Auckland Cup

Auckland Cup

Group Two Betting Guide
Date: March 12, 2022
Location: Ellerslie Racecourse
Prize Money: $500,000
Distance: 3200m

STAYING races are big news in New Zealand and the time honoured Group 2 Auckland Cup ranks highly in the local industry.

The 3200m staying event is the flagship race during Auckland Cup Week in March and although the purse has dropped to $500,000 – and from 2022 it is no longer a Group one, it remains one of the must-win races on the New Zealand Racing calendar.

The 2021 running of the Auckland Cup was taken out by five-year-old Ocean Billy, while the next running of it will be on March 13, 2022.

Having been run on Boxing Day since 1958, the Auckland Racing Club changed the dates to align with the New Zealand Derby and since 2006 it has been run in March.

With recent past winners including Melbourne Cup winner Jezabeel, top four-year-old Sangster and multiple Melbourne Cup entrant Who Shot The Barman – it’s a race to win on the world stage and New Zealand stayers have a great record when they travel to Australia and the rest of the world.

The history goes back further with wins coming from Castletown, Kindergarten and Cuddle. Which talented staying thoroughbred will be next to take out New Zealand’s premier distance event?

2022 Auckland Cup betting odds

Ocean Billy
Ocean Billy winning the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m). Photo: Trish Dunell

The 2022 Auckland Cup odds as of March 13 look like this:

  • Concert Hall – $3.90
  • Sound – $4.60
  • Lincoln King – $7.50
  • Starrybeel – $9.00
  • Uareastar -$13.00
  • Hurry Cane – $13.00
  • House Of Cartier – $14.00
  • Mohaka – $15.00
  • Swords Drawn – $17.00
  • Hit The Road Jack – $20.00

Complete Auckland Cup odds available at Ladbrokes.

Top Auckland Cup bookmakers

The Auckland Cup generates betting interest from the likes of Australian, Japanese and Hong Kong punters, so bookmakers know how important framing an early market can be.

Popular races like the Auckland Cup are attractive to futures punters who are hoping to lock in the big value on offer. Bookmakers will also offer fixed odds win and place markets when the field is confirmed.

The bookmakers listed below have markets available for the Auckland Cup. If there are no odds listed, bookmakers can be contacted and odds on your desired runner will be given.

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2021 Auckland Cup result


1stOcean Billy ($11.00)
2ndFive To Midnight ($6.10)
3rdBlue Breeze ($1.70)

Recent Auckland Cup winners

  • On the back of a positive ride from Jonathan Parkes, it was the Bill Pomare-trained Ocean Billy who raced away with the 2021 Auckland Cup. Having needed to travel three wide with cover, Parkes made his move 800m out from home to send the five-year-old son of Ocean Park to the front. He managed to hit the lead on the home turn and kept kicking throughout the home straight to go on and win in impressive fashion and in the process went on to book his spot in both the Caulfield Cup & Melbourne Cup later in the year.
  • Not many gave the Anthony Fuller-trained Roger That much of a chance leading into the 2020 Auckland Cup, but Roger That managed to take out the Cup at a massive price. Having hit the front on the home turn, the seven-year-old son of Shinko King had market fancies Sound and Platinum invador breathing down his neck. However, under Samantha Collett, Roger That kept finding throughout the home straight to land victory as a $41 chance and hand Collett her second successive Auckland Cup victory.
  • In a sensational staying performance Glory Days delivered Sam Collett’s maiden win at Group 1 level. Staying on strongly throughout the run Glory Days hit the front midway down the straight and sustained to the line, holding out last year’s runner up Five To Midnight.
  • It was a famous victory for Ladies First in 2018, gripping on for a gritty win. In one of the closest margins in the race’s history, Five to Midnight surged to the line to almost topple the winner, whose trainer Lisa Latta even thought had been beaten. Ladies First clung on however in a photo finish.
  • Chenille justified its favouritism in 2017 when scoring an impressive victory. The Tony Pike-trained runner was well-found in the betting markets and punters came away happy with the result. A couple of long shot chances filled the placings which made for improved pay outs from bookmakers. It wasn’t the typical Auckland Cup field which included Melbourne Cup-type runners, but the winner was a class above the rest.
  • El Soldado caused the biggest Auckland Cup upset of all time when winning at odds of $125. The nine-year-old turned back the clock in what was massive win for connections and bookmakers. Most of the money came for Sacred Master and the well-performed Benzini, but a steady ride from Darryl Bradley was enough to see the old boy home at Ellerslie. Future Melbourne Cup entrant Rose Of Virginia finished in second at odds of $6.10 to place and favourite Sacred Master was a further length behind.
  • Rock Diva continued its success on Auckland Cup Day, having won the McKee Sunline Vase the year prior on the same day. The Tony Pike-trained mare ran as the $4.90 favourite with bookmakers and it was able to find the advantage of the line in holding off King Kamada by just under a length. There were no superstars in behind the daughter of Lucky Unicorn, but the Raffles-owned runner got the job done nicely.
  • Who Shot Thebarman was a short-priced favourite when winning the Auckland Cup in 2014. The talented Mark Oulaghan-trained gelding showed its class when winning by a length and bigger and better things would later come in Australia. The son of Yamanin Vital paid $2.50 with bookmakers which was one of the shortest-priced winner in recent history and the trifecta of $132.30 was also one of the lowest in history. Celtic Prince and More Than Sacred ran on into the placings with Travolta and Australian jockey Nash Rawiller finishing fourth.
  • Sangster justified its $2 favouritism tag when winning by 2.25 lengths. The Busuttin/Young-trained son of Savabeel put the training duo on the map by scoring an easy Auckland Cup victory. The classy gelding never looked like being beaten against a field lacking the top notch form. El Soldado finished second at place odds of $17 and Chaparrone, with Craig Williams in the saddle, finished off well for third. The dominant win was one of the best in Auckland Cup history.
  • Shez Sinsational was just that in 2012 when winning in a driving finish. The Allan Sharrock-trained mare launched late down the outside with James McDonald in the saddle to score by a long head over Spiro and Six O’Clock News. The four-year-old by Ekraar was well-backed into $3.20 after showing good ability throughout the summer and it was able to handle the likes of Booming which had Hugh Bowman in the saddle. The turn-of-foot shown by Shez Sinsational was one of the best in the races’ history.

Past Auckland Cup winners

Auckland Cup Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2021 Ocean Billy Jonathan Parkes Bob Pomare
2020 Roger That Samantha Collett Anthony Fuller
2019 Glory Days Samantha Collett Bill Thurlow
2018 Ladies First Jonathan Parkes Allan Sharrock
2017 Chenille Leith Innes Tony Pike
2016 El Soldado Darryl Bradley Phillip Devcich
2015 Rock Diva Mark Du Plessis Tony Pike
2014 Who Shot Thebarman Matt Cameron Mark Oulaghan
2013 Sangster Opie Bosson Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
2012 Shez Sinsational James McDonald Allan Sharrock
2011 Titch Opie Bosson Kevin Myers
2010 Zavite Damien Oliver Anthony Cummings
2009 Spin Around Vinnie Colgan Steven Cooper
2008 Prize Lady Mark Sweeney Graeme & Mark Sanders
2007 Prize Lady Mark Du Plessis Graeme Sanders & Debbie Sweeney
2006 Pentane Michael Walker Lance O’Sullivan
2005 Bazelle Mark Du Plessis Paul Jenkins
2004 Upsetthym Gemma Sliz Karen Fursdon
2003 Bodie Noel Harris Neil Connors
2002 Maguire Scott Seamer John Collins
2001 Our Unicorn Michael Coleman Alan Jones & Brett Macdonald
2000 Able Master Grant Cooksley Bruce Wallace

Auckland Cup Past Winners Pre 2000

Auckland Cup Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Irish Chance
1998 Jezabeel
1997 Yobro
1996 Senator
1995 Royal Tiara
1994 Mitak
1993 Ligeiro
1992 Castletown
1991 Star Harvest
1990 Miss Stanima
1989 Spyglass
1988 Sea Swift
1987 Kotare Chief
1986 Kerry Lane
1985 Secured Deposit
1984 Stylish Dude
1983 Foutnaincourt
1982 Chimbu
1981 Drum
1980 My Blue Denim
1979 Tamboura
1978 Stylemaster
1977 Royal Cadenza
1976 Perhaps
1975 Kia Maia
1974 Rose Mellay
1973 Apollo Eleven
1972 Sailing Home
1971 Artifice
1970 Il Tempo
1969 Il Tempo
1968 Bright Chief
1967 Royal Sheen
1966 Apa
1965 Lucky Son
1964 Senor
1963 Stipulate
1962 Floutulla
1961 Ruato
1960 Marie Brizard
1959 Froth
1958 Red Eagle
1957 Race Not Held
1956 Yeman
1955 Tesla
1954 Arawa
1953 Coaltown
1952 Rev
1951 Classowa
1950 Beaumaris
1949 Swanee
1948 Frances
1947 Balgowan
1946 Sylis
1945 Expanse
1944 Foxwyn
1943 Lord Chancellor
1942 Kindergarten
1941 Piastre
1940 Beau Vite
1939 Cheval de Volee
1938 Cheval de Volee
1937 The Buzzer
1936 Cuddle
1935 Cuddle
1934 Gold Trail
1933 Minerval
1932 Fast Passage
1931 Admiral Drake
1930 Motere
1929 Concentrate
1928 Corinax
1927 Rapier
1926 Tanadees
1925 Rapine
1924 Te Kara
1923 Muraahi
1922 Scion
1921 Malaga
1920 Starland
1919 Karo
1918 Mascot
1917 Fiery Cross
1916 Depredation
1915 Balboa
1914 Warstep
1913 Sir Solo
1912 Bobrikoff
1911 Santa Rosa
1910 Waimangu
1909 All Red
1908 All Red
1907 Zimmerman
1906 Master Delaval
1905 Putty
1904 Mahutonga
1903 Wairiki
1902 Siege Gun
1901 St. Michael
1900 Blue Jacket
1899 Blue Jacket
1898 Uhlan
1897 Antares
1896 Nestor
1895 Anita
1894 Lottie
1893 Pegasus
1892 St. Hippo
1891 Pinfire
1890 Crackshot
1889 Leopold
1888 Lochiel
1887 Nelson
1886 Nelson
1885 Nelson
1884 The Poet
1883 Savage
1882 Welcome Jack
1881 King Quail
1880 Foul Play
1879 Ariel
1878 Ariel
1877 Lara
1876 Ariel
1875 Kingfisher
1874 Templeton

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