The Group 2 Horsham Cup is the flagship race at the Horsham track and was last run on June 12, 2016, when taken out by Zambora Brockie.
The race is run over the 480m trip, with winning connections pocketing $47,000.
Betting on the Group 2 Horsham Cup
The Horsham Cup is one of the premier country cups in Victoria, attracting star studded fields in pursuit of the title and the winner’s cheque.
With the best one turn speedsters converging on the track each year, there is some quality betting opportunities for punters with larger betting pools generally meaning there is also some value on offer.
All of our recommended online bookmakers offer fixed odds betting on the final once the heats have been run and won and the box draw for the final has been drawn, while some bookies also offer all-in markets for the winner of the final prior to the heats – giving punters the chance to snag some value if they think they can find the winner early on in the series.
Be sure to check this page in the lead up to the 2017 final for the top bookmaker prices as well as the best sign-up offers available through our list of recommended online bookies.
History of the Group 2 Horsham Cup
The Horsham Cup was first conducted in 1978 when won by Temsonny and since that time has been taken out by some of the best dogs to have graced the track in Victoria.
For many years the race was well known and highly sought after when run as a part of an Easter Carnival, however it is now run in June each year, allowing for better fields with the top greyhounds generally heading to Wentworth Park for the Golden Easter Egg beforehand.
Some of the greyhounds to have won the feature include:
– Kantarn Bale: An absolute champion. Trained by Graeme Bate, the son of Light Of Fire and Jindara Bale won the event in 1988 and would go on to have a spectacular career which would see him claim the 1999 Victorian Greyhound of the Year title. The black greyhound also won the Group 1 Melbourne cup, the Group 1 Silver Chief, the Group 1 Brisbane Cup, the Group 2 Shepparton Cup, the Interstate Challenge and the Bert Bryant Memorial.
– Classic Capri: Won the event in 1999 and would go on to win the Melbourne Cup, becoming the longest ever priced winner of Australia’s premier greyhound event when saluting at 25-1.
– Velocette: A five time group winner during his career, the son of Bombastic Shiraz and Texan Lady was an emphatic winner of the 2009 Cup, defeating a quality field including Group 1 Melbourne Cup runner-up Hanify’s Impact.
– Dyna Tron: One of the best greyhounds to have been produced by Paul Wheeler, the red brindle dog won the Horsham Cup in 2012. Interestingly, Dyna Tron’s dam Gold Rush Bale was sired by Lansley Bale, who took out the race in 1988, with Gold Rush Bale also a half sister to champion greyhound and former Horsham Cup winner Kantarn Bale, mentioned above.
Group 2 Horsham Cup – the recent years
2016: Zambora Brockie stamped himself as one of the top greyhounds in Australia when winning the 2016 Cup in an airborne 26.72. The son of Nitro Burst and Flying Liddy took his career statistics to 20 wins from 33 starts and $237,313 in prize money earnings.
2015: The appropriately named Margins proved that any winning margin is a good margin when taking out the 2015 Cup by half a length over superstar greyhounds Allen Deed and Big Ticket to score in 27.32.
2014: The ill-fated Crump won his first and only group feature in the 2014 race for trainer Troy Iwanyk. The son of Superman and Mon Cherie defeated a classy line-up including the likes of Innocent Til, Warrior King, Hawk Alone and Ollie Bale to score by just over one length on the line. Read a full report.
2013: Group 1 Megastar winner Peter Rocket won the race in 2013, with the son of Where’s Pedro and Belron Blue scoring by one and one quarter lengths for trainers Keith and Lisa Hellmuth in 26.83.
Group 2 Horsham Cup honour roll
1978 – Temsonny
1979 – Chukka Khan
1980 – Tempix
1981 – Time Bonus
1982 – Satan’s Shroud
1983 – Virgo Rose
1984 – Propellant
1985 – Savage Touch
1986 – Aidan
1987 – Buka Sunset
1988 – Hay Dinney
1989 – Daisy Clover
1990 – Go Georgie
1991 – Rare Drop
1992 – Noble Stranger
1993 – Casino Tom
1994 – No Object
1995 – Midnight Flirt
1996 – True Type
1997 – Another Express
1998 – Lansley Bale
1999 – Legs Ahoy
2000 – Kantarn Bale
2001 – Classic Capri
2002 – Timjim Bale
2003 – Monsters Inc
2004 – Brumby Lad
2005 – Foreign Legion
2006 – Marungi Blaze
2007 – Winsome History
2008 – Kendale Bale
2009 – Velocette
2010 – Our Toyman
2011 – Enry Walt
2012 – Dyna Tron
2013 – Peter Rocket
2014 – Crump
2015 – Margins
2016 – Zambora Brockie