Ladies Day Cup Race Information

The Ladies Day Cup is a 1500 metre open handicap run by the Hawkesbury Race Club in early November. It is held at Hawkesbury as part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Listed
  • Distance: 1500 metres
  • Conditions: Open handicap
  • Track: Hawkesbury Racecourse, Hawkesbury, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $200,000
  • Date: Thursday 9 November 2023

Ladies Day Cup Race History

See the 2023 Ladies Day Cup Preview and results.

See the 2022 Ladies Day Cup Preview and results.

The race was first held as the Safilo Cup over 1300m. It became a Listed race in 2005 when it was won by Wild Queen trained by Gai Waterhouse and ridden by Zac Purton. It became known as the Ladies Day Cup as it is held on the same day as Oaks Day, also known as Ladies Day, in Melbourne. In 2013 the distance was increased to 1400m and in 2019 it was increased again to 1600m. In 2023 it became 1500m. It attracts many Sydney trainers, who normally win it. In 2020 the Oaks day meeting was abandoned due to heavy rain, so the race was moved to the following wednesday. In 2021 it returned to the VRC Oaks day.In 2023 it was reduced from 1600m to 1500m.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Pecans (2018)

Multiple winners: none

Fastest time (1600m): Cellarman (2019) 1:35:65

Leading trainers: Chris Waller with 4 wins (Black On Gold 2020; Cellarman 2019; Strawberry Boy 2014; Tromso 2013). Peter Snowden with 3 wins (Shannara 2011; Kanzan 2010; Beaded 2009)

Interesting trivia: Race not held in 2015 . Race not held in 2007 due to equine influenza.

Past winners of the Ladies Day Cup

Winners of past Ladies Day Cups include horses that go on to win major spring races.


Year Winner Second Third
2023 New Mandate Jojo Was A Man Skyman
2022 Kirwan’s Lane Momack The Frontman
2021 Blue Soldier Wheelhouse Looks Like Elvis
2020 Black On Gold Archedemus Savacool
2019 Cellarman Tamarack Taikomochi
2018 Pecans Burning Passion Fabrizio
2017 Duca Valentinois Passage of Time Unequivocal
2016 Famous Seamus Unequivocal Malice
2015  **Race not held**
2014 Strawberry Boy Monton Heart Testa
2013 Tromso Ninth Legion Soledad
2012 All Legal Triple Elegance Dee’n’gee
2011 Shannara Title Firebolt
2010 Kanzan Cullen Castle Griffon
2009 Beaded Youthful Jack Hotel Casino
2008 Blessus News Alert Testimonial
2007  **Race not held**
2006 King Rex Mustard Mr Aristos
2005 Wild Queen Force Apollo Lady Frisco
2004 Derby Parade Fouardee Ariante