The Moonee Valley Cup is a Group 2 set weight and penalties event that takes place at Moonee Valley racecourse in October during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2500 metres and worth $300,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Moonee Valley Cup was won by Grand Marshal from Who Shot Thebarman with Pentathlon third.
The Moonee Valley Cup is held alongside the Moonee Valley Racing Club's premier race of the spring, the Group 1 WS Cox Plate.
|Date:||Saturday 28th October 2017|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||4yo&Up - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2016 Winner:||Grand Marshal|
The Moonee Valley Cup is the major distance race on Moonee Valley's biggest race day of the spring and while the race is only Gr2 status and does not have the prestige of the big spring races such as the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup, it does have its own niche on the racing calendar for stayers.
Horses contesting this race may be either heading towards the Melbourne Cup, or simply be stayers not good enough for the major staying events and looking for something a bit easier and the Moonee Valley Cup fits the bill nicely.
More often than not, the Moonee Valley Cup will assemble above average stayers rather than the elite, although class gallopers Americain (2011) and Zipping (2006) have won the race in recent times. More often than not the Moonee Valley Cup winner has simply been a more than handy type who proved the best stayer on the day.
Grand Marshal (2016) ran ninth in the Gr1 The Metropolitan over 2400m at Randwick in Sydney before heading to Melbourne to score a strong victory in this event and recent Moonee Valley Cup winners include The United States (2015) and Prince Of Penzance (2014).
The Moonee Valley Cup hasn't been a great guide to the Melbourne Cup over the years and Kingston Rule (1990) was the last horse to win both races, although Prince Of Penzance (2nd in 2016) went on to win the Melbourne Cup with Michelle Payne aboard. Mr Prudent (2nd in 2002) placed in both races, while Brew (2nd in 2000) managed to win the Melbourne Cup in the same year. Precedence (2010) finished eighth in the Melbourne Cup after winning this race.
Precedence (2013) returned three years later to win this race before heading to Flemington to claim the Gr3 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2600m on the final day of the four-day Melbourne Cup carnival.
Americain (2011) went on to win the Gr2 Sandown Classic at Sandown after taking out the Moonee Valley Cup and prior to that Capecover (3rd in 2010) ran and Baughurst (2nd 2008) both went on to run second & third respectively in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington on Emirates Stakes day.
Zipping (2006) won the Sandown Classic in four consecutive years from 2007 to 2010.
1. $2.00 Grand Marshal 58.0 Ben Melham
2. $3.00 Who Shot Thebarman 57.0 Hugh Bowman
3. $8.00 Pentathlon 55.0 Luke Nolen
4. $4.00 Excess Knowledge 56.0 Vlad Duric
5. $10.00 White Dollar Sign 55.0 Ms Holly McKechnie
6. $7.00 The Bandit 55.0 Craig Newitt
7. $1.00 Gallante 58.0 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $6.00 Master Zephyr 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
9. $9.00 Second Wave 55.5 James McDonald
10. $5.00 Authoritarian 56.0 Daniel Moor
Margins: 0.75 len, 3.50 len
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|2016||Grand Marshal||Who Shot Thebarman||Pentathlon||2:41.4|
|2015||The United States||Prince Of Penzance||Bohemian Lily||2:34.4|
|2014||Prince Of Penzance||Le Roi||Au Revoir||2:36.0|
|2013||Precedence||Shoreham||Gotta Take Care||2:36.9|
|2009||The Sportsman||Irazu||Think Money||2:37.3|
|2007||Gallic||Lazer Sharp||Jukebox Johnny||2:36.5|
|2004||Another Warrior||Rizon||Hard To Get||2:37.1|
|2002||Thong Classic||Rain Gauge||Mr Prudent||2:40.9|
|2001||Rain Gauge||Spirit Of Westbury||Big Pat||2;37.6|
|1997||Court Of Honour||Linesman||Yobro||2:36.8|
|1994||Top Rating||Starstruck||Our Pompeii||2:45.9|
|1992||Donegal Mist||Cross Swords||Fraar||2:38.0|
|1991||Al Maheb||The Hipprogriff||Rasheek||2:41.9|
|1990||Kingston Rule||Flying Luskin||Chaleyer||2:40.1|