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The Newcastle Cup has long been one of the leadup races for the major Spring Handicaps like the Metropolitan, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup. From September through to November many of the Victorian provincial clubs also have their annual cup day. If you're in the area a visit to a cup day meeting is an experience you'll never forget, especially if you win.

The parade ring Newcastle Cup 2003


Newcastle bookmaker Wayne McDonald's electronic Bookers Board. Note the separate prices for win and place.

It is rare these days for bookmakers to offer traditional each-way odds which by regulation guarantees the punter a return for the place side of the bet.


Amelia Burton discussing form for the Cup with one of the regulars on Newcastle Cup Day.


The scene in the betting ring on Newcastle Cup Day 2003.

The race was won by 'Comforts'.


Well known form analyst (and our editor) Garry Robinson makes an early collect.


Inside the Racing Museum at Newcastle's Broadmeadow Race Track.

The museum is open on race days and there are organised tours at 1pm.


The old manual Jockeys Board at Broadmeadow Race Track.


It looks like a roll call of some of Australia's best Jockeys, past and present including L Dittman, Wayne Harris, Darren Beadman while still an apprentice, Ron Quinton and many more.


Amelia Burton sought out one of the most experienced tote operators to place her trifecta bets.

Alan has been working on the tote at Newcastle for over 20 years.


The Bookmakers overflowed into the lawn on Newcastle Cup Day.


Professional Punter Amelia Burton placing fixed odds Quinella bets with Bookmaker John Reid.

Fixed odds Quinella bets are a recent innovation by bookmakers.

For more information on Newcastle racing click here

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