The Hunter 2019

Saturday November 16, 2019

The Hunter is one of the brand new feature races announced by Racing NSW to debut in 2019 making the wider Sydney Spring Racing Carnival the country’s richest racing festival with close to $50 million in prize money on offer over six weeks.

Built around the running of the world’s richest turf race – the $14 million The Everest in October – are a host of recently added Special Condition races giving Sydney punters plenty to stick around for as Melbourne host their Cup Carnival.

After a host of majors running at Randwick and Rosehill, the spring racing action in Sydney will move further out to Newcastle Racecourse for The Hunter in mid-November.

One of 11 seven-figure Sydney spring races, The Hunter offers $1 million in total prize money and the quality handicap runs over 1300m.

It is accompanied on the breakthrough stand-alone Newcastle metropolitan meeting on The Hunter Day by the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m), previously held in September on Newcastle Cup Day.

The Hunter at Newcastle’s Broadmeadow track along with the proceeding $1 million The Gong (1600m) a week later at Kembla Grange in Wolloongong are the richest Sydney races held outside the city’s two major race tracks.

There is a possible progression for horses that line-up in The Everest field to back-up in The Hunter putting the spotlight on racing in Newcastle after the bigger spring races of the carnival and allowing NSW to retain the top-tier sprinters for a few more weeks post-Everest.

The latest edition of The Hunter will take place at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday November 16, 2019. 

The Hunter Info

  • Date: Saturday November 16, 2019
  • Track: Newcastle Racecourse
  • Distance: 1300m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Special Condition
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 2019

The Hunter Betting

Betting on The Hunter race will heat up in late October as the $1 million race approaches and the horses targeting the race come forward.

The Hunter betting is likely to firm on horses that run well at the track earlier in the season in the Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) in September’s Newcastle Cup Day.

Any past Group 1 performers and gallopers that ran well in the $1 million Winners Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on the Saturday prior to the Melbourne Cup are also likely to be installed at shorter The Hunter betting odds.

2019 The Hunter Odds

The spring’s top The Hunter 2019 odds and market links will be provided right here for punters as soon as betting on the million dollar Newcastle race is open.

The Hunter Field

The Hunter field is set to attract a quality line-up of both local and visiting gallopers with the 1300m distance open to attracting both sprinters as well as middle-distance horses.

There are a host of possible lead-up races for gallopers heading into The Hunter field including Randwick’s Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) on Spring Champion Stakes Day. For NSW country-trained horses, the $1.3 million The Kosciuszko (1200m) could be a potential target on The Everest Day for a number of The Hunter horses.

2019 The Hunter Field

The official The Hunter 2019 Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday of race week and will be listed below once final acceptances close.

The 2019 The Hunter Final Field attracted a capacity line-up of 15 starters plus emergencies led in betting by the Kris Lees-trained Graff coming off three good earlier spring runs in Sydney.

Stablemate Le Romain is a multiple Group 1 winner who is second-up after an eye-catching third in the Redzel Stakes, but has work to do from a wide barrier (15) carrying the 59.5kg topweight.

Lees also has last-start Melbourne Cup Day winner Tactical Advantage and the returning Invincible Gem confirmed for a run in the inaugural The Hunter field. 

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 28496x30x3 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 15 59.5kg 112
2 14x70x5247 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 13 58kg 109
3 35x440x344 GRAFF Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 8 57kg 107
4 5x2221x888 BRAVE SONG Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 19 56kg 105
5 1x2650x051 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 12 56kg 105
6 73810x237x INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Ms Rachel King 14 55.5kg 108
7 295213×410 SAVATIANO James Cummings James McDonald 18 55.5kg 108
8 x34017x460 REDOUBLE Bjorn Baker (late alt) 17 54.5kg 102
9 1141x2913x BON AMIS Jason Deamer Jason Collett 6 53.5kg 100
10 122303×124 MANICURE James Cummings Tim Clark 16 53kg 102
11 143211×135 RENEWAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2 53kg 99
12 20x1607x50 FIESTA Chris Waller Jay Ford 4 52kg 99
13 x69100990x SIREN’S FURY Jason Coyle Glen Boss 9 52kg 98
14 0387421×06 SIR PLUSH (NZ) Bjorn Baker Andrew Adkins 7 52kg 96
15 x3923x5608 JONKER David Atkins Robbie Dolan (a) 3 52kg 94
16e 2882x728x3 GOODFELLA Bjorn Baker TBA 10 53kg 93
17e 1542x40x01 SANDBAR Brad Widdup Christian Reith 11 53kg 92
18e 811x93328x LIVE AND FREE (NZ) John O’Shea (late alt) 5 52kg 91
19e 614x908x77 MISS FABULASS Kris Lees Glen Boss 1 53kg 91

2019 The Hunter Nominations

Early The Hunter 2019 nominations are open until 11am (local time) on the Monday of race week with the full nominees to be detailed right here as soon as announced by the Newcastle Jockey Club.

The 2019 The Hunter nominations attracted 26 early entries including multiple Group 1 winner Le Romain coming off a third in the Redzel Stakes and the consistent Kris Lees-trained four-year-old Graff.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 28496x30x3 LE ROMAIN G 7 Kris Lees 1 59.5kg 112
2 14x70x5247 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) G 8 James Cummings 2 58kg 109
3 73810x237x INVINCIBLE GEM M 6 Kris Lees 3= 55.5kg 108
4 295213×410 SAVATIANO M 5 James Cummings 3= 55.5kg 108
5 35x440x344 GRAFF H 4 Kris Lees 5 57kg 107
6 5x2221x888 BRAVE SONG G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 6= 56kg 105
7 1x2650x051 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 6 Kris Lees 6= 56kg 105
8 x34017x460 REDOUBLE G 6 Bjorn Baker 8= 54.5kg 102
9 122303×124 MANICURE M 5 James Cummings 8= 53kg 102
10 1141x2913x BON AMIS G 6 Jason Deamer 10 53.5kg 100
11 20x1607x50 FIESTA M 4 Chris Waller 11= 53kg 99
12 143211×135 RENEWAL G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 11= 53kg 99
13 1x6380x601 TELEPLAY M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 11= 53kg 99
14 x69100990x SIREN’S FURY M 6 Jason Coyle 14 53kg 98
15 0387421×06 SIR PLUSH (NZ) G 7 Bjorn Baker 15 53kg 96
16 x3923x5608 JONKER H 4 David Atkins 16 53kg 94
17 2882x728x3 GOODFELLA H 5 Bjorn Baker 17 53kg 93
18 024311x7x0 BELFLYER G 8 John Shelton 18= 53kg 92
19 1542x40x01 SANDBAR H 4 Brad Widdup 18= 53kg 92
20 811x93328x LIVE AND FREE (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 20= 53kg 91
21 614x908x77 MISS FABULASS M 4 Kris Lees 20= 53kg 91
22 x9291471x1 SIGNORE FOX H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 22 53kg 90
23 1121x216x3 BOBBING G 6 Bernie Kelly 23 53kg 88
24 146×402835 YOU MAKE ME SMILE G 5 Jason Coyle 24 53kg 83
25 230×519112 OAKFIELD TWILIGHT G 5 Damien Lane 25 53kg 74
26 84806×9305 PAQUIRRI H 4 Gary Moore 26 53kg 70

The Hunter Tips

Top The Hunter racing tips include looking for in-form local hopes with a top Newcastle race record and to get behind any Group race graduates out of the earlier Sydney Spring Racing Carnival features.

Watching for any country horses out of The Kosciuszko who continue onto The Hunter is another good tip as is watching for horses with a strong record over the 1200m – 1400m distance.

2019 The Hunter Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ The Hunter 2019 tips and Newcastle spring racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the horses to get behind in the new $1 million race this November.

  • To Win: #11 Renewal ($9.50)

Shapes up as a really intriguing first edition of The Hunter with plenty of livewire chances. Graff having been kept fresh will take some beating, but further down the weights the Team Hawkes-trained Renewal looks a huge chance carrying just 53kg. The five-year-old is fourth-up and always runs well at the end of a campaign. Has been racing competitively in Melbourne carrying more weight and will enjoy getting back this side of the border. Unbeaten from two previous runs at the distance and also has winning form at the track.

The Hunter Form

The Hunter form guide provides all the race info needed to place a bet including the saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, lead-up form and track / distance stats on the horses in the field.

2019 The Hunter Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Hunter 2019 form guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

The Hunter Results

The Hunter results will list the official finishing order of the horses in the quality handicap race, their starting price at the bookies and the winning time / margin.

2019 The Hunter Results

The official The Hunter 2019 Results & Finishing Order will be published below as soon as the race is run and won on Saturday November 16, 2019.

The Hunter Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time