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The Cranbourne Cup is a Open Handicap open handicap race held 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 2014 Cranbourne Cup was won by Mourinho from More than Sacred with Le Roi third.
Cranbourne racecourse is located south-east of Melbourne on the South Gippsland Highway.
2016 Cranbourne Cup info
Sunday 9th October 2016
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 more than handy types most of the time who will continue to perform well in similar type country cups throughout the spring.
In recent times the Cranbourne Cup has produced a Sandown Classic winner in Sertorious (2nd in 2013), Melbourne Cup runner-up, On a Jeune (2004), and a Caulfield Cup third placegetter, Barbaricus (2nd in 2008).
Mourinho (2014) ran third in the Gr3 JRA Cup over 2040m at Moonee Valley prior to winning this event and recent Cranbourne Cup winners include Pakal (2013) and Midnight Martini (2012).
Spring Carnival Guide
This race has proven an average guide to the major staying races in Melbourne during the spring carnival over the years 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, Pakal (2013) managed to win the Gr3 Carlyon Cup at Caulfield the following autumn, while Sertorius (2nd in 2013) won the listed Bendigo Cup at Bendigo, finished second in the Gr2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington, before winning the Sandown Classic at Sandown. Vatuvei (8th in 2012) then won the Gr2 Moonee Valley Cup at Moonee Valley.
On a Jeune (2004) finished second in the 2005 Melbourne Cup the following year and Barbaricus (2nd in 2008) went on to run third next start in the Caulfield Cup before running second in the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes on Derby Day.
Cranbourne Cup day information
Gate open at 10:30am
Kids under 18: Free
Members Reserve tickets - $22.00
No BYO Alcohol
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.
2014 Cranbourne Cup result
1. $4.60 Mourinho 59.0 Craig Newitt
2. $8.50 More Than Sacred 54.0 Glen Boss
3. $3.80 Le Roi 57.0 Damien Oliver
4. $9.00 Count Encosta 54.0 Dean Yendall
4. $9.00 Epingle 57.0 Luke Nolen
6. $26.00 Ali Vital 54.0 Darren Gauci
7. $7.50 Mr O’Ceirin 59.5 Craig Williams
8. $21.00 First Course 54.0 Ms Jackie Beriman
9. $11.00 At First Sight 56.5 Brad Rawiller
10. $41.00 You Think So 54.0 Jake Bayliss
11. $51.00 Black Tycoon 58.5 Ben Melham
12. $101.00 Rowland 54.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
Margins: 1/4 len, 1/2 len Time: 2:06.47
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