The Cranbourne Cup is a Open Handicap open handicap race that takes place annually on a Sunday at Cranbourne racecourse during the Melbourne Spring racing carnival in mid October. The race is run over a distance of 2025 metres and worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2013 Cranbourne Cup was won by Pakal from Sertorius with Mourinho third.
Cranbourne racecourse is located south-east of Melbourne on the South Gippsland Highway.
Cranbourne Cup info
Sunday 12th October 2014
Cranbourne racecourse, Cranbourne
The Cranbourne Cup is an above average country cup with good prizemoney and is one of the bigger country cups on the racing calendar each year.
The race tends to attract handy types most of the time, although in recent years it has produced a Melbourne Cup placegetter with On a Jeune (2004) finishing second in the 2005 Melbourne Cup and Barbaricus (2nd in 2008) running a very good third in the Caulfield Cup less than a week later.
Pakal (2013) ran fourth in the Gr3 Naturalism Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield prior to winning this event and recent Cranbourne Cup winners include Boom 'N' Zoom (2011) and Starmon (2010).
Spring Carnival Guide
The race is not a very good guide to the major staying races in Melbourne during the spring carnival and the winner is usually just a handy stayer who is competitive in the city and stronger than the country class horses who normally contest this race.
Having said that, Vatuvei (8th in 2012) went on to win the Gr2 Moonee Valley Cup at his next start after running eighth in this event.
However, On a Jeune (2004) managed to run second in the Melbourne Cup the following year in 2005. Barbaricus (2nd in 2008) ran third next start in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup(2400m) before running second in the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes over 2000m on Derby Day.
Cranbourne Cup day information
Gates Open: 10:00am
First race: 12:00pm approx.
Last race: 5:00pm approx.
Children 17 and under: Free
Cranbourne Turf Club
Grant Street, Cranbourne
PO Box 37, Victoria 3977
Tel: 03-5996 1300
Cranbourne Track Map Cranbourne race track has a circumference of 1700m with long runs to the first turns in all race starts. It has an uphill run from the 600m to the winning post and a straight length of 300m. The surface is well grassed and irrigated and the track races well all year round.
2013 Cranbourne Cup result
1. $4.60 Pakal 60.0 Glen Boss
2. $10.00 Sertorius 58.0 Ryan Maloney
3. $15.00 Mourinho 59.0 Craig Newitt
4. $26.00 Bel Thor 54.0 Chad Schofield
5. $3.00 Star Rolling 56.5 Reece Wheeler
6. $12.00 Shoreham 58.5 Chris Symons
7. $41.00 Zabisco 54.5 Damien Oliver
8. $17.00 Bit Of Hell 58.5 Dwayne Dunn
9. $31.00 Vizhaka 54.0 B Knobel
10. $21.00 Lord Durante 54.0 Darren Gauci
11. $9.00 Flying Hussler 57.0 Peter Mertens
12. $151.00 Quick Bond 54.0 Lincoln Coffey
13. $51.00 Love For Ransom 54.0 Luke Nolen
14. $61.00 Cuban Sunday 54.0 Damian Lane
Margins: 2 1/4 len, short 1/2 head Time: 2:06.30
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