The Lord Mayor’s Cup, first held in 1979 as a Listed race over 2,200 metres, was initially won by Pay The Purple. Two years later the distance of the race decreased to 1,200 metres, before increasing to its original distance again in 1984. Between 1986 and 2005 the Lord Mayor’s Cup has varied its distance, ranging between 2,000 metres and 2,050 metres, however since 2006 has been set at 1,615 metres. In 2000, the race elevated from Listed to a Group 3 status event.
Over the years, the Lord Mayor’s Cup has been referred to by many different names; originally the BATC Labour Day Cup. Since then is has also been called the BATC Seven National News Handicap, the BATC Carnival Handicap, the BTC Doomben Carnival Cup, and since 2005 – the BTC Lord Mayor’s Cup.
Lord Mayor’s Cup winners have varied in overall skill across the years, but always win with a fantastic run. Notable Lord Mayor’s Cup winners include legend Gunsynd (1971), inconsistent performer Sky Heights (2001) and Our Cavalier (1976, ’80). Since Cool Gent’s victory at the race’s inaugural run in 1956, Lord Mayor’s Cup winners have maintained a tradition of very respectable victories.
Lord Mayor’s Cup winners since 1970 are listed below.
Lord Mayor’s Cup Winners
|2014||Angel Of Mercy|
|1998||Only A Lady|
|1997||race not held|
|1996||race not held|
|1987||Stars Are Easy|
|1983||race not held|
|1979||Pay The Purple|