Wagga Wagga Gold Cup

The Wagga Wagga Gold Cup is a popular 2000m winter showdown run at Wagga Wagga Racecourse each May.

2021 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #3 Inverloch
  • 2nd: #6 Yonkers
  • 3rd: #2 Spirit Ridge



The Listed Wagga Wagga Gold Cup is a 2000m open handicap race run each year in early May to much anticipation. The Wagga Wagga Gold Cup usually attracts a decent field of local and interstate horses as well as the occasional raider from New Zealand. Canberra horses are often well-represented in the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup results.

Claimed by some to be the second oldest horse race in Australia, the Wagga Cup has developed a reputation as a major event in the Riverina region. Although it is usually run during the week, the Wagga Cup has no difficulties attracting viewers or listeners from far and wide. The Wagga Cup attracts a lot of punting attention both locally and from the rest of Australia.

The Wagga Wagga Gold Cup is unique amongst very limited company as a highly popular listed race. Offering an increased $200,000 from 2021, the hype surrounding Wagga Wagga Cup race day has considerably outgrown that of the average Listed race.

Horses out of the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup field may be tempted to race on over the winter heading up to Queensland for a race like the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).

The 2021 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup ran on Friday May 7th, 2021 and was won in an upset by Inverloch at 30/1.

Wagga Cup
Date: Friday May 7th, 2021
Track: Wagga Wagga Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #3 Inverloch ($31)
  • 2nd: #6 Yonkers ($3.90F)
  • 3rd: #2 Spirit Ridge ($4.40)

Jockey Mathew Cahill produced a masterful front-running ride to score a huge upset in the 2021 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup results aboard Inverloch ($31) who was too good up front holding out the beaten favourite Yonkers ($3.90).

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mathew Cahill 2 58.5kg $31
2 6 YONKERS (USA) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 0.39L 11 55kg $3.90F
2 2 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Mark Newnham Nash Rawiller 0.39L 6 60kg $4.40
4 4 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 1.15L 3 57kg $4
5 11 MAID OF ORE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 2.23L 1 54kg $31
6 8 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) Richard Litt Robbie Dolan 3.96L 4 54kg $9.50
7 16 UPPER HOUSE Norm Gardner Jeff Penza 4.26L 12 54kg $101
8 7 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Campbell Rawiller (a) 5.13L 9 54kg $13
9 13 HUNTLY CASTLE Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Blaike McDougall 5.2L 7 54kg $15
10 5 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 5.33L 8 55kg $17
11 9 HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) Chris Waller Jason Collett 5.68L 5 54kg $21
12 14 THE DOCTOR’S SON John Whitelaw Ms Ellen Hennessy (a) 7.82L 10 54kg $101
13 17e BLAZING ZONE Graham Byatt Bradley Vale 11.2L 14 54kg $151
14 15 ROLAND GARROS Adrian Corboy Brendan Ward 14.3L 13 54kg $151
18e BOUDDI Kerry Weir 0
1 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) Archie Alexander Jay Ford 0
10 SKELM Terry Kelly 0
12 HIGH OPINION Kris Lees Jason Collett 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Odds

The Wagga Wagga Gold Cup odds are traditionally dominated by middle-distance type stayers coming off good form over the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Gallopers dropping in grade off Group status events at Randwick and those with proven 2000m form usually sit high up the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup betting markets.

House Of Cartier ($5 in 2020) was the last favourite in Wagga Wagga Gold Cup betting to salute for the punters before later being disqualified.

There was a notable upset in the following year in 2021 with Inverloch winning the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup at 30/1, while Yonkers ran second as the beaten favourite.

2021 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Field

The Wagga Wagga Gold Cup field attracts a nice class of stayers out of the autumn in Sydney.

The Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) held at Randwick over the same distance in late April makes a good lead-up into the Wagga Wagga Cup field.

The 2021 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup field and barriers will be provided below the week of the race as soon as announced by Racing NSW.

The Wagga Wagga Gold Cup 2021 final field features a capacity line-up of stayers including the Archie Alexander-trained topweight Young Rascal (61kg), the Chris Waller-trained favourite Yonkers coming off a five length Caulfield win and fellow last start winner Paths Of Glory.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 19x17x780x YOUNG RASCAL (FR) Archie Alexander Jay Ford 3 61kg 106
2 1x2211x250 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Mark Newnham Nash Rawiller 8 60kg 104
3 407200×615 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 2 58.5kg 101
4 1455×77831 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 4 57kg 98
5 527×534203 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 11 55kg 94
6 513×691441 YONKERS (USA) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 15 55kg 94
7 1181x6143x KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Campbell Rawiller (a) 12 54kg 92
8 7469340617 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) Richard Litt Robbie Dolan 6 54kg 90
9 25113112×0 HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) Chris Waller 7 54kg 87
10 4x70x90183 SKELM Terry Kelly Simon Miller (late alt) 14 54kg 54.5kg 82
11 0808×39014 MAID OF ORE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 54kg 81
12 1647x00x09 HIGH OPINION Kris Lees Jason Collett 9 54kg 76
13 7330129191 HUNTLY CASTLE Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Blaike McDougall 10 54kg 73
14 x3106x8830 THE DOCTOR’S SON John Whitelaw Ms Ellen Hennessy (a) 13 54kg 73
15 92139199×0 ROLAND GARROS Adrian Corboy Brendan Ward 17 54kg 69
16 x131361584 UPPER HOUSE Norm Gardner Jeff Penza 16 54kg 68
17e 112×605453 BLAZING ZONE Graham Byatt Bradley Vale 18 54kg 54
18e 5318137×09 BOUDDI Kerry Weir 5 54kg 50

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Nominations

Nominations for the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup in 2021 are taken the Monday of race week.

The 2021 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup nominations attracted a bumper 34 early entries led in betting by Chris Waller’s last start Caulfield winner by nearly five lengths Yonkers.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7330129191 HUNTLY CASTLE G 4 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 1= 54kg 54kg 73
2 0808×39014 MAID OF ORE M 6 Nick Olive 1= 54kg 54kg 81
3 19x17x780x YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander 3 61kg 61kg 106
4 1x2211x250 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) G 6 Mark Newnham 4 60kg 60kg 104
5 407200×615 INVERLOCH (IRE) G 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 5= 58.5kg 58.5kg 101
6 17x67079x9 WU GOK G 7 Chris Waller 5= 58.5kg 58.5kg 101
7 24549×3514 POLLY GREY (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 7 55.5kg 55.5kg 99
8 1455×77831 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 8 57kg 57kg 98
9 x834470x09 MR SATCHMO (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 9 55.5kg 55.5kg 95
10 527×534203 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 10= 55kg 55kg 94
11 513×691441 YONKERS (USA) G 5 Chris Waller 10= 55kg 55kg 94
12 1181x6143x KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 12= 54kg 54kg 92
13 0x000x6069 MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 12= 54kg 54kg 92
14 x1925308x8 ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 6 Kris Lees 14 54kg 54kg 91
15 7469340617 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) G 7 Richard Litt 15 54kg 54kg 90
16 25113112×0 HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) G 7 Chris Waller 16 54kg 54kg 87
17 0715x0648x SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 9 Matthew Smith 17 54kg 54kg 86
18 3112252×83 PARRY SOUND G 5 Bjorn Baker 18 54kg 54kg 83
19 4x70x90183 SKELM G 6 Terry Kelly 19 54kg 54kg 82
20 x022635x37 STOCKMAN (NZ) G 4 Joseph Pride 20 54kg 54kg 78
21 1647x00x09 HIGH OPINION G 9 Kris Lees 21 54kg 54kg 76
22 x3106x8830 THE DOCTOR’S SON G 6 John Whitelaw 22= 54kg 54kg 73
23 1611214×15 TOTAL RECALL G 4 Paul Messara 22= 54kg 54kg 73
24 735342×692 CRIMSON ACE M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 24 54kg 54kg 70
25 85450×1850 MERCURIAL LAD G 7 Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones 25= 54kg 54kg 69
26 92139199×0 ROLAND GARROS G 6 Adrian Corboy 25= 54kg 54kg 69
27 x131361584 UPPER HOUSE G 6 Norm Gardner 27 54kg 54kg 68
28 6751332333 ALL BUT GONE G 9 Damien Lane 28 54kg 54kg 62
29 29×7361755 AVION FURY G 4 Glen Thompson 29 54kg 54kg 60
30 6214×89516 SLATEY BAY G 5 Brett Thompson 30 54kg 54kg 59
31 5752312 SINGAPURA G 3 Glen Thompson 31 54kg 54kg 57
32 112×605453 BLAZING ZONE G 4 Graham Byatt 32= 54kg 54kg 54
33 1436×59154 ROND DE JAMBE M 5 Emma & Lucy Longmire 32= 54kg 54kg 54
34 5318137×09 BOUDDI G 6 Kerry Weir 34 54kg 54kg 50

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Wagga Cup History

The Wagga Cup had its inaugural run on November 26, 1873, when Mountaineer won. Since that date the Wagga Cup has developed into a popular local race with a strong tradition of excellence.

Listed below are Wagga Cup winners since 1990.

Wagga Cup Winners

Year Winner
2021 Inverloch
2020 Maurus

House Of Cartier (Disqualified) 

2019 Abdon
2018 Life Less Ordinary
2017 Stampede
2016 Messene
2015 Land Locked
2014 Trade Commissioner
2013 Scream Machine
2012 Coliseo
2011 Voice Commander
2010 Sainthood
2009 Macknuckle
2008 Tommifrancs
2007 Fooram
2006 Mc Lir
2005 Natural Blitz
2004 Vanquished
2003 Kreisler Mirage
2002 Call Me Lily
2001 Regal Touch
2000 Sporting
1999 Goodwood
1998 Chance Affair
1997 Here’s The Prince
1996 Nobellotto
1995 Top Guy
1994 NOT HELD
1993 Antwerp
1992 Fleet Dancer
1991 Greenback
1990 Mill Court

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