form
2023 Boulder Cup Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Boulder Cup 2023 tips on the popular WA showdown this spring.
- To Win: #7 Ground Braker ($7 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Open Boulder Cup and Ground Braker is building momentum at the right time. The Al Maher five-year-old looks top value here drawn well in barrier four and looking to add to his solid record at the distance (2:1-0-1). Won over the 2100m at Belmont two back with more weight before a last start second on September 10 when back in distance for the Coolgardie Cup (1760m). Will appreciate returning to the staying distance here, apprentice Brandon Louis continues associations and looks right up to this.
2023 Boulder Cup Field
The 2023 Boulder Cup field will be officially released on Wednesday of race week and published below.
The Boulder Cup 2023 final field features a quality line-up of local stayers led in betting by the Grant & Alana Williams-trained Domesday five-year-old Villeins coming off some strong runs.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||5209789×85||UTGARD LOKI||Peter Fernie||Laqdar Ramoly||7||58kg||82|
|2||x9849x0617||GENERAL GRANT||Stephen Miller||Michael Poy||10||57.5kg||81|
|3||312346×263||BE OPTIMISTIC||Luke Fernie||Clint Johnston-Porter||3||54kg||72|
|4||7353615355||DANCING JACK||Pamela Oram||Ms Natasha Faithfull||1||54kg||56|
|5||0960994131||ELAFELLA||Nadia Bishop||Peter Knuckey||6||54kg||69|
|6||6011270×74||FRIAR AWAY||Justine Erkelens||Shaun O’Donnell||5||54kg||74|
|7||0x73802312||GROUND BRAKER||Ted Martinovich||Brandon Louis (a)||4||54kg||73|
|8||0x85813355||OUR NORMAN||Chris Willis||Ms Holly Watson||2||54kg||71|
|9||1×60971316||ROCKY PATH||Brian Allen||Ms Kristy Bennett||9||54kg||71|
|10||130×156122||VILLEINS||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||8||54kg||72|
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
|1st||Villeins||2 minutes 10.18 seconds|
|1st||Stafford’s Lad||2 minutes 09.45 seconds|
|3rd||He’s A Parker|
|1st||Friar Fox||2 minutes 09.47 seconds|
|3rd||Living The Dream|
|1st||Friar Fox||2 minutes 11.73 seconds|
|1st||Gangbuster||2 minutes 09.91 seconds|
|3rd||Touch Of Silver|
|1st||First Affair||2 minutes 10.21 seconds|
|1st||Already Famous||2 minutes 09.17 seconds|
|1st||Don’tgetcaught||2 minutes 08.42 seconds|
|1st||Ask Me Nicely||2 minutes 12.12 seconds|
|1st||Red Blast||2 minutes 08.11 seconds|
|1st||Fanicio||1 minute 45.52 seconds|
|1st||Belora||1 minute 45.23 seconds|
|1st||Reverend Lovejoy||1 minute 45.98 seconds|
|1st||Gondorff||1 minute 45.94 seconds|
|1st||Reverend Lovejoy||1 minute 47.12 seconds|
|1st||Mr Diagnosis||1 minute 48.21 seconds|
|1st||Impact Rating||1 minute 45.88 seconds|
|1st||Scenic Assault||1 minute 46.97 seconds|
|1st||Hotel Casuarina||1 minute 45.30 seconds|
|1st||My Thornbird||1 minute 46.07 seconds|
|1st||Space Age||1 minute 49.07 seconds|
|3rd||Prince Of Pop|
|1st||Lawmaker||1 minute 47.71 seconds|
|1st||Opening Twist||1 minute 48.49 seconds|
|2nd||Face Your Fears|
|1st||Never Blue||1 minute 47.74 seconds|
|2nd||Prince Of Pop|