Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Race Information

The Wagga Wagga Gold Cup is a 2000 metre handicap race run by the Murrumbidgee Turf Club in late April or early May. It is held at Wagga as the feature race of a 2 day Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Listed
  • Distance: 2000 metres
  • Conditions: Open handicap
  • Track: Wagga Racecourse, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $200,000
  • Date: Friday 3 May 2024

Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Race History

See the 2024 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Preview and results.

See the 2023 Wagga Cup Preview and results.

See the 2022 Wagga Cup Preview and results.

See the 2021 Wagga Cup Preview and results.

This is the premier race of the Murrumbidgee Turf Club. It dates back to 1871 when it was called the Free Handicap and was won by a horse called Wisdom and the prizemoney was 300 sovereigns. In 1874 the race was run as the Wagga Cup with prizemoney of 500 sovereigns and in 1875 prizemoney doubled to 1000 sovereigns. !876 was the first running of the Wagga Gold Cup where the prizemoney of 1000 guineas was also supplemented with a gold cup provided by a sponsor, and for the next 14 years these cups were donated by wealthy sportspeople residing in the south-west of New South Wales. You can find pictures of these early gold cups online and they they were magnificent much sought after trophies.

These days the race is held as part of a two-day Racing Carnival with the Town Plate on the Thursday and the Wagga Gold Cup on the Friday, normally the first Friday in May. It is a major event for the town with people flocking there from across NSW and the Canberra region. Accommodation can be hard to fiind with many people booking a year in advance.

It is now a race that gives the winner exemption from the ballot for the Big Dance.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Call Me Lily (2002)

Multiple winners: Allez Bijou (1981 & 1984); Big Bickies (1979 & 1980); Cop ( 1976 & 1978); What Fun (1967 & 1968); Flash Gem (1957 & 1958); Collison (1948 & 1949).

Fastest time (2000m): Goodwood (1999) 1:59:8

Interesting trivia: In 2020 House Of Cartier was first past the post but was disqualified due to a positive swab, making John Thompson’s overseas import Maurus the new winner.

Past winners of the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup

Winners of past Wagga Wagga Gold Cups include horses that go on to win major spring races.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Fawkner Park Political Debate Taramansour
2023 Wicklow Lion’s Roar Kukeracha
2022 Aleas Dream Runner Five Kingdom
2021 Inverloch Spirit Ridge
 * dead heat 2nd
2020 Maurus Master Of Arts High Opinion
2019 Abdon High Opinion Willi Willi
2018 Life Less Ordinary Self Sense Montauk
2017 Stampede Life Less Ordinary Cool Chap
2016 Messene Iggi Pop Adirondack
2015 Landlocked Faust Gypsy Diamond
2014 Trade Commissioner Beyond Thankful Price Of Glory
2013 Scream Machine Devised Coliseo
2012 Coliseo Devised Rain Drum
2011 Voice Commander World Wide Ironstein
2010 Sainthood Barlagarney Twin Wing
2009 Macknuckle Cape Breton Penrickson
2008 Tommifrancs Limani Grand Zulu
2007 Fooram Mi Casa EL Meroo
2006 Mc Lir Jamberoo Prime Century
2005 Natural Blitz My Tally Xlerate
2004 Vanquished Not Fussy Maskerado
2003 Kreisler Mirage Majestically Johnny Reb
2002 Call Me Lily Bedouin Hydromaster
2001 Regal Touch Viva La Vie Norm’s Bridle
2000 Sporting Kugelhope Lady Alate
1999 Goodwood Ronzino Count Scenario
1998 Chance Affair Star Covet Shearer Claude
1997 Here’s The Prince Kenbelle Jovial Dancer
1996 Nobellotto Cheunganoff Dupain
1995 Top Guy Cheunganoff Soup Kitchen
1994  ** Race not run **
1993 Antwerp Golden Step Moville Peter
1992 Fleet Dancer Touson Mill Court
1991 Greenback Moville Peter Polyphony
1990 Mill Court Stirring Port Kingdom
1989 Abstraction Deleclair Corkage
1988 Sasha Bijou Pass The Hat All Spades
1987 Sordon Lad All Spades Amir
1986 Poachinellar In The Field Pride Of Indies
1985 Pride Of Indies Godarchi Loyal And True
1984 Allez Bijou Shadameneo Kalimna Queen
1983 Madame Monet So Good Hussar’s Command
1982 Sean’s Pride Shadameneo Flairgun
1981 Allez Bijou Light Wish Paignton
1980 Big Bickies Airman King Green
1979 Big Bickies Manaroa Hearts Are Trumps
1978 Double Cop Nimmity Lad Carls Gift
1977 Captaincy Smokewood Gala Choice
1976 Double Cop Bronco Boy Helmsman
Golden Button
1975 Arctic Island Sequester Red Hope
1974 Broadway Hit By Command Mr Timor
1973 Red Hope Mr Timor Ferocious
1972 Delamar Coltimor Bordeaux
1971 Talent Beau Dark Raven Coltimor
1970 Super Gem Grand Canyon Temple Court
1969 Chanel Blow Hard Star Field
1968 What Fun Grey Parade Elf Boy
1967 What Fun Gloves Off Vignoble
1966 Man About Town Glo Whirl Terelyan
1965 Vignoble Ribbonwood Pale Face
1964 Bullara Pale Face Slasher
1963 Lucky Concession Politician Lady Java
1962 Ribbonwood La Jolia Murchison
1961 Pyaray Flash Gem Crystal Port
1960 Maori Prince Avon d’Or Gipsy Creek
1959 Gipsy Creek Flash Gem Humber Hawk
1958 Flash Gem Buddong Ulandra
1957 Flash Gem Commence Mangopiah
1956 Golden Snows Bingagong French Beau
1955 Cherry Wood Mooncoin Off Hand
1954 Buthus Easy Rise Mooncoin
1953 Two Birdies Belavia Tarrawingee
1952 High Sense Shining Ray Capias
1951 Shining Ray Photon Blue Ocean
1950 Photon Marcher Peter Robinson
1949 Collisun Bolivia Leetona
1948 Collisun Trumps Megaron
1947 Clyde Tattling Stage Law
1946 Peter Caladin The Trapper
1945 Dan Patch Farmhand Grahamstown