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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
Date: Sunday 12th October 2014
Track: Cranbourne racecourse, Cranbourne
Distance: 2025 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Listed
Prizemoney: $200,000
2013 Winner: Pakal

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.
Adults: $25
Concession: $20
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.

Cranbourne Track Map

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

then followed
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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Cranbourne Cup recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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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