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New Zealand Trotting Cup

The New Zealand Trotting Cup is a Group I harness race held annually by the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club at Addington Raceway in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is considered the country's most prestigious harness racing event.

It is held during Show Week on the second Tuesday in November, three days before the Show Day public holiday. The New Zealand Free For All is held on Show Day. The public holiday in Christchurch is the observance of the Canterbury Anniversary Holiday (16 December in reality). The race meeting, along with the New Zealand Cup for thoroughbreds and greyhounds, forms part of Canterbury's carnival week, along with the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Show. Until 1999, the A&P show was held at showgrounds adjacent to Addington Raceway.

The New Zealand Trotting cup at Addington is considered as Canterbury's biggest day on its social calendar. Most flock to Addington for the glitz and galmour of the event. In 2007 a crowd of 25,000 people packed the race track. This Tuesday is also known for having remarkable weather, it had not rained at the New Zealand Trotting Cup since 1962. However in 2007 it rained, but only after the New Zealand Trotting Cup had been run.

The 2008 running of the race was won by Changeover, driven by David Butcher and trained by Geoff Small, in race/world record time (1.58.8 mile rate). The race was delayed by over 6 minutes due to fractious horses and a damaged wheel to one of the favoured runners. After being slow away, Butcher moved forward to lead, and soon after took a trail behind one of the other favourites, Baileys Dream. In an exciting finish, Butcher used the passing lane to pass Baileys Dream, with Report for Duty third for Anthony Butt (who was trying for 3 wins in a row in the NZ Cup). It was another dream result for the ATC Trotting Syndicate, who own the horse. The last horse home, favoured runner Monkey King, was credited with a time of 3.58.7, which was fast enough to have won every NZ Cup, except the 2007 running, won by Flashing Red.

Winners

  • 2008 - Changeover
  • 2007 - Flashing Red
  • 2006 - Flashing Red
  • 2005 - Mainland Banner
  • 2004 - Just An Excuse
  • 2003 - Just An Excuse
  • 2002 - Gracious Knight
  • 2001 - Kym's Girl
  • 2000 - Yulestar
  • 1999 - Homin Hosed
  • 1998 - Christian Cullen
  • 1997 - Iraklis
  • 1996 - Il Vicolo
  • 1995 - Il Vicolo
  • 1994 - Bee Bee Cee
  • 1993 - Chokin
  • 1992 - Blossom Lady
  • 1991 - Christopher Vance
  • 1990 - Neroship
  • 1989 - Inky Lord
  • 1988 - Luxury Liner
  • 1987 - Lightning Blue
  • 1986 - Master Mood
  • 1985 - Borana
  • 1984 - Camelot
  • 1983 - Steel Jaw
  • 1982 - Bonnie's Chance
  • 1981 - Armalight
  • 1980 - Hands Down
  • 1979 - Lord Module
  • 1978 - Trusty Scot
  • 1977 - Sole Command
  • 1976 - Stanley Rio
  • 1975 - Lunar Chance
  • 1974 - Robalan
  • 1973 - Arapaho
  • 1972 - Globe Bay
  • 1971 - True Averil
  • 1970 - James
  • 1969 - Spry
  • 1968 - Humphrey
  • 1967 - Great Adios
  • 1966 - Lordship
  • 1965 - Garry Dillon
  • 1964 - Cairnbrae
  • 1963 - Cardigan Bay
  • 1962 - Lordship
  • 1961 - Invicta
  • 1960 - False Step
  • 1959 - False Step
  • 1958 - False Step
  • 1957 - Lookaway
  • 1956 - Thunder
  • 1955 - Our Roger
  • 1954 - Johnny Globe
  • 1953 - Adorian
  • 1952 - Mobile Globe
  • 1951 - Van Dieman
  • 1950 - Chamfer
  • 1949 - Loyal Nurse
  • 1948 - Highland Fling
  • 1947 - Highland Fling
  • 1946 - Integrity
  • 1945 - Gold Bar
  • 1944 - Bronze Eagle
  • 1943 - Haughty
  • 1942 - Haughty
  • 1941 - Josedale Grattan
  • 1940 - Marlene
  • 1939 - Lucky Jack
  • 1938 - Morello
  • 1937 - Lucky Jack
  • 1936 - Indianapolis
  • 1935 - Indianapolis
  • 1934 - Indianapolis
  • 1933 - Red Shadow
  • 1932 - Harold Logan
  • 1931 - Harold Logan
  • 1930 - Wrackler
  • 1929 - Peter Bingen
  • 1928 - Peter Bingen
  • 1927 - Kohara
  • 1926 - Ahuriri
  • 1925 - Ahuriri
  • 1924 - Sheik
  • 1923 - Great Hope
  • 1922 - Agathos
  • 1921 - Reta Peter
  • 1920 - Reta Peter
  • 1919 - Trix Pointer
  • 1918 - Author Dillon
  • 1917 - Adelaide Direct
  • 1916 - Cathedral Chimes
  • 1915 - Country Belle
  • 1914 - Win Soon
  • 1913 - Ravenschild
  • 1912 - Albert H
  • 1911 - Lady Clare
  • 1910 - Wildwood Junior
  • 1909 - Wildwood Junior
  • 1908 - Durbar
  • 1907 - Marion
  • 1906 - Belmont M
  • 1905 - Birchmark
  • 1904 - Monte Carlo



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