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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.
2023 Grafton Cup Results
- 1st: #2 Zoumon
- 2nd: #9 Outlandos
- 3rd: #1 Spirit Ridge
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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 2022 Grafton Cup form was franked with the winner Arapaho going on to perform well in a host of subsequent Black-Type races including his Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) win at Rosehill in March of 2023.
The 2023 Grafton Cup ran on Thursday July 13, 2023 and was won in dominating, front-running fashion by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained favourite Zoumon ($2.50F).
|Grafton Cup 2023|
|Date:||Thursday July 13, 2023|
2023 Grafton Cup Results
- 1st: #2 Zoumon ($2.50F)
- 2nd: #9 Outlandos
- 3rd: #1 Spirit Ridge
The talented Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Zoustar four-year-old Zoumon ($2.50F) was given a beautiful, front-running ride by Rachel King to dominate the 2023 Grafton Cup results with a win by over two lengths making it three on the trot following his Listed WJ McKell Cup – Caloundra Cup double in the lead-up.
|1||2||ZOUMON||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Rachel King||2||58.5kg||$2.50F|
|2||9||OUTLANDOS||John Sargent||Ben Looker||2.22L||10||54kg||$9.50|
|3||1||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Ryan Maloney||3.19L||11||59kg||$8.50|
|4||12||OUR BAMBINO||Pat Murphy||Andrew Gibbons||4.35L||4||54kg||$31|
|5||11||SHAMELESS MISS (NZ)||Chris Waller||Kyle Wilson-Taylor||5.37L||9||54kg||$15|
|6||5||LONDON BANKER (NZ)||Kelly Schweida||Larry Cassidy||5.72L||7||56kg||$21|
|7||6||TAPPY’S LAD (NZ)||Kerry Taplin||Ms Samantha Collett||5.83L||5||55.5kg||$26|
|8||13||OLYMPIC CLASS||Michael Morrison||Anthony Allen||5.95L||12||54kg||$91|
|9||3||REGAL LION (NZ)||Annabel Neasham||Ben Thompson||6.9L||8||58kg||$13|
|10||7||BENAUD||John O’Shea||Tyler Schiller (a)||6.95L||13||55kg||$5.50|
|11||15||BYAKKO (USA)||Donna Grisedale||Jon Grisedale||12.24L||1||54kg||$201|
|12||16||DEVINE FALLS||George Sitek||Morgan Butler||12.46L||6||54kg (cd 55kg)||$201|
|13||8||BELLACIAOCIAO (FR)||Annabel Neasham||Damien Thornton||19.15L||3||54kg||$8.50|
|10||WILD CHAP||Brett Lazzarini||Matthew Palmer||0|
|4||IRISH SEQUEL (IRE)||Chris Waller||James Orman||0|
|14||GULF OF TOMINI||Cassandra Schmidt||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Grafton Cup Betting Odds
The winter’s latest Grafton Cup 2023 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) and that year’s Caloundra Cup winner Zoumon ($2.50 in 2023) are the latest favourites in Grafton Cup betting to salute for the punters.
CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 GRAFTON CUP ODDS (Final Field)
2023 Grafton Cup Form
2023 Grafton Cup Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Grafton Cup 2023 Tips on the popular winter feature this July.
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John O’Shea’s Reliable Man four-year-old was eye-catching posting a six-length win at Wyong with 59kg last time out. Steps up in grade here and is down to 55kg to help him in the Grafton Cup. Fourth go at the distance, yet to win but has been placed before and went well enough over 2100m last time out to suggest the mile and a half will be a non-issue. Group 1 placed previously and looks to be peaking.
2023 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 with Arapaho (2nd in 2022) and Zoumon (1st in 2023) the latest Grafton Cup winners to come via the Caloundra Cup.
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 Zoumon (2023) the latest to do the double.
The official Grafton Cup 2023 Final Field & Barriers are set for release on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.
The 2023 Grafton Cup field features a quality line-up of winter stayers led in betting by McKell Cup – Caloundra Cup double winner his last two starts Zoumon from the Waterhouse/Bott stable.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||041233×652||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Ryan Maloney||12||59kg||100|
|2||x51165x211||ZOUMON||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Rachel King||2||58.5kg||99|
|3||109437×016||REGAL LION (NZ)||Annabel Neasham||Ben Thompson||8||58kg||98|
|4||515711×075||IRISH SEQUEL (IRE)||Chris Waller||James Orman||9||56.5kg||95|
|5||174×760035||LONDON BANKER (NZ)||Kelly Schweida||Larry Cassidy||7||56kg||94|
|6||1100016063||TAPPY’S LAD (NZ)||Kerry Taplin||Ms Samantha Collett||5||55.5kg||93|
|7||60×9946581||BENAUD||John O’Shea||Tyler Schiller (a)||14||55kg||92|
|8||111x3222x7||BELLACIAOCIAO (FR)||Annabel Neasham||Damien Thornton||3||54kg||90|
|9||0834984191||OUTLANDOS||John Sargent||Ben Looker||11||54kg||87|
|10||10×6586744||WILD CHAP||Brett Lazzarini||Matthew Palmer||16||54kg||54.5kg||87|
|11||11x77x8973||SHAMELESS MISS (NZ)||Chris Waller||Kyle Wilson-Taylor||10||54kg||85|
|12||6005×41351||OUR BAMBINO||Pat Murphy||Andrew Gibbons||4||54kg||69|
|13||1723×67312||OLYMPIC CLASS||Michael Morrison||Anthony Allen||13||54kg||65|
|14||112×431183||GULF OF TOMINI||Cassandra Schmidt||15||54kg||64|
|15||432x1001x6||BYAKKO (USA)||Donna Grisedale||Jon Grisedale||1||54kg||59|
|16||6781221102||DEVINE FALLS||George Sitek||Morgan Butler||6||54kg||55kg||51|
2023 Grafton Cup Nominations
The Grafton Cup 2023 Nominations close the Thursday prior to the race, along with those for the Ramornie Handicap.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||True Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||x51165x211||ZOUMON||G||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||1=||58.5kg||58.5kg||99|
|2||109437×016||REGAL LION (NZ)||G||4||Annabel Neasham||1=||58kg||58kg||98|
|3||515711×075||IRISH SEQUEL (IRE)||G||7||Chris Waller||1=||56.5kg||56.5kg||95|
|4||6005×41351||OUR BAMBINO||G||6||Pat Murphy||1=||54kg||54kg||69|
|5||041233×652||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||G||8||Annabel Neasham||5||59kg||59kg||100|
|6||174×760035||LONDON BANKER (NZ)||G||7||Kelly Schweida||6||56kg||56kg||94|
|7||1100016063||TAPPY’S LAD (NZ)||G||5||Kerry Taplin||7||55.5kg||55.5kg||93|
|9||111x3222x7||BELLACIAOCIAO (FR)||M||5||Annabel Neasham||9||54kg||54kg||90|
|11||10×6586744||WILD CHAP||G||6||Brett Lazzarini||10=||54kg||54kg||87|
|12||11x77x8973||SHAMELESS MISS (NZ)||M||5||Chris Waller||12||54kg||54kg||85|
|13||1723×67312||OLYMPIC CLASS||G||5||Michael Morrison||13||54kg||54kg||65|
|14||112×431183||GULF OF TOMINI||G||4||Cassandra Schmidt||14||54kg||54kg||64|
|15||432x1001x6||BYAKKO (USA)||G||5||Donna Grisedale||15||54kg||54kg||59|
|16||6781221102||DEVINE FALLS||H||4||George Sitek||16=||54kg||54kg||51|
|17||25311707×2||NATURE BOY (NZ)||G||6||Lea Selby||16=||54kg||54kg||51|
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.
|2 minutes 25.66 seconds|
|2 minutes 25.89 seconds|
|2 minutes 24.44 seconds|
|2nd||Laure Me In|
|2 minutes 25.98 seconds|
|2nd||The Lord Mayor|
|2 minutes 26.46 seconds|
|2 minutes 23.3 seconds|
Supply And Demand
|2 minutes 23.33|
|2nd||Get On The Grange|
|2nd||Gold In Dubai|
|3rd||Shuffle The Cash|
|3rd||Casa De Campo|
Desk Top Lover
|3rd||Viva La Vie|