The Scone Cup Carnival is contested over two days, a Friday and Saturday, every year in mid-May. The occasion boasts six black type races over a total of 16 events, and the Scone Carnival has created much popularity amongst Australians, horse racing and the gambling associated with it, has similarly an incredible support system, promising unlimited crown oaks betting action with high stakes and high rewards. This two day extravaganza of high class racing, fashion and fun is firmly entrenched as a racing carnival not to be missed. City class racing in true authentic country style.
A Full Racing Festival
The Scone Cup is known as a test of courage, skill and a bit of luck, the horses and their horse betting counterparts offering the dedicated punter an opportunity to rake in the winnings by excelling at horse winning predictions. This can be achieved to a high level of success through practice, patience and the innumerable number of bets and betting options available. Australian punters will have their work cut out for them, finding the best races, odds and horses but the return is worth the work. Plus the road along the way is paved with excitement and the scent of hard earned victories.
The Listed Scone Cup is run over 1600m, and is the Carnival’s feature race. Scone plays host to more than just the Scone Cup, with the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) for fillies and mare undoubtedly highlights Saturday’s card. Capacity fields have been confirmed for almost every race.
Recent Scone Cup History
In the 2015 event, Hugh Bowman was the leading jockey over the two days on a 3-2-1 points basis and took out the Golden Whip Award. The trophy was a gold plated whip provided by a longstanding Life Member of Scone Race Club, Mr David Macintyre, who last year missed his first Scone Cup meeting since 1958.
Scone Race Club was formed in 1944, and the current racecourse, constructed in 1994 is only 2 minutes from Scone Airport. The racing surface is known to be the best country circuit in New South Wales, and attracts the leading city and provincial trainers such as Peter Snowden, Gai Waterhouse, Chris Waller, John O’Shea, Paul Perry, Kris Lees, Bart Cummings etc.
Leading riders such as Hugh Bowman, Corey Brown, Nash Rawiller, Tommy Berry and James McDonald and others support the meeting.
Scone Cup History and Tradition
The Scone Cup was first run in 1947 and became a listed race in 2006. With the advent of the two day metropolitan stand-alone carnival in 2011 and it’s resounding success, several races at this country venue have been elevated to listed status. Now the event is recognised as a feast of racing and black type.
Scone Race Club conducts 16 TAB race meetings per year (including the carnival) and has a fully operational Function Centre which is beautifully appointed and has spectacular views. This is available for guests on race day as well as being hired out for weddings, dinners, parties and conferences.
The dates for the 2019 events are on Friday 13 May, which will see the Emirates Park Scone Cup Race Day, and the following day, Saturday 14 May, which sees the Inglis Guineas/Darley Dark Jewel Race Day happening.