Newcastle Gold Cup

Newcastle Gold Cup, Newcastle Racecourse

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

Run over 2,300 metres, the Newcastle Gold Cup is a Group 3 race taking place at Newcastle Racecourse on the Friday before the George Main Stakes Day card the next day in Sydney. With a $250,000 prize purse as of 2021, the handicap clash offers the winner a ballot exemption into the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day the following month. Glencadam Gold (2012) was the last horse to complete the Newcastle Gold Cup – The Metropolitan double. 

This race has been run over various distances, including: 2250, 2300 and 2400 metres. Starting out as a Principal Race, this race was upgraded to Group 3 in 1981, followed by Group 2 in 1985. Since 2001, it was downgraded to Group 3 and has stayed that way.

The Grafton Cup winner is exempt from Newcastle Gold Cup ballot and plenty of nice types have won the race including Green Moon (2011) who won the following year’s Melbourne Cup.

The Newcastle Gold Cup also serves as a potential lead-up into the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne, a race the 2011 winner Green Moon ran second in next start.

In 2019 Hush Writer handed trainer Gai Waterhouse with her sixth win in the race since 2000 and her second in partnership with Adrian Bott after the 2017 win by Broadside. Hush Writer also set a new race record winning in 2 minutes 23.25 seconds.

Hush Writer attempted back-to-back wins in 2020 but eventually finished runner-up to Mugatoo who gave local horseman Kris Lees his first Newcastle Cup victory.

Mugatoo went on to frank the 2020 Newcastle Gold Cup form when finishing second in The Metropolitan next-up before a fourth in Melbourne’s $5 million Cox Plate that spring. He also returned in the autumn of 2021 to claim the $5 million The All-Star Mile.

Horses in the Newcastle Gold Cup field may have previously contested the Listed Wyong Gold Cup (2100m) held a fortnight earlier and Carzoff (2018) was the last horse to do the double.

Newcastle Gold Cup 2021 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Friday, September 17th, 2021
  • Track Location: Newcastle Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,300 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Open handicap
  • Qualification: Open
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 3
  • Prize Purse: $250,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1898
  • 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup Winner: Great House

newcastle gold cup 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup results will be available below once the race takes place on Friday September 17, 2021. 

  1. #12 Great House
  2. #2 Quick Thinker
  3. #10 No Compromise 

Great House ($13) handed trainer Chris Waller his fourth Newcastle Gold Cup win in seven years thanks to a gun ride by Jeff Penza who took out all Group 3 races on the 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup program.

Newcastle Gold Cup Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

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

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

How To Bet On The Newcastle Gold Cup in 2021

  1. Join up 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 Newcastle Gold Cup Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Newcastle Gold Cup 2021 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Newcastle Gold 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.


Which Horse Will Win The Newcastle Gold Cup in 2021?

The best way to pick which horse will win the Newcastle Gold Cup in 2021 is to take into account the lead-up form, assess the barriers and consider the weight the horse will carry. 

Some of the key Newcastle Gold Cup form facts to consider include:

  • Lightweights – From 2014-19 four of the Newcastle Gold Cup winners carried 54kg to victory and the lightweights were back in 2021 with Great House carting 54kg to victory.
  • Waterhouse Factor – Ace Sydney horsewoman Gai Waterhouse has dominated the results preparing six Newcastle Gold Cup winners since 2000.
  • Waller Record – Trainer Chris Waller has dominated the race in the past decade with four wins in seven years following the 2021 victory of Great House.

Newcastle Gold Cup Favourites 2021

Early favourites in Newcastle Gold Cup 2021 betting include Wyong Gold Cup winner Berdibek and Harpo Marx

Carzoff ($3.60 in 2018) followed by Mugatoo ($2.40 in 2020) are the latest Newcastle Gold Cup favourites to win.

Newcastle Gold Cup Field 2021

The official Newcastle Gold Cup 2021 field of final acceptances is announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below. 

The 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup final field features 15 The Metropolitan hopefuls including Berdibek coming off wins in the Rowley Mile and Wyong Gold Cup.

Newcastle Gold Cup 2021 Tips

Favourite: #3 Berdibek ($4.80 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #9 Criminal Code ($10 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #8 Sweet Thomas ($26 at time of publish)

Our insider Newcastle Gold Cup 2021 tips will be detailed above closer to the race with a full Newcastle Gold Cup Day betting preview available on the Neds Blog.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR COMPLETE 2021 NEWCASTLE GOLD CUP PREVIEW & TIPS

Newcastle Gold Cup Race Day 2021

2021 Newcastle Gold Cup Day takes place on Friday, the 17th of September, 2021. The Newcastle Cup is one of three Group status events on the card that also features the: 

  • Group 3 $160,000 Tibbie Stakes (1400m); and the
  • Group 3 $160,000 Cameron Handicap (1500m).

Newcastle Gold Cup 2021 Barrier Draw

The 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above Newcastle Gold Cup Field section. 

Newcastle Gold Cup 2021 Nominations

Nominations close by 11:00 AM on Monday, the 13th of September, 2021. 

Newcastle Gold Cup 2021 Weights

A handicap applies to this race. Final weights will be announced by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, the 14th of September, 2021 with final weights to be published in our above Newcastle Gold Cup Field section.

Mugatoo (59kg in 2020) was the last Newcastle Gold Cup topweight to win.

2021 Newcastle Gold Cup Top Weights:

  • #1 Dashing Willoughby (59kg); #2 Quick Thinker (59kg)

Newcastle Gold Cup 2021 Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 15th of September, 2021 and will be published in our above Newcastle Gold Cup Field section. 

Newcastle Gold Cup 2021 Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, the 15th of September, 2021 and will be published in our above Newcastle Gold Cup Field section. 

Newcastle Gold Cup Scratchings 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Friday, the 17th of September, 2021.

Newcastle Gold Cup Prize Money 2021

The Newcastle Gold Cup prize purse is worth $250,000 in total, distributed from places first through tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $140,250
2nd $46,800
3rd $22,700
4th $11,125
5th $6,125
6th $4,000
7th $3,500
8th $3,500
9th $3,500
10th $3,500

Newcastle Gold Cup Race Number 2021

The 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup is set to run as Newcastle Race 7 at 4:40pm (AEST) on Friday, the 17th of September, 2021. There are eightraces in total that day at Newcastle Racecourse.

Newcastle Gold Cup Form Guide 2021

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup Form Guide following final acceptances. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2021 NEWCASTLE GOLD CUP FORM GUIDE

Newcastle Gold Cup Live 2021

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup live, across the following mediums.

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Newcastle Gold Cup Winners

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

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2021 Great House Chris Waller Jeff Penza 54 kgs 2:28.04
2020 Mugatoo Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 59 kgs 2:25.10
2019 Hush Writer Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 54 kgs 2:24.25
2018 Carzoff Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 54 kgs 2:24.44
2017 Broadside Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 54 kgs 2:24.26
2016 Sacred Master Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 56.5 kgs 2:14.59
2015 Beyond Thankful Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 58 kgs 2:23.55
2014 Disclaimer Paul Snowden Jason Collett 54 kgs 2:23.16
2013 Winning Glory David Payne Nash Rawiller 56.5 kgs 2:24.96
2012 Glencadam Gold Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 58 kgs 2:23.34
2011 Green Moon Robert Hickmott Brenton Avdulla 53 kgs 2:22.47
2010 Stratofortress Gai Waterhouse Peter Robl 53 kgs 2:22.22
2009 Streetfighter Terry Mathrick Kerrin McEvoy 54 kgs 2:26.99
2008 Bianca Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 56.5 kgs 2:23.45
2007 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2006 Bikkie Tin Blues Brian Smith Brad Pengelly 54 kgs 2:21.13
2005 Carael Boy

high Cee

Bob Milligan

Bart Cummings

Larry Cassidy

Blake Shinn

56 kgs

52 kgs

2:25.58
2004 Another Warrior Alan Bailey Glen Colless 55.5 kgs 2:20.54
2003 Comforts John Hawkes Corey Brown 55.5 kgs 2:21.58
2002 Time Off John Hawkes Corey Brown 53 kgs 2:23.40
2001 Agincourt Express Gai Waterhouse Glen Boss 54 kgs 2:24.88
2000 Silent Impact Neville McBurney Darryl McLellan 51 kgs 2:28.46