Hobart Cup

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

Hobart Cup, Elwick Racecourse

Run over 2,400 metres in early February, the Hobart Cup is one of the three big races during Tasmania’s entire racing calendar. Having previously been a Group 2 race, it has been held as Group 3 for over decade and is only one of a handful of Group listed races in Tasmania.

Taking place a fortnight prior to the Launceston Cup, the Hobart Cup is run at the same distance, and under the same conditions, so it serves as an excellent predictor of Launceston Cup success.

Hobart Cup 2019 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Sunday, February 9th, 2020
  • Track Location: Elwick Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,400 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Handicap
  • Qualification: Open
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 3
  • Operator: Tasmanian Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $250,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1875

Hobart Cup Betting

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

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

How To Bet On The Hobart Cup

  1. Log in at neds.com.au
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Hobart Cup Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Hobart Cup 2020 Odds

Early market odds are displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2020 edition of the Hobart Cup here.

(Please note that the odds below are from 09/12/2019, prior to nominations or acceptances).

All In Win Odds Place Odds

Which Horse Will Win The Hobart Cup

The best way to pick who will win the Hobart Cup is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.

Additional factors to take into considerations are as follows:

  • Put On Your Handicap Thinking Cap – Try to find the right amount of weight placed on a horse that can bear it, or is relived by it, and you might find a place getter that comes from out of nowhere.
  • Track Shape – It’s a long track, with a few turns. A bad starting position or poor barrier draw can’t stop the best horse from winning, when there are so many opportunities to catch up.
  • Home Stretch – Avoid horses that run out of puff in the final piece of the track. Endurance is needed in this race, and sometimes the favourite proves to be less than the best.

Hobart Cup Favourites

Early favourites include TBA #1, TBA #2, TBA #3 and TBA #4.

Hobart Cup 2020 Field

The field limit is 16. Once nominations have been released, we will display the most likely runners in the table below.

Hobart Cup 2020 Tips

Favourite: TBC.

Best Bet: TBC.

Best Roughie: TBC.

Hobart Cup Race Day

Race day takes place on Sunday, the 9th of February, 2020.

Hobart Cup Barrier Draw

The 2020 Hobart Cup barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race.

Hobart Cup Nominations

Nominations close at 12:00 PM on Monday, the 3rd of February, 2020.

Hobart Cup Weights

A handicap applies to this race. Final weights are announced at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, the 4th of February, 2020.

Hobart Cup Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 5th of February, 2020.

Hobart Cup Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, the 5th of February, 2020.


Scratchings close  at 7:30 AM on Sunday, the 9th of February, 2020.

Hobart Cup Prize Money

The Hobart Cup prize purse is worth $250,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $150,000
2nd $45,000
3rd $22,500
4th $11,250
5th $6,250
6th $5,000
7th $5,000
8th $5,000

Hobart Cup Race Number

The Hobart Cup is race number 9 on the 9th of February, 2020. There are nine races in total that day at Elwick Racecourse.

Hobart Cup Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2020’s Hobart Cup has been released.

Hobart Cup Live

You can watch or listen to the 2020 Hobart Cup live, across the following mediums.

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Hobart Cup Winners

Winners of the Hobart Cup for the past thirty-five years are displayed in the table below. If you would like to see results going back to 1875, please check our winners page.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2019 Eastender Bary Campbell Craig Newitt 56.5 kg 2:30.37
2018 Pretty Punk L Macdonald Ben Allen 55.5 kg 2:35.28
2017 Count Da Vinci Scott Brunton D Pires 54 kg 2:33.21
2016 Up Cups D L Brunton D Pires 55.5 kg 2:32.05
2015 Geegees Blackflash J F Luttrell Sigrid Carr 59 kg 2:31.52
2014 Epingle M C Kent Craig Williams 54 kg 2:30.69
2013 Hurdy Gurdy Man D K Weir G Boss 54 kg 2:33.30
2012 Geegees Blackflash J F Luttrell P Mertens 58.5 kg 2:17.84
2011 Bid Spotter G A Rogerson M Rodd 54.5 kg 2:16.94
2010 Growl D A Hayes B Rawiller 55 kg 2:15.18
2009 Gotta Keep Cool D K Weir Craig Williams 53.5 kg 2:15.66
2008 Offenbach D K Weir Craig Williams 54 kg 2:17.80
2007 Blutigeroo C W Little D Oliver 57.5 kg 2:15.55
2006 True Courser D K Weir C Newitt 57.5 kg 2:14.53
2005 Our Dashing Dane J L Clifford Ms C Puls 51 kg 2:08.04
2004 Zacielo P G Moody C Newitt 52.5 kg 2:30.14
2003 Jeune’s Mark Tony McEvoy S Baster 52 kg 2:29.73
2002 St. Andrews G E Blacker S Maskell 56.5 kg 2:27.65
2001 Brorama Star C N Goggin B McCoull 52 kg 2:31.83
2000 Lord Baracus G S White W R Davis 49 kg 2:31.00
1999 Future Shock Ms J Richards N Seymour 51.5 kg 2:28.30
1998 L’Espion G S White Ms B Buckingham 54.5 kg 2:31.00
1997 Palos Verdes C W Little M Barlow 56 kg 2:30.70
1996 Jam City K M Keys Ms B Buckingham 53.5 kg 2:29.60
1995 Courtly Way G E Blacker K Dodge 54 kg 2:31.10
1994 Southern States G J McCulloch K Dodge 55.5 kg 2:31.70
1993 Frontier Boy L J Corstens P Hutchinson 58 kg 2:29.90
1992 Russian Rogue C N Goggins S Maskiell 52 kg 2:29.90
1991 Lady Have A Heart R W Smerdon G J Childs 51 kg 2:28.30
1990 Firetap R T Carr M Clarke 52 kg 2:31.00
1989 Nakagima T Young S Maskiell 52 kg 2:27.20
1988 Brisque D L Freedman H White 55 kg 2:27.80
1987 Cylai G T Murphy G Willetts 52 kg 2:29.80
1986 Dark Intruder C N Goggin Ms B Buckingham 51 kg 2:30.70
1985 Macbyrne Ms H Patterson B Barfoot 50 kg 2:29.50
1984 Viscount Geoffrey Ms H Patterson N C Barrett 52.5 kg 2:27.70
1983 Palomine R Merrall N C Barrett 53 kg 2:30.60