The Hunter 2020

Saturday November 14, 2020

The Hunter is one of the brand new 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 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 took place at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday November 14, 2020 and was won by the mare Sweet Deal. 

2020 The Hunter Results

The official The Hunter 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be published below as soon as the race is run and won on Saturday November 14, 2020 .

  • 1st: #6 Sweet Deal
  • 2nd: #4 Special Reward
  • 3rd: #15 Asiago

John Thompson’s classy mare Sweet Deal ($10) reeled off some very smart sectionals to score an upset win in the 2020 The Hunter results continuing her nice record at the Newcastle track.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 SWEET DEAL John Thompson Nash Rawiller 4 56kg $10
2 4 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Aaron Bullock 1.04L 2 57.5kg $13
3 15 ASIAGO James Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 2.05L 13 52kg $9.50
4 5 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 2.71L 3 56.5kg $31
5 14 EVALINA Kris Lees Robbie Dolan 3.98L 5 52kg $21
6 2 GAULOIS James Cummings Joshua Parr 4.32L 8 57.5kg $41
7 8 FIESTA Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4.84L 15 55.5kg $7.50
8 3 RANIER James Cummings Jason Collett 4.85L 6 57.5kg $6F
9 1 TRUMBULL (NZ) Kim Waugh Tommy Berry 5.65L 10 58kg $7
10 10 CUBA John Thompson Ms Rachel King 6.69L 14 55kg $16
11 12 BRAVE SONG Peter & Paul Snowden Regan Bayliss 6.98L 11 54.5kg $41
12 11 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Jeff Penza 7.14L 1 55kg $11
13 7 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees James McDonald 8.71L 7 56kg $8.50
14 13 EL DORADO DREAMING Kris Lees Tim Clark 12.34L 9 54kg $61
15 9 REDOUBLE Mitchell Beer Tom Sherry (a) 21.93L 12 55.5kg $26
18e INANUP Jarrod Austin Brock Ryan (a) 0
19e ROYAL CELEBRATION Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton 0
16e SAMBRO Chris Waller Jay Ford 0
17e GLENALL John Ramsey Robert Thompson 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

The Hunter Info

  • Date: Saturday November 14, 2020
  • 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.

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.

2020 The Hunter Odds

The spring’s top The Hunter 2020 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 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.

2020 The Hunter Field

The official The Hunter 2020 Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday of race week and will be listed below once final acceptances close.

The 2020 The Hunter final field features a capacity line-up and it is the flying Fiesta drawn the extreme outside barrier as Chris Waller’s quality mare chases her third win on the trot. Last start Sydney Stakes winner Trumbull carries the top weight and is favourite to salute for the punters.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 09243216×1 TRUMBULL (NZ) Kim Waugh Tommy Berry 13 58kg 105
2 3153521×96 GAULOIS James Cummings Joshua Parr 10 57.5kg 104
3 210x115x34 RANIER James Cummings Jason Collett 8 57.5kg 104
4 6x211x3450 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Aaron Bullock 4 57.5kg 104
5 84170×8568 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 5 56.5kg 102
6 x1255x1994 SWEET DEAL John Thompson Nash Rawiller 6 56kg 105
7 10x040x360 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees James McDonald 9 56kg 101
8 0x2092x311 FIESTA Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 18 55.5kg 104
9 0327x384x2 REDOUBLE Mitchell Beer Tom Sherry (a) 15 55.5kg 100
10 x68109x261 CUBA John Thompson Ms Rachel King 17 55kg 99
11 5×08014673 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Jeff Penza 1 55kg 99
12 880x9929x6 BRAVE SONG Peter & Paul Snowden Regan Bayliss 14 54.5kg 98
13 2x7350x99x EL DORADO DREAMING Kris Lees Tim Clark 12 54kg 101
14 71376×7457 EVALINA Kris Lees Robbie Dolan 7 52kg 95
15 31679×1795 ASIAGO James Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 16 52kg 94
16e 36x832672x SAMBRO Chris Waller Jay Ford 3 52.5kg 94
17e 50×3466068 GLENALL John Ramsey Robert Thompson 2 54kg 92
18e 125x2119x4 INANUP Jarrod Austin Brock Ryan (a) 11 52kg 91
19e x7432115x3 ROYAL CELEBRATION Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton 19 54kg 90

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 The Hunter Nominations

Early The Hunter 2020 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 2020 The Hunter nominations feature 28 hopefuls including the defending champion Savatiano coming off a Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes victory.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 12766×1801 SAVATIANO M 6 James Cummings 1 59kg 59kg 111
2 1602×29010 FLIT M 4 James Cummings 2 57.5kg 57.5kg 108
3 09243216×1 TRUMBULL (NZ) G 5 Kim Waugh 3= 58kg 58kg 105
4 x1255x1994 SWEET DEAL M 6 John Thompson 3= 56kg 56kg 105
5 3153521×96 GAULOIS G 6 James Cummings 5= 57.5kg 57.5kg 104
6 210x115x34 RANIER G 5 James Cummings 5= 57.5kg 57.5kg 104
7 6x211x3450 SPECIAL REWARD G 5 Kris Lees 5= 57.5kg 57.5kg 104
8 0x2092x311 FIESTA M 5 Chris Waller 5= 55.5kg 55.5kg 104
9 84170×8568 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 7 Kris Lees 9 56.5kg 56.5kg 102
10 10x040x360 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 10= 56kg 56kg 101
11 2x7350x99x EL DORADO DREAMING M 5 Kris Lees 10= 54kg 54kg 101
12 0327x384x2 REDOUBLE G 7 Mitchell Beer 12 55.5kg 55.5kg 100
13 x68109x261 CUBA G 6 John Thompson 13= 55kg 55kg 99
14 5×08014673 SIGNORE FOX H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 13= 55kg 55kg 99
15 880x9929x6 BRAVE SONG G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 15 54.5kg 54.5kg 98
16 71376×7457 EVALINA M 5 Kris Lees 16 54kg 51kg 95
17 x1334x09x5 ALL TOO ROYAL G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 17= 54kg 52.5kg 94
18 31679×1795 ASIAGO M 4 James Cummings 17= 54kg 50.5kg 94
19 36x832672x SAMBRO G 6 Chris Waller 17= 54kg 52.5kg 94
20 50×3466068 GLENALL G 7 John Ramsey 20 54kg 51.5kg 92
21 125x2119x4 INANUP G 7 Jarrod Austin 21 54kg 51kg 91
22 x7432115x3 ROYAL CELEBRATION H 5 Ron Quinton 22 54kg 50.5kg 90
23 x3231x573x ELEVEN ELEVEN G 4 Gregory Hickman 23 54kg 49kg 87
24 51221070×2 ASHARANI M 5 Kris Lees 24= 54kg 46.5kg 86
25 x5433121x3 THROUGH THE CRACKS G 6 Angela Davies 24= 54kg 48.5kg 86
26 x623826365 SPENCER G 6 Bjorn Baker 26 54kg 46.5kg 82
27 121115x1x5 TWO BIG FARI G 5 Todd Howlett 27 54kg 45.5kg 80
28 4535×46251 GENERAL SOHO G 5 Paul Perry 28 54kg 41kg 71

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.

2020 The Hunter Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ The Hunter 2020 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.

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.

2020 The Hunter Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Hunter 2020 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
2020 Sweet Deal Special Reward Asiago 1:16.83
2019 Savatiano Tactical Advantage Bon Amis 1:15.76(R)