The Geelong Cup is a Group 3 open handicap race held annually midweek on a Wednesday each October at Geelong racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $300,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Geelong Cup was won by Runaway from Northwest Passage with Finche third.
The Geelong Racing Club is located about 72 kilometres south-west of Melbourne and is one of the major country cups held outside of the metropolitan area during the spring.
|Date:||Wednesday 23rd October 2019|
|Track:||Geelong racecourse, Geelong|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
The Geelong Cup is usually a very strong country cup with multiple winners in recent times going on to be run very well in the Melbourne Cup. The race tends to attract good class city gallopers who might be heading on to the big race on the first Tuesday in November.
International horses often use the Geelong Cup as a final tune-up for the better spring races ahead, especially on the first Tuesday in November. In the past few years this race has grown in stature and assembled fields worthy of city class racing.
Runaway (2018) ran fourth in the Listed Cranbourne Cup over 2025m at Cranbourne before leading all the way to win this event for the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott stable. Recent Geelong Cup winners include Vengeur Masque (2017) and Qewy (2016).
The Geelong Cup has been a reasonable guide to the Melbourne Cup in recent years with Dunaden (2011), Americain (2010) and Media Puzzle (2002) winning our most famous race after taking out this event.
Crime Scene (6th in 2009) finished runner-up to Shocking in the 2009 Melbourne Cup after running in the Geelong Cup beforehand, while Bauer (2008) was beaten by the narrowest margin in the Melbourne Cup at his next run.
Earlier, On A Jeune (2005) ran second in the 2005 Melbourne Cup, Zazzman (2003) ran third in the 2004 Melbourne Cup, while She's Archie (2nd in 2003) went on to run second to Makybe Diva in that year's Melbourne Cup.
Outside the Melbourne Cup, the Michael Moroney trained Vengeur Masque ran second in the Gr3 The Lexus Stakes and won the Gr3 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes during the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington. Classy international stayer Oceanographer (3rd in 2016) scored an outstanding victory in The Lexus Stakes and ATB's Dandino (2nd in 2015) took out the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Tanby (2nd in 2011) won the listed Bendigo Cup at Bendigo at his next start and Moatise (2nd in 2008) went on to win The Lexus Stakes at Flemington. Cast a keen eye over this race in late October if history is any guide.
General admission: $30.00
(Aged, TPI & Disability card holders only, concession does not include student concession)
Geelong Racing Club
99 Breakwater Road, Breakwater, Victoria 3219
PO Box 1818, Geelong, Victoria 3220
Tel: 03 5229 4414
Geelong race track has two courses - Grass and ThoroughTrack.
The Grass track has a spacious circuit with wide sweeping turns and a circumference of 2043 metres and a long straight of 400 metres. Most starts have a field limit of 16 when the rail is in the true position. Overall it is an excellent wet weather racing surface.
Is a 16m wide synthetic track with a circumference of 1858 metres and a straight length of 332 metres with the rail permanently in the true position. The 1550m start begins on the grass surface and horses cover approximately 60m on the grass track before they reach the ThoroughTrack. Fields are limited to 12 from all starts except 1550m which is 10 horses.
1. $16.00 Runaway 54.0 Stephen Baster
2. $9.50 Northwest Passage 54.5 Dwayne Dunn
3. $4.80 Finche 59.0 Hugh Bowman
4. $6.50 Midterm 54.5 Ben Melham
5. $201.00 Master Zephyr 54.0 Harry Coffey
6. $31.00 Casterton 55.5 Michael Walker
7. $301.00 Chequered Flag 54.0 Beau Mertens
8. $3.20 Withhold 58.0 Kerrin McEvoy
9. $13.00 Haripour 54.0 Luke Nolen
10. $91.00 Wheal Leisure 54.0 Jye McNeil
11. $9.50 Yogi 54.5 Dean Yendall
12. $151.00 Zacada 56.5 Damian Lane
13. $26.00 One Foot In Heaven 58.0 Corey Brown
14. $301.00 Guardini 54.0 Ben Thompson
15. $31.00 Wall Of Fire 57.0 Mark Zahra
Margins: 0.75 len, 0.75 len
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|2017||Vengeur Masque||Gallic Chieftain||Violate||2:29.3|
|2014||Caravan Rolls On||Marksmanship||Like A Carousel||2:31.2|
|2009||Leica Ding||Dandaad||Sterling Prince||2:27.5|
|2007||The Fuzz||Zavite||Desert Master||2:27.0|
|2005||On A Jeune||Brave Lancer||Men At Work||2:26.7|
|2004||Pacific Dancer||Devastating||Diamond Jake||2:26.5|
|2002||Media Puzzle (USA)||Requiem||Donarch||2:25.9|
|1999||Bohemiath||Oregon Star||Lady Elsie||2:29.1|
|1998||Ancient City||Oregon Star||True And Easy||2:27.8|
|1997||Oregon Star||Scrupulous||Sunny Lane||2:31.1|
|1996||Hereditas||Aphasia =2||True Identity =2||2:28.9|
|1994||Grass Valley||Toll Bell||Paxmat Will||2:30.5|
|1993||Ultimate Aim||Kawtuban||Ancient Ritual||2:28.8|
|1992||Ali Boy||Notwithstanding||Mr. Eurostar||2:30.2|
|1990||Mr Brooker||Spring Thaw||Fame The Spur||2:29.3|
|1989||Sea Legend =1||Pacific Mirage =1||Island Spy||2:31.2|
|1988||Our Classic Boy||Ebeli Show||Bronze Knight||2:28.8|