The Canberra Cup is a 2000 metre handicap run by the Canberra Racing Club. The race was traditionally held in October, but in 2012 was moved to March.
- Race Type: Listed Handicap
- Distance: 2,000 metres
- Track: Thoroughbred Park, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
- Date: Sunday 5 March 2017
The Canberra Cup was first run in 1926 over a distance of 1600 metres, and the inaugural winner Spec also won the following year. There have been several distance changes over the years as it was 1600 metres until 1952 when it was lengthened to 1750 metres for 1953 and 1954. It was run over 1800 metres from 1955 to 1962, became 2000 metres from 1963 to 1975 and then went to 2400 metres from 1976 to 1995. Since 1996 it has been 2000 metres. There is a maximum field of 16 runners.
Canberra Cup Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for early markets for this years Canberra Cup.‘Odds not currently available’
Canberra Cup Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There are 13 runners for the $200,000 TAB.com.au Canberra Cup. Early favouritism is shared between Dark Eyes who won over this distance by 3.8 lengths at Randwick last start, and Cool Chap who always runs well. Next in the betting is the topweight Red Excitement who won two races in a row before a close 2nd in the Parramatta Cup last outing.
Classic Uniform led throughout to win the Parramatta Cup, while Olympic Academy struggled on heavy going last start but had good form before that. Coolcat Dancer won the Canberra Cup Prelude after 3 wins at the South Coast. Shalmaneser has been going well in Sydney over 2000 to 2400m. All other runners are 16 to 1 or longer, in a fairly open race.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|3 Dark Eyes||1 Red Excitement||4 Cool Chap|
|1 Red Excitement||4 Cool Chap||3 Dark Eyes|
|6 Coolcat Dancer||3 Dark Eyes||1 Red Excitement|
|2 Classic Uniform||6 Coolcat Dancer||2 Classic Uniform|
Previous winners of the Canberra Cup:
Local trainers have often had success in the Canberra Cup, although most years there are a number of Sydney horses running. Four horses have won the race twice with Macknuckle (2009 and 2010), Reingard (1985 and 1986), Crazy Notion (1961 and 1962) and Spec (1926 and 1927). No Canberra Cup winner has won the Melbourne Cup, but 1992 winner Superimpose went on to win the Cox Plate. Gai Waterhouse has been the most successful trainer in recent years with Jay Cee Bee in 1995, Regal Touch in 2000 and So Assertive in 2004.
|2017||Dark Eyes||Cool Chap||Coolcat Dancer|
|2016||Hippopus||Off The Rails||Centre Pivot|
|2014||Jacquinot Bay||Honourable Aussie||Extra Zero|
|2012||Fill The Page||World Wide||Coliseo|
|2011||*race not held|
|2010||Macknuckle||Rock Kingdom||Fast Future|
|2007||Testa Grande||Step Forward||Red Robert|
|2006||(event was cancelled)|
|2005||Beat The Tide||Beau||Bush Honey|
|2004||So Assertive||Prime Century (NZ)||Red Robert|
|2001||Padfoot Charlie||Velsontas (NZ)||Yippyio|
|2000||Regal Touch (NZ)||Padfoot Charlie||Splendid Retreat|
The Canberra Cup became a Listed race in 1984. There are many years when it was not run – from 1930 to 1935 it was not held due to the depression and from 1941 to 1945 it was not held because of World War II. It was also not held in 1947, 2006 and 2011. The 2006 Cup was cancelled due to reconstruction of the track and the 2011 running was not held due to a rearrangement of the Canberra racing calendar.
In 2011 the decision was made to move the Canberra Cup from its traditional September/October timing to run it on Black Opal Stakes Sunday in March. Black Opal day now has four Listed races with the Black Opal Stakes for two-year-olds, the Canberra Cup, the National Sprint and the Canberra Guineas. It is one of the major race days in Canberra and has Fashions on the Field competitions, plenty of activities for children and a concert after the last race.