The Coongy Handicap is a Group 3 open handicap race held at Caulfield racecourse each year in October during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Coongy Handicap resulted in a dead-heat for first between =1 Mask Of Time and =1 Best Of Days with Life Less Ordinary third.
Held on the final day of the Melbourne Racing Club's three-day racing carnival, the Coongy Handicap takes place alongside the MRC's biggest race, the Group 1 Caulfield Cup.
|Date:||Saturday 20th October 2018|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||Mask Of Time & Best Of Days (Dead-heat)|
The Coongy Handicap is a middle distance race for open horses and attracts handy milers and those horses looking to step up in distance towards the longer races to come during the spring carnival.
This event provides a handy lead-up race for horses who may be contesting the Caulfield Cup. In recent times it has also proven a reasonable guide to upcoming distance races such as the Gr2 Moonee Valley Cup at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day and the Gr2 The Lexus Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day.
Mask Of Time ran fourth in the Gr3 JRA Cup over 2040m at Moonee Valley and Best Of Days finised runner-up in a Handicap race over 1700m at Caulfield before dead-heating for first in this event.
Recent Coongy Handicap winners include Kiwia (2017) and Vanbrugh (2016).
This race has not been a great guide to any upcoming big race winners and the most recent winner to do anything of note was Ginga Dude (2010) who went on to run third in the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day. Dream Pedlar (4th in 2010) managed to win the listed Bendigo Cup later in the month at Epsom racecourse in Bendigo.
Shocking (2009) scored a big win in the the The Lexus Stakes on Derby day before winning the Melbourne Cup the following Tuesday and Baughurst (2008-09) went on to run placings in both the 2008 Moonee Valley Cup and 2008 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Fire in the Night (2007) ran 3rd in the listed HKJC Plate on Melbourne Cup day of the same year, while Maybe Better (2006) went on to win The Lexus Stakes on Derby day before running 3rd in that years Melbourne Cup.
=1. $6.50 Mask Of Time 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy
=1. $2.05 Best Of Days 54.5 James McDonald
3. $8.00 Life Less Ordinary 58.0 Zac Purton
4. $6.50 Mahamedeis 54.0 James Winks
5. $26.00 Samovare 54.5 Damien Oliver
6. $13.00 Tally 59.0 Damian Lane
7. $10.00 Sir Charles Road 58.0 Dwayne Dunn
Margins: 1.5 len, 1 len
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|2018||=1 Mask Of Time||=1 Best Of Days||Life Less Ordinary||2:07.0|
|2016||Vanbrugh||Tom Melbourne||It's Somewhat||2:02.1|
|2015||Stratum Star||Awesome Rock||Leebaz||2:02.1|
|2011||Foreteller||Extra Zero||Midnight Martini||2:03.1|
|2007||Fire In The Night||Molotov||Pachino||2:02.4|
|2006||Maybe Better||King Of Ashford||Temple Hills||2:01.2|
|2004||Reclaim||Pretorius||Star Of Grechen||2:05.7|
|2002||Mr Lofty||Little Miss Quick||Society Beau||2:02.|
|2001||Citras Prince||Indian Ridge||Tempest Morn||2:04.1|
|1999||Oliver Twist||Make A Scene||Nahayan||2:03.5|
|1998||Its All In Fun||Kalastaire||Madonna||2:16.3|
|1997||Our Sumo||Sunny Lane||Toil||2:15.8|
|1996||Circles Of Gold||Filante||Beau Heed||2:03.0|
|1994||Excited Angel||Ball Park||Over The Top||2:02.8|
|1992||Fraar||Brave Expectations||Mountain Rule||2:02.5|
|1989||Eye Of The Sky||Perfect Answer||Chigarow||2:01.6|
|1988||Ideal Centreman||Be Reasonable||Exocet||2:00.1|