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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.

Cranbourne Cup info
Date: Sunday 12th October 2014
Track: Cranbourne racecourse, Cranbourne
Distance: 2025 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Listed
Prizemoney: $200,000
2014 Winner: Mourinho

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.

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Cranbourne Cup day information
Gate open at 10:30am
Adults: $25
Concession: $20.
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.

Cranbourne Track Map

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

then followed
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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Cranbourne Cup recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Mourinho More than Sacred Le Roi 2:06.4
2013 Pakal Sertorius Mourinho 2:06.3
2012 Midnight Martini Streets Away Streaky Fella 2:06.8
2011 Boom N Zoom Paddy OReilly Ginga Dude 2:06.6
2010 Starmon My Bentley Tube 2:06.8
2009 Sermon Stormhill The Sportsman 2.04:8
2008 Majestical Barbaricus Chantal Sally 2:03.1
2007 Emerald Jack Blue Collar Jack El Pretender 2:05.6
2006 Blue Collar Jack Octrivia Professional Lady 2:06.5
2005 Show Barry Tosen Dandy (Jpn) Irish Crusader 2:04.6
2004 On A Jeune Da Capo Bedouin 2:03.4
2003 Kattavia Out Of Options Pinstripe 2:07.5
2002 Eagle Rhythm Adolescence Hail 2:03.9
2001 Bush Padre Captivator Spirit Of Westbury 2:04.5
2000 Brave Chief Yammer Figurehead 2:02.6
1999 Figurehead Ihtiyati Light Work 2:02.4
1998 Lisas Game Rover Hurricane Storm 2:06.4
1997 Sweet Delight Rover Waterford Road 2:02.9
1996 Hereditas Dancing Sun Brilliant Poet 2:03.9
1995 Waikikamukau Yes Indeed Sky Burner 2:07.1
1994 Main Strike Paxmat Will Sari Club 2:10.4
1993 Anfitrion Golden Serpent Bon Precieux 2:07.5
1992 Big Barron Malahide Stylish Twig 2:11.7
1991 Newbury Star Centro Imperial Salute 2:05.1
1990 Universal Ambition Rays Hope Charged 2:08.6
1989 Our Watchman Cosign Our Magic Man 2:11.3
1988 Celtic Spirit Toyed Algonquin Club 2:08.6

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