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 on a Sunday in early February, the Hobart Cup is one of the three big races during the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival.

Currently holding Group 3 status, the Hobart Cup offers $300,000 in prize money as of 2023 and is the first leg of the popular Tasmanian Cups double.

The second leg is the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) held a fortnight later and Eastender (2019) was the last horse to complete the double. 

Brallos (1976-77) was the last back-to-back Hobart Cup winner. Since then there has been just one other horse to win multiple editions of the race with the marvel Geegees Blackflash saluting in 2012 and again three years later in 2015. 

The Hobart Cup Carnival kicks off the Friday prior with the Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy (1200m) for fillies and mares.

The 2022 Hobart Cup form was franked with the four-length winner Ho Ho Khan running second next-up in the Launceston Cup before a trip to Melbourne for a fourth in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at 60/1.

Hobart Cup 2023 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Sunday, February 12th, 2023
  • Track Location: Hobart 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: $300,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1875
  • 2023 Hobart Cup Winner: Military Mission

hobart cup 2023 RESULTS

The official 2023 Hobart Cup results will be available below once the race takes place on Sunday February 12th, 2023. 

  1. #5 Military Mission
  2. #10 Travelling Gigolo
  3. #1 Spirit Ridge

The 2023 Hobart Cup winner was the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Sydney raider Military Mission ($4.40) who was dominant winning by 2.25 lengths off a gun ride by Ms Winona Costin.

Hobart Cup Betting 2023

New Ways to Bet at neds

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 in 2023

  1. Log in 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 Hobart Cup Betting above).
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Hobart Cup 2023 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2023 Hobart 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.

Timezone: all times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time

Which Horse Will Win The Hobart Cup in 2023?

The best way to pick which horse will win the Hobart Cup in 2022 is to take into account their lead-up Tasmanian summer racing form, assess the barriers, consider the weight each horse will carry and look for past graduates of the same event from the season prior. 

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

  • Summer Form – In-form local horses coming off good lead-up form from earlier summer races in Tasmania have a strong record in the race.
  • Distance – Genuine stayers proven over the mile and a half are the best bet.
  • Favourites – The best in betting have a good strike-rate in the Hobart Cup.

Hobart Cup Favourites 2023

Early favourites in 2023 Hobart Cup betting include the Annabel Neasham-trained top-weight Spirit Ridge, Military Mission from the Waterhouse/Bott stable and Anthony & Sam Freedman’s last start Moonee Valley winner Ain’tnodeeldun

Toorak Affair ($3.40 in 2020) and Double You Tee ($2.80 in 2021) are the last Hobart Cup favourites to win.

Hobart Cup 2023 Field

The official 2023 Hobart Cup field of final acceptances is announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below. 

A quality line-up of summer stayers faces off in the 2023 Hobart Cup final field on Sunday including the Annabel Neasham-trained top-weight Spirit Ridge coming off an Australia Stakes second and the flying John Blacker-trained Swoop Dog chasing a fourth win on the trot.

Hobart Cup 2023 Tips

Favourite: #1 Spirit Ridge ($3.30 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Bet: #2 Swoop Dog ($8 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Roughie: #4 Glass Warrior ($10 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Our exclusive 2023 Hobart Cup tips will be published here the week of the race and a full betting preview available on the Neds Blog.

Hobart Cup Race Day 2023

2023 Hobart Cup Day takes place on Sunday, the 12th of February, 2023. Having been moved a week later than its traditional time-slot, the Hobart Cup is now the sole Group status race on the card. 

Hobart Cup Barrier Draw 2023

The 2023 Hobart Cup barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above Hobart Cup Field section. 

Hobart Cup Nominations 2023

2023 Hobart Cup nominations close at 12:00 PM on Monday, the 6th of February, 2023. 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 8420×70241 AIN’TNODEELDUN G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 84
2 64×7526464 DARK DREAM G 8 Ben & JD Hayes 95
3 7111×17237 DRAMAZING M 5 Barry Campbell 80
4 737×652231 FIGHTING ARROW G 4 Chris Calthorpe 77
5 24549×0616 GLASS WARRIOR M 7 John Blacker 92
6 6121×58134 I’M SO COOL G 4 Tegan Keys 71
7 124×917953 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 89
8 4115131342 RISING LIGHT G 5 Gaetan Delon 82
9 x15435x665 SKYWAY STAR M 7 Scott Brunton 70
10 94408×0412 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) G 8 Annabel Neasham
11 79×2655250 STEEL SKIES G 5 Joel Flannery 63
12 9767×87111 SWOOP DOG G 5 John Blacker 96
13 611311×925 TRAVELLING GIGOLO G 5 Scott Brunton 74
14 4563×12121 WAHINE TOA M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 81
15 8×08364086 WHITE HAWK G 9 Angela Brakey 83

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Hobart Cup Weights 2023

Handicap conditions apply to this race. Final weights are announced at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, the 7th of February, 2023 with the official 2023 Hobart Cup weights on the final acceptances to be published in our above Hobart Cup Field section. 

Ho Ho Khan (59kg in 2022) was the last Hobart Cup top-weight to win.

2023 Hobart Cup Top-Weight:

  • #1 Spirit Ridge (59kg)

Hobart Cup Acceptances 2023

2023 Hobart Cup final acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 8th of February, 2023 and will be published in our above Hobart Cup Field section. 

Hobart Cup Jockeys 2023

The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, the 8th of February, 2023 with jockeys to be published in our above Hobart Cup Field section. 

Hobart Cup SCRATCHINGS 2023

Scratchings close  at 7:30 AM on Sunday, the 12th of February, 2023. 

Hobart Cup Prize Money 2023

The 2023 Hobart Cup prize purse is worth $300,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $180,000
2nd $54,000
3rd $27,000
4th $13,000
5th $7,500
6th $6,000
7th $6,000
8th $6,000

Hobart Cup Race Number 2023

The 2023 Hobart Cup race number is scheduled as Hobart Race 8 at 4:50pm (AEDT) on Sunday the 12th of February, 2023. There are nine races in total that day at Hobart Racecourse.

Hobart Cup Form Guide 2023

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can below for a link to our full 2023 Hobart Cup Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Hobart Cup Live 2023

You can watch or listen to the 2023 Hobart Cup live, across the following mediums.

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: Tas Racing

Hobart Cup Winners

Winners of the Hobart Cup going back to 1983 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/s Jockey Weight Time
2023 Military Mission Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 54 kg 2:30.51
2022 Ho Ho Khan Mitchell Freedman Ms Tahlia Hope 59 kg 2:32.50
2021 Double You Tee Patrick Payne Jye McNeil 54.5 kg 2:31.79
2020 Toorak Affair Michael Trinder Anthony Darmanin 54 kg 2:30.29
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