Premier’s Cup (ATC) 2023

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 2000m staying showdown for horses aged three-years-old and above run at Royal Randwick in August each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The quality handicap race offers $250,000 in total prize money as of 2023 and was upgraded from a Group 3 race in 2018.

2022 ATC Premier's Cup winner Arapaho

2022 ATC Premier’s Cup winner Arapaho. Photo: Steve Hart.

In 2022 the Premier’s Cup was moved from the San Domenico Stakes Day meeting at Rosehill to the Winx Stakes Day program at Randwick, with the distance increased from 1900m to 2000m the year prior.

The staying race is one of five Group status races on the card, which is headlined by the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) for the season’s WFA stars.

The other key support acts on the program include the: Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) for Flight Stakes-bound fillies, Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m), and the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1100m).

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 19th, 2023 at Royal Randwick on Winx Stakes Day and was won by Newcastle galloper Hosier ($5.50).

Premier’s Cup 2023 Results

The official 2023 Premier’s Cup Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday August 19th, 2023.

2023 Premier's Cup winner Hosier

2023 Premier’s Cup winner Hosier was too strong for his rivals on the soft going. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #7 Hosier
  • 2nd: #9 Military Mission
  • 3rd: #5 Bois D’Argent

In a top training effort from Newcastle horseman Mark Minervini his veteran galloper Hosier ($5.50), formerly with Kris Lees, improved on a lead-up fourth in the Coffs Harbour Cup to dominate Sydney’s 2023 Premier’s Cup results after working his way into the race from the 300m wide-out relishing the soft track.

Premier’s Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday August 19th, 2023
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse (as of 2022)
  • Distance: 2000m (as of 2022)
  • Conditions: 3YOs & Above – Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1947

Premier’s Cup Field

The Premier’s Cup race 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.

2023 Premier’s Cup Field

The official Premier’s Cup 2023 field and barriers for Group 3 staying race will be announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday leading-up to Winx Stakes Day and published in full below.

The 2023 Premier’s Cup final field features a quality line-up of spring-bound stayers led in betting by the ultra-consistent Annabel Neasham-trained Fawkner Park coming off a narrow second in the Prelude.

2023 Premier’s Cup Nominations

Nominations for the 2023 Premier’s Cup close on the Monday of race week with the list of potential runners in the staying feature to be published here.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 52×3852811 BOLD MAC (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 1 55.5kg 55.5kg   98
2 2128x4703x POLLY GREY (NZ) M 9 Chris Waller 2 58.5kg 58.5kg   108
3 1311x1430x KING FRANKEL (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham 3 59kg 59kg   105
4 x51226x50x CLEVELAND (IRE) H 6 Kris Lees 4 58.5kg 58.5kg   104
5 51214x380x GEAR UP (IRE) H 6 Annabel Neasham 5 58kg 58kg   103
6 376×267224 DESERT ICON (FR) G 8 Chris Waller 6 57.5kg 57.5kg   102
7 32x3x53152 BOIS D’ARGENT (GB) G 7 Annabel Neasham 7= 57kg 57kg   101
8 x5302x858x FANCY MAN (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham 7= 57kg 57kg   101
9 41233×6523 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) G 9 Annabel Neasham 9 56.5kg 56.5kg   100
10 x110x6x824 HOSIER (IRE) G 7 Mark Minervini 10= 54.5kg 54.5kg   96
11 2111x90x4x POINT NEPEAN (IRE) H 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 10= 54.5kg 54.5kg   96
12 91795319×9 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 12 54kg 54kg   95
13 626x60x078 LONGVILLERS (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 13 54kg 53.5kg   94
14 273563×467 BONNY EZRA (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 14= 54kg 53kg   93
15 044x9180x0 CHALK STREAM (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 14= 54kg 53kg   93
16 124311×05 IENE FORTUNE (BRZ) G 5 Chris Waller 16 54kg 53kg   92
17 351×11112 FAWKNER PARK (IRE) G 5 Annabel Neasham 17 54kg 53kg   90
18 7421216×86 BORN A KING (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 18 54kg 53kg   88
19 34x8537Px9 ATHABASCAN (FR) G 5 John O’Shea 19 54kg 53kg   87
20 169×701224 MACH SCHNELL (NZ) G 7 Joseph Pride 20= 54kg 53kg   86
21 5x767720x0 RAGING BULL G 5 David Payne 20= 54kg 53kg   86
22 0x65867440 WILD CHAP G 7 Brett Lazzarini 22 54kg 53kg   84

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 2009-23 13 of the 14 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.

There was a notable upset in 2022 with Arapaho saluting at ATC Premier’s Cup odds of $21.

2023 Premier’s Cup Odds

The season’s top Premier’s Cup 2023 odds and betting market links will be available below once final acceptances are announced.

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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.

2023 Premier’s Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Premier’s Cup betting tips for 2023 will be detailed below listing the spring stayers to back and sack in the Group 3 event this season so stay tuned.

  • To Win: #5 Bois D’argent ($18 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Open edition of the Premier’s Cup and happy to go some value with a stablemate to the favourite in the fellow Neasham-trained Bois D’argent. The nicely-tried grey races for the first time since his good Caloundra Cup second in Queensland over the winter and chases his first victory since the Mayor’s Cup (2000m) at Rosehill in May. First Randwick assignment for the now seven-year-old but he has a great strike-rate at the distance (8:3-1-3). Can handle this grade and the weight. Value.

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.

The 2022 Premier’s Cup form was franked with the upset winner Arapaho going on to win the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) the next autumn in 2023.

2023 Premier’s Cup Form Guide

A link to our detailed Premier’s Cup 2023 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).

Break Card (2011) was the last Premier’s Cup winning mare.

Tails (1969,1970) is to date the only multiple Premier’s Cup champion.

Past Premier’s Cup Winners

Recent Premier’s Cup winners dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Trainer/s Jockey Weight Distance Time
(Run at Royal Randwick over 2000m)
HOSIER (IRE) Mark Minervini Jason Collett 54.5kg 2000m 2:04.70
(Run at Royal Randwick over 2000m)
ARAPAHO (FR) Bjorn Baker Rachel King 56kg 2000m 2:05.02
(Run at Kembla Grange)
HARPO MARX (IRE) Bjorn Baker Rachel King 53kg 2000m 2:04.00
2020 MUGATOO(IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 57kg 1900 m 1:56.02
2019 WU GOK Chris Waller Tommy Berry 53kg 1900 m 2:00.51
2018 AVILIUS(GB) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 53kg 1900 m 2:01.13
2017 DEE I CEE(NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Rachel King 53.5kg 1900 m 1:55.02
2016 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Tim Clark 54kg 1900 m 1:59.85
2015 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 54kg 1800 m 1:51.77
2014 GREATWOOD (GB) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 54kg 1800 m 1:54.44
2013 LESS IS MORE (FR) David Vandyke Jay Ford 54.5kg 1800 m 1:49.11
2012 GLENCADAM GOLD(IRE) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 54kg 1800 m 1:49.88
2011 BREAK CARD Gerald Ryan Jay Ford 53kg 1800 m 1:52.36
2010 SNOW ALERT Chris Waller Damien Oliver 54.5kg 1800 m 1:48.38
2009 EMPEROR BONAPARTE(NZ) David Payne Blake Shinn 53kg 1800 m 1:51.03
2008 RED LORD Anthony Cummings Corey Brown 56.5kg 1800 m 1:49.37
2006 ACTIVATION(NZ) Graeme Rogerson Michael Rodd 60.5kg 1800 m 1:50.80
2005 RAILINGS John Hawkes Darren Beadman 53.5kg 1800 m 1:49.08
2004 BUSH HONEY Guy Walter Danny Beasley 53kg 1800 m 1:49.54
2003 DOMINE John Hawkes Darren Beadman 55.5kg 1800 m 1:49.73
2002 GAMESMAN Gai Waterhouse Jim Cassidy 53.5kg 1900 m 1:55.95
2001 MULAN PRINCESS(NZ) Gai Waterhouse Chris Munce 58kg 1900 m 1:55.39  
2000 SUPER REVENIR Phil McLeod Paul Falvey 52.5kg 1900 m 1:57.67