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Launceston Cup

The Launceston Cup is a Group 3 open handicap race that is held each year on a Wednesday afternoon in February at Launceston racecourse in Launceston, Tasmania. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and run under set weight & penalty conditions with prizemoney of $200,000. The 2019 Launceston Cup was won by Eastender from Fabrizio with Lamborghini third.

This race is one of only four group races held in Tasmania each year. The other three are the Group 3 Hobart Cup, Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy and Group 3 Vamos Stakes, the latter held on the same day. The Launceston Cup is held during the Tasmanian summer racing carnival in Launceston and is generally a big affair locally.

Launceston Cup info

Date: Wednesday 27th February 2019
Track: Launceston racecourse, Launceston
Distance: 2400 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $200,000
2019 Winner: Eastender

The Launceston Cup is a major attraction to the city of Launceston, much like the Hobart Cup is to the city of Hobart, and the race itself assembles a field of predominantly local horses along with any mainland horses willing to make the trek to Tasmania to tackle the event.

Most of the time the Launceston Cup is simply a race for handy Tasmanian staying types and the Hobart Cup is the logical lead up race to this event. Up Cups (2016) was the last horse to win the Hobart Cup & Launceston Cup double, while it was Epingle (2014) before him.

In recent times Eastender (2019), Up Cups (2016) and Epingle (2014) have claimed the Hobart Cup & Launceston Cup double, while Geegees Blackflash (2013) & Ista Kareem (2008) ran 3rd in the Hobart Cup before going on to win this event. Growl (3rd in 2010) won the Hobart Cup by a big margin before running third in this race at his next start.

Interestingly enough, Big Duke (2017) travelled to Sydney at his next start to win the Gr3 NE Manion Cup at Rosehill after winning this race. Norsqui (4th in 2013) went on to win the Gr3 Adelaide Cup over 3200m at Morphettville after running fourth in the Launceston Cup.

Eastender (2019) captured the Hobart Cup over 2400m at Hobart before making it back-to-back Tasmanian Cups for Spreyton trainer Barry Campbell.

Recent Launceston Cup winners include Bondeiger (2018) and Big Duke (2017).

2019 Launceston Cup result

1. $3.70 Eastender 57.0 Craig Newitt
2. $8.50 Fabrizio 59.0 Stephen Baster
3. $5.50 Lamborghini 54.0 Michael Dee

then followed
4. $101.00 Settler's Stone 54.0 Raquel Clark
5. $7.50 Second Bullet 55.5 Damien Oliver
6. $16.00 Speed Force 54.0 Luke Currie
7. $61.00 Snoano 54.0 Ms Stephanie Thornton
8. $3.30 Etymology 58.0 Brendon McCoull
9. $10.00 Appmat 54.0 Dwayne Dunn
10. $151.00 White Hawk 54.0 Anthony Darmanin

Margins: 0.5 len, 0.5 len
Time: 2:31.54

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Launceston Cup winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Eastender Fabrizio Lamborghini 2:31.5
2018 Bondeiger Fastnet Dragon Pretty Punk 2:29.5
2017 Big Duke Count Da Vinci Tuff Bickie 2:31.3
2016 Up Cups Arianne Schockemohle 2:34.9
2015 Genuine Lad Banca Mo Geegees Blackflash 2:29.6
2014 Epingle Gold To Go Geegees Blackflash 2:31.3
2013 Geegees Backflash Lucky Angel Dream Pedlar 2:34.1
2012 Prevailing Geegees Blackflash Fieldmaster 2:34.0
2011 Fast Future White Yard Geegees Blackflash 2:30.3
2010 Larry's Never Late Dream Pedlar Growl 1:24.3
2009 Zavite Centurytwentyone Itsa Kareem 2:31.2
2008 Ista Kareem Lady Atire Our Dashing Dane 2:31.2
2007 Hofmeister Field Hunter Emerald Jack 2:28.8
2006 Precise Timing Aquiline Mr Buttkicka 2:30.0
2005 Dakasha Bondy Under The Bridge 2:32.2
2004 Zacielo Saturday Fever Dream Quest 2:32.7
2003 St Andrews Arena Valadora Saturday Fever 2:29.2
2002 St Andrews Bondi Iceberg Imax 2:31.0
2001 Full Of Rhythm St Andrews Naucho 2:45.5
2000 St Andrews Mt Arthur Naucho 2:48.5
1999 Streak Starsphere Bluetinsk 2:47.2
1998 King's Landing Prince Baracus Napier Street 2:42.4
1997 Ticking Away Vaudeville Piper L'Espion 2:43.2
1996 Free Beer Ticking Away Faveaux 2:48.8
1995 Free Beer Beloako Danby Road 2:44.5
1994 Rich Dreams Eager Prince Strike High 2:41.5
1993 Diamond Bases Varo's Last Clan's Comet 2:46.5
1992 Star Cheers Pelagic Russian Rogue 2:42.0
1991 Bitter Spring Tiendi Sistino 2:44.4
1990 Down The Pitch Lady Have A Heart Daarro King 2:42.7
1989 Shykoski Brave Trespasser Clerical 2:43.8
1988 Superior Way Ivor Capri Dollar Investment 2:42.1