The Hunter

The Hunter Winners (Savatiano) | Photo: Steve Hart |

Are you looking for the latest on The Hunter? The race betting experts at Neds have everything you need to know, all in the one place.

First conducted in 2019 The Hunter is one of the newer ‘Special Condition’ races that make-up the wider The Everest Carnival in Sydney during the spring.

Offering $1 million in prize money, the event is run and won at Newcastle Racecourse on a Saturday in mid-November and along with The Gong at Kembla Grange is one of the richest provincial races held in the state of New South Wales.

Run and won over 1300m, The Hunter is a quality handicap event open to horses aged three-years-old and above.

The Hunter makes a nice end-of-season target for horses out of the Group races over the 1200m – 1400m distance range over the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Mares in The Hunter field may come via a Victoria Derby Day run a fortnight prior in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

Other runners may have previously contested the $15 million The Everest (1200m) and or the $1 million Winners Stakes (1300m). In 2021 The Hunter winner Lost And Running ran fourth in The Everest and second in the Winners Stakes (run that year as the Classique Legend Stakes).

The Hunter 2021 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday, November 13th, 2021
  • Track Location: Newcastle Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,300 metres
  • Weight Class: Quality Handicap
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Unlisted
  • Operator: Racing NSW
  • Prize Purse: $1,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 2019
  • 2021 The Hunter Winner: Lost And Running

the hunter 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 The Hunter results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday November 13, 2021. 

  1. #1 Lost And Running
  2. #15 Wandabaa
  3. #2 Top Ranked

The widely-drawn favourite Lost And Running ($2.50) was too classy for his rivals in The Hunter 2021 results, The Everest fourth placegetter improving on his lead-up second in the Classique Legend Stakes to claim the million-dollar Newcastle feature.

The hunter 2021 Betting

New Ways to Bet at neds

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

How To Bet On The The hunter In 2021

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  1. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  2. Make sure to check out the 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
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

The Hunter 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 The Hunter will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit


Which horse will win the 2021 The Hunter comes down to a number of key form factors including the barriers, form over the distance and their previous experience in similar condition races.

When selecting The Hunter winner it is also important to consider:

  • Group Performers – Horses coming off lead-up runs in Group company in Sydney over the spring do well in The Hunter when heading to Newcastle.
  • Mare Factor – The opening two editions of The Hunter were won by mares with victories by Savatiano (2019) and Sweet Deal (2020).

The hunter FAVOURITES 2021

The early favourites in The Hunter betting for 2021 include The Everest fourth placegetter Lost And Running and the Annabel Neasham-trained import Top Ranked in their Australian race debut.

Savatiano ($4.60 in 2019) was the first The Hunter favourite to win followed by Lost And Running ($2.50 in 2021).

The hunter Field 2021

The official The Hunter 2021 field of final acceptances is announced the Wednesday prior to the race. The Hunter has a capacity field of 15 starters plus four emergencies. 

The 2021 The Hunter final field features a capacity line-up of horses led by the John O’Shea-trained Lost And Running carrying the 59kg top-weight from a wide gate but coming off good runs when fourth in the $15 million The Everest and second in the $1 million Classique Legend Stakes.

The hunter 2021 Tips

Favourite: #1 Lost And Running ($3.30 at time of publish) 

Best Bet: #1 Lost And Running to salute for the punters (see above)

Best Roughie: #11 Prime Candidate ($16 at time of publish)

Our exclusive 2021 The Hunter betting tips will be published here the week of the race and a full The Hunter Race Day tipping post available on the Neds Blog.

The hunter 2021 Race Day

The Hunter 2021 runs on Saturday, the 13th of October, 2021. It is the feature race on the Newcastle race card that day, with the key support races being the: 

  • Group 3 $160,000 Newcastle 3YO Spring Stakes (1600m); and the
  • $300,000 ‘The Beauford’ (2300m).

the hunter 2021 BARRIER DRAW

The official The Hunter barrier draw takes place the week of the race and will be published in our above The Hunter Field section.

The Hunter 2021 Weights

Quality handicap conditions apply to this race. The minimum weight is 54kg.

Weights must be declared by 4:00PM (local time) on Tuesday November 9, 2021 and will be published in our above The Hunter Field section.

Lost And Running (59kg in 2021) is the latest The Hunter top-weight to win.

The hunter 2021 Nominations

The Hunter 2021 nominations close on Monday the 8th of November, 2021 at 11:00PM (AEDT).

1 209x29237x ACQUITTED (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees 84
2 1321x6411x BANDERSNATCH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 106
3 1x733441x0 BRUTALITY G 5 Joseph Pride 89
4 3337x4657x COUNTOFMONTECRISTO (NZ) G 8 Kris Lees 96
5 31283x27x5 CRIADERAS G 5 James Cummings 95
6 x332x707x0 DAWN PASSAGE H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 102
7 221144×149 EDIT (NZ) G 5 Cody Morgan 81
8 x3240x415x GEM SONG G 6 Kris Lees 107
9 1x0x05229x GRAND PIANO G 5 John Thompson 88
10 x27311x323 GRAVINA H 4 James Cummings 82
11 20x6025x33 HOW WOMANTIC M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 90
12 1x6602x147 KEMENTARI G 7 James Cummings 107
13 16x41377x6 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 87
14 95x53211x7 LINA’S HERO G 7 Chris Waller 91
15 11211×8442 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 110
16 51x181x153 MUCH MUCH BETTER G 4 Gary Moore 74
17 15244×0930 NEVER TALK M 4 Kris Lees 87
18 x5720x5221 ON THE LEAD G 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 78
19 6211288×89 PANDANO G 5 Paul Perry 82
20 149x60x333 PRIME CANDIDATE G 7 Bjorn Baker 99
21 9x13638x95 ROHERYN G 6 James Cummings 102
22 0x15433x55 SIGNORE FOX H 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 105
23 025x009x98 SPECIAL REWARD G 6 Kris Lees 98
24 33×1879212 STANDING BEAR G 5 Tony Ball 66
25 28x00x6223 STANDOUT H 5 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 104
26 x37642311x STOCKMAN (NZ) G 5 Joseph Pride 98
27 7621x828x5 SURREAL STEP G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 84
28 0841283×69 SWEET DEAL M 7 John Thompson 104
29 316x13624x TOP RANKED (IRE) H 6 Annabel Neasham 108
30 4336224×04 WANDABAA M 5 Kris Lees 95
31 x26353x569 WISDOM OF WATER H 4 Annabel Neasham 86

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

The hunter 2021 JOCKEYS

Jockeys for The Hunter 2021 must be declared following acceptances and will be available in our above The Hunter Field section.

The hunter 2021 SCRATCHINGS

Scratchings for the The Hunter must be declared by 7:30AM on race day morning, Saturday November 13th, 2021.

The hunter RACE NUMBER 2021

The 2021 The Hunter is set to run as Newcastle Race 8 at 4:40pm (AEDT) on Saturday the 13th of November, 2021. A total of ten races run that day at Newcastle Racecourse.

The Hunter PRIZE MONEY 2021

The current The Hunter prize money is set at a total of $1 million.

Place Prize Money
1st $580,000
2nd $190,000
3rd $98,000
4th $44,000
5th $22,000
6th $10,000
7th $10,000
8th $10,000
9th $8,000
10th $8,000

The hunter  2021 Form Guide

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

The hunter Winners (Past Results)

See below for the full list of The Hunter winners going back to the race’s inauguration in 2019.

2021 Lost And Running Wandabaa Top Ranked 1:17.44
2020 Sweet Deal Special Reward Asiago 1:16.83
2019 Savatiano Tactical Advantage Bon Amis 1:15.76(R)