Darwin Cup

Darwin Cup Past Winners

Winners and Past Results for the Darwin Cup.

Darwin Cup is the biggest tourist attraction in the Northern Territory.

Held over eight days, the Darwin Cup Carnival includes some high quality racing.

The Darwin Cup Carnival is held in July and August every year at the picturesque Fannie Bay Racecourse in central Darwin, approximately seven minutes from the CBD.

Fannie Bay Racecourse is a 1780 metre racecourse and unlike some of its southern counterparts it has an oil mixed sand track rather than a turf overlay. Fannie Bay has a three hundred and forty metre finishing straight and has been the home of the Darwin Turf Club since its formation in 1955.

The Gold Cup is the premier event of the Darwin Cup Carnival and has been run at the Fannie Bay course since 1956.

The Darwin Cup with a prize purse of over a million dollars. It attracts some of the best horses and trainers in the country to the month long carnival of racing as well as providing hugely popular winter entertainment to visitors from all over Australia.

Facts About the Darwin Cup:

  • The first Darwin Cup winner at Fannie Bay was Satan’s Son, owned and trained and ridden by Peter McCracken. Satan’s Son, is the only non thoroughbred to win the Darwin Cup, ran over 1200 metres due to the unfinished track in 126 seconds.
  • In 1965, Record post war stake money of $470 had been assigned by the Darwin Turf Club for the 6 races. A field of four raced for the Darwin Cup with prize money worth $260 plus a trophy valued at $42.
  • Since the first Darwin Cup in 1956 no Darwin Cup winner had had to survive a protest re interference. But there is always a first time, in 1971 Kentuckey Colonel’s Jockey Peter Dempsey protested against Apian for alledged Interference over the final 100m. The protest was eventually dismissed by Stewards.
  • The 1990 bicentennial Darwin Cup was the first $100,000 race staged in the Northern Territory, an amazing turnaround for the Club virtually decimated by Cyclone Tracey 15 years before.
  • Since the turn of the Century the Darwin Cup is the biggest sports event in Northern Territory with over 20,000 race patrons attending each year.
  • One of Australia’s best race callers John Russell called into Darwin for the first time in the year 1972. He viewed Son Of Cyrus win the Darwin Cup then worth $4,000. Son Of Cyrus a horse many claimed was the greatest horse to have ever raced in the Territory.
Year Darwin Cup Winners
2017 ROYAL REQUEST
2016 CANNY BALLAD
2015 LIGHTINTHENITE
2014 PRETTY BLONDE
2013
NOT RUN
2012
HAWKS BAY
2011
HAWKS BAY
2010
SHOOT OUT LOUD
2009
ACTIVATION
2008
CLUB LIQUID
2007
GENERAL MARKET
2006
NOZI
2005
LANSON
2004
MR. TAMBOURINEMAN
2003
WILD HEART
2002
BRAVE DECISION
2001
MCJOEY
2000
STAR BULLET
1999
ON THE BEAM
1998
BELLILE
1997
TUCKER BOX
1996
VENTILAGO
1995
LOTHAWAY COUNTY
1995
KINGSTON RESERVE
1994
LOTHAWAY COUNTY
1993
INSTANT POLICY
1992
CLAM'S COMET
1991
SILVER SHARK
1990
LORD CHAMBERLAIN
1989
BRINNEY
1988
TEMPLEMAN
1987
SCARVILA
1986
FLAUGH-A-BALLAGH
1985
RARE METAL
1984
KERR STREET
1983
KERR STREET
1982
PLAIN MICK
1981
THURSO
1980
NASTARSE
1979
CHOSEN
1978
VERNAL
1977
FINAL HOPE
1976
LORD TINY
1975
LORD TINY
1974
CHATTEL
1973
HEPBURN
1972
SON OF CYRUS
1971
APIAN
1970
RAY WIT
1969
LITTLE RASCAL
1968
THE YANK
1967
INCISIVE
1966
BONTEENA
1965
DARINGMAN
1964
SAND BOY
1963
HALF HOUR
1962
WOOD
1961
WOOD
1960
WOOD
1959
WOOD
1958
BRIGHT GUN
1957
DAWN SHADOW
1956
SATANS SON
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