The David Jones Cup 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 $125,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 David Jones Cup was won by Vanbrugh from Tom Melbourne with It's Somewhat third.
Held on the final day of the Melbourne Racing Club's three-day racing carnival, the David Jones Cup takes place alongside the MRC's biggest race, the Group 1 Caulfield Cup.
|Date:||Saturday 21st October 2017|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
The David Jones Cup 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.
Known as the Coongy Handicap, the David Jones Cup provides a handy lead-up race for horses who may be contesting the Caulfield Cup. In recent times it has 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.
Vanbrugh (2016) finished unplaced in the Gr1 Epsom Handicap over 1600m at Randwick in Sydney before travelling to Melbourne to win this event in solid style and recent David Jones Cup winners have been Stratum Star (2015) and Contributer (2014).
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. $5.00 Vanbrugh 54.5 Ben Melham
2. $4.80 Tom Melbourne 54.0 Dwayne Dunn
3. $2.60 It's Somewhat 59.0 Hugh Bowman
4. $101.00 Rose Of Virginia 54.0 Ben E Thompson
5. $26.00 Honorius 54.0 Dean Yendall
6. $21.00 Bring Something 54.0 Craig Newitt
7. $13.00 The Cleaner 59.0 Steven Arnold
8. $5.50 Maurus 55.5 Craig Williams
9. $51.00 Calvin Williams 54.0 Michael Dee
Margins: 0.5 len, 3 len
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|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|