The JRA Cup is a Group 3 open handicap race that takes place towards the end of September at Moonee Valley racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2040 metres and offers $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 JRA Cup was won by Real Love from Maurus with Tarquin third.
Held on Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes night on Grand Final eve at Moonee Valley, the JRA Cup was upgraded from a listed race to a Group 3 event for the 2010/2011 racing season.
|Date:||Friday 29th September 2017|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2016 Winner:||Real Love|
The JRA Cup has grown in stature over the past few years and serves as an ideal race for staying types honing their fitness for the quality longer races to come during the carnival. The field generally assembles more than handy types as a rule but in recent times has managed to produce a Melbourne Cup and WS Cox Plate winner.
Shocking (3rd in 2009) ran third in this race before going on to taste success in the Melbourne Cup in November, while Maldivian (2007) won the WS Cox Plate the following year. Master O'Reilly (3rd in 2007) was successful in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup the following month and the JRA Cup has proven a pivotal race of the spring in recent years.
A race such as the Gr 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the last day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival might also be on the long term plans for horses contesting this event. Capecover (7th in 2008) won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes after being unplaced in this event and Ironstein (3rd in 2012) managed to place in both races.
Real Love (2016) finished seventh in the Gr3 Naturalism Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield before proving much too good for her rivals in this event and recent JRA Cup winners have been Escado (2015) and The Cleaner (2014).
The United States (6th in 2015) won the Gr2 Moonee Valley Cup at Moonee Valley after his unplaced run in this event, while Ironstein (3rd in 2012) finished third in the Moonee Valley Cup before running second in the Gr3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Domesky (3rd in 2011) managed to win the listed Ballarat Cup at Dowling Forest after running third in the JRA Cup
Precedence (2010) ran third in the Gr2 Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield and then won the Moonee Valley Cup at Moonee Valley, while Linton (3rd in 2010) won the Herbert Power Stakes before finishing runner-up in the Gr3 The Lexus Stakes at Flemington.
1. $3.40 Real Love 58.0 Brad Rawiller
2. $12.00 Maurus 57.0 Craig Williams
3. $21.00 Tarquin 54.0 Michael Dee
4. $26.00 Go Dreaming 54.0 Dean Yendall
5. $3.90 Observational 55.0 Damien Oliver
6. $4.40 Tom Melbourne 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
7. $17.00 Arab Dawn 56.0 Ben Melham
8. $19.00 Bold Sniper 54.5 Cory Parish
9. $18.00 Magnapal 57.0 Luke Currie
10. $21.00 Taiyoo 56.5 Mark Zahra
Margins: 3 len, 2.75 len
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