Grafton Cup

Grafton Cup, Grafton Racecourse

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

Run over 2,350 metres, the Grafton Cup is a time-honoured Listed race taking place at Grafton Racecourse since 1910.

With a $200,000 prize purse, it is one of the key features on the Winter Cups circuit and the pride of the Clarence River Jockey Club. The race briefly held Group 3 status from 1995 – 2005, but after a decade it was demoted back to a Listed event. 

Held on a Thursday in early to mid July, the Grafton Cup is also one of two Black-Type races held over the two-day Grafton Cup Carnival that gets underway on the Wednesday with racing headlined by the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m).

Winning this race makes horses exempt from the ballot in the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup held in September. 

Many very good horses have come out of the Grafton Cup throughout the race’s history including subsequent Melbourne Cup hero Kensei (1987).

There are a host of lead-up races offering a ballot exemption into the Grafton Cup field including Queensland’s Caloundra Cup and Supply And Demand (2017) was the last galloper to do the interstate Caloundra – Grafton Cups double.

Grafton Cup 2022 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Thursday, July 14th, 2022
  • Track Location: Grafton Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,350 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Quality handicap
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Listed
  • Operator: Clarence River Jockey Club
  • Prize Purse: $200,000
  • 2022 Grafton Cup Winner: Arapaho

grafton cup 2022 RESULTS

The official 2022 Grafton Cup results will be available below once the race takes place on Thursday July 14th, 2022. 

  1. #6 Arapaho
  2. #8 Rebel Rama
  3. #2 Dr Drill

The Bjorn Baker-trained French import Arapaho ($4.40) celebrated his first win down under improving on a lead-up second in the Caloundra Cup to dominate the Grafton Cup 2022 results with a 2.5 length victory.

Grafton Cup Betting 2022

New Ways to Bet at neds

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

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Grafton Cup
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Grafton Cup.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Grafton Cup. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Grafton 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 Grafton 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 Grafton Cup to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Grafton Cup to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Grafton 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 Grafton Cup, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Grafton Cup in 2022

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  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 Grafton Cup Betting above).
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Grafton Cup 2022 Odds

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

Which Horse Will Win The Grafton Cup in 2022

The best way to pick which horse will win the Grafton 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 Grafton Cup winner include: 

  • Proven Stayers – Look for stayers that have a proven ability over a mile and a half. 
  • Handicap Helper – Look for any horses that get weight relief from the handicap. 
  • Waterhouse Factor – Gai Waterhouse holds the modern-day training record in the Grafton Cup with four winners since 2006 with: Rocking On, Queenstown, Bonfire and Supply And Demand.

Grafton Cup Favourites 2022

Early favourites in Grafton Cup 2022 betting include Bjorn Baker’s Caloundra Cup runner-up Arapaho, the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Scone Cup / WJ McKell Cup runner-up Dr Drill, and John O’Shea’s top-weight Berdibek

Sixties Groove ($3.50 in 2020) followed by Purrfect Deal ($3.40 in 2021) are the latest Grafton Cup favourites to salute for the punters.

Grafton Cup Field 2022

The official Grafton Cup 2022 field of final acceptances is released on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

Grafton Cup Tips 2022

Favourite: #2 Dr Drill ($3.60 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #6 Arapaho ($4.40 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #10 Bold Contender ($34 at time of publish)

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


Grafton Cup Race Day 2022

 2022 Grafton Cup Day takes place on Thursday, the 14th of July 2021 as part of the two-day Grafton Cup Carnival

Grafton Cup Barrier Draw 2022

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

Grafton Cup Nominations 2022

Nominations close by 11:00 AM on Thursday, the 7th of July, 2022. 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0x5054x101 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1= 60.5kg 60.5kg 106
2 1312386301 SMART METEOR G 5 Chris Munce 1= 55kg 55kg 95
3 4×36457111 BOLD CONTENDER (NZ) G 5 Andrew Parramore 1= 54kg 54kg 60
4 110x4x8056 BERDIBEK (FR) G 8 John O’Shea 4= 58.5kg 58.5kg 102
5 79x77885x7 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) G 7 Matthew Smith 4= 58.5kg 58.5kg 102
6 536242×022 DR DRILL (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 58kg 58kg 101
7 11x80x0200 BALLISTIC BOY G 5 Chris Anderson 7 56.5kg 56.5kg 98
8 3x418435x4 YOUTH SPIRIT (IRE) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 8 54.5kg 54.5kg 94
9 60×3041272 ARAPAHO (FR) G 5 Bjorn Baker 9 54kg 54kg 93
10 770×484563 PAPPALINO (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith 10 54kg 54kg 88
11 7×64408734 ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 6 Richard & Will Freedman 11= 54kg 54kg 86
12 94253×4341 REBEL RAMA M 4 Marc Conners 11= 54kg 54kg 86
13 4466×78067 BARADE (FR) G 7 Jack Bruce 13 54kg 54kg 79
14 x767556323 OUR CANDIDATE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 14 54kg 54kg 78
15 3×79850086 HONORABLE SPIRIT G 5 John Smerdon 15 54kg 54kg 76
16 779×655152 MARAKOPA (NZ) G 5 Robert Quinn 16 54kg 54kg 70
17 4321116×00 MARKIEVICZ M 4 Barry Ratcliff 17 54kg 54kg 63
18 41×5538172 OLYMPIC CLASS G 4 Michael Morrison 18 54kg 54kg 60
19 8×08210373 RAHAAN M 5 Julie Pratten 19 54kg 54kg 57
20 1187×99439 SCILAGO G 6 Leon Elliott 20 54kg 54kg 54

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Grafton Cup Weights 2022

Quality handicap conditions apply to this race. Minimum weight is 54 kilograms. Maximum weight is 62 kilograms. Final weights will be announced by 4:00 PM on Friday, the 8th of July, 2022.  

In 2020 Sixties Groove set a modern-day weight carrying record in the Grafton Cup carting 61kg to victory.

2022 Grafton Cup Top-Weight:

  • #1 Berdibek (58.5kg)

Grafton Cup Acceptances 2022

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Monday, the 11th of July, 2022 and published in our above Grafton Cup Field section. 

Grafton Cup Jockeys 2022

The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on Monday, the 11th of July, 2022 with jockeys to be published in our above Grafton Cup Field section.  

Grafton Cup Scratchings 2022

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Thursday, the 14th of July, 2022. 

Grafton Cup Prize Money 2022

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

Place Prize Money
1st $109,350
2nd $36,750
3rd $17,750
4th $8,900
5th $5,250
6th $4,000
7th $3,500
8th $3,500
9th $3,500
10th $3,500

Grafton Cup Race Number 2022

The 2022 Grafton Cup is set to run as Grafton Race 7 at 4:05pm (AEST) on Thursday the 14th of July, 2022. There are eight races in total that day at Grafton Racecourse.

Grafton 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 Grafton Cup Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Grafton Cup Live 2022

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

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: Racing NSW

Grafton Cup Winners

Winners of the Grafton Cup going back to 2000 are displayed in the table below.

There has been five multiple Grafton Cup winners throughout history with: Longwy (1919-20); triple champion Hosier (1922-1924); Home James (1963-64); Jardel (1974-75) and most recently Oppressor (1994-95).

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2022 Arapaho Bjorn Baker Rachel King 54 kgs 2:25.89
2021 Purrfect Deal Michael Costa Ben Thompson 54 kgs 2:24.44
2020 Sixties Groove Kris Lees Jason Collett 61 kgs 2:25.98
2019 Sacred Day Tony Pike Ben Looker 55.5 kgs 2:23.88
2018 First Crush Chris Munce Mark Du Plessis 55.5 kgs 2:23.88
2017 Supply And Demand Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joshua Parr 58.5 kgs 2:23.33
2016 Rednav Sally Taylor Peter Graham 54 kgs 2:24.44
2015 Bonfire Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 59 kgs 2:22.59
2014 Queenstown Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 54 kgs 2:24.10
2013 Mr O’ceirin Ciaron Maher Blake Shinn 56 kgs 2:26.16
2012 Shamardashing John Thompson Jeff Lloyd 57.5 kgs 2:25.30
2011 Warrior Within Bruce Hill Paul Hammersley 53 kgs 2:23.56
2010 Twin Wing Guy Walter Jay Ford 57.5 kgs 2:23.98
2009 Castle Heights Donna Logan Stathi Katsidis 53 kgs 2:24.98
2008 Art Success John Collins Jeff Lloyd 58 kgs 2:22.92
2007 Ashraf Stuart Phegan Dale Spriggs 53 kgs 2:22.91
2006 Rocking On Gai Waterhouse James Innes 53 kgs 2:26.41
2005 Stormhill Tim Martin Chris Munce 52 kgs 2:25.50
2004 Pacific Dancer Shaun Dwyer Michael Rodd 53.5 kgs 2:26.48
2003 Belus Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 54 kgs 2:27.20
2002 Master Pom Stephen Quintano Nathan Cumberland 53 kgs 2:26.86
2001 Desk Top Lover Bill Mitchell Michael Cahill 53 kgs 2:27.78
2000 Simigan Brian Smith Allan Robinson 52.5 kgs 2:26.21