The annual Wagga Wagga Gold Cup is one of the most eagerly anticipated races in the Riverina, and the Carnival itself is the pinnacle of racing in the Riverina region. Run in early May each year, the Wagga Cup draws considerable numbers of spectators from Wagga itself and surrounding towns. The feature race of the day, the Wagga Cup is the most important event on the Wagga Wagga racing calendar.
Raced over 2000m under handicap conditions, the Wagga Cup is renowned as a true test of staying power. Completing almost a full circuit of the triangular track, the final straight at Wagga racecourse is always impressive to watch with any field. The Wagga Cup, however, attracts some top-class horses, so the final race down the straight is especially exciting.
The Gold Cup Racing Carnival
The Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Racing Carnival is a prestigious horse racing event, attracting a top field of horses. The spectators, too, are drawn to the various events that are part and parcel of the occasion, including the ‘fashions on the field’ competition. It is one of the region’s largest events.
On course marquees and hospitality, as well as great racing an entertainment promises a memorable racing adventure. The XXXX Gold Town Plate Day is on Thursday and offers eight races.
The Wagga Wagga Cup is on the Friday and includes the listed Wagga Gold Cup over 2000 metres.
Horses that compete in the Wagga Cup often go on to try their luck in races at Morphettville and other smaller, local events. With the exception of a few big days at Morphettville, the Wagga Cup is essentially the culmination of autumn racing in the southern half of the country. Attention then turns north to Queensland for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
History of the Wagga Cup
The Wagga Cup had its inaugural run in 1873, when Mountaineer took the title. The first race was run over 3218 metres, a distance that was only reduced to 2414 metres in 1887. Since then, the race has changed distance several times, usually downwards, maintaining a distance of 2011.7m between 1910 and 1973, when it changed to a flat 2000 metres. It has remained that length ever since.
Unlike many other races, the Wagga Cup continued to run during the World War II years. It was abandoned by the Murrumbidgee Turf Club in 1942, so the Wagga Diggers Race Club ran the race that year.
Traditions of the Wagga Cup
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