The Hunter is a 1300 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
Date: Saturday 13 November 2021
The Hunter Race History
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.
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
Past winners of The Hunter
The race was run for the first time in 2019 and was won by Savatiano