Ballina Cup News

Eight horses remain in the field for the 2012 Ballina Cup, which is due to run at 4.35pm AEST at Ballina Racecourse today September 14, 2012. Included in the 2012 Ballina Cup final field and barrier draw is Pitt Street, who is coming off the back of a win in…

Ballina Cup

The Ballina Cup is a country thoroughbred race for stayers held in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales by the Ballina Jockey Club in mid-September each year.

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Run over 1600-metres, the Ballina Cup is worth $50,000 in prize money, and as it is located only an hour south of the Gold Coast the Ballina Cup field often attracts both New South Wales and Queensland horses making for an interesting State of Origin type showdown! The Ballina Cup also serves as a good lead-up race for the Lismore Cup.

Ballina Cup Day is sponsored by Carlton Draught and is the biggest of the 18 annual meetings held at Ballina Racecourse.

Other popular events aside from the Ballina Cup hosted by the time-honoured regional club include the Byron Bay Cup and Boxing Day Cup.

Ballina Cup Facts

  • Date: Mid-September
  • Distance: 1600-metres
  • Prize Money: $50,000
  • Location: Ballina Racecourse, NSW
  • Conditions: Open Handicap

Ballina Cup History

Now one of the major drawcards of the NSW country racing calendar, the Ballina Cup was inaugurated on Boxing Day, 1914 and has a long rich history.

The first Ballina Cup winner was Poor Tom who carried 7 stone 11 pounds, 49.5kg in today’s metric terms, to victory over the second placed Hailshot and third placegetter Woodburn.

There was no Ballina Cup run the following year however due to the war but it continued again in 1916.

In 1917 the Ballina Cup prize money was only $190.

Today the race offers $50,000 in stakes.

Ballina Cup Betting

As with all the country and metro cups races throughout the Australian racing calendar the best place to get to get your Ballina Cup bets down is an online bookmaker such as the ones trusted by and recommended on this site. Our preferred online bookie is

Ballina Cup betting markets will open the week of the race with all the standard wagering options available such as Win, Place and the Exotic markets.