Darwin Cup

Highly Decorated | Photo: Racing & Sports | Neds
2020 Darwin Cup winner Highly Decorated. Photo: Racing & Sports.

Looking for early info on this year’s Darwin Cup? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Run over 2050m at Darwin’s Fannie Bay Racecourse on the first Monday of August each winter, the Darwin Cup is the biggest racing event held in the Northern Territory every year.

Now offering $200,000 in total prize money after being the NT’s first $100,000 event for its bicentennial in 1990, the Darwin Cup is a handicap clash with no age or sex restrictions to the runners in the field.

First run in 1956 when won by Satan’s Son, who was owned, trained and ridden by Peter McCracken, the event attracts a quality field of mainly local staying types.

Notable past Darwin Cup winners include two-time champions Ihtsahymn (2019-20) and Hawks Bay (2011-12).

Darwin Cup 2022 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Monday, August 1st, 2022
  • Track Location: Fannie Bay Racecourse, Darwin
  • Track Surface: Sand
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,050m 
  • Weight Conditions: Handicap
  • Qualification: No age or class restrictions
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: – 
  • Operator: Darwin Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $200,000
  • 2022 Darwin Cup Winner: TBD

Darwin cup 2022 RESULTS

The official 2022 Darwin Cup results will be available below once the race takes place on Monday August 1, 2022. 

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Darwin Cup Betting 2022

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Darwin Cup, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Darwin Cup
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Darwin Cup.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Darwin Cup. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Darwin Cup, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Darwin Cup, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Darwin Cup to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Darwin Cup to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Darwin Cup to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Darwin Cup, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Darwin Cup in 2022

  1. Login at neds.com.au
  2. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  3. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Darwin Cup Betting above).
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Darwin Cup 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Darwin Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

Which Horse Will Win The Darwin Cup in 2022

The best way to pick which horse will win the Darwin Cup in 2022 is to take into account their lead-up winter racing form, assess the barriers and look at the weights. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the Darwin Cup winner include: 

  • Mile Lead-Up: The Darwin Metric Mile (1600m) is the key lead-up into the Darwin Cup field each year and Ihtsahymn (2019) for his first of two Darwin Cup victories was the last horse to do the double. He also improved on a 2nd in the Metric Mile in 2020 ahead of his second Darwin Cup success.

Darwin Cup Favourites 2022

Early favourites in Darwin Cup 2022 betting include Gary Clarke’s Tavistock gelding Playoffs coming off a mile win at the track following a transfer from the Maher/Eustace stable, last start Metric Mile winner Living The Dream and Alice Springs Cup runner-up from May I Am The Fox

Ihtsahymn ($3.40 in 2020) was the last Darwin Cup favourite to win.

Darwin Cup Field 2022

The official Darwin Cup 2022 field of final acceptances is released on the Thursday before the race and will be published in full below.

Darwin Cup Tips 2022

Favourite: #1 Living The Dream ($3 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Bet: #1 Living The Dream to salute for the punters (see above) – BET NOW

Best Roughie: #2 I Am The Fox ($13 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Our exclusive 2022 Darwin Cup tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview available on the Neds Blog.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR COMPLETE 2022 DARWIN CUP DAY PREVIEW & TIPS

Darwin Cup Race Day 2022

 2022 Darwin Cup Day takes place on Monday the 1st of August, 2022 as part of the wider eight-day Darwin Cup Carnival. 

Darwin Cup Barrier Draw 2022

The 2022 Darwin Cup barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above Darwin Cup Field section. 

Darwin Cup Nominations 2022

Nominations close by 10:00 AM (AEST) on Monday the 25th of July, 2022. 

Darwin Cup Weights 2022

Handicap conditions apply to this race. Final weights will be announced by 4:30 PM (AEST) on Tuesday the 26th of July, 2022. 

Ihtsahymn (60.5kg in 2020 and 61.5kg in 2021) went back-to-back as the Darwin Cup top-weight for both his victories.

2022 Darwin Cup Top-Weight:

  • #1 Living The Dream (61.5kg)

Darwin Cup Acceptances 2022

Acceptances must be declared before 10:00 AM (AEST) on Thursday the 28th of July, 2022 and published in our above Darwin Cup Field section. 

Darwin Cup Jockeys 2022

The final riders announcement is at 12:30 PM on Thursday the 28th of July, 2022 with jockeys to be published in our above Darwin Cup Field section.  

Darwin Cup Scratchings 2022

Scratchings close at 8:30 AM (AEST) on Monday the 1st of August, 2022. 

Darwin Cup Prize Money 2022

The 2022 Darwin Cup prize purse is worth $200,000 in total, distributed from places first through sixth.

Place Prize Money
1st $132,000
2nd $32,000
3rd $14,000
4th $11,000
5th $7,000
6th $4,000

Darwin Cup Race Number 2022

The 2022 Darwin Cup is set to run as Darwin Race 10 at 5:45pm (ACST) on Monday the 1st of August, 2022. There are ten races in total that day at Fannie Bay Racecourse.

Darwin Cup Form Guide 2022

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2022 Darwin Cup Form Guide following final acceptances. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2022 DARWIN CUP FORM GUIDE

DARWIN Cup Live 2022

You can watch or listen to the 2022 Darwin Cup live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Darwin Cup Winners

Winners of the Darwin Cup going back to the race’s inauguration in 1956 are displayed in the table below.

Year Winner
2022 TBD
2021 HIGHLY DECORATED
2020 IHTSAHYMN
2019 IHTSAHYMN
2018 ZAHSPEED
2017 ROYAL REQUEST
2016 CANNY BALLAD
2015 LIGHTINTHENITE
2014 PRETTY BLONDE
2013 NOT RUN
2012 HAWKS BAY
2011 HAWKS BAY
2010 SHOOT OUT LOUD
2009 ACTIVATION
2008 CLUB LIQUID
2007 GENERAL MARKET
2006 NOZI
2005 LANSON
2004 MR. TAMBOURINEMAN
2003 WILD HEART
2002 BRAVE DECISION
2001 MCJOEY
2000 STAR BULLET
1999 ON THE BEAM
1998 BELLILE
1997 TUCKER BOX
1996 VENTILAGO
1995 LOTHAWAY COUNTY
1995 KINGSTON RESERVE
1994 LOTHAWAY COUNTY
1993 INSTANT POLICY
1992 CLAM’S COMET
1991 SILVER SHARK
1990 LORD CHAMBERLAIN
1989 BRINNEY
1988 TEMPLEMAN
1987 SCARVILA
1986 FLAUGH-A-BALLAGH
1985 RARE METAL
1984 KERR STREET
1983 KERR STREET
1982 PLAIN MICK
1981 THURSO
1980 NASTARSE
1979 CHOSEN
1978 VERNAL
1977 FINAL HOPE
1976 LORD TINY
1975 LORD TINY
1974 CHATTEL
1973 HEPBURN
1972 SON OF CYRUS
1971 APIAN
1970 RAY WIT
1969 LITTLE RASCAL
1968 THE YANK
1967 INCISIVE
1966 BONTEENA
1965 DARINGMAN
1964 SAND BOY
1963 HALF HOUR
1962 WOOD
1961 WOOD
1960 WOOD
1959 WOOD
1958 BRIGHT GUN
1957 DAWN SHADOW
1956 SATANS SON