Looking for this year’s Launceston Cup betting odds, field and tips? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Launceston Cup, Launceston Racecourse
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 and currently offers a generous $300,000 in prize money. 

Taking place a fortnight earlier, the Hobart Cup is run at the same mile and a half distance, and serves as the key lead-up into the Launceston Cup. Eastender (2019) was the last stayer to do the Hobart – Launceston Cup double

In 2022 Ho Ho Khan won the Hobart Cup, ran second in the Launceston Cup results then headed to Melbourne for a brave fourth at 60/1 in Flemington’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).

In 2023 Aurora’s Symphony successfully defended his 2022 title to become the latest dual Launceston Cup winner.

Launceston Cup 2024 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Wednesday, February 28th, 2024
  • 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: $300,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1865
  • 2024 Launceston Cup Winner: Excelleration

launceston cup 2024 RESULTS

The official 2024 Launceston Cup results will be available below once the race takes place on Wednesday the 28th of February, 2024. 

  1. #6 Excelleration
  2. #2 Alhambra Lad
  3. #4 Grand Pierro

The Richard Cully-trained seven-year-old Excelleration ($2.60F) was too strong for his Tassie rivals dominating the 2024 Launceston Cup results thanks to a big weight relief off his last start and a gun ride by Harry Coffey in the mid-week feature.

Launceston Cup Betting 2024

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Launceston Cup, and we have 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 in 2024

  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 Launceston Cup Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Launceston Cup 2024 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Launceston 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 Launceston Cup in 2024

The best way to pick which horse will win the Launceston Cup in 2024 is to take into account their lead-up Tasmanian summer racing form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry and look for past performers in the same event from prior seasons. 

Additional factors to take consider when picking the Launceston Cup winner include: 

  • Cups Double: The Hobart Cup (2400m) run a fortnight prior serves as the best lead-up and the Tassie Cups Double is a popular punt.
  • The Locals Have It: Historically local, Tasmanian-trained stayers have dominated the Launceston Cup results.

Launceston Cup Favourites 2024

Early favourites in 2024 Launceston Cup betting include Aurora’s Symphony who has won the past two editions of the race, Excelleration coming off a big win with more weight interstate, and the Jason Warren-trained Grand Pierro who ran third in the Hobart Cup trifecta last time out. 

Big Duke ($2.10 in 2017) and Excelleration ($2.60 in 2024) are the latest Launceston Cup favourites to win.

Launceston Cup 2024 Field

The official 2024 Launceston Cup field of final acceptances is announced the Friday prior to the race and will be published in full below. 

The Launceston Cup 2024 final field is dominated by Hobart Cup graduates including the winner Aurora’s Symphony who chases their third consecutive Launceston Cup trophy.

Launceston Cup 2024 Tips

Favourite: #1 Aurora’s Symphony ($3.40 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Bet: #6 Excelleration ($3.90 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Roughie: #9 I’m So Cool ($51 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Our exclusive 2024 Launceston Cup tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview published on the Neds Blog.


Launceston Cup Race Day 2024

Launceston Cup Day 2024 takes place at Launceston Racecourse on Wednesday February 28, 2024 with the key support act on the card being the Group 3 $150,000 Vamos Stakes (1400m) for fillies and mares. 

Launceston Cup Barrier Draw 2024

The 2024 Launceston Cup barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and will be published in our above Launceston Cup Field section.

Launceston Cup Nominations 2024

2024 Launceston Cup nominations close at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, the 21st of February, 2024.

Launceston Cup Weights 2024

Handicap conditions apply to this race. Final weights are announced at 4:00 PM on Thursday, the 22nd of February, 2024 with the official 2024 Launceston Cup weights on the final acceptors to be published in our above Launceston Cup Field section.

2024 Launceston Cup Top-Weight:

  • #1 Aurora’s Symphony (61.5kg)

Launceston Cup Acceptances 2024

2024 Launceston Cup final acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Friday, the 23rd of February, 2024 and will be published in our above Launceston Cup Field section.

Launceston Cup Jockeys 2024

The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on Friday, the 23rd of February 2024 with the official 2024 Launceston Cup jockeys to be published in our above Launceston Cup Field section.

Launceston Cup Prize Money 2024

The 2024 Launceston 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 $13,500
5th $7,500
6th $6,000
7th $6,000
8th $6,000

Launceston Cup Race Number 2024

The 2024 Launceston Cup race number is scheduled as Launceston Race 8 at 4:54pm (AEDT) on Wednesday the 28th of February, 2024. There are ten races in total that day at Launceston Racecourse.

Launceston Cup Form Guide 2024

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2024 Launceston Cup Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Launceston Cup Live 2024

You can watch or listen to the 2024 Launceston Cup live, across the following mediums.

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: Tas Racing

Launceston Cup Winners

Winners of the Launceston Cup going back to the year 1983 are displayed in the table below. If you would like to see results going back to 1865, please check our winners page.

Year Winner Trainer/s Jockey Weight Time
2024 Excelleration Richard Cully Harry Coffey 54 kgs 2:31.53
2023 Aurora’s Symphony Symon Wilde Blaike McDougall 55.5 kgs 2:31.35
2022 Aurora’s Symphony Symon Wilde Harry Coffey 54 kgs 2:30.55
2021 Glass Warrior John Blacker Ms Sigrid Carr 54 kgs 2:31.70
2020 Home By Midnight Patrick Payne Billy Egan 59 kgs 2:33.13
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