Summer Cup News

The bookies are having a hard time separating the chances of the top three hopes in a small seven-starter field for the Summer Cup 2015 this Saturday at the Boxing Day races in Sydney. Royal Randwick Racecourse is host to nine races on December 26 headlined by the $125,000 Group…


Summer Cup

The 2017 Summer Cup is the second feature Group race held in Sydney during the summer racing season and is a quality Group 3 event conducted at the Royal Randwick Racecourse.

The 2017 Summer Cup will be held on December 25th.Summer Cup

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The first major summer race in Sydney is the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) and the Group 3 Summer Cup is conducted two weekends later on Boxing Day, December 26 each year.

A 2000m gallop, the Summer Cup is run under open handicap conditions for horses aged three years and older. There is $125,000 in prize money on offer for the top-class field of local, and sometimes interstate, stayers the race attracts.

The Summer Cup is the feature race on a day that incorporates no other black-type events. Even so, the Summer Cup garners considerable attention from the racing community and punters alike.

Summer Cup History

The Summer Cup was first held in 1890 when Stockwell claimed victory and was run over 13 furlongs (around 2600m).

In 1953 the race distance was shortened to 12 furlongs and then in 1972 the length was converted to the metric measurement of 2400m.

Originally a Principal race, the Summer Cup was elevated to its current Group 3 status in 1979.

There have been quite a few notable Summer Cup winners, including Rising Prince (1984), Super Impose (1988), Catalan Prince (1995), This Manshood (2004) and I’m Imposing (2013).

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Winter Stakes

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

WFA

Group 1

BTC Cup

(1200m)

Doomben

$400,000

WFA

Group 1

The Goodwood

(1200m)

Morphettville

$350,000

SWP

Group 1

Doomben Cup

(2020m)

Doomben

$500,000

3YO & Up WFA

Group 1

Queensland Oaks

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$400,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Queensland Derby

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

3YO SW

Summer Cup Betting

When it comes to betting on the Summer Cup, punters should keep an eye on runners that have contested earlier Sydney races run over a distance of 1600m ā€“ 2400m.

Good lead up races to the Summer Cup include the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m), where 2009 Summer Cup third placegetter Rockwood came via, the Listed Christmas Cup (2400m) held at Rosehill in early December and even the Listed Canberra Cup (2000m) in late November.

The Listed ATC Cup (2000m) at Rosehill towards the end of November also provides an opportunity for horses to ready themselves for the Summer Cup.

It is also important to note that favourites have often failed to win the Summer Cup with Scouting Wide ($3.50) finishing second last in 2009, and 2008 Summer Cup favourite Rainbow Styling ($2.70) coming in fourth.

The best Summer Cup betting tip is to place your wagers at an online bookmaker such as Ladbrokes.com.au or bookmaker.com.au who offer the convenience of betting from home with better odds and options than at the TAB.