The Hunter Race Information

The Hunter is a 1300m quality handicap race run by the Newcastle Jockey Club in November. It is held at Newcastle as part of The Everest Carnival.

  • Race Type: Special conditions
  • Distance: 1300 metres
  • Conditions: Quality handicap, 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Newcastle Racecourse, Newcastle, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $1,000,000
  • Date: Saturday 18 November 2023

The Hunter Race History

See the 2023 The Hunter Preview and results.

See the 2022 The Hunter Preview and results.

The Hunter was first run in 2019 and is one of the new feature races announced by Racing NSW that debuted in 2019 to promote the wider Sydney Spring Racing Carnival as Australia’s richest racing festival with close to $50 million in prize money on offer over six weeks. Newcastle racecourse hosts a standalone meeting on the Saturday and can attract some of the best sprinters with no competition from a Sydney metropolitan meeting. The meeting also has the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m), previously held in September on Newcastle Cup Day.

The race is a possible progression for horses that lined-up in The Everest in mid-October. This race at Newcastle’s Broadmeadow track along with the $1 million The Gong (1600m) a week later at Kembla Grange are the richest New South Wales races held outside of Sydney.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Sweet Deal (2020)

Last 3YO to win: none yet

Multiple winners: none et

Fastest time (1300m): Savatiano (2019) 1:15:76

Interesting trivia:

Past winners of The Hunter

The race was run for the first time in 2019 and was won by Savatiano

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Coal Crusher King Of Sparta Rocketing By
2022 Vilana In The Congo Gravina
2021 Lost And Running Wandabaa Top Ranked
2020 Sweet Deal Special Award Asiago
2019 Savatiano Tactical Advantage Bon Amis