Grafton Cup

The Grafton Cup runs a Grafton Racecourse on a Thursday in mid-July and is the feature race conducted by the Clarence River Jockey Club each winter.

2021 Grafton Cup Results

  • 1st: #10 Purrfect Deal
  • 2nd: #3 Laure Me In
  • 3rd: #7 Parry Sound



The Grafton Cup is a Listed race held annually at Grafton Racecourse in NSW. Held in the winter around mid-July, the Grafton Cup is run by the Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC).

Conducted over 2350m, the Grafton Cup attracts a quality line-up of winter stayers and offers a total of $200,000 in prize money. The headline event of the two-day Grafton Cup Carnival, the black-type takes place on a Thursday and follows the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) for the sprinters at the Grafton track on the Wednesday.

The 2021 Grafton Cup ran on Thursday July 8, 2021 and was won by the Michael Costa-trained favourite Purrfect Deal. 

Grafton Cup 2021
Date: Thursday July 8, 2021
Track: Grafton Racecourse
Distance: 2350m
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $200,000
Conditions: Quality Handicap

2021 Grafton Cup Results

  • 1st: #10 Purrfect Deal
  • 2nd: #3 Laure Me In
  • 3rd: #7 Parry Sound

The Grafton Cup 2021 results went the way of the punters with the favourite Purrfect Deal ($3.40) backing-up from her strong Prelude win to do the double, the Gold Coast-trained mare holding off Laure Me In (2nd) and Parry Sound (3rd).

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 PURRFECT DEAL Michael Costa Ben Thompson 5 54kg $3.40F
2 3 LAURE ME IN Matthew Dunn Jim Byrne 0.35L 3 56.5kg $9
3 7 PARRY SOUND Bjorn Baker Michael Cahill 0.63L 9 54kg $8
4 6 BERDIBEK (FR) John O’Shea Ms Alysha Collett 0.72L 12 54kg $4.40
5 12 MAID OF ORE Nick Olive Blaike McDougall 1.07L 2 54kg $41
6 1 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Aaron Bullock 1.68L 13 60.5kg $21
7 4 HAPPY GO PLUCKY John Gilmore Ms Stephanie Thornton 2.29L 4 56kg $21
8 14 COMMANDER BELL Brett Partelle Robbie Fradd 4.27L 11 54kg $31
9 11 WINDERMERE Edward O’Rourke Ben Looker 6.11L 10 54kg $41
10 8 HUMBOLT CURRENT (GB) Chris Waller Jeff Penza 6.5L 6 54kg $31
11 9 PRIMITIVO John Thompson Reece Jones (a) 7.35L 1 54kg $9.50
12 13 SPENCER Bjorn Baker Christian Reith 7.47L 8 54kg (cd 55kg) $19
13 5 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller Andrew Gibbons 9.79L 7 54.5kg $21
15 GRAND ANTHEM Cathleen Rode 0
2 WU GOK Chris Waller Andrew Mallyon 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Grafton Cup Odds

The winter’s latest Grafton Cup 2021 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available here leading-up to the race.

Sixties Groove ($3.50 in 2020) followed the next winter by Purrfect Deal ($3.40 in 2021) are the latest favourites in Grafton Cup betting to salute for the punters.

2021 Grafton Cup Field

The Grafton Cup field features plenty of graduates out of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival events including the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) held a fortnight prior at the Sunshine Coast.

The other key lead-up race into the Grafton Cup field each winter is the Grafton Cup Prelude (2215m) conducted just a week before the Listed event. Rednav (2016) followed by Purrfect Deal (2021) are the latest gallopers to complete the Grafton Cup Prelude – Grafton Cup racing double.

Rosehill’s Listed W J McKell Cup (2000m) also serves as a nice form race into the Grafton Cup field each winter with Sixties Groove (2nd in 2020) the last Grafton Cup winner to come via the Rosehill lead-up.

The official Grafton Cup 2021 Final Field & Barriers are set for release on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2021 Grafton Cup field features a line-up of 15 hopefuls including the widely-drawn Mirage Dancer coming off a distant second to Incentivise in the Tatt’s Cup and Ipswich Cup winner Happy Go Plucky.

  • Scratched: #15 Grand Anthem (14) 

Click here to read more on the key horses in the 2021 Grafton Cup field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 08x9308x82 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Aaron Bullock 15 60.5kg 104
2 7079×83046 WU GOK Chris Waller Andrew Mallyon 2 57kg 97
3 91244×4195 LAURE ME IN Matthew Dunn Jim Byrne 4 56.5kg 96
4 6713254221 HAPPY GO PLUCKY John Gilmore Ms Stephanie Thornton 5 56kg 95
5 x534203037 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller Andrew Gibbons 8 54.5kg 92
6 x1706x0626 BERDIBEK (FR) John O’Shea Ms Alysha Collett 13 54kg 90
7 252×832223 PARRY SOUND Bjorn Baker Michael Cahill 10 54kg 90
8 9866212427 HUMBOLT CURRENT (GB) Chris Waller Jeff Penza 7 54kg 87
9 6x04760x58 PRIMITIVO John Thompson Reece Jones (a) 1 54kg 82
10 412113×101 PURRFECT DEAL Michael Costa Ben Thompson 6 54kg 81
11 x12123x333 WINDERMERE Edward O’Rourke Ben Looker 11 54kg 80
12 x390145946 MAID OF ORE Nick Olive Blaike McDougall 3 54kg 79
13 00×9396041 SPENCER Bjorn Baker Christian Reith 9 54kg 55kg 78
14 5264006116 COMMANDER BELL Brett Partelle Robbie Fradd 12 54kg 70
15 75647×6983 GRAND ANTHEM Cathleen Rode 14 54kg 44

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Grafton Cup Nominations

The Grafton Cup 2021 Nominations close the Thursday prior to the race, along with those for the Ramornie Handicap.

Ipswich Cup winner Happy Go Plucky and the Joe Pride-trained WJ McKell Cup champ Stockman headline the 20 Grafton Cup 2021 nominations for this winter.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6713254221 HAPPY GO PLUCKY G 7 John Gilmore 1= 56kg 56kg 95
2 35×3764231 STOCKMAN (NZ) G 4 Joseph Pride 1= 55kg 55kg 93
3 412113×101 PURRFECT DEAL M 4 Michael Costa 1= 54kg 54kg 81
4 08x9308x82 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 4 60.5kg 60.5kg 104
5 7079×83046 WU GOK G 7 Chris Waller 5 57kg 57kg 97
6 91244×4195 LAURE ME IN G 6 Matthew Dunn 6 56.5kg 56.5kg 96
7 x534203037 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 7 54.5kg 54.5kg 92
8 1x1706x062 BERDIBEK (FR) G 7 John O’Shea 8= 54kg 54kg 90
9 252×832223 PARRY SOUND G 5 Bjorn Baker 8= 54kg 54kg 90
10 9866212427 HUMBOLT CURRENT (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 10 54kg 54kg 87
11 6x04760x58 PRIMITIVO G 6 John Thompson 11 54kg 54kg 82
12 11031×4338 APPROACH DISCREET G 5 Adrian McGregor 12 54kg 54kg 81
13 x12123x333 WINDERMERE M 5 Edward O’Rourke 13 54kg 54kg 80
14 x390145946 MAID OF ORE M 6 Nick Olive 14 54kg 54kg 79
15 16×9310141 BROWN THOMAS G 5 Garry White 15 54kg 54kg 75
16 500×939604 SPENCER G 6 Bjorn Baker 16 54kg 54kg 74
17 5264006116 COMMANDER BELL G 5 Brett Partelle 17 54kg 54kg 70
18 3248177452 SCILAGO G 5 Leon Elliott 18 54kg 54kg 54
19 8757503362 CHAPAL G 6 Theresa Stair 19 54kg 54kg 50
20 375647×698 GRAND ANTHEM G 5 Cathleen Rode 20 54kg 54kg 44

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Grafton Cup History

The Grafton Cup has long been an important part of NSW country racing. Since its inception, regional trainers have placed major emphasis on the race as one of the better staying events held outside of metropolitan areas. The Grafton Cup is held on the second Thursday of every July, a tradition that grants the CRJC a day with no competing black type events. The Wednesday prior to the Grafton Cup also boasts racing, forming a two day racing festival which is quite popular in the area. A half-holiday is granted throughout the shire on Grafton Cup Day.

Notable Grafton Cup winners include Mr O’Ceirin (2013), Twin Wing (2010) and Pacific Dancer (2004).

In 2020 Sixties Groove made Grafton Cup history carrying a record 61kg to victory.

Grafton Cup Results

The Grafton Cup winners and results since 2000 are listed below.

Year Place Horse Time
 
2021
Grafton Cup
1st
Purrfect Deal
2 minutes 24.44 seconds
2nd Laure Me In
3rd Parry Sound
 
2020
Grafton Cup
1st
Sixties Groove
2 minutes 25.98 seconds
2nd The Lord Mayor
3rd Carzoff 
 
2019
Grafton Cup
1st
Sacred Day
2 minutes 26.46 seconds
2nd Sopressa
3rd Vaucluse Bay
 
2018
Grafton Cup
1st
First Crush
2 minutes 23.3 seconds
2nd Winkler
3rd Reneged
 
2017
Grafton Cup
1st
Supply And Demand
2 minutes 23.33
2nd Get On The Grange
3rd Montauk
 
2016
Grafton Cup
1st
Rednav
2:24.44 seconds
2nd All Clear
3rd Jumbo Prince
 
2015
Grafton Cup
1st
Bonfire
2:22.59 seconds
2nd Kapour
3rd Shoreham
 
2014
Grafton Cup
1st
Queenstown
2:24.10 seconds
2nd Secessio
3rd Noisy Ocean
 
2013
Grafton Cup
1st
Mr O’Ceirin
2:26.16
2nd Yulalona
3rd Reuben Percival
 
2012
Grafton Cup
1st
Shamardashing
2:25.30
2nd Saint Encosta
3rd Warrior Within
 
2011
Grafton Cup
1st
Warrior Within
2:23.56
2nd Gold In Dubai
3rd Shuffle The Cash
 
2010
Grafton Cup
1st
Twin Wing
2:23.98
2nd Frozone
3rd Ironstein
 
2009
Grafton Cup
1st
Castle Heights
2:24.98
2nd Hume
3rd Twin Wing
 
2008
Grafton Cup
1st
Art Success
2:22.92
2nd Belmonte
3rd Juerga
 
2007
Grafton Cup
1st
Ashraf
2:22.91
2nd Kincharm
3rd Casa De Campo
 
2006
Grafton Cup
1st
Rocking On
2:26.41
2nd Gaze On
3rd Victory Charm
 
2005
Grafton Cup
1st
Stormhill
2:25.50
2nd Precise Timing
3rd Dancing Daggers
 
2004
Grafton Cup
1st
Pacific Dancer
2:26.48
2nd Corporate Queen
3rd Zabeat
 
2003
Grafton Cup
1st
Belus
2:27.20
2nd Majestically
3rd Legerdemain
 
2002
Grafton Cup
1st
Master Pom
2:26.86
2nd Paestum
3rd Asia
 
2001
Grafton Cup
1st
Desk Top Lover
2:27.78
2nd Crown Mahal
3rd Viva La Vie
 
2000
Grafton Cup
1st
Simigan
2:26.21
2nd Super Revenir
3rd Akwazoff
 

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