The New Zealand Cup for standardbred horses, also known as either the New Zealand Trotting Cup is a Group One (G1) harness race held annually.

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It is generally considered the country’s most prestigious harness racing event.

New Zealand Trotting Cup : Odds | Result | Watch

New Zealand Trotting Cup
Group I race
Location Addington Raceway
Christchurch, New Zealand
       Inaugurated         1904
Race type Standardbred – Flat racing

The race 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.

New Zealand Trotting Cup odds 

At longer odds, one of the two Steve and Amanda Telfer-trained runners, Alta Wiseguy, has been backed to the tune of $100 at $31, $500 each way at $26, $300 each way at $21 and $100 at $21. He is now down to a quote of $18 despite his second row draw.

New Zealand Trotting Cup : Odds | Result | Watch

Other notable bets on the rest of the cup day programme include good support for race two debutant Ohoka Le Bron and the Colin and Julie DeFilippi-trained Here’s Herbie in the last race.

Two-year-old Ohoka Le Bron, trained by Cran and Chrissie Dalgety, caught the eye with a close fourth behind Merlin, Seve and Gandalf at the trials last Wednesday. He is a half brother to big winners Ohoka Punter and Millwood Maizie.

Tuesday’s big race is arguably the most open field in the last decade, so pick the one you like the best and hope luck is on your side.


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New Zealand trotting cup Result 

Driven by Blair Orange, the Ray Green-trained Copy That became a dual Cup winner by sailing home to win the 3200m race at Addington Raceway with relative ease.

Having led most of the way, Copy That held-off Majestic Cruiser by three-quarters of a length. Spankem and Akuta finished third and fourth, having confirmed their placings after a steward’s enquiry.

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Last year Green was forced to watch the horse win from his Lincoln Farm base because of the pandemic. This time he was at the track to witness the victory, and paid tribute to the horse that was driven to perfection by Orange.

”You nailed it,’’ Green, 77, said when a Trackside TV presenter noted it was clear that Copy That meant a great deal to him. Also “It is much nicer to, sort of, witness it. It’s great.’’

When asked what he was thinking when Orange guided the horse to the front of the field at the start of the race, Green said he was confident of success.


After Covid restrictions limited last year’s Trotting Cup to just 1000 patrons, a full crowd has returned to Addington Raceway for this year’s race day.

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