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.

2020 Grafton Cup Results

  • 1st: #1 Sixties Groove
  • 2nd: #5 The Lord Mayor
  • 3rd: #2 Carzoff



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 2020 Grafton Cup ran on Thursday July 9, 2020 and saw the Kris Lees-trained favourite Sixties Groove salute carrying the 61kg top weight. 

Grafton Cup 2020
Date: Thursday July 9, 2020
Track: Grafton Racecourse
Distance: 2350m
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $200,000
Conditions: Quality Handicap

2020 Grafton Cup Results

  • 1st: #1 Sixties Groove
  • 2nd: #5 The Lord Mayor
  • 3rd: #2 Carzoff

A perfectly-timed ride by jockey Jason Collett saw last year’s Brisbane Cup winner Sixties Groove ($3.50F) return to winning form in the Grafton Cup 2020 results, the race favourite saluting narrowly for the punters in a history-making win under the hefty 61kg top weight when beating home The Lord Mayor (2nd) and Carzoff (3rd) from the Chris Waller stable.

Click here to read more on the gutsy 2020 Grafton Cup win by Sixties Groove.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett 12 61kg $3.50F
2 5 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller Lee Magorrian 0.22L 9 56kg $9
3 2 CARZOFF (FR) Chris Waller Glen Boss 1.16L 14 58kg $4.60
4 10 NEMINGAH (NZ) Edward O’Rourke Ms Rachel King 1.9L 6 54kg $31
5 12 COMMANDER BELL Brett Partelle Ms Mikayla Weir (a) 2.04L 2 54kg $61
6 7 PRIMITIVO John Thompson Jean Van Overmeire (a) 2.29L 3 54kg $7
7 6 LA PULGA Michael Costa Ben Looker 2.45L 11 54.5kg $8
8 3 BIG DUKE (IRE) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 3.56L 5 57.5kg $15
9 13 I’LL MISS YOU Julie Pratten Raymond Spokes 5.3L 7 54kg (cd 55kg) $151
10 11 CHAMPAGNE VEGA Bruce Hill Matthew McGuren 6.86L 8 54kg (cd 55kg) $31
11 16 KILMARNOCK Lea Selby Shane S Arnold 8.03L 1 54kg $201
12 14 WINKLER (NZ) Ethan Ensby Kyle Wilson-Taylor (a) 8.42L 4 54kg $151
13 9 PARTNERSHIP (NZ) Ethan Ensby Grant Buckley 10.52L 13 54kg $101
14 15 MISTER MAKER Catherine Inwood Jon Grisedale 12.78L 10 54kg $201
15 8 SATONO RASEN (JPN) Chris Waller Mitchell Bell 15.2L 15 54kg $8
4 FRANKELY AWESOME Kris Lees Jason Collett 0

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Grafton Cup Odds

The winter’s latest Grafton Cup 2020 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below leading-up to the race.

Sixties Groove ($3.50 in 2020) was the last favourite in Grafton Cup betting to salute for the punters.

2020 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) was the last galloper 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 2020 Final Field & Barriers are set for release on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2020 Grafton Cup field attracted 16 stayers including three for NSW Premiership leading trainer Kris Lees who will saddle-up veteran galloper Big Duke along with his WJ McKell Cup quinella of Frankely Awesome and Sixties Groove.

Click here to read more on the leading chances in the Grafton Cup 2020 field and betting markets.

Update: #4 Frankely Awesome (16) has been scratched from the 2020 Grafton Cup field after drawing the outside barrier and will instead be saved for a benchmark race in Sydney Saturday week.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3321x0x972 SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett (late alt) 12 61kg 106
2 945×024923 CARZOFF (FR) Chris Waller Glen Boss 14 58kg 100
3 326x750x90 BIG DUKE (IRE) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 5 57.5kg 99
4 7223x07x61 FRANKELY AWESOME Kris Lees Jason Collett 16 56kg 100
5 2133×08364 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller Lee Magorrian 9 56kg 96
6 6×54121162 LA PULGA Michael Costa Ben Looker 11 54.5kg 93
7 x821950x68 PRIMITIVO John Thompson Jean Van Overmeire (a) 3 54kg 91
8 9x0225x004 SATONO RASEN (JPN) Chris Waller Mitchell Bell 15 54kg 91
9 8971116×00 PARTNERSHIP (NZ) Ethan Ensby Grant Buckley 13 54kg 67
10 336×521131 NEMINGAH (NZ) Edward O’Rourke Ms Rachel King (late alt) 6 54kg 64
11 4062323354 CHAMPAGNE VEGA Bruce Hill Matthew McGuren 8 54kg 55kg 60
12 x445416232 COMMANDER BELL Brett Partelle Ms Mikayla Weir (a) 2 54kg 60
13 x755650674 I’LL MISS YOU Julie Pratten Raymond Spokes 7 54kg 55kg 60
14 864×802468 WINKLER (NZ) Ethan Ensby Kyle Wilson-Taylor (a) 4 54kg 60
15 8802234733 MISTER MAKER Catherine Inwood Jon Grisedale 10 54kg 49
16 7745752574 KILMARNOCK Lea Selby Shane S Arnold 1 54kg 45

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Grafton Cup Nominations

The Grafton Cup 2020 Nominations close the Thursday prior to the race, along with those for the Ramornie Handicap.

The 2020 Grafton Cup Nominations attracted 23 stayers with all-in betting led by the Kris Lees-trained mare Frankely Awesome and stablemate Sixties Groove who ran one-two in the Listed W J McKell Cup (2000m) at Rosehill last start.

Read more about the Grafton Cup 2020 Nominees & Weights. 

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7223x07x61 FRANKELY AWESOME M 4 Kris Lees 1= 56kg 56kg 100
2 336×521131 NEMINGAH (NZ) G 4 Edward O’Rourke 1= 54kg 54kg 64
3 3321x0x972 SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 3 61kg 61kg 106
4 945×024923 CARZOFF (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 4 58kg 58kg 100
5 326x750x90 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 5 57.5kg 57.5kg 99
6 2133×08364 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 6 56kg 56kg 96
7 6×54121162 LA PULGA G 4 Michael Costa 7 54.5kg 54.5kg 93
8 x821950x68 PRIMITIVO G 5 John Thompson 8= 54kg 54kg 91
9 9x0225x004 SATONO RASEN (JPN) G 8 Chris Waller 8= 54kg 54kg 91
10 408×066075 KAONIC (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 10= 54kg 54kg 90
11 5756721381 LOTA CREEK GOLD G 5 Harold Norman 10= 54kg 54kg 90
12 251111×168 THE KINGDOM G 4 Les Kelly 12 54kg 54kg 86
13 22215×9681 OCEAN ADDICT (NZ) M 5 Toby & Trent Edmonds 13 54kg 54kg 77
14 669×810004 PIRATE BEN G 8 Damien Lane 14 54kg 54kg 69
15 8971116×00 PARTNERSHIP (NZ) G 4 Ethan Ensby 15 54kg 54kg 67
16 x864444323 CHILLY CHA CHA (NZ) M 5 Kris Lees 16 54kg 54kg 65
17 0406232335 CHAMPAGNE VEGA G 4 Bruce Hill 17= 54kg 54kg 60
18 x445416232 COMMANDER BELL G 4 Brett Partelle 17= 54kg 54kg 60
19 x755650674 I’LL MISS YOU M 8 Julie Pratten 17= 54kg 54kg 60
20 864×802468 WINKLER (NZ) G 6 Ethan Ensby 17= 54kg 54kg 60
21 3×03212459 LADY GRANDE (NZ) M 5 Ethan Ensby 21 54kg 54kg 54
22 8802234733 MISTER MAKER G 7 Catherine Inwood 22 54kg 54kg 49
23 9774575257 KILMARNOCK G 7 Lea Selby 23 54kg 54kg 45

*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
 
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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