Wellington Cup Winners

WINNERS OF THE WELLINGTON CUP

The History of the Wellington Cup

Every major Thoroughbred Racing Club must arrange the classic racing events over varying distances to provide racing competition for sprinters, middle distance and stayer racing.
The Wellington Jockey Club came into being and held its first race meeting in 1867 at Hutt Park and at that meeting the Wellington Cup became news for the first time. In April of 1868 the meeting was attended by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh of that time. It was extremely well attended but in those days with no cars or trains the only way to get there was by horse or a horse drawn carriage. Although not run under the "Wellington Racing Club" name until the change from the "Wellington Provincial Jockey Club" in 1879, the next Cup was held in 1874 and the 2 mile event was from then run annually at Hutt Park till 1906 when it was transferred to its new home Trentham where it has been an annual event up to the present day including the years during the 1st & 2nd world wars.

The distance for the race was set at 2 miles (3200m) and has for the majority of years been at that distance except from 1890 to 1941 the distance was set at a mile and a half (2400m). Since 2009 the distance has again been 2400m.

In 1892 the President, Mr H. D. Bell and his committee decided that their best race, the classic 2 mile Wellington Cup should have a high quality Cup trophy and they arranged to have five Cups made in England by a leading silversmith & goldsmith of the time, M/s Mappin & Webb. This company has been a silversmith & silver manufacturer from 1774, has held a royal warrant 115 years and today is silversmith to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The club is in possession of one of these magnificent trophies the 1894 Cup which was won by Mr. Thomas Sheenan’s 4 year old chestnut horse “ Vogengang” carrying 7stone 10lb and ridden by the jockey Derrent in the time of 2:41 for the 2400 metre distance. This trophy is one of the most elegant Cups possible to view made in the Victorian era. It is crafted in sterling silver and has a silver horse and jockey mounted on the Cup lid. To have the manufactured trophy today in sterling silver would cost in excess of $120,000.00 NZD. These Cups were discontinued in 1902 and the manufacture of the trophy returned to New Zealand and trophies over the years have taken on differing shapes and sizes. In the 1970s and 80s the Cup was handcrafted by experienced silversmiths at Walker & Hall. These were all handmade in sterling silver and gold plated. Many of these Cups are held by the families of winning owners.

The committee under President Rod Preston came to the decision that the Cup, whilst well made needed to be upgraded to compete with other trophy’s promoting other popular 3200 metre staying events. They decided that the main Cup for the owner should be supported by two smaller Cups presented to the trainer and jockey of the winning horse. After an examination of goldsmith and silversmith handcraft manufacturers available in New Zealand a contract was awarded to “The Village Goldsmith” of Wellington. They took the elegant 1894 Cup as a model and requested it be copied to 50% of the original size, a vase style with attached gold leaves and gold handles. The excellent profile they produced was manufactured by a master craftsman on their staff, Mr Dan Palmer.This continued until 2011 when a new manufacturer commenced supply of the Wellington Cup along with miniatures for the winning trainer and jockey. 
The beautiful trophies have were well received by all winning connections. Sir Patrick Hogan of Cambridge Stud won the Wellington Cup in 2001 with Smiling Like and he has stated that of all the many trophies he has been fortunate to win the most magnificent trophy is the Wellington Cup.

The Wellington Cup returned to a 3200m format in 2016.

 

Sponsors of the Wellington Cup

Up to 1981 Wellington Cup
1982 – 1984 Wrightson Wellington Cup
1985 – 1986 Evening Post Wellington Cup
1987 – 1999 Foster’s Wellington Cup
2000 - 2004 Lion Brown Wellington Cup
2005 - 2006 Dulux NZ
2007 - 2011 Century City Developments
2012 - 2013 Pacific Jewellers
2014 - 2015 Platinum Homes
2016 - 2018 Wallaceville Estate

2019 - 2020 NZ Campus of Innovation & Sport Wellington Cup

Triple Wellington Cup winners

1890, 1891, 1892 Cynisca
1961, 1962, 1963 Great Sensation
1991, 1992, 1994 Castletown

Most Successful Jockeys

Derrett        1880, 1881, 1885, 1892, 1894, 1898
Roy Reed    1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1928, 1932
(Tragically died after a race fall during the Presidents Handicap at Trentham.17 March 1936) 
R J Skelton  1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1969 

WELLINGTON CUP (Open)

The first two runnings of the Cup were unofficial events run under the first Wellington Jockey Club and not recognised by the NZ Turf Register. The first running under the "Wellington Racing Club" was run in 1879.

Year

Horse

Owner(s)

Jockey

Time

Trainer

1867

Policy

 

 

 

 

1868

Numa

 

 

 

 

From 1874 to 1889 distance was two miles.  

1874

Castaway

R Campbell

J Cotton

4.05

 

1875

Tambourini

D O'Brien

O'Brien

4.05

 

1876

Korari

H Redwood

Lyford

3.57.00

 

1877

Guy Fawkes

H Redwood

Lyford

3.52.00

 

1878

Lara

F Boulton

Campbell

3.44.2

 

1879

Maritana

R Ray

Ray

3.48.2

 

1880

Foul Play

A Robinson

Derrett

3.37.25

 

1881

Natador

W Robinson

Derrett

3.38.00

 

1882

Hilda

G Bates

Thompson

3.45.00

 

1883

Mischief

P Martin

Wattie

3.41.5

 

1884

The Poet

G Bates

Wratford

3.48.5

 

1885

Tasman

D O'Brien

Derrett

3.38.00

 

1886

Nelson

FN George

Brown

3.38.00

 

1887

Pasha

TH Hill

Clifford

3.36.75

 

1888

Beresford

GG Stead

Huxtable

3.37.75

 

1889

Dudu

E Cutts

Brown

3.37.00

 

From 1890 to 1941 distance was a mile and a half. 

1890

Cynisca

G Hunter

Sweeney

2.39.5

 

1891

Cynisca

G Hunter

Lindsay

2.40.00

 

1892

Cynisca

G Hunter

Derrett

2.43.00

 

1893

Retina

F Martin

Ross

2.40.00

 

1894

Vogengang

T Sheenan

Derrett

2.41.00

 

1895

Mahaki

H Te Kan i Pere

T Taylor

2.39.00

 

1896

Brooklet

W Douglas

D Watt

2.36.50

 

1897

Strath Braan

WJ Jorgensen

F Kingan

2.39.00

 

1898

Uniform

GG Stead

Derrett

2.37.8

 

1899

Daunt

Hon. JE Ormond

F Davis

2.37.00

 

1900

Djin Djin

E Cutts

J Pine

2.38.00

 

1901

Renown

Hon. JD Ormond

F Davis

2.35.40

 

1902

St. Michael

GG Stead

LH Hewitt

2.38.20

 

1903

Advance

D Gordon

C Jenkins

2.34.20

 

1904 D/H

Gladsome* * 

JB Reid

FD Jones

2.33.4

 

(Subsequently disqualified for being ridden by an apprentice unlicensed to ride)

 

1904 D/H

Convoy

W Young

C Jenkins

 

1905

Nightfall

GG Stead

LH Hewitt

2.35.00

 

1906

Ropa

D Ross

S Reid

2.33.00

 

1907

Achilles

J Monk

C Jenkins

2.35.00

 

1908

Moloch

G Cork

L Wilson

2.33.8

 

1909

Blue Ribbon

F Dorset

E Lowe

2.35.00

 

1910

Crucinella

WF McBeth

W Ryan

2.34.2

 

1911

Miss Mischief

GD Greenwood

H Gray

2.34.4

 

1912

Undecided

W Smart

L Wilson

2.35.8

 

1913

Sir Solo

F Dorset

E Lowe

2.35.6

 

1914

Kilrain

EV Riddiford

H Gray

2.32.4

 

1915

Pavlova

Mr Marton

H Young

2.32.0

 

1916

Bee

HG Taylor

A Reed

2.31.6

 

1917

Bunting

EJ Watt

A Reed

2.31.6

 

1918

Nobleman

WJ Phillips

H Young

2.35.6

 

1919 D/H

Red Ribbon

F Dorset

B Deeley

2.33.6

 

1919 D/H

Rewi Poto

W Raleigh

R Reed

 

1920 D/H

Kilmoon

GL Stead

R Reed

2.35.00

 

1920 D/H

F Preston

Oratress

M McCarten

 

1921

Maioha

Est Late WJ Douglas

R Reed

2.31.0

 

1922

Insurrection

JW Lowe

HN Wiggins

2.31.0

 

1923

Rapine

A B Williams

R Reed

2.31.8

 

1924

Loughrea

LC Hazlett

AE Ellis

2.32.0

 

1925

Surveyor

J Paterson

J O'Shea

2.34.0

 

1926

Enthusiasm

TA Duncan

M McCarten

2.31.0

 

1927

Rapier

GG Holmes

W Brown

2.32.25

 

1928

Star Stranger

AB Williams

R Reed

2.31.0

 

1929

Vertigern

C Elgar

BH Morris

2.32.0

 

1930

Concentrate

RJ Murphy

BH Morris

2.34.25

 

1931

Stanchion

WE Bidwell

S Gerrand

2.37.5

 

1932

Compris

PF Campbell

R Reed

2.29.0

 

1933

Royal Artist

RT Reid

K Voitre

2.31.5

 

1934

Grand Jury

D Lourie

WJ Broughton

2.33.25

 

1935

Vintage

DW Westenra

AE Ellis

2.30.25

 

1936

Queen Of Song

PT Hogan

JW Jennings

2.30.5

 

1937

Ponty

E & N Rutherford

P Atkins

2.32.5

 

1938

Padishah

JA Hennah

P Atkins

2.31.0

 

1939

Defaulter

HD Greenwood

LJ Ellis

2.32.25

 

1940

Old Bill

HH Pharazyn

GR Tattersall

2.31.75

 

1941

Kindergarten

EN Fitzgerald

HN Wiggins

2.33.75

 

From 1942 - 2008 distance was two miles

1942

Happy Ending

JD McDougall

N Vaughan

3.42.75

 

1943

The Joker

JA Brown

A Messervy

3.23.0

 

1944

Don Quex

J & L McMillan

AG Waddell

3.22.5

 

1945

Lambourn

JT Bridgman

C McDonald

3.28.25

 

1946

Golden Souvenir

EN Fitzgerald

LJ Ellis

3.24.0

 

1947

Bruce

S Ramsay

WJ Broughton

3.25.25

 

1948

Spare Part

HO Batchelor

KR Ford

3.33.0

 

1949

Royal Tan

GA Lang

K Nuttall

3.23.75

 

1950

Beaumaris

JS Shaw

LJ Ellis

3.26.5

 

1951 D/H

Almora

Mrs GM Newland

AC Messervy

3.22.0

 

1951 D/H

Prawns

A Chisholms

WF Ellis

 

1952

Reformed

AJ Brown

EG Low

3.23.75

 

1953

Crimson King

J McNeill

MJ Jennings

3.22.0

 

1954

Golden Tan

GW Hartstone

J Garth

3.22.5

 Ashley Hamilton Christmas

1955

Golden Galleon

Sir Matthew Oram

LJ Hodren

3.22.5

 

1956

Fox Myth

Harry S Limmer (Owner trainer)

DJ Wyatt

3.21.25

 

1957

Sombrero

Mrs G Wall

WJ Broughton

3.21.0

 

1958

Yeman

H Korman & SN Sparks

RJ Jury

3.19.0

 

1959

Ark Royal

GJ Barton

RJ Skelton

3.20.25

 

1960

Jalna

HC Adams & PG Henwood

WA Smith

3.18.00

 

1961

Great Sensation

DW Brown

RJ Skelton

3.17.5

 

1962

Great Sensation

DW Brown

RJ Skelton

3.20.00

 

1963

Great Sensation

DW Brown

RJ Skelton

3.19.00

 

1964

Gay Filou

DD Fea & Reece Smith

GF Hughes

3.21.25

 

1965

Eiffel Tower

WE Hazlett

EJ Didham

3.22.75

 

1966

Red Crest

IA McMullin & JF Rendle

BF Andrews

3.27.5

 

1967

Michael Molloy

S Caddigan & Est H Long

MA Long

3.19.75

 

1968

Loofah

A O'Malley

WD Skelton

3.20.25

 

1969

City Court

AK Sharp

RJ Skelton

3.17.5

 

1970

Il Tempo

WB Priscott

ND Riordan

3.16.75

 

1971

Ansin

MI Matulich

DA Peake

3.19.25

 

1972

Simon De Montfort

Mrs TG Whelan

BS Dodds

3.17.75

 

 * Paid $180.10 to win on the tote and its owner did not back him.

1973

Rustler

JC & Mrs Fletcher

DA Peake

3.20.75

 

1974

Battle Heights

R & Mrs Douglas

AJ Tweedie

3.23.5

 

1975

Timon

GR Pollock

GL Willetts

3.23.00

 

1976

Guest Star

IJ Tucker

MR Campbell

3.20.75

 

1977

Good Lord

ML Hines

BS Compton

3.24.5

 

1978

Good Lord

ML Hines

DA Peake

3.18.00

 

1979

Big Gamble

DP McLennan, HJ & Mrs Tapper

TG Autridge

3.19.25

 

1980

Cubacade

R & Mrs Gallagher

JW Walker

3.23.51

 

1981

Koiro Trelay

DG Canning

PB Smith

3.18.75

E Temperton

1982

Ruanuku

Mr MH Tims and Est late WJ Pratt

SR Autridge

3.19.25

 

1983

Kiwi

Mr & Mrs ES Lupton

JA Cassidy

3.20.29

ES Lupton

1984

Secured Deposit

NG Atkins, Mesdames E M Mackley & DJ Ralph

NJ Hain

3.22.6

NG Atkins

1985

Imaprince

JC Bell

PJ Mercer

3.22.27

 

1986

Samasaan

MR Bell, IH Harrison & GA Jackson

CW Johnson

3.23.22

 

1987

Rastes

KN Allen, Miss PS Brough, PJ Marron Jnr & Mrs RD Sievers

PA Taylor

3.22.56

 

1988

Daria's Fun

DA Hodgetts, DW Mayers & DM Richardson

GM Stewart

3.15.59

 

1989

Noble Khan

RJ Fleetwood, Mrs MC Kuzmich, DG Terry & JA Willmott

PG Ayres

3.19.21

 

1990

Flying Luskin

JF Karam, TJ McKee, PJ Walker & JA Wells

PD Johnson

3.20.52

 

1991

Castletown

PM Busuttin Jnr, BJ McCahill Snr & KP Morris

NG Harris

3.18.37

PM Busuttin

1992

Castletown

PM Busuttin Jnr, BJ McCahill Snr & KP Morris

NG Harris

3.19.33

PM Busuttin

1993

Dancing Lord

KS Lee

L Isherwood

3.18.19

Stephen & Trevor McKee 

1994

Castletown

PM Busuttin Jnr, BJ McCahill Snr & KP Morris

NG Harris

3.18.63

PM Busuttin

1995

Ed

AJ & Mrs LM Crooks

DM Oliver

3.18.25

AC Beckett

1996

Yes Indeed

DJ & Mrs MA Deegan

RW Caddigan

3.17.85

MD Moroney

1997

Ed

AJ & Mrs LM Crooks

LA O'Sullivan

3.17.39

ND Eales

1998

Aerosmith

Messrs AB & DG Smith

GL Cooksley

3.22.62

PJ & Mrs NA Hurdle

1999

Miss Bailey

Mesdames A Bailey & KJ Eckhold

L Isherwood

3.21.91

GM Cullen

2000

Second Coming

A J Burdon, Sir Owen Glenn, P S Lindberg, P A Moroney & G G Peterson

MT Coleman

3.20.93

M & P Moroney 

2001

Smiling Like

Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan

MJ Walker

3.22.04

G Rogerson & K Hawtin 

2002

Cyclades

DN Pye & Mrs WE Pye MBE

LA O'Sullivan

3.20.20

C Evans 

2003

Oarsman

Mrs BE & Mr RW Punch

GJ Grylls

3.19.53

P Duncan 

2004

Cluden Creek

BA Barber, Mrs Ali Macdonald & NA Purvis

AJ Calder

3.26.49

J Boon 

2005

Zabeat

AM Goodwin & Mrs DM Logan

PD Johnson

3.20.73

D and D Logan & C Gibbs 

2006

Envoy

Mrs BJ & KS Kelso, Mrs J & RE White

GL Cooksley

3.22.38

K Kelso & T Russell 

2007

Willy Smith

Mrs MK Hain & M McPhail

M Cameron

3.22.11

D Haworth & M Dixon  

2008

Young Centaur

JG Sargent & A Soon Shiong

MJ Walker

3.22.15

JG Sargent

From 2009 the distance was 2400m

2009**

Megapins

WR Campbell, Miss GA & IA McMullin, Mrs AJ & MM Nooyen & KJ Sowman

TD Thornton

2.28.84

JF & Mrs KG Parsons

2010

Red Ruler

RJ Arculli, A R Meehan & GB Sargent

MR Du Plessis

2.27.42

JG Sargent

2011

Spiro

PJ & Mrs SL Kay, Mrs AJ, BT, JE & RL Maetzig

KA Smith

2.28.84

Mrs SL Kay

2012

Six O'Clock News

Six O'Clock News Syndicate

LG Innes

2.31.33

Busuttin/Young

2013

Blood Brotha

M S & R M Connors

LJ Allpress

2.31.32

R Connors

2014

Graphic

C R & Mrs S Grace

CJ Grylls

2.29.30

Moroney/Ormsby

2015

Maygrove

JML Bloodstock Ltd (Mgr L Petagna) & P W O'Rourke

M Cameron

2.26.65

MP Baker & AC Forsman

From 2016 the distance reverted to 3200m

2016

Mister Impatience

R Legh, G G Syndicate Ltd, K Millar, G Sharp, A Locantro, H Hansen, J O'Neill, G Van Ameyden, P Merton & L Neradovsky

SC Spratt

3.21.60

M Moroney & C Ormsby

2017

Savaria

D P & Mrs K C Fleming

HS Tinsley

3.21.90

RJ Bergerson

2018

Magic Chai

M A & Mrs S L Treweek

MJ McNab

3.25.19

AW Pike

2019

Gorbachev 

P Bardell, F J P Huwyler, B K O'Dea & K T O'Donnell

Ryan Elliot (A)

3.22.49 

 

2020

Soleseifei

David & Emma Haworth

Trudy Thornton

3.20.03

Jaimee-Lee Lupton

 The 2021 race was the 148th recorded running of this event

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Wellington Cup winners

The 2021 race was the 148th recorded running of this event