Grand National Racing Festival of Racing
Everything is shaping up for a great week
The 2019 renewal of the Grand National Festival of Racing takes place at Riccarton Park Racecourse on Saturday 3 August, Wednesday 7 August and Saturday 10 August 2019.
Cutts Brush is set and ready for two sterling steeplechase contests. The final days Racecourse Hotel sponsored 145th running of the Grand National Steeplechase is preceded by the important lead-up on the first day the Yesberg Insurance Services Koral Steeplechase. There is no re-handicap for the winner of the race on the first day. (see image)
The feature jumping race on the middle day is the 130th running of the Grand National Hurdles sponsored by long time partner Hospitality New Zealand Canterbury branch. The race this year provides an opportunity to earn points towards a start in the 2019 Jericho Cup. Run for a stake of A$300,000 the Jericho Cup is to be run at Warrnambool Racecourse on Sunday 1 December 2019 over the distance of 4600 metres. The first three New Zealand and/or Australian bred horses across the line after the 4200 metres of the Hospitality New Zealand Canterbury Grand National Hurdles will be awarded qualifying points on a 3-2-1 basis.
In keeping with the intent of the Festival providing an opportunity for every racing option the Amateur Riders compete in what has become a Festival feature on the middle day the Nautical Boat Insurance Grand National Amateur Championship. Along with the Challenge Trophy the sponsor provides a memento for competing riders.
ENTRIES FOR THE 2019 WINNING EDGE PRESENTATIONS 122nd WINTER CUP
Twenty-seven horses remain in contention for the Winning Edge Presentations 122nd Winter Cup over the 1600 metres distance as at Thursday 25 July 2019.
This number included two late entries ROSEWOOD the $4 favourite and Trudeau an $18 chance who is also vying to win a $60,000 bonus having won the Crombie & Price Oamaru Cup on Tuesday.
Six of last years contenders are looking to return and improve their record in the race – SHE’S POPPY second in 2018, DEZ third, probable topweight WHO DARES WINS who finished fifth last year, FLYING SARDINE eighth, ELFEE ran 10th last year after running sixth in 2017 and RED SIERRA the current second favourite at $6 finished twelfth in 2018.
Final withdrawals close on Wednesday 31 July 2019.
WINNING EDGE PRESENTATIONS WINTER CUP
122nd running to be held on Saturday 3 August 2019
“The history behind New Zealand’s paramount winter Metric Mile.”
Two horses have won the Winter Cup on three occasions:
- CATALOGUE: 1937, 1938 & 1939
- RONGONUI: 1988, 1989 & 1990
A further six horses have been dual winners:
- BASHFUL LADY: 1942 & 1943
- CHEYENNE: 1958 & 1960
- JULIUS CAESAR: 1948 & 1949
- ROYAL WARRANT: 1955 & 1956
- SONERI: 1946 & 1947
- KARLA BRUNI: 2013 & 2014
Five-year-olds have the best record in the 121 years of the race with 34 wins followed by; 6yo’s 30 wins, 4yo’s 27 wins and 7yo’s 18 wins.
8yo’s have 8 wins, the first being KREMLIN in 1905 followed by CATALOGUE in 1938 then LORD MONTY 2007, SHAMROCK STAR 2008, TAKING THE MICKEY 2009 and PROPEL in 2010.
9yo’s; 3 wins (CATALOGUE 1939, DIAMOND PAL 1977 and NASHVILLE last year, 2017).
10yo; 1 win (MOUNT BOA 1933).
Geldings have the greatest success rate with 79 wins followed by Mares with 25 wins and Entires with 16 wins. One (1) Rig, KAUERE LAD in 1975, has won the Winter Cup.
In terms of colour Bay, as would be expected, dominates with 47 wins followed by Chestnuts with 34 wins and Brown 27 wins. Bay or Brown 1 win, Black 4 wins, Grey 7 wins and Roan 1 win.
Hall of Fame jockey Bill Broughton holds the record for the most riding wins with five; CATALOGUE 1937, GOLDEN CORONACH 1953, LADY TINKLE 1940, SONERI 1946 & 1947.
Arthur Oliver PENATES 1908, NORTH EAST 1909 & NYLAND 1910; Bert Ellis SOLFERITE 1927, TOXEUMA 1930 & FAST PASSAGE 1932; Keith Nuttall JULIUS CAESAR 1948, 1949 & JOLLY SAILOR 1951; Bill Skelton FAIRASSAN 1961, LEI 1963 & TRITON 1971; Brian Hibberd on RONGONUI on three successive years 1988 1989 & 1990; Russell McAra DANDYMAN 1974, CORRIGAN LAD 1993 and AMORE MIA 1996 all recorded three riding victories.
TRAINERS (since 1925)
Awapuni’s Mark Oulaghan is the ‘most winning’ trainer in Winter Cup history having prepared four winners; AMORE MIA 1996, JOLLY RODGER 2000, SHAMROCK STAR 2008 and PROPEL 2010.
Six trainers have saddled three winners:
- Lisa Latta; Lisa became the most recent winning with PLATINUM COMMAND in 2018 after having prepared MIKKI STREET in 2006 and TUSCANY WARRIOR in 2003.
- Warren Collett; RONGONUI 1988. 1989, 1990.
- Syd Brown; GOLDEN CORONACH 1951, FREE PASS 1968, TRITON 1971.
- ‘Granny’ McDonald; CATALOGUE 1937, 1938, 1939.
- Fred Pratt; EPRIS 1935, FAIRASSAN 1961, MUKUPAI 1966.
- Clarrie McCarthy; JOLLY SAILOR 1951, JULIUS CAESAR 1948 & 1949.
Surprisingly track conditions described as Good are the most prevalent over history with 46 running’s followed by Heavy on 34 occasions and Slow on 23. Dead 15 times and Fast 3 round out the options.
Fasted time: 1:34.79 by TROUNCED in 1998.
Slowest time: 1:50.08 by ROYAL WARRANT in 1955.
The biggest winning margin recorded is 13 lengths by RAGHAM in 1973 with the second biggest being 10½ lengths by LORD MONTY in 2007.
KING STAR in 1917 and JOLLY SAILOR in 1951 hold the record for defeating the largest fields of 29 runners whilst the smallest fields of 13 were when FIRST LOOK 1995, RONGONUI 1990, LORD REGENT 1992 and SUPERTURF 2011 won their Winter Cup.
DIVIDEND (Dollars and cents only)
The smallest win dividend of $1.60 was paid on TRITON in 1971 with the largest being $97.30 paid on Diamond Pal in 1977.
FAVOURITISM (Since 1933)
In the 82 running’s of the Winter Cup since favouritism was recorded the win favourite has won on 15 occasions and the 2nd favourite on 12 occasions. The 3rd favourite has won 11 times and the 4th favourite 7 times.
The longest winner in the market was PRINCESS DOREEN in 1934 who stated 22/24 in the betting.
The biggest weight carried to victory since the introduction of metrics was 62.5kg by SHIFNAL CHIEF in 1976. The second highest weight carried has been 60kg which NASHVILLE Carried last year 2017 followed by 56.5kg by both TANGARAKAU 1997 and ROBYN’S AFFAIR 1991. Incredibly SHIFNAL CHIEF did not carry the number 1 saddlecloth; SHOW GATE was handicapped at 63kg but did not run. The lowest weight was the 49.5kg allotted to AMORE MIA in 1996 and 50kg carried by DIAMOND PAL in 1997.
Under Imperial measures TOXEUMA in 1930 carried 11 stone 5 pounds (73kg) but it appears that the minimum was 9 stone or 57kg in that era. 11 stone 4 pounds (72.4) was carried by SONERI in 1947 when the minimum had dropped to 8 stone (approximately 51kg). The lowest imperial weight recorded as being carried to victory was 7.8 (49.5kg) by GILLIN in 1964.
TOTE NUMBER (Since 1962)
1 4 wins
2 6 wins
3 2 wins
4 4 wins
5 4 wins
6 5 wins
7 2 wins
8 2 wins
9 3 wins
10 6 wins
11 Never won
12 2 wins
13 6 wins
14 1 win
15 4 wins
16 1 win
17 Never won
18 2 wins
19 1 win
20 2 wins
Thursday 25 July 2019
BARRIER DRAW (Since 1965)
1 3 wins
2 3 wins
3 6 wins
4 3 wins
5 2 wins
6 3 wins
7 2 wins
8 3 wins
9 1 wins
10 2 wins
11 6 wins
12 3 wins
13 4 wins
14 2 wins
15 4 wins