Parramatta Cup Race Information

The Parramatta Cup is a 1900 metre quality handicap race run by the Australian Turf Club in February. It is run at Rosehill as part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Listed
  • Distance: 1900 metres
  • Conditions: Quality handicap, 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $200,000
  • Date: Saturday 24 February 2024

Parramatta Cup Race History

See the 2024 Parramatta Cup Preview and results.

See the 2023 Parramatta Cup Preview and results.

The race was first held over 10 furlongs (about 2000m) in 1961 when it was won by Valerius ridden by J Thompson and trained by Frank Dalton. The distance was increased to 12 furlongs (about 2400m) from 1965 to 1970 then came back to 10 furlongs for 1971 and 1972 before returning to 12 furlongs in 1972. The race wasn’t held in 1973 and when it returned in 1974 it was at the metric distance of 2400m until 1982 when it was reduced to 2000m then in 2014 it was reduced again to the current 1900m distance

Trainer TJ Smith and his daughter Gai Waterhouse have won an incredible 14 winners between them.

The race is regarded as an early autumn lead-up race for staying types heading for the Sydney Cup.

Parramatta Cup Facts

Last mare to win: Laguna Lake (2003)

Fastest time (1900m): Arab Dawn (2016) 1:56:30

Leading trainer: TJ (Tommy) Smith with 8 wins (Rajamah 1988; Our Shout 1984; Powerful Prince 1982; King’s Ideal 1981; Sir Francis 1972; Court Prince 1969; Man About Town 1967; Alpensea 1963). His daughter Gai Waterhouse has trained 6 winners (Greatwood 2015; Restless 2004; Laguna Lake 2003; Primrose Sands 2001; Jazzac 1999; Balmaressa 1995).

Interesting trivia: Race not run in 1973.

Past winners of the Parramatta Cup

Winners of past Parramatta Cups include horses that go on to win major races.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 More Felons Almania Bold Mac
2023 King Frankel Banju Sacramento
2022 Mightybeel No Compromise Toomuchtobear
2021 Sacramento Sikandarabad The Lord Mayor
2020 Mustajeer Eastender Red Cardinal
2019 Red Cardinal Big Duke Age Of Fire
2018 More Energy Supply And Demand Liapari
2017 Classic Uniform Red Excitement Song And Laughter
2016 Arab Dawn Allergic Hasselhoof
2015 Greatwood Burbero Diametric
2014 Opinion Carlton House Junoob
2013 Pelicano Kaypers Frozen Rope
2012 Praecido Jimmy Fortunes Maules Creek
2011 Hawk Island Alexander Of Hales Barlagarney
2010 Deltona La Belle Chataigne Walk In The Park
2009 Vision And Power Dothis Dothat Doug’s Mate
2008 Red Lord County Tyrone Spirit Of Tara
2007 Silky Red Boxer Spirit Of Tara With A Chance
2006 Mi Casa Gilded Youth Palabiro
2005 Mooring’s Melody Vanquished Lord Of Lords
2004 Restless Terrible Taurus Strange Conflict
2003 Laguna Lake Barberousse Grampians
2002 Kaapgun Time Off Manner Hill
2001 Primrose Sands Prophet’s Kiss Bias Bay
2000 Harmonia Tyrrell Consolidator
1999 Jazzac Stony Bay Emery
1998 Banner Headline Darbaas Angellen
1997 Kenquest Ripper Linesman
1996 Rock A Hula Magic Road Lord Vader
1995 Balmeressa The Fledgling Yseult
1994 Kaladan Calvados Charm Surrender Now
1993 Thrifty Reserve Rough Rider Upwards
1992 Mr. Eurostar Garfunkel Chime Zam
1991 Koflach Valley High Spi Reverse Pass
1990 High Spi Corkage Miss Amazer
1989 Nickson Tierra Rist Reckless Tradition
1988 Rajamah Faris King It’s Lunchtime
1987 Silver Award Break Dancer Hot On Aces
1986 Ken’s Fortune Fix The Date Tide Time
1985 Bosca Feller Hermod Essential
1984 Our Shout Bencarra Miler’s Forest
1983 Sir Eden Prince Granada King Lilt
1982 Powerful Prince Bianco Lady Rewa Lad
1981 King’s Ideal Favoloso Peninsula
1980 Favoloso Over The Ocean Blarney Prince
1979 Sky Ace So Refined Gold Reo
1978 Our Cavalier Ready O’Ready Lazy Pat
1977 Dandy Dresser Itchy Feet Sovereign Yacht
1976 Paris Court Hot Land Khalefox
1975 Agreement Lazy Pat Golconda
1974 Duglig Calabash Pauline’s Pride
1973  ** Race not run **
1972 Sir Francis Singing Sands Fernando
1971 My Honeychild Grey Gull Yeoman Service
1970 Auto Filou Flirtatious Great Exploits
1969 Court Prince Merry Princess Lease King
1968 Duo Royal Display Fountain Of Youth
1967 Man About Town Earl’s Double Ancestor
1966 Persian Puzzle Ancestor Lasting
1965 Synful Final Victory Summer Fiesta
1964 Lord Fury Portender Icarus
1963 Alpensea Icarus Summer Smile
1962 Royal Bark Robin Tout Augustine
1961 Valerius Persian Lyric Tranquilette