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.

2023 Grafton Cup Results

  • 1st: #2 Zoumon
  • 2nd: #9 Outlandos
  • 3rd: #1 Spirit Ridge



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
Track: Grafton Racecourse
Distance: 2350m
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $200,000
Conditions: Quality Handicap

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.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
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

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2023 Grafton Cup Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Grafton Cup 2023 Tips on the popular winter feature this July.

  • To Win: #7 Benaud ($5 at time of publish) – BET NOW

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.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Grafton Cup 2023 field and betting markets.

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
8 60×9946581 BENAUD G 4 John O’Shea 8 55kg 55kg 92
9 111x3222x7 BELLACIAOCIAO (FR) M 5 Annabel Neasham 9 54kg 54kg 90
10 0834984191 OUTLANDOS G 6 John Sargent 10= 54kg 54kg 87
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
18 16581649×8 SCILAGO G 7 Leon Elliott 16= 54kg 54kg 51
19 88850×8051 SUBVERSIVE M 4 Jason Reilly 19 54kg 54kg 50
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
 
2023
Grafton Cup
1st
Zoumon
2 minutes 25.66 seconds
2nd Outlandos
3rd Spirit Ridge
 
2022
Grafton Cup
1st
Arapaho
2 minutes 25.89 seconds
2nd Rebel Rama
3rd Dr Drill
 
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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