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New Zealand Trotting Cup

Group I race
Location Addington Raceway
Christchurch, New Zealand
Inaugurated 1904
Race type Standardbred - Flat racing
Website Addington Raceway
Race information
Distance 3200m (2 miles)
Track Oval dirt, Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Purse NZ $1,000,000

The New Zealand Trotting Cup or New Zealand Cup is a Group I harness race held annually by the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club at Addington Raceway in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is considered the country's most prestigious harness racing event. The race is currently worth $1 million and is the richest aged pacing event in the world. [1]

It is held during Show Week on the second Tuesday in November, three days before the Show Day public holiday. The New Zealand Free For All is held on Show Day. The public holiday in Christchurch is the observance of the Canterbury Anniversary Holiday (16 December in reality). The race meeting, along with the New Zealand Cup for thoroughbreds and greyhounds, forms part of Canterbury's carnival week, along with the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Show. Until 1999, the A&P show was held at showgrounds adjacent to Addington Raceway. The New Zealand Trotting cup is considered as Canterbury's biggest day on its social calendar. Most flock to Addington for the glitz and glamour of the event.


Cup history

The cup has been won by three times by two horses, Indianapolis and False Step. False Step later went to the United States where he beat the acknowledged American champion of the time, Adios Butler. [2] A number of horses have won the race twice including Harold Logan and Highland Fling who both won their second cups off the very large handicap of 60 yards.

In 2007 a crowd of 25,000 people packed the race track. This Tuesday is also known for having remarkable weather, it had not rained at the New Zealand Trotting Cup since 1962, the year that mudlark Lordship beat the hot favorite Cardigan Bay. [3] It did rain in 2007, but only after the New Zealand Trotting Cup had already been run.

Cardigan Bay, the beaten favorite in 1962, did eventually win the race the next year in 1963, and also won the Inter Dominion in Australia in 1963. Cardigan Bay, in association with New Jersey master reinsman Stanley Dancer went on to become the first million dollar winner in the sport's history.

The 2008 running of the race was won by Changeover, driven by David Butcher and trained by Geoff Small, in race/world record time (1.58.8 mile rate). The race was delayed by over 6 minutes due to fractious horses and a damaged wheel to one of the favoured runners. After being slow away, Butcher moved forward to lead, and soon after took a trail behind one of the other favourites, Baileys Dream. In an exciting finish, Butcher used the passing lane to pass Baileys Dream, with Report for Duty third for Anthony Butt (who was trying for 3 wins in a row in the NZ Cup). It was another dream result for the ATC Trotting Syndicate, who own the horse. The last horse home, favoured runner Monkey King, was credited with a time of 3.58.7, which was fast enough to have won every NZ Cup, except the 2007 running, won by Flashing Red.


Most wins:

Most wins by a driver:

  • 6 - C C Devine (1951, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1979)
  • 4 - J Bryce (1916, 1925, 1926, 1933)
  • 4 - Ricky May (1989, 1997, 2005, 2009)
  • 4 - Todd Michell (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004)

Winners list

NEW ZEALAND TROTTING CUP (Handicap Race, 3200m, $1,200,000) Run annually in November at Addington Raceway







2009 Monkey King * UR Cavalla Bloodstock Limited Ricky May 3:57.3
2008 Changeover fr A.T.C. Trot 2006 Syndicate David Butcher 3:56.4
2007 Flashing Red 15 m Ravelyn Pty Ltd, Jenkscraft Pty Ltd Anthony Butt 3:57.8
2006 Flashing Red fr Ravelyn Pty Ltd, Jenkscraft Pty Ltd Anthony Butt 4:00.3
2005 Mainland Banner fr I D Dobson, S J Dobson, Lynne Umar Ricky May 4:04.0
2004 Just An Excuse * 10 m O Haines, Mrs I K Haines Todd Mitchell 4:01.2
2003 Just An Excuse fr O Haines, Mrs I K Haines Todd Mitchell 4:05.7
2002 Gracious Knight fr Happy Valley Syndicate Todd Mitchell 4:05.1
2001 Kym's Girl fr G J Trist, D B Miller, W G Marra Colin De Filippi 4:05.4
2000 Yulestar 10 m Mrs J L Nolan, R P Nolan Tony Shaw 3:59.1
1999 Homin Hosed fr Mrs M A Macey, B L Macey Todd Mitchell 4:04.3
1998 Christian Cullen * fr I D Dobson, Mrs D A Dobson, B A O'Meara Danny Campbell 4:00.4
1997 Iraklis fr R M Cameron, Kypros Kotzikas Ricky May 4:00.9
1996 Il Vicolo 10 m J H Seaton, M Purdon Mark Purdon 4:02.3
1995 Il Vicolo * fr J H Seaton, M Purdon Mark Purdon 4:00.4
1994 Bee Bee Cee * fr C J Calvert, Mrs J M Calvert Jim Curtin 4:01.5
1993 Chokin * fr Pacers Australia/M Joyce/J Loughnan/B De Boer Tony Herlihy 4:04.7
1992 Blossom Lady * fr Polly Syndicate Anthony Butt 4:05.0
1991 Christopher Vance * fr R R Reid, Lorna Reid Syndicate, Mrs J C Reid Tony Herlihy 4:05.3
1990 Neroship 10 m G J & Mrs. H J Webber, J W Langdon John Langdon 4:04.1
1989 Inky Lord Fr G M Saunders Ricky May 4:02.2
1988 Luxury Liner 10M R R Reid, Lorna Reid Synd, Mrs J C Reid Tony Herlihy 4:00.4
1987 Lightning Blue Fr N Conidi, A T Hunter, A Prochilo Jim O'Sullivan 4:05.1
1986 Master Mood * Fr K L & Mrs B A Williams, S F & F B Wong Kevin Williams 4:05.5
1985 Borana Fr J G Murray, Mrs D M Murray Peter Jones 4:11.1
1984 Camelot fr Dr H G Crofts R D Butt 4:06.4
1983 Steel Jaw fr S Everett & O Marr N J Lang 4:05.3
1982 Bonnie's Chance fr Mesdames K A Grice & V B McGarry R J Brosnan 4:09
1981 Armalight * fr H B Smith R H Negus 4:08.7
1980 Hands Down * fr W H & Mrs M F McAughtrie P N Jones 4:07.2
1979 Lord Module * fr C C Devine C C Devine 4:09
1978 Trusty Scot * fr A M & J H Hunter J H Hunter 4:12.8
1977 Sole Command fr B J & Mrs M I Walker & R C Purdon P T Wolfenden 4:11.4
1976 Stanley Rio fr W J Francis, G B & J B Noble J B Noble 4:11.5
1975 Lunar Chance fr K N Lawlor K N Lawlor 4:08.6
1974 Robalan * fr A T Devery, P N Hope & D D Nyhan D D Nyhan 4:09
1973 Arapaho fr L Forde J W Smolenski 4:08.6
1972 Globe Bay fr S J Wheatley J A Carmichael 4:11.6
1971 True Averil fr C L Rhodes D J Townley 4:11
1970 James fr J A Donaldson P T Wolfenden 4:11.2
1969 Spry * fr Mrs & C A Winter P G O'Reilly 4.15.2
1968 Humphrey 6 yds Mrs & W E Lowe W E Lowe 4.16
1967 Great Adios fr Mrs P M Norton R P Norton 4.10.4
1966 Lordship 42 yds Mrs D G Nyhan D D Nyhan 4.19
1965 Garry Dillon fr E B S Grey & J H Shaw P T Wolfenden 4.22.4
1964 Cairnbrae fr W E Lowe C S Donald 4.12.6
1963 Cardigan Bay * 54 yds Mrs A D Deans P T Wolfenden 4.11.2
1962 Lordship * fr Mrs D G Nyhan D D Nyhan 4.24
1961 Invicta fr L Duff S D Edge 4.14.4
1960 False Step * 48 yds J Smyth C C Devine 4.09
1959 False Step 24 yds J Smyth C C Devine 4.12.8
1958 False Step fr J Smyth C C Devine 4.18.6
1957 Lookaway * fr C L Rhodes M F Holmes 4.14.8
1956 Thunder fr E & Est G L Rutherford C C Devine 4.21.8
1955 Our Roger 12 yds W A Newton D C Watts 4.12.2
1954 Johnny Globe * 48 yds D G Nyhan D G Nyhan 4.07.6
1953 Adorian 12 yds F G Holmes F G Holmes 4.13.8
1952 Mobile Globe 12 yds J Findlay & C Smith N L Berkett 4.26.4
1951 Van Dieman fr C C Devine C C Devine 4.19.8
1950 Chamfer fr D McFarlane M F Holmes 4.17
1949 Loyal Nurse 36 yds T S Harrison C R Berkett 4.12.2
1948 Highland Fling * 60 yds A T Kemble L F Berkett 4.10.6
1947 Highland Fling 12 yds A T Kemble C R Berkett 4.18.4
1946 Integrity 12 yds V Leeming D C Watts 4.21.4
1945 Gold Bar fr A B Holmes A B Holmes 4.16.2
1944 Bronze Eagle 24 yds W J Suttie G B Noble 4.27.8
1943 Haughty 36 yds B Grice O E Hooper 4.13.6
1942 Haughty fr B Grice O E Hooper 4.13.8
1941 Josedale Grattan * fr M G Pezaro & E G Bridgens F J Smith 4.15
1940 Marlene fr C S Donald R Donald 4.18.6
1939 Lucky Jack 24 yds W T Lowe R B Berry 4.16.2
1938 Morello fr A J Lawrence M C McTigue 4.19.8
1937 Lucky Jack fr W T Lowe R B Berry 4.21.4
1936 Indianapolis 48 yds G J Barton J Fraser jnr 4.30.6
1935 Indianapolis * 48 yds G J Barton J Fraser jnr 4.44
1934 Indianapolis 12 yds G J Barton E C McDermott 4.15.8
1933 Red Shadow * 24 yds Mrs M Harrall J Bryce 4.24.2
1932 Harold Logan * 60 yds Miss E Hinds A B Holmes 4.16.4
1931 Harold Logan * 48 yds Miss E Hinds R J Humphreys 4.18.4
1930 Wrackler 12 yds H F Nicoll M F Holmes 4.24.2
1929 Peter Bingen 36 yds W Johnstone J J Kennerley 4.18.8
1928 Peter Bingen * 12 yds J J Kennerley J J Kennerley 4.22.2
1927 Kohara 24 yds J L Webb A Bryce 4.46.6
1926 Ahuriri 24 yds R M Morten J Bryce 4.25
1925 Ahuriri 12 yds R M Morten J Bryce 4.28.2
1924 Sheik 36 yds P Riddle P Riddle 4.25.8
1923 Great Hope 12 yds J Trengrove J Bryce jnr 4.31.4
1922 Agathos 12 yds C Shanning A Butterfield 4.33.4
1921 Reta Peter (T) 7 secs F H Robson A G Wilson 4.29
1920 Reta Peter (T) 9 secs F H Robson A G Wilson 4.30.4
1919 Trix Pointer 6 secs W H Norton F Holmes 4.30
1918 Author Dillon * 3 secs B Jarden B Jarden 4.26.4
1917 Adelaide Direct 7 secs M E Edwards M E Edwards 4.27.8
1916 Cathedral Chimes 36 yds J B Thomson J Bryce 4.31.2
1915 Country Belle scr W J Morland A Hendricksen 4.35.6
1914 Win Soon 6 secs Mr. Stevenson, Mr. McMath A Pringle 4.31
1913 Ravenschild 6 secs J McCutcheon N L Price 4.35.4
1912 Albert H 8 secs M Maher A Hendricksen 4.48.8
1911 Lady Clare 4 secs W F Clinton J Brankin 4.38
1910 Wildwood Junior scr W Kerr W Kerr 4.33
1909 Wildwood Junior 5 secs W Kerr W Kerr 4.39
1908 Durbar scr H F Nicoll A Pringle 4.36
1907 Marian 9 secs S E Tasker J Tasker 5.16.4
1906 Belmont M 4 secs J Mills A G Milsom 4.46
1905 Birchmark 7 secs Allendale Stock Farm Co. D J Price 5.17.6
1904 Monte Carlo (T) 7 secs T Yarr B Edwards 4.44.4

(*) means won the New Zealand Free For All same year.

See also

Reference list

  1. Peters, Hon. Winston, Minister of racing (2008-08-08). "Big stakes boost for feature harness races". New Zealand Government. http://feeds.beehive.govt.nz/release/big+stakes+boost+feature+harness+races. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  2. A.H. McLintock (editor) (1966). "New Zealand Horses in America". An Encyclopedia of New Zealand. http://www.teara.govt.nz/1966/R/RacingTrotting/NewZealandHorsesInAmerica/en. 
  3. Addington Raceway timeline, 1962

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