Darwin Cup News
Our Valdivia has stamped himself as a serious 2016 Darwin Cup contender with a typically smart performance for success in the Metric Mile (1600m) at Fannie Bay Racecourse over the weekend. Formerly trained by prominent Victorian horseman Mike Moroney, Our Valdivia has found exceptional form since being sold and transferred…
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One of the most popular races in the Australian horse racing calendar, the Darwin Cup is also one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Northern Territory. Held over eight fun-filled days, the Darwin Cup Carnival includes some high quality racing in addition to many other fun-filled activities for racing enthusiasts.
The 2016 Darwin Cup will run on Monday 1 August.
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2016 Darwin Cup:
Whilst thousands of spectators make the annual trip to the northern city it is a popular race with armchair punters who can bet online on the Darwin Cup in addition to a month of high quality racing.
The Darwin Cup is raced over a distance of 2000m under handicap conditions and is worth $200,000.
The Darwin Racing Carnival is held in July and August every year at the picturesque Fannie Bay racecourse in central Darwin, approximately seven minutes from the CBD. It is a 1780 metre track and unlike some of its southern counterparts it has an oil mixed sand track rather than a turf overlay. Fannie Bay has a three hundred and forty metre finishing straight and has been the home of the Darwin Turf Club since its formation in 1955.
The Gold Cup is the premier event of Carnival week and has been run at the Fannie Bay course since 1956. Satan’s Son, owned, trained and ridden by Peter McCracken was the first winner and to date the only non-thoroughbred horse to have won the Darwin Cup.
The race has a long and colourful history and in 1990 was the first $100,000 Northern Territories race, a miracle after Cyclone Tracey had all but decimated the track fifteen years before. Since the turn of the century the race has become one of Australia’s most celebrated with over a million dollars in prize money now on offer.
The 2009 Carnival opened on July 4th with the Hot 100 Darwin Guineas Day. The feature race proved profitable for punters as $7.5 shot Hawks Bay won with $13 outsider Shout Out Loud in second place. The 2009 Carnival ran for a whole month and featured eight days of racing culminating with the Darwin Cup on Monday 3rd August.
A popular Carnival day is the Ladies Day held around half way through the festival. With an opportunity to show off their finery and enjoy luncheon and a glass of bubbly, Ladies Day at Fannie Bay is one of Darwin’s big social events. 2009’s Bridge Toyota Cup Handicap also saw a nice profit for many of the female clientele as $15 outsider Marco Lago triumphed by half a length from Wonsok.
The Darwin Carnival in 2009 also featured the fun Mad Hatters Lawn Party on Derby day. Live music, an air conditioned marquee and “Mad Hatters” fashion and activities accompanied a day’s racing which included the Perth Racing TROBIS Handicap in addition to the Derby handicap. The Derby was an exciting affair with the favourite Hawks Bay holding off the challenge of Honourable Kind by just half a head.
The Darwin Cup is one of the best attended race meetings in the country and the most popular in the Northern Territories. Held in 2009 on Monday 3rd August the event attracted almost twenty thousand spectators to the picturesque Fannie Bay course as well as some of the country’s biggest racing names.
The Cup was supported by an excellent race card dominated by jockey Paul Shiers who won three of the pre-Darwin Cup events. The race itself saw a surprise victory for the eight year old stayer Activation who, having not won since 2006, was considered a no-hoper. Michael Hickmott and Louis Peach scored their second Darwin Cup winner in three years with Activation’s victory by one and a half lengths from the Neil Dyer trained Triple Crown hopeful Hawks Bay. Honourable Kind was a further six lengths back in third with Ryan Plumb on board.
Jockey Stephen Ridler was naturally delighted saying, “What Michael’s done with that horse is a great training feat, he was going to be labelled as a non-winner and to turn him around in three starts to win the Darwin Cup is a great training performance.”
Activation’s time was narrowly outside the Darwin Cup record which was set by the 2008 winner Club Liquid.
The Darwin Cup has grown over its fifty year history to become the Top End’s biggest race and one of the most popular events in the Northern Territories. With a prize purse of over a million dollars it attracts some of the best horses and trainers in the country to the month long carnival of racing as well as providing hugely popular winter entertainment to visitors from all over Australia.
Whilst many racegoers take one of the many organised tours to the Darwin Cup every year it is easy to bet online on this most prestigious of races from the comfort of your own home. Many markets are available on the race meetings throughout the Carnival and a strong field for the Darwin Cup gives canny punters a good potential for profit. Another top quality field that could produce excellent profit is the Melbourne Cup field. Online betting sites have all the odds covered, so make sure you place your bets on ‘the race that stops the nation’.
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