Wyong Gold Cup

The Wyong Gold Cup is a Listed race held at Wyong Racecourse in early September as a lead-up to the spring carnival features including the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne.

2023 Wyong Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #16 Benaud
  • 2nd: #4 Bois D'Argent
  • 3rd: #9 Spirit Ridge



The Wyong Gold Cup is an exciting staying event held at Wyong Racecourse in late August or early September. Raced over 2100m, the Wyong Gold Cup provides horses with a great step-up event to the more lucrative and prestigious staying events during the Spring Racing Carnival.

The Wyong Gold Cup is run under Quality Handicap conditions and is open to contenders from all ages and sexes. Paying a purse of $240,000 as of 2023, the Wyong Gold Cup is one of the richer Listed races.

The Wyong Gold Cup field is usually comprised of horses from Sydney stables, with those who have a successful run going on to compete in both Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnivals.

In 2011, for example, The Verminator went from a victory in the Wyong Gold Cup to win the Metropolitan Handicap and compete in the Melbourne Cup.

The Wyong Gold Cup forms part of the Wyong Racing Festival and is the feature race of Wyong Cup Day. There is a second black-type event on the program, the listed Mona Lisa Stakes.

Many horses out of the Wyong Gold Cup target the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) a fortnight later with Carzoff (2018) and Durston (2022) the latest stayers to do the double.

The 2021 Wyong Gold Cup results were franked with the winner Berdibek going on to run fourth in that spring’s $1 million The Gong.

The 2022 Wyong Gold Cup – Newcastle Gold Cup double winner Durston franked the form that spring with his Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) success.

The 2023 Wyong Gold Cup ran on Friday September 1, 2023 and was won in an upset by the John O’Shea-trained Benaud ($14). 

Wyong Cup 2023
Date: Friday September 1, 2023
Racecourse: Wyong Racecourse
Distance: 2100m
Race Type: Open Quality
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $240,000

2023 Wyong Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #16 Benaud ($14)
  • 2nd: #4 Bois D’Argent
  • 3rd: #9 Spirit Ridge

John O’Shea’s former Group 1 ATC Derby runner-up, beautifully-bred galloper Benaud ($14), finally broke through for his first Black-Type victory with a half-length upset over the beaten favourite Bois D’Argent ($4.60F) in the 2023 Wyong Gold Cup results. The race was marred by an incident that resulted in The Mediterranean breaking down.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 16 BENAUD John O’Shea Dylan Gibbons (a) 5 54kg $14
2 4 BOIS D’ARGENT (GB) Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 0.53L 1 58kg $4.60F
3 9 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Annabel Neasham Ryan Maloney 0.76L 3 57kg $13
4 18e PARRY SOUND Sara Ryan Kerrin McEvoy 3.62L 4 54kg $51
5 20e WILD CHAP Brett Lazzarini Ms Anna Roper (a) 3.66L 2 54kg $91
6 5 DESERT ICON (FR) Chris Waller Tyler Schiller 4.15L 8 57.5kg $8
7 10 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Zac Lloyd (a) 8.26L 6 56kg $26
8 14 TRUE MARVEL (FR) Matthew Smith Ms Kathy O’Hara 10.74L 11 54.5kg $101
9 7 HOSIER (IRE) Mark Minervini Jason Collett 100.81L 10 57.5kg $5.50
10 11 HOPEFUL (FR) Annabel Neasham Jean Van Overmeire 100.84L 13 56kg $51
11 3 ALEGRON James Cummings Nash Rawiller 165.18L 14 58.5kg $16
FF 15 THE MEDITERRANEAN (IRE) Sara Ryan Regan Bayliss 12 54kg (cd 55kg) $26
LR 17e PRETTY AMAZING Chris Waller Brett Prebble 9 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $11
LR 8 KALAPOUR (IRE) Kris Lees Tim Clark 7 57kg $4.40F
2 BOLD MAC (NZ) Chris Waller 0
19e BORN A KING (GB) Chris Waller 0
1 POLLY GREY (NZ) Chris Waller Jay Ford 0
13 NAVAJO PEAK David Payne Kerrin McEvoy 0
12 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 0
6 FANCY MAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Adam Hyeronimus 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Wyong Gold Cup Betting Odds

The latest Wyong Gold Cup 2023 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week of the race.

Wu Gok ($4.80 in 2019) was the last favourite in Wyong Gold Cup betting to win.

There was a notable upset in 2023 with Benaud winning at Wyong Gold Cup odds of $14.

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2023 Wyong Gold Cup Form

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2023 Wyong Gold Cup Tips

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  • To Win: TBD

2023 Wyong Gold Cup Field

The Wyong Gold Cup field attracts a quality line-up of mostly Sydney-trained stayers, many of which have competed in previous editions of the race.

Horses may be kicking off a new campaign in the Wyong Gold Cup field after a winter season that included a run in the Grafton Cup (2350m) during July. Rosehill’s Group 3 Premier’s Cup held on San Domenico Stakes Day is also a good lead-up into the Wyong Cup field.

Benaud (10th in 2023) was the last Wyong Gold Cup winner to come via a run in the Grafton Cup.

The official Wyong Gold Cup Field 2023 will be published below as soon as announced by Racing NSW the week of the race.

2023 Wong Gold Cup Nominations

Nominations for the Wyong Gold Cup 2023 close the Monday of race week.

Wyong Gold Cup History

The Wyong Gold Cup first ran in 1978 and was taken out by Taksan. For the inaugural edition, the Wyong Cup was raced over a mile (1600 metres). It has run every year since except for 2007, when equine influenza greatly disrupted the New South Wales racing calendar.

The Wyong Gold Cup has developed a reputation for attracting big names, with Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse regularly nominating horses.

Notable Wyong Gold Cup winners include Lord Hybrow (1989), Daniel’s The Man (2003), The Verminator (2011), and subsequent Caulfield Cup champion Durston (2022).

Wyong Cup results since 2000 are listed below.

Wyong Gold Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Benaud 2 minutes 08.96 seconds
2nd Bois D’Argent
3rd Spirit Ridge
2022
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Durston 2 minutes 11.06 seconds
2nd Yiyi
3rd Our Intrigue
2021
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Berdibek 2 minutes 08.47 seconds
2nd Criminal Code
3rd Mubariz
2020
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Paths Of Glory 2 minutes 10.45 seconds
2nd The Lord Mayor
3rd Hush Writer
2019
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Wu Gok 2 minutes 9.23 seconds
2nd Hush Writer
3rd Vaucluse Bay
2018
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Carzoff 2 minutes 11.6 seconds
2nd Dark Eyes
3rd Shalmaneser
2017
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Destiny’s Kiss 2 minutes 08.4 seconds
2nd The Getaway
3rd Sayed
2016
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Slow Pace 2 minutes 16.2 seconds
2nd Sacred Master
3rd Get On The Grange
2015
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Beyond Thankful 2 minutes 08.4 seconds
2nd Just As Cosmic
3rd Orbec
2014
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Multilateral 2 minutes 12.5 seconds
2nd Canny Ballad
3rd Secessio
2013
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Wazn 2 minutes 10.3 seconds
2nd Peal Of Bells
3rd Gazza Guru
2012
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Julienas 2 minutes 10.2 seconds
2nd Gazza Guru
3rd Storm Burst
2011
Wyong Gold Cup
1st The Verminator 2 minutes 10.2 seconds
2nd Essence Of Success
3rd Gazza Guru
2010
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Hawk Island 2 minutes 11.8 seconds
2nd Snow Alert
3rd Music Review
2009
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Mr Clangtastic 2 minutes 11.9 seconds
2nd Lodge The Deeds
3rd Enzedex Eagle
2008
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Bianca 2 minutes 13.7 seconds
2nd Keepin’ The Dream
3rd Enzedex Eagle
2007
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Race Not Held
2nd
3rd
2006
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Race Not Held
2nd
3rd
2005
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Carael Boy 2 minutes 12.8 seconds
2nd Irongail
3rd Dancing Daggers
2004
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Bush Honey 2 minutes 11.9 seconds
2nd Jackman
3rd Itemise
2003
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Daniel’s The Man 2 minutes 11.0 seconds
2nd Rocksinga
3rd Legerdemain
2002
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Bondi Iceberg 2 minutes 11.7 seconds
2nd Danyon
3rd Feed The Meter
2001
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Danyon 2 minutes 13.1 seconds
2nd Agincourt Express
3rd Space Age
2000
Wyong Gold Cup
1st Pecan Player 2 minutes 08.1 seconds
2nd Space Age
3rd Gerastar

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