Easter Cup

  • Date: Saturday March 26th, 2016
  • Racecourse: Caulfield
  • Race Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Prize Money: $150,000

2016 Easter Cup News

Sadler chasing overdue win in the Ballarat Cup with Observational

Sadler chasing overdue win in the Ballarat Cup with Observational

Caulfield trainer John Sadler is chasing an overdue win in the Listed $300,000 Ballarat Cup (2200m) at Ballarat on Saturday with new stable acquisition Observational.

Trainer John Sadler, above, has Observational running for him in the Ballarat Cup at Ballarat. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Sadler won the Ballarat Cup with Pressman’s Choice in …

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The 2016 Easter Cup is a Group 3 race held at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne every March or April on Easter Saturday. The event is a middle distance contest run over a trip of 2000m and is worth a total of $150,000 in prize money.

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The conditions of the race are open handicap meaning there’s usually a big contingent of horses on hand.

That said the genuine top line runners usually bypass this race and it’s more one for the true Group 3 horses on a day with a big crowd on hand.

Given its spot in the schedule the Sydney autumn carnival is the major focus and as such that’s where the majority of top liners will be.

There are some exceptions to the rule though and in 2007 Maldivian won this race before going on to win the Group 1 Cox Plate the following year.

That 2007 Easter Cup also featured Douro Valley which came so close to winning a Caulfield Cup when second that same year.

In terms of races leading up to the Easter Cup it’s best to follow the country cup’s circuit or look for horses rising well through the grades.

The 2011 Easter Cup champion Paddy O’Reilly came here after success in the Albury Cup.

Other winners of this race include Litmus in 2000, Tall timbers in 2004, Like It Is in 2008 and Fanjura in 2010 (runner up in 2011).

2016 Easter Cup Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x30721x042 AWESOME ROCK Leon & Troy Corstens Stephen Baster 11 59kg 104
2 0x09936x56 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dylan Dunn (a) 10 58.5kg 103
3 0x900x2x02 LIDARI (FR) Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 4 58.5kg 103
4 5459770636 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Mark Zahra 12 58kg 102
5 7x157x80x6 GUARDINI (FR) Lee & Anthony Freedman James Winks 5 57.5kg 101
6 000820×030 PUCCINI (NZ) Darren Weir Luke Nolen 2 57.5kg 101
7 x67x1x0x07 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 13 55.5kg 97
8 5x3673x768 MANNDAWI (FR) Darren Weir Glen Boss 1 55kg 96
9 3743196589 GOOD VALUE Michael Kent 7 54kg 90
10 558×684241 GLADSTONE Scott Brunton David Pires 8 54kg 86
11 x245x0x82x DOUMARAN (FR) Robert Hickmott Steven King 9 54kg 84
12 11450×6145 TRANSFER ALLOWANCE Peter Roche Chris Symons 6 54kg 75
13 197×030412 RATHER HEROIC Mitchell Freedman Harry Coffey (a) 3 54kg 69

Easter Cup Winners & Results

Winners and placers in the Easter Cup since 2000 with winning times.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 Leebaz 2 Guardini 3 Observational  2:02.16
2015 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD  2:03.9
2014 1 Our Voodoo Prince 2 Akzar 3 Stipulate  2:04.0
2013 1 Jet Away 2 Folding Gear 3 Whisper Downs  2:03.9
2012 1 Folding Gear 2 Viking Hero 3 Shewan  2:01.6
2011 1 Paddy O’Reilly 2 Fanjura 3 Launay  2:02.7
2010 1 Fanjura 2 Light Vision 3 Hissing Sid  2:02.0
2009 1 Miss Maren 2 Raffaello 3 Light Vision  2:03.9
2008 1 Like It Is 2 Sand Sweeper 3 Come Fly With Me  2:03.4
2007 1 Maldivian 2 Douro Valley 3 Spinney  2:02.8
2006 1 Casual Pass 2 Rubijon 3 Our Spur  2:02.2
2005 1 Show Barry 2 Lord Erin 3 Pretorius  2:00.4
2004 1 Tall Timbers 2 Sweet Corn 3 Domine  2:02.9
2003 1 Bush Padre 2 Gunnamatta 3 Lodger  2:03.3
2002 1 Thong Classic 2 Adolescence 3 Aquiver  2:01.0
2001 1 Adolescence 2 Flushed 3 Mr Prudent  2:00.9
2000 1 Litmus 2 Lady Elsie 3 Royal Caliph  2:03.0