Liverpool City Cup 2024

Ladbrokes Tip: The Liverpool City Cup serves as a potential lead-up into the Group 1 Doncaster Mile in the autumn.

The Group 3 Liverpool City Cup is a Group 3 race run and won at Royal Randwick in late February on Verry Elleegant Stakes Day (formerly Chipping Norton Stakes Day).

2022 Liverpool City Cup Winner Ellsberg
2022 Liverpool City Cup winner Ellsberg. Photo: Steve Hart.

A key support act on the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival card that is headlined by the Group 1 Verry Elleegant Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m), the event runs over 1300m and offers $250,000 in prize money as of 2024.

The Liverpool City Cup is a quality handicap race open to horses aged three-years-old and above and was first run in 1970.

It has held Group 3 status since 1979 and serves as a lead-up into the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) during ‘The Championships’ in April.

The latest edition of the Liverpool City Cup ran on Saturday March 2, 2024 at Randwick on Verry Elleegant Stakes Day and was won by Brad Widdup’s Exosphere six-year-old Phearson ($12) first-up at double-figures.

2024 Liverpool City Cup Results

The official Liverpool City Cup 2024 results will be published in full below when the race is run and won on Saturday March 2, 2024.

2024 Liverpool City Cup winner Phearson

2024 Liverpool City Cup winner Phearson. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #8 Phearson
  • 2nd: #6 New Energy
  • 3rd: #11 Hard To Say

2024 Liverpool City Cup Odds

The updated Liverpool City Cup 2024 odds on the Group 3 event at Randwick Racecourse will be available the week of the race so stay tuned.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Liverpool City Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Liverpool City Cup Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday March 2, 2024
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1300m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap – 3YOs & Upwards
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1970

Liverpool City Cup Betting

Liverpool City Cup odds and betting markets favour the season’s in-form middle-distance gallopers eyeing a run in bigger and better races over the autumn like the Doncaster Mile. 

Many runners are resuming in the event so first-up performers with a good fresh strike-rate often dominate Liverpool City Cup betting. 

Think It Over (2021) scoring an upset at odds of 50/1 followed in 2022 by the favourite Ellsberg ($2.60F) and double-figure hopeful Phearson at $12 in 2024 are the latest first-up runners to win the Liverpool City Cup. 

Think About It ($3.90 in 2023) was the last favourite in Liverpool City Cup betting to win. 

Liverpool City Cup Field

Liverpool City Cup Winners (Think It Over) | Photo: Steve Hart | Ladbrokes

2021 Liverpool City Cup winner Think It Over pictured winning the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Liverpool City Cup race field attracts a quality line-up mile types that often have bigger races in mind over the coming weeks. 

Following a run in the Liverpool City Cup a good next-up race for runners is the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens.

Looking further ahead the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) makes a nice target for Liverpool City Cup graduates. Think It Over (2021) was the last horse to complete the Liverpool City Cup – George Ryder Stakes double

Liverpool City Cup nominations close the Monday before the race with the final field of acceptances and barrier draw released on the Wednesday.

2024 Liverpool City Cup Field

The official Liverpool City Cup 2024 field and barriers will be announced below on Wednesday February 28, 2024 so bookmark this page to see the Group 1-bound gallopers lining-up in the Verry Elleegant Stakes Day Group 3.

The Joe Pride-trained Coal Crusher off a good first-up second in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes leads the Liverpool City Cup 2024 final field to round out Verry Elleegant Stakes Day in Sydney on Saturday.

2024 Liverpool City Cup Nominations

The official Liverpool City Cup 2024 nominations are open until the Monday of race week.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 35720x211x ACQUITTED (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 100
2 410x8907x9 BANK MAUR H 4 Richard Laming 95
3 010x24133x CAESARS PALACE G 6 Anthony Cummings 94
4 342151120x CEPHEUS (GB) G 7 Matthew Dunn  
5 410x3441x2 COAL CRUSHER G 6 Joseph Pride 110
6 7x8073140x DARK DREAM G 9 Allan Kehoe 86
7 761x01544x DEMOCRACY MANIFEST G 5 Chris Waller 103
8 0x901393x7 GOLDEN MILE H 4 James Cummings 108
9 66x1111x52 HARD TO SAY G 4 Jason Deamer 92
10 844x40786x HINGED M 5 Chris Waller 104
11 6x8241930x HOSIER (IRE) G 7 Mark Minervini 100
12 878x67500x INVER PARK (GB) G 6 Kris Lees 88
13 3131x9250x KOVALICA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 108
14 x1576x3633 MALKOVICH G 6 Bjorn Baker 103
15 12260×4 MORAVIA C 3 Michael Freedman 87
16 3x0x0666x1 NEVER NO MORE (IRE) G 8 Matthew Dunn 87
17 287x26x43x NEW ENERGY (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher 101
18 212x02310x PHEARSON G 6 Brad Widdup 99
19 9x30117x11 WHINCHAT G 4 David Pfieffer 84

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Liverpool City Cup Tips

Good Liverpool City Cup tips include backing first-up performers with a nice Randwick record and previous winning form fresh. 

2024 Liverpool City Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Liverpool City Cup 2024 tips and betting selections will be available for punters below the week of the race sorting the best from the rest in the race for potential Doncaster Mile-bound runners. 

  • To Win: #11 Hard To Say ($13 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Hard To Say ticks a number of boxes ahead of the last on Verry Elleegant Stakes Day and looks nice value for an upset in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup. Jason Deamer’s Exceed And Excel four-year-old from Newcastle is on an upwards trajectory at the right time fit now third-up and ready to fire in tougher company. He is a six-time winner from 18 starts so knows how to find the winning post and is proven at Randwick having won here last November. Brings in some strong form lines when fifth in the $1 million Magic Millions Snippets before a second at Rosehill last start in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes. Distance of 1300m is a query as he is yet to win over further than 1100m, but at the price willing to take the shot. 

Liverpool City Cup Form Guide

The Liverpool City Cup form guide lists all the important facts and stats on the runners in the event including jockeys, trainers, barriers, weights, track/distance records and win/place rates.

2023 Liverpool City Cup Winner Think About It
2023 Liverpool City Cup winner Think About It made history winning that spring’s $20 million The Everest race. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Liverpool City Cup form has gone on to stack-up in better races a number of times over the years including in 2019 when the winner Dreamforce went on to run third in the George Ryder Stakes before a second in the Doncaster Mile results that campaign. 

In 2022 the Liverpool City Cup form was franked with Ellsberg returning in the spring to win the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), $1 million The Five Diamonds Prelude and $2 million The Five Diamonds treble.

In 2023 Think It Over won the Liverpool City Cup before a huge winter in Brisbane taking out the Group 1 Kingsford Smith – Stradbroke Handicap double. He further franked the form that spring back in Sydney claiming victory in the world’s richest turf race – the $20 million The Everest.

2024 Liverpool City Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Liverpool City Cup 2024 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Liverpool City Cup Results

Notable Liverpool City Cup winners throughout history include Lord Nelson (1973), Pharaoh (1993), Danleigh (2008), Triple Elegance (2011), It’s Somewhat (2015), Dreamforce (2019), Think It Over (2021), and that year’s subsequent The Everest champion Think About It (2023). 

Liverpool City Cup Winners

Past Liverpool City Cup winning horses, trainers and jockeys dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table. 

Year Winner Trainer/s Jockey Weight Time
2024 Phearson Brad Widdup Tom Sherry 55 kgs 1:15.62
2023 Think About It Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 53 kgs 1:16.51
2022 Ellsberg Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Tim Clark 57.5 kgs 1:20.42
2021 Think It Over Kerry Parker Glen Boss 57 kgs 1:17.22
2020 Quackerjack Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 56.5 kgs 1:15.35
2019 Dreamforce John Thompson Blake Shinn 59.5 kgs 1:15.07
2018 Crack Me Up Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 59 kgs 1:16.52
2017 McCreery Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 56 kgs 1:19.28
2016 Charlie Boy Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 57 kgs 1:15.08
2015 It’s Somewhat John O’Shea James McDonald 57 kgs 1:15.88
2014 Terravista Joseph Pride Jason Collett 55 kgs 1:16.58
2013 Skyerush Guy Walter Blake Shinn 56 kgs 1:16.41
2012 Ofcourseican Ron Quinton Kathy O’Hara 54 kgs 1:17.97
2011 Triple Elegance Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 53 kgs 1:15.92
2010 Dreamscape Gai Waterhouse Stathi Katsidis 53 kgs 1:17.27
2009 Judged Joseph Pride Jim Cassidy 53 kgs 1:15.54
2008 Danleigh Chris Waller Darren Beadman 55 kgs 1:16.59
2007 The Free Stater Paul Cave James Innes 54 kgs 1:10.25
2006 Utzon Les Bridge James Innes 53.5 kgs 1:09.51
2005 Sam Sung A Song Gerald Ryan Scott Seamer 53.5 kgs 1:09.85
2004 Carael Boy Bob Milligan Brad Pengelly 53.5 kgs 1:12.19
2003 Planchet John Hawkes Rod Quinn 53.5 kgs 1:09.82
2002 Bomber Bill Russell Cameron Michael Cahill 57.5 kgs 1:09.75
2001 Continuum John Hawkes Larry Cassidy 52 kgs 1:10.50
2000 Catatonic John Hawkes Larry Cassidy 52 kgs 1:10.87