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The Auckland Cup is a Group 1 race run under Set Weights and Penalty conditions for stayers at Ellerslie race course conducted by the Auckland Racing Club.
The Auckland Cup is run over 3200m. It was first run in 1874 and was won by Templeton.
The Auckland Cup is the main New Zealand staying race of the season for all comers.
Run over the two miles, it used to be run on Boxing Day until 1958 then New Year's Day up to 2006 before moving to later in the season.
Who Shot Thebarman won an Auckland Cup in 2014 then came to Chris Waller and has been a grand stayer winning many feature races like the Sydney Cup and placing in several G1s including a Melbourne Cup.
Jezabeel is the only horse to win both the Auckland and Melbourne Cup, taking them in 1998.
New Zealand is universally recognised as a great area for staying horses, so ironically a couple of Australian stayers have won Auckland Cups of recent times. Zavite scored for Anthony Cummings and Yobro won for Kirk Roberts.
Four of the last five Auckland Cup winners have been mares.
The Auckland Cup was worth NZ$500,000 in 2019.
Notable winners of the Auckland Cup include Who Shot Thebarman (2014), Sangster (2013), Shez Sinsational (2012), Zavite (2010), Prize Lady (2007/2008), Our Unicorn (2001), Jezabeel (1998), Yobro (1997), Senator (1996), Miltak (1994), Castletown (1992), Blue Denim (1980), Apollo Eleven (1973), Il Tempo (1969/1970), Beau Vite (1940), Cheval De Volee (1938/1939), Cuddle (1935/1936), Te Kara (1923/1924), All Red (1908/1909), Blue Jacket (1899/1900), Nelson (1885/1886/1887), Ariel (1876/1878/1879), Kingfisher (1875) and Templeton (1974).
The 2019 Auckland Cup was won by Glory Days from Five To Midnight and Blue Breeze.
Previous Auckland Cup Winners
| GLORY DAYS (NZ) 6M |
RED GIANT (USA) - BILANCIA (NZ) MONTJEU (IRE)
|S T COLLETT||53.5||B THURLOW||15|
| LADIES FIRST (NZ) 5M |
DYLAN THOMAS (IRE) - JUST POLITE (AUS) DEHERE (USA)
|J PARKES||54.0||A SHARROCK||11|
| CHENILLE (NZ) 5M |
PENTIRE (GB) - CHARMED (NZ) O'REILLY (NZ)
|L G INNES||53.5||TONY PIKE||6|
| EL SOLDADO (NZ) 9G |
COLOMBIA (NZ) - ZO'AL (NZ) NORMAN PENTAQUAD (USA)
|D G BRADLEY||55.0||PHILLIP DEVCICH||8|
| ROCK DIVA (NZ) 4M |
LUCKY UNICORN (AUS) - BOHEMIAN BLUES (NZ) BLUES TRAVELLER (IRE)
|M R DU PLESSIS||52.0||TONY PIKE||15|
| WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) 5G |
YAMANIN VITAL (NZ) - EARS CAROL (NZ) CAROLINGIAN (AUS)
|M CAMERON||52.5||M OULAGHAN||2|
| SANGSTER (NZ) 4G |
SAVABEEL (AUS) - QUINTA SPECIAL (IRE) SPECTRUM (IRE)
|O P BOSSON||54.5||TRENT BUSUTTIN & NATALIE YOUNG||1|
| SHEZ SINSATIONAL (NZ) 4M |
EKRAAR (USA) - ORIGINAL SIN (NZ) SHINKO KING (IRE)
|J B MCDONALD||55.0||A SHARROCK||13|
| TITCH (NZ) 6G |
LORD BALLINA (AUS) - OUR SOPHIE (NZ) KAAPSTAD (NZ)
|O P BOSSON||54.5||KEVIN MYERS||1|
| ZAVITE (NZ) 7G |
ZABEEL (NZ) - MISS VITA (USA) ALLEGED (USA)
|D OLIVER||57.5||ANTHONY CUMMINGS||12|
| SPIN AROUND (AUS) 8G |
SPINNING WORLD (USA) - BE YOURSELF (USA) NOBLE BIJOU (USA)
|V A COLGAN||55.5||STEVEN COOPER||14|
| PRIZE LADY (NZ) 6M |
PRIZED (USA) - PEN BAL LADY (GB) MUMMY'S GAME (GB)
|M C SWEENEY||52.5||GRAEME & MARK SANDERS||4|
| PRIZE LADY (NZ) 5M |
PRIZED (USA) - PEN BAL LADY (GB) MUMMY'S GAME (GB)
|M R DU PLESSIS||52.0||GRAEME SANDERS & DEBBIE SWEENEY||15|
| PENTANE (NZ) 4G |
PENTIRE (GB) - TUFF ONE (NZ) PRINCE RAIDER (NZ)
|M J WALKER||53.0||LANCE O'SULLIVAN||11|
| BAZELLE (NZ) 5M |
ZABEEL (NZ) - SHOW GAMES (AUS) SHOWDOWN (GB)
|M R DU PLESSIS||52.0||PAUL JENKINS||9|
| UPSETTHYM (NZ) 5M |
RHYTHM (USA) - SET UP (NZ) ZAFONIC (USA)
|G K SLIZ||51.0||MS K FURSDON||9|
| BODIE (NZ) 5G |
STARK SOUTH (USA) - BALLINA WAVE (NZ) LORD BALLINA (AUS)
|N G HARRIS||52.5||NEIL CONNORS||9|
| MAGUIRE (NZ) 5G |
CASUAL LIES (USA) - DRAGON PEARL (USA) AHONOORA (GB)
|S SEAMER||55.5||J K COLLINS||2|
| OUR UNICORN (NZ) 6G |
ZABEEL (NZ) - REGAL MEL (NZ) VICE REGAL (NZ)
|M T COLEMAN||56.5||ALAN JONES & BRETT M||18|
| ABLE MASTER (NZ) 3G |
ZABEEL (NZ) - ENHANCER (NZ) RED TEMPO (NZ)
|G COOKSLEY||53.5||B WALLACE||7|
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Lightweight runner Polzeath upset the applecart at Ellerslie on Saturday when he took out the Gr.2 Joe McDonald Avondale Cup (2400m).
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