The Hunter 2021

Saturday November 13, 2021

The Hunter is one of the newer feature races announced by Racing NSW that debuted 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 now $15 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 moves further out to Newcastle Racecourse for The Hunter in mid-November.

One of the growing number of 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. Lost And Running (4th in 2021) is the latest The Everest graduate to win The Hunter having also run second in that year’s Winners Stakes.

One of the early lead-up races for female gallopers targeting The Hunter is August’s Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1100m) run at Randwick, a double completed in 2020 by Sweet Deal.

The latest edition of The Hunter took place at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday November 13, 2021 and was won by the class favourite, The Everest fourth placed Lost And Running ($2.50F). 

2021 The Hunter Results

The official The Hunter 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be published below as soon as the race is run and won on Saturday November 13, 2021.

  • 1st: #1 Lost And Running ($2.50F)
  • 2nd: #15 Wandabaa
  • 3rd: #2 Top Ranked

Despite a wide alley, class rose to the top in The Hunter 2021 results with Lost And Running ($2.50F) saluting for the punters bagging a feature race win off his good runs in The Everest (4th) and Classique Legend Stakes (2nd).

The Hunter Info

  • Date: Saturday November 13, 2021
  • 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 heats up in late October as the $1 million race approaches and the horses targeting the race come forward.

The Hunter betting firms 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. Lost And Running (2nd in 2021) is the latest The Hunter winner to come off a run in the Winners Stakes.

In the inaugural edition of the race, favourite backers were in luck with the top fancy in The Hunter betting Savatiano ($4.60) saluting in 2019.

There was an upset the following year with Newcastle specialist Sweet Deal ($10 in 2020) winning to make it back-to-back The Hunter victories for the mares.

Lost And Running ($2.50 in 2021) is the latest The Hunter favourite to salute for the punters.

2021 The Hunter Odds

The spring’s top The Hunter 2021 odds and market links will be provided right here for punters as soon as betting on the million dollar Newcastle race is open.

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

The Hunter Field

The Hunter field attracts 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.

The inaugural The Hunter winner Savatiano came off an unplaced run in  the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington over the Melbourne Cup Carnival before relishing a drop in grade to win the lucrative feature.

2021 The Hunter Field

The official The Hunter 2021 Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday of race week and will be listed below once final acceptances close.

The 2021 The Hunter final field features a capacity line-up of sprinters led in betting by Lost And Running coming off big runs four fourth and second in The Everest and Classique Legend Stakes respectively.

2021 The Hunter Nominations

Early The Hunter 2021 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.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 209x29237x ACQUITTED (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees 84
2 1321x6411x BANDERSNATCH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 106
3 1x733441x0 BRUTALITY G 5 Joseph Pride 89
4 3337x4657x COUNTOFMONTECRISTO (NZ) G 8 Kris Lees 96
5 31283x27x5 CRIADERAS G 5 James Cummings 95
6 x332x707x0 DAWN PASSAGE H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 102
7 221144×149 EDIT (NZ) G 5 Cody Morgan 81
8 x3240x415x GEM SONG G 6 Kris Lees 107
9 1x0x05229x GRAND PIANO G 5 John Thompson 88
10 x27311x323 GRAVINA H 4 James Cummings 82
11 20x6025x33 HOW WOMANTIC M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 90
12 1x6602x147 KEMENTARI G 7 James Cummings 107
13 16x41377x6 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 87
14 95x53211x7 LINA’S HERO G 7 Chris Waller 91
15 11211×8442 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 110
16 51x181x153 MUCH MUCH BETTER G 4 Gary Moore 74
17 15244×0930 NEVER TALK M 4 Kris Lees 87
18 x5720x5221 ON THE LEAD G 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 78
19 6211288×89 PANDANO G 5 Paul Perry 82
20 149x60x333 PRIME CANDIDATE G 7 Bjorn Baker 99
21 9x13638x95 ROHERYN G 6 James Cummings 102
22 0x15433x55 SIGNORE FOX H 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 105
23 025x009x98 SPECIAL REWARD G 6 Kris Lees 98
24 33×1879212 STANDING BEAR G 5 Tony Ball 66
25 28x00x6223 STANDOUT H 5 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 104
26 x37642311x STOCKMAN (NZ) G 5 Joseph Pride 98
27 7621x828x5 SURREAL STEP G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 84
28 0841283×69 SWEET DEAL M 7 John Thompson 104
29 316x13624x TOP RANKED (IRE) H 6 Annabel Neasham 108
30 4336224×04 WANDABAA M 5 Kris Lees 95
31 x26353x569 WISDOM OF WATER H 4 Annabel Neasham 86

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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.

Any mares coming off a run in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes are also a nice tip after the success of Savatiano in 2019.

2021 The Hunter Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ The Hunter 2021 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: #1 Lost And Running ($3.30 at time of publish) 

Hard to bet against the favourite who is taking on an easier grade of rivals here after performing well against the country’s best sprinters his past two runs out. The John O’Shea-trained five-year-old was only two lengths off Nature Strip when fourth in the $15 million The Everest (1200m) two back. He franked that form with a last start second in the $1 million Classique Legend Stakes (1300m) from a wide alley. This won’t be a walk in the park as he’s drawn wide again (17) and carries plenty of weight (59kg) in the quality handicap clash, but class and fitness are on his side.

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.

The Hunter form from 2020 was franked the following winter with the winner Sweet Deal running third in Brisbane’s Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara in 2021.

2021 The Hunter Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Hunter 2021 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.

The Hunter Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Lost And Running Wandabaa Top Ranked 1:17.44
2020 Sweet Deal Special Reward Asiago 1:16.83
2019 Savatiano Tactical Advantage Bon Amis 1:15.76(R)