Ipswich Cup

The Listed Ipswich Cup is held each year in June at Ipswich Racecourse during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

2021 Ipswich Cup Results

  • 1st: #11 Happy Go Plucky
  • 2nd: #2 So You Win
  • 3rd: #6 Flash Aah



The Ipswich Cup is one of the most popularly attended races in south-east Queensland. Hosted the weekend following the conclusion of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, Ipswich Cup Day draws massive crowds from around the country far in excess of its Listed status. Raced over 2150 metres, the Ipswich Cup presents a staying challenge but leaves enough in the tank for a thunderous finish across the relatively short 300m straight at Ipswich Racecourse.

The Ipswich Cup is open to horses three years old and above and is run under quality handicap conditions. The Ipswich Cup field attracts mainly local Queensland-trained stayers chasing a share in the $175,000 in prize money.

The Ipswich Cup takes place as part of the extended Queensland Winter Racing Carnival program. Horses that run at days during the Brisbane Winter Carnival often make the short journey to Ipswich to extend their campaign and aim for another black-type victory. The Ipswich Cup also provides a minor step to the Tattersall’s Tiara Day the following weekend. Ipswich Cup Day is also one of the few major race days before the winter break, so several trainers try and get their horses accepted into one final race before breaking for the winter.

The 2021 Ipswich Cup ran on Saturday June 19, 2021 at Ipswich Racecourse and was won in an upset by Happy Go Plucky at 20/1. 

Ipswich Cup
Date: Saturday June 19, 2021
Track: Ipswich Racecourse
Distance: 2150m
Conditions: 3YO+ Quality
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $175,000
Inaugurated: 1866

2021 Ipswich Cup Results

  • 1st: #11 Happy Go Plucky
  • 2nd: #2 So You Win
  • 3rd: #6 Flash Aah

John Gilmore’s seven-year-old Pluck gelding Happy Go Plucky ($21) celebrated his first stakes win at start number 62 enjoying a narrow upset over the Chris Waller-trained So You Win in the 2021 Ipswich Cup results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 11 HAPPY GO PLUCKY John Gilmore Ms Stephanie Thornton 11 54kg $21
2 2 SO YOU WIN Chris Waller Luke Dittman 0.3L 5 58kg $4.20
3 6 FLASH AAH Mitchell Fry Ms Madeleine Wishart (a) 0.5L 1 54kg $15
4 10 MAID OF ORE Nick Olive Bobby El-Issa 1L 6 54kg $26
5 4 LAURE ME IN Matthew Dunn Jim Byrne 1.2L 10 56kg $6
6 13 TRADUCE (NZ) Maryann Brosnan Robbie Fradd 3L 2 54kg $26
7 7 HUMBOLT CURRENT (GB) Chris Waller Craig Williams 4.3L 4 54kg $5
8 8 VICTORY EIGHT (NZ) Trevor Miller Ron Stewart 5.8L 9 54kg $31
9 12 PICKA PLUM (NZ) Paul Jenkins Taylor Marshall 11.3L 3 54kg $101
10 3 IN GOOD HEALTH Peter G Moody Ryan Maloney 16.1L 7 56.5kg $3.70F
11 14 JUMEIRAH TRIANGLE James Hepworth Andrew Spinks 27.1L 12 54kg $201
12 1 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Larry Cassidy 28.9L 8 60.5kg $19
9 HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) Chris Waller Ben Thompson 0
5 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Ipswich Cup Odds

The season’s latest Ipswich Cup 2021 betting odds and winter markets will be provided below courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au as soon as released.

2021 Ipswich Cup Field

The Ipswich Cup field features a capacity of 16 starters plus five emergencies and often interstate raiders already in Queensland for the winter make the starting line-up. Possible lead-up races to the Ipswich Cup each season include the Group 2 Brisbane Cup held the weekend before or the Group 3 Premier’s Cup in late May also run in Brisbane.

Final Ipswich Cup 2021 acceptances close the Wednesday of race week followed by the barrier draw and will be published in full below.

The 2021 Ipswich Cup final field features a quality line-up of winter stayers led in betting by the Chris Waller-trained So You Win coming off a string of good Black-Type performances in Brisbane and recent Scone Cup winner Laure Me In.

  • Scratched: #9 He Runs Away (10) 
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7200×61510 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Larry Cassidy 8 60.5kg 105
2 2139×33224 SO YOU WIN Chris Waller Luke Dittman 5 58kg 100
3 1450×84517 IN GOOD HEALTH Peter G Moody Ryan Maloney 7 56.5kg 101
4 191244×419 LAURE ME IN Matthew Dunn Jim Byrne 11 56kg 96
5 7×53420303 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller 14 54.5kg 93
6 145xL14014 FLASH AAH Mitchell Fry Ms Madeleine Wishart (a) 1 54kg 92
7 8986621242 HUMBOLT CURRENT (GB) Chris Waller Craig Williams 4 54kg 91
8 x304658810 VICTORY EIGHT (NZ) Trevor Miller Ron Stewart 9 54kg 91
9 13112×0097 HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) Chris Waller Ben Thompson 10 54kg 88
10 08×3901459 MAID OF ORE Nick Olive Bobby El-Issa 6 54kg 83
11 2671325422 HAPPY GO PLUCKY John Gilmore Ms Stephanie Thornton 12 54kg 82
12 x0139x0807 PICKA PLUM (NZ) Paul Jenkins Taylor Marshall 3 54kg 79
13 115×484118 TRADUCE (NZ) Maryann Brosnan Robbie Fradd 2 54kg 76
14 31778×8884 JUMEIRAH TRIANGLE James Hepworth Andrew Spinks 13 54kg 51

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Ipswich Cup Nominations

The official Ipswich Cup 2021 Nominations close the Monday leading up to Ipswich Cup Day and attract a number of horses coming off lead-up runs in Brisbane.

The 2021 Ipswich Cup nominations attracted 16 hopefuls including this winter’s Scone Cup winner Laure Me In, the Chris Waller-trained So You Win and Peter Moody’s mare In Good Health.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 145xL14014 FLASH AAH G 5 Mitchell Fry 92
2 2671325422 HAPPY GO PLUCKY G 7 John Gilmore 82
3 13112×0097 HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) G 7 Chris Waller
4 8986621242 HUMBOLT CURRENT (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 91
5 1450×84517 IN GOOD HEALTH M 5 Peter G Moody 101
6 7200×61510 INVERLOCH (IRE) G 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
7 31778×8884 JUMEIRAH TRIANGLE G 3 James Hepworth 51
8 191244×419 LAURE ME IN G 6 Matthew Dunn 96
9 08×3901459 MAID OF ORE M 6 Nick Olive
10 x0139x0807 PICKA PLUM (NZ) M 6 Paul Jenkins 79
11 x412113x10 PURRFECT DEAL M 4 Michael Costa 81
12 974×56613 SAMHAIN M 4 Neil Owen
13 2139×33224 SO YOU WIN G 6 Chris Waller 100
14 7×53420303 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller
15 115×484118 TRADUCE (NZ) G 4 Maryann Brosnan 76
16 x304658810 VICTORY EIGHT (NZ) G 7 Trevor Miller 91

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Ipswich Cup History

The Ipswich Cup has a long and colourful history. One of the most popularly attended races in Queensland, and by far the most popular race in the city of Ipswich, the Ipswich Cup has for a long time held a reputation far in excess of its listed status. The Ipswich Cup is the main attraction on Ipswich Cup Day, which draws thousands of people from all around the country. A large proportion of Ipswich also turns out for the Ipswich Cup, making it a full day of racing, fashion, and partying into the night.

There was no Ipswich Cup held in 2020 due to COVID-19 and its impact on the winter carnival in Queensland.

Even though there are plenty of lead-up races in which to analyse form, Ipswich Cup results can still be quite surprising. The Ipswich Cup results since 2000 are listed below.

Ipswich Cup Results

Year Results Winning Time
2021 1st Happy Go Plucky 2nd So You Win 3rd Flash Aah  2:12.74
2020

Race Not Held (COVID-19)

1st – 2nd – 3rd
2019 1st Bergerac 2nd Sampson 3rd Fighting Teo 2:13.55
2018 1st Tradesman 2nd First Crush 3rd All In Vogue 2:13.19
2017 1st Self Sense 2nd Benzini 3rd Jumbo Prince 2:14.27
2016 1st Maurus 2nd Jumbo Prince 3rd Instrumentalist  2:13.74
2015 1st Danchai 2nd Banca Mo 3rd Darci Be Good  2:10.09
2014 1st Brave Ali 2nd Noisy Ocean 3rd Grey Assignment  2:11.59
2013 1st Anagold 2nd High Kin 3rd Za Magic  2:17.61
2012 1st Shenzhou Steeds 2nd Kinnersley 3rd Warrior Within  2:14.02
2011 1st Gold In Dubai 2nd Danagaze 3rd Our Lukas  2:12.35
2010 1st Our Lukas 2nd Frozone 3rd Warrior Within  2:35.3
2009 1st Our Lukas 2nd Macknuckle 3rd Jujulio  2:13.87
2008 1st Bianca 2nd Rampant Lion 3rd Art Success  2:14.32
2007 1st Sculptor 2nd Cold Start 3rd Upstaged  2:13.58
2006 1st Sphenophyta 2nd Rampant Lion 3rd Motivate  2:10.45
2005 1st Forest Jim 2nd Motivate 3rd Classic Karla  2:11.53
2004 1st Portland Singa 2nd Motivate 3rd Forest Jim  2:12.38
2003 1st Mowerman 2nd Mon Mekki 3rd Victory Smile  2:13.07
2002 1st Awesome Weather 2nd Victory Smile 3rd Lord Of The Pines  2:12.32
2001 1st Henderson Bay 2nd British Buska 3rd Go Clinton  2:11.47
2000 1st I Reign Supreme 2nd Director’s Special 3rd Thursday’s Child  2:14.02

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