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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.
|Date:||Sunday September 19, 2021|
|Race Type:||Open Quality Handicap|
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).
|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
|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|