Launceston Cup

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

Run over 2,400 metres in late February, the Launceston Cup is one of the big races during Tasmania’s Summer Racing Carnival. This race has held a Group 3 listing for over 35 years.

Taking place a fortnight earlier, the Hobart Cup is run at the same distance, and serves as a good indicator of the field for the Launceston Cup.

Launceston Cup 2020 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Wednesday, February 27th, 2020
  • Track Location: Launceston 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 Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $250,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1865

Launceston Cup Betting

New Ways to Bet at neds

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

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

How To Bet On The Launceston Cup

  1. Log in at
  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 Launceston Cup Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Launceston 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 Launceston Cup here.

(Please note that the odds below are from 06/12/2019, prior to nominations or acceptances).

All In Win Odds Place Odds

Which Horse Will Win The Launceston Cup

The best way to pick who will win the Launceston 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:

  • Get Handy With Handicaps – We hope you like adjusting for weight, because the weight of the winning horse varies wildly from year to year. Some horses have even won the race 3 times with a different weight each time. Look out for the right handicap, placed on the right horse, and you might be onto a winner.
  • Twists and Turns – Because of the many turns, as well as the length of the track, horses have been known to come from last place (or a poor barrier pick) and go on to take a place.
  • Final Furlong – Avoid horses that gas out in the final furlong. They may be the favourite, only to fail due to the endurance required for this race.

Launceston Cup Favourites

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

Launceston Cup 2020 Field

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

Launceston Cup 2020 Tips

Favourite: TBC.

Best Bet: TBC.

Best Roughie: TBC.

Launceston Cup Race Day

Race day takes place on Wednesday, the 26th of February, 2020.

Launceston Cup Barrier Draw

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

Launceston Cup Nominations

Nominations close at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, the 19th of February, 2020.

Launceston Cup Weights

A handicap applies to this race. Final weights are announced at 4:00 PM on Thursday, the 20th of February, 2020.

Launceston Cup Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Friday, the 21st of February, 2020.

Launceston Cup Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on Friday, the 21st of February, 2020.

Launceston Cup Prize Money

The Launceston 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

Launceston Cup Race Number

The Launceston Cup is race number 10 on the 26th of February, 2020. There are ten races in total that day at Launceston Racecourse.

Launceston 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 Launceston Cup has been released.

Launceston Cup Live

You can watch or listen to the 2019 Launceston Cup live, across the following mediums.

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Launceston Cup Winners

Winners of the Launceston Cup for the past thirty-five years are displayed in the table below. If you would like to see results going back to 1971, please check our winners page.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2019 Eastender Barry Campbell Craig Newitt 57 kgs 2:31.54
2018 Bondeiger D K Weir Regan Bayliss 54 kgs 2:29.56
2017 Big Duke D K Weir Ben Allen 55.5 kgs 2:31.30
2016 Up Cups D L Brunton D Pires 58 kgs 2:34.99
2015 Genuine Lad Bill Ryan Craig Williams 54 kgs 2:29.67
2014 Epingle M C Kent Craig Williams 56 kgs 2:31.30
2013 Geegees Blackflash J F Luttrell P Mertens 59.5 kgs 2:34.10
2012 Prevailing D & S Brunton A Darmanin 54 kgs 2:34.09
2011 Fast Future R F Cameron J Mott 55.5 kgs 2:30.35
2010 Larry’s Never Late Rodney Douglas B Melham 53.5 kgs 2:31.24
2009 Zavite A J Cummings N Rawiller 58.5 kgs 2:31.26
2008 Ista Kareem C W Little D Brereton 58 kgs 2:31.20
2007 Hofmeister R W Smerdon B Rawiller 57.5 kgs 2:28.87
2006 Precise Timing M R Stitt R Thompson 58 kgs 2:30.07
2005 Dakasha L M Macdonald Ms C Lindop 51.5 kgs 2:32.23
2004 Zacielo P G Moody C Newitt 55 kgs 2:32.77
2003 St. Andrews N/A N/A N/A N/A
2002 St. Andrews G E Blacker S Maskiell 57 kgs 2:31.09
2001 Full of Rhythm A J Vasil B Werner 54 kgs 2:45.59
2000 St. Andrews G E Blacker S Maskiell 51 kgs 2:48.57
1999 Streak R W Smerdon D Oliver 56 kgs 2:47.24
1998 King’s Landing K M Sweeney D Oliver 54.5 kgs 2:42.40
1997 Ticking Away W N McShane B Macdonald 56 kgs 2:43.29
1996 Free Beer G S White C Kingston 55.5 kgs 2:48.89
1995 Free Beer G S White C Kingston 54.5 kgs 2:44.57
1994 Rich Dreams Ms S Gotts M Clarke 52 kgs 2:41.50
1993 Diamond Bases A E Elkington S R King 53 kgs 2:46.50
1992 Star Cheers W M Cousins K Sanderson 50 kgs 2:42.00
1991 Bitter Spring G E Blacker S Maskiell 52.5 kgs 2:44.40
1990 Down The Pitch M A O’Leary H White 53.5 kgs 2:42.70
1989 Shykoski L M Gaffney D W Holland 48.5 kgs 2:43.80
1988 Superior Way K N Rogerson H White 54.5 kgs 2:42.10
1987 Brave Trespasser G S White Ms B Buckingham 51.5 kgs 2:40.59
1986 Epigram T W Evans A Skeoch 50 kgs 2:40.30
1985 Scruples W J Green G King 53.5 kgs 2:42.60
1984 Martian’s Son J P Gaffney R Heffernan 49 kgs 2:43.10
1983 Nifty Red D C Towns B Griffin 50 kgs 2:42.20