Easter Cup 2023 Race Details

Race 8 at Sandown Racecourse on Saturday the 8th April 2023.

The Easter Cup is a Group 3 race held at Sandown Lakeside over 2100 metres this year. It is an  open handicap race held on Easter Saturday. The total prizemoney this year is $200,000.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on the Easter Cup page.

How to pick a winner

Easter Cup 2023 Preview

Track: Wet Weather: Showers

Interesting race with the Melbourne Cup favourite White Marlin resuming.  He’s up against Right You Are who is looking to make it six wins in a row.  Lunar Flare is going well and should be near peak fitness third up while Sparkle won easily last start and is on the minimum weight.

Easter Cup 2023 Runner by Runner

1. Camorra

Beaten a long way in last years Melbourne Cup which was his first Australian start.  Market is suggesting he will need the run here first up.

2. Fancy Man

Import having second start for Annabel Neasham.  He closed off well first up at Rosehill and the wet track will be to his liking.

3. Right You Are

Attempting to make it six wins in a row.  Wet track is some query but if there’s a chink in the favs armour he is one that can expose it.

4. Mankayan

Is ready to do something here fourth up and loves the wet.  He can run a place.

5. Lunar Flare

Was second in a high rating Moonee Valley Cup in the spring.  She can run a place here as long as they are making ground.

6. Barb Raider

Was strong late at the Valley last start against the mares and looks suited stepping out in trip.

7. Horrifying

Chased Munhamek home at the Valley last start.  2000m and a wet track will be to his liking.

8. White Marlin

Resumes in second preparation for Waterhouse and Bott.  Was impressive winning all three starts in the spring including his last start by 5.5 lengths.  He has jumped out well and rates highly with J Childs in the saddle.

9. Witchachar Star


10. Sparkle

Won by a big space at Flemington last start however did not beat much. Consider for multiples.

11. Captain Envious

Sharply up in trip.  He did some nice things in the spring but I would like to see him again before backing.

12. So You See

She was okay at the Valley last start.  I prefer Barb Raider coming out of that lead up.

13. Starspangled Baby


Easter Cup 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Lewis Oliver’s Tips
Jo Jackson’s Tips
8 White Marlin 8 White Marlin
2 Fancy Man 3 Right You Are
3 Right You Are 10 Sparkle
5 Lunar Flare 7 Horrifying

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2023 (Randwick 2000m)

Group 1 Sydney Cup 2023 (Randwick 3200m)

Group 1 Australian Oaks 2023 (Randwick 2400m)

Group 1 Coolmore Legacy/Queen Of The Turf Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1600m)

Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2023 (Randwick 1200m)

Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1200m)

Group 2 Sapphire Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1200m)

Listed Fernhill Handicap 2023 (Randwick 1600m)

Listed South Pacific Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1400m)

Group 2 WATC Derby 2023 (Ascot 2400m)

Listed Old Comrade Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1600m)

Group 3 Victoria Handicap 2023 (Sandown 1400m)

Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes 2023 (Sandown 1200m)

Listed Hills Railway Stakes 2023 (Oakbank 1100m)

Easter Cup 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 8 White Marlin
2nd 3 Right You Are 2.25 lengths
3rd 5 Lunar Flare 2.65 lengths
4th 4 Mankayan 2.85 lengths

The track was rated as Heavy 8.

Scratchings: 6. Barb Raider, 10. Sparkle, 12. So You See.