Premier’s Cup (ATC) 2021

Saturday August 28th, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Premier’s Cup (ATC) should not be confused with Brisbane’s Group 3 Premier’s Cup (BRC) held during the winter

The Group 3 Premier’s Cup (ATC) is a 1900m staying showdown for horses aged three-years-old and above run at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse* in August each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The quality handicap race offers $160,000 in total prize money and was upgraded from a Group 3 race in 2018.

*Note: The 2021 Premier’s Cup and entire San Domenico Stakes meeting moved from Rosehill to Kembla Grange Racecourse due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The staying race is one of three Group 3 status races run at Rosehill that day alongside the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) and the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) for three-year-olds, while Melbourne’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes takes place on the same date at Caulfield.

It was inaugurated in 1947 as the Rosehill Cup before being renamed in 1989 as the Premier’s Cup.

The Premier’s Cup can serve as a nice early lead-up into tougher Sydney staying races over the spring including Randwick’s Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m). Magic Hurricane (2015) was the last horse to complete the ATC Premier’s Cup – The Metropolitan double. Others to win both races in the same year include Glencadam Gold (2012) and Railings (2005) with the latter also winning that year’s Caulfield Cup.

More recently, Mugatoo won the 2020 Premier’s Cup before a subsequent second in The Metropolitan results. He would also return the following autumn to take out Melbourne’s $5 million The All-Star Mile race.

The latest edition of the ATC Premier’s Cup ran on Saturday August 28th, 2021 and was won by the favourite Harpo Marx. 

Premier’s Cup 2021 Results

The official 2021 Premier’s Cup Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday August 28th, 2021.

  • 1st: #12 Harpo Marx
  • 2nd: #1 Spirit Ridge
  • 3rd: #5 Inverloch

The Bjorn Baker-trained favourite Harpo Marx ($4.40) took things to the next level enjoying a solid Group 3 victory in the 2021 Premier’s Cup results over a brave Spirit Ridge who did well carrying 6kg more than the winner first-up.

Premier’s Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday August 28th, 2021
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse (Kembla Grange in 2021)
  • Distance: 1900m
  • Conditions: 3YOs & Above – Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $160,000
  • First Run: 1947

Premier’s Cup Field

The Premier’s Cup field attracts a class line-up of the season’s most exciting stayers, many of which may be resuming for the spring.

Premier's Cup Winner Mugatoo (2020) | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos |
2020 Premier’s Cup winner Mugatoo went on to win the following year’s $5 million The All-Star Mile. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A good next-up option for horses out of the Premier’s Cup field is the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) and Mugatoo (2020) was the last to do the double.

The Listed Wyong Gold Cup (2100m) is another nice follow-up race for Premier’s Cup horses and Wu Gok (2019) is the last to salute in both spring events.

The field is comprised of mainly local Sydney-trained stayers that have an outstanding record in the race. The Kiwi-trained Activation (2006) was the last Premier’s Cup winner to come from outside of a Sydney stable.

The Premier’s Cup nominations close the Monday of race week followed by final acceptances on the Wednesday.

2021 Premier’s Cup Field

The official Premier’s Cup 2021 field and barriers for Group 3 staying race will be announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday leading-up to San Domenico Stakes Day and published in full below.

The 2021 Premier’s Cup final field has the rails-drawn Heart Of Puissance for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace dominating betting for his first-up run of the spring, the five-year-old right down in the weights having carted 59kg to a big three length win over 2500m at Flemington last time out.

  • Scratched: #6 Laure Me In (13), #7 Salsamor (7), #11 Mohican Heights (6)

2021 Premier’s Cup Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 Premier’s Cup close on the Monday of race week with the list of potential runners in the staying feature to be published here.

The 2021 Premier’s Cup nominations feature 21 stayers including Matthew Dunn’s last-start Prelude winner Laure Me In and the resuming Spirit Ridge who won the Brisbane equivalent to this race over the winter.

Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerBallotWeightTrue WeightPenaltyHcp Rating
1244×419521LAURE ME ING7Matthew Dunn155.5kg55.5kg100
211x250217xSPIRIT RIDGE (GB)G7Mark Newnham259kg59kg107
3579x11400xDASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB)G6Chris Waller3=58kg58kg105
405x75810x0QUICK THINKERH5Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman3=58kg58kg105
517x780x9x5YOUNG RASCAL (FR)G7Richard & Michael Freedman557kg57kg103
600×6151004INVERLOCH (IRE)G8Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young6=56.5kg56.5kg102
7125x57170xLE DON DE VIE (GB)G6Anthony & Sam Freedman6=56.5kg56.5kg102
802634100×6FUN FACTG6Bjorn Baker855.5kg55.5kg100
90x861126x0MOHICAN HEIGHTS (IRE)G5Chris Waller954kg53kg90
103122×54151HARPO MARX (IRE)G6Bjorn Baker10=54kg53kg88
110x3621521xHEART OF PUISSANCEH5Ciaron Maher & David Eustace10=54kg53kg88
12437×758745SALSAMOR (NZ)G7Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young10=54kg53kg88
138x4717x343SURF DANCER (IRE)G5Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott10=54kg53kg88
14417x903x84BLUE SOLDIER (USA)G5Annabel Neasham14=54kg53kg87
154151×31123MUBARIZ (GB)G6Chris Waller14=54kg53kg87
161254×39142CRIMINAL CODEG5Chris Waller16=54kg53kg85
1786×3331121NO COMPROMISE (NZ)G5Chris Waller16=54kg53kg85
18x1101x71x5LUNCIES (GB)G5Kris Lees1854kg53kg83
19x3134x1327GREAT HOUSE (IRE)G5Chris Waller1954kg53kg80
20x102330212GEMMAHRAM6Gwenda Markwell2054kg53kg77
219396041064SPENCERG7Bjorn Baker2154kg53kg76

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Premier’s Cup Betting

Premier’s Cup odds are led each season by quality Sydney-trained stayers proven in Group company that contested tougher races in the autumn.

Horses proven up to 2000m and further in distance, as well as those allocated between 53kg – 54.5kg in the handicaps dominate Premier’s Cup betting.

From 2009-21 12 of the 13 Premier’s Cup winners carried between 53kg – 54.5kg to victory with Mugatoo (57kg in 2020) the first to have more than 54.5kg on his back since Red Lord (56.5kg in 2008).

Mugatoo ($1.90 in 2020) followed by Harpo Marx ($4.40 in 2021) are the latest favourites in Premier’s Cup betting to salute for the punters.

2021 Premier’s Cup Odds

The season’s top Premier’s Cup 2021 odds and betting market links will be available below once final acceptances are announced.

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

Premier’s Cup Tips

Solid Premier’s Cup tips include backing the Sydney-trained stayers, locking in horses allocated 54.5kg and under in the weights and looking at the autumn form in similar races as a guide.

In-form horses prepared by Gai Waterhouse also make a good Premier’s Cup tip as she has won the race five times, most recently with Dee I Cee (2017).

Chris Waller horses also do well in Premier’s Cup betting, the master horseman having prepared two winners including Wu Gok (2019) who beat home four stablemates in an all-Waller first five that year.

2021 Premier’s Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Premier’s Cup betting tips for 2021 will be detailed below listing the spring stayers to back and sack in the Group 3 event this season so stay tuned.

  • To Win: #13 Heart Of Puissance ($3.70 at time of publish)

Open edition of the Premier’s Cup and with the event set to run on Heavy going, the light weight and good Soft track record of the new favourite Heart Of Puissance is appealing. Has been competitive in tougher races and was a big Flemington winner over 2500m with 59kg last time out.

Premier’s Cup Form Guide

The Premier’s Cup form guide features all the must-know information for punters including the saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up form of the runners in the race.

The Premier’s Cup form has stacked-up in later Group 1 spring races many times in recent years including in The Metropolitan results and in Melbourne’s Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley in late October. Both Mugatoo (2020) and Avilius (2018) went on to run fourth in the Cox Plate results following their respective Premier’s Cup victories.

2021 Premier’s Cup Form Guide

A link to our detailed Premier’s Cup 2021 form guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Premier’s Cup Results

Premier’s Cup results have been dominated by Sydney-trained stayers and those under $10 in betting in recent years.

Notable Premier’s Cup winners include dual Cox Plate champion Hydrogen (1952), Railings (2005), Glencadam Gold (2012), Avilius (2018) and Mugatoo (2020).

Premier’s Cup Winners

(Run at Kembla Grange)
HARPO MARX (IRE)Bjorn BakerRachel King53kg2000m2:04.00
2020MUGATOO(IRE)Kris LeesKerrin McEvoy57kg1900 m1:56.02
2019WU GOKChris WallerTommy Berry53kg1900 m2:00.51
2018AVILIUS(GB)James CummingsGlyn Schofield53kg1900 m2:01.13
2017DEE I CEE(NZ)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian BottRachel King53.5kg1900 m1:55.02
2016SENSE OF OCCASIONKris LeesTim Clark54kg1900 m1:59.85
2015MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE)John O’SheaSam Clipperton54kg1800 m1:51.77
2014GREATWOOD (GB)Gai WaterhouseTommy Berry54kg1800 m1:54.44
2013LESS IS MORE (FR)David VandykeJay Ford54.5kg1800 m1:49.11
2012GLENCADAM GOLD(IRE)Gai WaterhouseTommy Berry54kg1800 m1:49.88
2011BREAK CARDGerald RyanJay Ford53kg1800 m1:52.36
2010SNOW ALERTChris WallerDamien Oliver54.5kg1800 m1:48.38
2009EMPEROR BONAPARTE(NZ)David PayneBlake Shinn53kg1800 m1:51.03
2008RED LORDAnthony CummingsCorey Brown56.5kg1800 m1:49.37
2006ACTIVATION(NZ)Graeme RogersonMichael Rodd60.5kg1800 m1:50.80
2005RAILINGSJohn HawkesDarren Beadman53.5kg1800 m1:49.08
2004BUSH HONEYGuy WalterDanny Beasley53kg1800 m1:49.54
2003DOMINEJohn HawkesDarren Beadman55.5kg1800 m1:49.73
2002GAMESMANGai WaterhouseJim Cassidy53.5kg1900 m1:55.95
2001MULAN PRINCESS(NZ) Gai WaterhouseChris Munce58kg1900 m1:55.39
2000SUPER REVENIR Phil McLeodPaul Falvey52.5kg1900 m1:57.67