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Darwin Cup

The 2017 Darwin Cup is an event held annually at Darwin Racecourse in Fannie Bay, Darwin. Off the track Darwin’s racing carnival culminates on Darwin Cup Day, where a public holiday sees the locals getting in and around the on-track action and off-track hospitality. The weekend sees the largest influx of people to the Top End with an estimated crowd of 20,000 in attendance.

Unlike the hallowed turf of Flemington, Royal Randwick and the headline courses in Australia’s major racing states, Fannie Bay Racecourse is a dirt track and makes for an entirely unique racing experience for runners, jockeys, trainers and racing fans alike.

The Darwin Cup field is set at a capacity of twelve horses and boasts an impressive $200,000 prize pool, including the lucrative $132,000 winner’s check.

Some of Australian racing’s finest are drawn to the Darwin Cup each year. Current Sydney Premiership-winning jockey Hugh Bowman partnered Lightinthenite to a dominant win in the Darwin Cup in 2015.

2017 Darwin Cup Field

The 2017 Darwin Cup field will be published here as soon as it becomes available.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 51413×6311 ROYAL REQUEST Neil Dyer Jarrod Todd 8 60.5kg (1.5kg) 89
2 878x20x00x WEXFORD TOWN (IRE) Michael Hickmott Jarrad Noske 7 57.5kg 83
3 x33469x726 WHISTLE STOP Dick Leech Paul Shiers 10 57.5kg 83
4 2x4521x834 PRETTY BLONDE Kym Healy Jason Lyon 12 57kg 86
5 0031661831 MOON DEVIL Kerry Petrick Paul Denton 3 56.5kg 81
6 0x56149208 WAR STORY (IRE) Carly Cook Ms Felicia Bergstrand 13 56.5kg 81
7 42111×1953 HARREBS TIME Tayarn Halter Raymond Vigar 1 56kg 80
8 696x172x17 UNBREAKABLE Michael Hickmott Blake Shinn 9 56kg 80
9 1x82553x62 SATURDAY SORCERER Jason Manning Ms Vanessa Arnott 15 55.5kg 79
10 6×53583249 ABU DHABI Gary Kennewell Joe Bowditch 14 54kg 76
11 1321616953 LIEDER Michael Hickmott William Pike 6 54kg 75
12 x687732141 BILLET DOUX Sheila Arnold 4 54kg 73
13e 3119×30215 FOLK TALES (NZ) Richard Laming Jason Lyon 2 54kg 74
14e 6257×76174 FLYING TORMENTA John Peacock Wayne Davis 5 54kg 74
15e 2213043×46 ELECTRIC CRIMSON (NZ) Richard Laming 11 54kg 74

Darwin Cup Nominations

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 0031661831 MOON DEVIL G 9 Kerry Petrick 1 56.5kg 81
2 x687732141 BILLET DOUX G 4 Sheila Arnold 2 54kg 73
3 951413×631 ROYAL REQUEST G 7 Neil Dyer 3 59kg 86
4 12x4521x83 PRETTY BLONDE M 9 Kym Healy 4 57kg 86
5 2x33469x72 WHISTLE STOP G 7 Dick Leech 5 57.5kg 83
6 878x20x00x WEXFORD TOWN (IRE) G 7 Michael Hickmott 6 57.5kg 83
7 70×5614920 WAR STORY (IRE) G 8 Carly Cook 7 56.5kg 81
8 696x172x17 UNBREAKABLE G 5 Michael Hickmott 8 56kg 80
9 142111×195 HARREBS TIME G 6 Tayarn Halter 9 56kg 80
10 1x82553x62 SATURDAY SORCERER G 8 Jason Manning 10 55.5kg 79
11 26×5358324 ABU DHABI G 5 Gary Kennewell 11 54kg 76
12 1321616953 LIEDER G 5 Michael Hickmott 12 54kg 75
13 5×53638080 BEST CASE (NZ) G 7 Carl Spry 13 54kg 75
14 3119×30215 FOLK TALES (NZ) G 5 Richard Laming 14 54kg 74
15 6257×76174 FLYING TORMENTA M 6 John Peacock 15 54kg 74
16 2213043×46 ELECTRIC CRIMSON (NZ) G 8 Richard Laming 16 54kg 74
17 532675×416 ARCTIC SONG G 7 Neil Dyer 17 54kg 73
18 087289×870 OVERDANE (GB) G 8 Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 18 54kg 72
19 412238Px23 HAMMERED ART G 6 Carl Spry 19 54kg 70
20 x8737x7698 SUPERCOACH G 8 Danny Penna 20 54kg 69
21 76784×3524 SPARTAN EAGLE G 10 Bob Richard 21 54kg 69
22 1x0780x772 NEW EMPIRE G 8 Garry Lefoe 22 54kg 61

Darwin Cup Past Results

Below is a table of all winners of the annual Darwin Cup dating back to the year 2000.

Year Winner
2017 Royal Request
2016 CANNY BALLAD
2015 LIGHTINTHENITE
2014 PRETTY BLONDE
2013 NOT RUN
2012 HAWKS BAY
2011 HAWKS BAY
2010 SHOOT OUT LOUD
2009 ACTIVATION
2008 CLUB LIQUID
2007 GENERAL MARKET
2006 NOZI
2005 LANSON
2004 MR. TAMBOURINEMAN
2003 WILD HEART
2002 BRAVE DECISION
2001 MCJOEY
2000 STAR BULLET

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