Summer Cup Race Information

The Summer Cup is a 2000 metre quality handicap race run by the Australian Turf Club in late December. It is held at Randwick as the feature event on Boxing Day.

  • Race Type: Group 3
  • Distance: 2000 metres
  • Conditions: Quality handicap, 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $250,000
  • Date: Tuesday 26 December 2023

Summer Cup Race History

See the 2022 Summer Cup Preview and results.

The race was first run over 13 furlongs (about 2600m) in 1890 and was won by a horse called Stockwell. It has been a Group 3 Race since 1979.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Luvaluva (2019)

Last 3YO to win: C&G Ming Dynasty (1976); Filly – none

Multiple winners: I’m Imposing (2013 & 2014); Donald (1928 & 1929); King Of The Forest (1921 & 1923); Blue Metal (1899 & 1900)

Fastest time (2000m): Luvaluva (2019) 2:02:84

Leading trainers: Gai Waterhouse with 5 wins (Aqua D’Amore (2005); Stoway (2002); Zanetta (1999); Linesman (1997) and Century Boy (1996).

Interesting trivia: In 2022 Berdibek was 2nd past the post and Sky Lab was 3rd but a protest of Sky Lab against Berdibek was upheld. Race not run in 2007 due to equine influenza. In 1932 there was a dead-heat for the win of Pretzel and Miss Ntava, In 1917 Poitrel won on protest against Chantemerle.

Past winners of the Summer Cup

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

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Lion’s Roar Luncies Baby Rider
2022 Diamil Sky Lab Berdibek
2021 Parry Sound Criaderas Polly Grey
2020 Spirit Ridge Best Of Days Black On Gold
2019 Luvaluva Black On Gold Taikomochi
2018 Fierce Impact Satono Rasen Life Less Ordinary
2017 Montauk Red Excitement Testashadow
2016 Red Excitement Foreign Prince Shalmaneser
2015 Mighty Lucky Junoob I’m Imposing
2014 I’m Imposing Midsummer Sun Casino Dancer
2013 I’m Imposing Travolta Destiny’s Kiss
2012 Le Roi Brightest Praecido
2011 Yulalona Nextanix Count Encosta
2010 Spechenka Strike One Let Them Have It
2009 Solid Billing Zazabeau Rockwood
2008 Ready To Lift Bellagio Wynn Zazabeau
2007  ** Race not run **
2006 Jamberoo Game On Taken At The Flood
2005 Aqua D’Amore County Tyrone Beat The Tide
2004 This Manshood Vereza New York Style
2003 Stadium Ocho Stoway
2002 Stoway Ego Fast Barawin
2001 Majestically Zareyev Power of Pegasus
2000 Lanolin Vitrinite Consolidator
1999 Zanetta Pasta Express Luther
1998 Dance Til Dawn Pasta Express Bombast
1997 Linesman Jacanarchie Stony Bay
1996 Century Boy Mr. Neslo Seto Bridge
1995 Catalan Prince Praise Indeed Night After
1994 Spiritual Star El Castano Tusk Hunter
1993 Striking Gold Double Take Demerit
1992 Mr. Eurostar Anythings Possible Swiss Cotton
1991 Cross Swords Local Knowledge Initial Approach
1990 Magnolia Hall Copatonic Courtalista