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The Bathurst Cup is held annually at the start of each year.

27 January 2017 will see the 5th running of The Club’s Bathurst Cup ‘Legend's Race Day’. First run in 2013 the Legend's Race Day celebrates Bathurst's direct connection with a host of great racing people and horses from the area that have achieved distinction at the highest levels in the Australian Racing Industry.

See following each of the Legends recognised and the race details held in their honour;

Looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Bathurst Cup, Legends Celebration! 


Race History

Race 1: Rising Prince Golden Nugget

Sponsor: City of Lithgow
Distance: 1800m, Prize Money: $17,000, Class: Open

Chestnut Gelding foaled in 1980. Born and bred in Bathurst and owned by the Exchange Syndicate from Lithgow. Rising Prince was a mighty weight for age galloper by locally based stallion Round Top (fr) from Bonlene (by Capricorno). A homebred product of the Stein’s Rockleer Stud, Rising Prince won the Villiers Stakes and Summer Cup double in 1984 before going onto to a career high all the way victory in Australia’s WFA championship the WS Cox Plate (Group 1) and then a similar victory in the WFA McKinnon Stakes (Gr 1).

Race 2: Bill Aspros Cup

Sponsor: Lithgow Bedding and Furniture
Distance: 1200m, Prize Money: $15, 000, Class: Maiden

Riding his 1st ever winner at Bathurst in December 1976 (Inca Lad), for his master Neil Mulley, “King Billy” Aspros went on to claim a remarkable 12 straight CWDRA riding premierships (1983-1985) and post 1445 winners. During an illustrious career Billy won virtually every major race on the Western line – many of them on multiple occassions, and capped his career with a defining win on Turridu in the Group 1 George Main Stakes.

Race 3: Women in Racing’s Ida Traille

Sponsor: Magic Millions
Distance: 1300m, Prize Money: $17,000, Class: Bm60

Ms Traille bequeathed her marvellous home to the city of Bathurst in 1976, within which is a strong equestrian theme, specifically artworks that reflect a wide range of racing and equestrian memories all of which shows Ida’s love for racehorses.
Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing is proud to host the “Ida Traill” in recognition of a great Bathurstian and an ardent fame of thoroughbred horse racing.

Race 4: Gold Circle Cup

Distance: 1400m, Prize Money: $15,000, Class: Maiden

A runaway winner of the Bathurst Cup in 1980 (course record time), Gold Circle then went on to win the time honoured Group 1 Epsom Handicap at Randwick in 1981.

Race 5: The Barb

Sponsor: Edney Ryan
Distance: 3000m, Prize Money: $20,000, Class: BM55

Black stallion foaled in 1863. Bred and raised at the Lee family’s “Leeholme” stud, The Barb was Australia’s 1st champion racehorse, born in Australia’s 1st inland settlement and trained by “Honest John” Tait – Australia’s 1st leading professional trainer. A Hall of Fame inductee (2004), by the successful stallion Sir Hercules from Young Gulnare (by Doctor GB), The Barb won 16 of 23 races including the 1866 Melbourne Cup (as a 3YO), the AJC Derby, Sydney Cup twice (1867, 1868), Australasian Champion Stakes, AJC Metropolitan etc.

Race 6: Tulloch Cup

Sponsor: Magic Millions
Distance: 1200m, Prize Money: $17,000, Class: Class 2

Bay or brown entire foaled in 1954. Owned by the Haley family – “Te Koona” via Bathurst, Tulloch is regarded as one of the three finest racehorses in Australian racing history. He won at distances from 5 furlongs (1,000 metres) to 2 miles (3,200 m), established Australian records at 10 furlongs (1960 Cox Plate) and 12 furlongs (1957 Caulfield Cup and took 2 seconds off Phar Lap’s 28 year old record for the AJC Derby. As a three year old Tulloch won 14 of his 16 starts before he was struck down by a virus which kept him off the racing scene for almost two years. He returned to racing as an autumn five-year-old and won 15 of his last 24 races. Tulloch was one of the five inaugural horse inductees into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame alongside the other turf immortals Carbine, Phar Lap and Kingston Town. Tulloch is also an inductee in the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame.

Race 7: Bathurst Cup

Sponsor: Sky Legends
Distance: 1800m, Prize Money: $25,000, Class: Open

Race 8: Hugh Bowman Cup

Sponsor: Magic Millions

Distance: 1800m, Prize Money: $16,000, Class: Class 1
Apprenticed in Bathurst to Leeane and Billy Aspros, Hugh Bowman has progressed from that valuable formative training to be one of Australia’s great riders. Sydney’s champion rider in 2009 and again in 2012, Hugh also excelled in a short stint of riding in the UK during 2007 when he won the Silver Saddle riding challenge at the Royal Ascot meeting. A renowned judge of pace with superb hands, Hugh has won over 20 Group 1 races including the Victoria Derby in 3 of the last 4 runnings.