The Seymour Cup is a Open Handicap open handicap 1600 race held annually on a Sunday at Seymour racecourse during the Melbourne Spring racing carnival in mid October. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Seymour Cup was won by Balf's Choice from Radipole with Moss'n'Dale third.
The Seymour Racing Club is situated just off the Hume Highway, 100km from central Melbourne, and is located in the heartland of Victoria’s Thoroughbred Country, the home of Darley, Swettenham and Chatswood Studs.
A $5.15 million track upgrade took place at Seymour during the 2016/2017 season. The Seymour Cup did not take place in 2018 as the track was unfit for racing.
|Date:||Sunday 21st October 2018|
|Track:||Seymour racecourse, Seymour|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2017 Winner:||Balf's Choice|
The Seymour Cup is an above average country cup and generally assembles competitive horses on the country circuit while every now and then a good class city galloper may make the trip to Seymour for the easier pickings on offer.
South Australian trained Balf's Choice (2017) ran fifth in the Listed Tokyo City Cup over 1800m at Morphettville in Adelaide before heading to Seymour to win this event and recent Seymour Cup winners include Turn Me Loose (2015) and Bel Thor (2014).
The race is a country cup over the shorter distance of 1600m and is not traditonally a good guide to the major middle distance or mile races of the spring carnival, although Turn Me Loose (2015) headed to Moonee Valley at his next start to win the Gr2 Crystal Mile before winning the major mile race of the spring, the Gr1 Emirates Stakes.
Tears I Cry (3rd in 2007) placed in the Crystal Mile at his next start on WS Cox Plate day before going on to win the the Emirates Stakes on the final day of the Flemington carnival.
Gates Open: 10.30am
Children 16 and under, free when accompanied by an adult
Seymour Racing Club
55 Kobyboyn Road (Po Box 85)
Seymour, VIC, 3660
Tel: 03 5799 1681
Seymour race track has a circumference of 1800m with a straight length of 380m. The soil is sandy loam and provides an all weather grass track throughout the year. All races up to 1300m have to negotiate only one turn. which is the turn into the straight.
1. $18.00 Balf's Choice 54.0 Joe Bowditch
2. $10.00 Radipole 54.0 Patrick Moloney
3. $3.90 Moss 'n' Dale 54.0 Anthony Darmanin
4. $4.60 Ecuador 60.0 Adam Hyeronimus
5. $5.50 Pure Pride 54.5 Stephen Baster
6. $18.00 Big Blue 54.0 Michael Dee
7. $51.00 Refulgent 54.0 Harry Coffey
8. $9.50 Pajaro 55.5 Luke Currie
9. $41.00 By The Grace 54.0 Boris Thornton
10. $26.00 Mighty Like 54.0 Dwayne Dunn
11. $201.00 Magicool 54.5 Christopher Brown
12. $13.00 Charmed Harmony 57.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
Margins: 0.2 len, 0.3 len
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|2015||Turn Me Loose||Scream Machine||Garud||1:35.0|
|2014||Bel Thor||Our Hand Of Faith||Another Prelate||1:36.4|
|2012||Callanish||Over Quota||Tribal Rock||1:36.4|
|2010||Our Lukas||Conquering||Red Colossus||1:35.5|
|2009||Mandela||Pillar Of Hercules||Excelltastic||1:35.7|
|2008||Aztec Smytzer||God's Hand||Dorabella||1:35.7|
|2007||Correct Amoondo||You Sexy Boy||Tears I Cry||1:37.4|
|2006||Thin And Crispy||Hidden Strings||Lifes A Bounty||1:36.1|
|2005||Lifes A Bounty||Stamen||Requisite||1:34.6|
|2002||Dane River||Brittish Buska||Gunnamatta||1:34.3|
|2000||Panoramic Lad||Gold Boom||Vetyvere||1:35.7|
|1999||Typhoon Barney||Stormy Jim||Honourable Mention||1:35.9|
|1998||Final Teppo||Party Prince||Siri Nelg||1:36.9|
|1996||Video Fan||McGuane||Confirmed Bachelor||1:39.2|
|1994||Spring Theme||Strike High||Sable Dreamer||1:37.7|
|1993||State Taj||Lord Keitel||Blame||1:40.3|
|1992||Coolong Road||Mamzelle Perdu||Time Of My Life||1:38.0|
|1991||Purple Curse||Ritual Star||High Waters||1:38.1|
|1990||Zaparri||Brilliant Invasion||Universal Ambition||1:33.5|
|1989||Cosign||Mind My Boy||Black Charleston||1:39.5|
|1988||Water Boatman||Springfield Lad||Kingston Lane||1:38.5|
The Seymour Cup was not run in 2016 due to track upgrades.