Moonee Valley Cup

The Moonee Valley Gold Cup is a Group 2 race for stayers on Cox Plate Day

2016 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: Grand Marshal
  • 2nd: Who Shot Thebarman
  • 3rd: Pentathlon

Moonee Valley Cup News

Melbourne Cup 2017 Take Four for Who Shot Thebarman

Melbourne Cup 2017 Take Four for Who Shot Thebarman

Chris Waller’s evergreen veteran stayer Who Shot Thebarman is in the paddock gearing up for a fourth shot at the ‘race that stops a nation’ with the 2017 Melbourne Cup target pending in the spring. The rising nine-year-old has been ultra-consistent in the two mile classics down under since the son of Yamanin Vital transferred…

The 2016 Moonee Valley Cup, officially the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, is the major distance event held at the Moonee Valley Racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in late October. The 2500m event usually attracts a niche group of stayers that could be looking to back-up on the first Tuesday of November in the iconic $2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles at Flemington.

The last Melbourne Cup winner to come off a Moonee Valley Gold Cup run was Prince Of Penzance (2nd in 2015) who won the ‘race that stops a nation’ at Melbourne Cup odds of $101!

Worth $300,000 in prize money, the set weights and penalties event is open to all horses aged four years and over. The October event takes place on the Cox Plate Day which also includes a host of other Group raced headlined by the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).

The Moonee Valley Cup is part of Cox Plate Day and in 2016 it runs on Saturday October 22nd.

Moonee Valley Gold Cup
Date: October 22nd
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Race Type: 4YO+ Set Weights & Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

Moonee Valley Gold Cup Betting Odds

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2016 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Field

The 2016 Moonee Valley Cup field and barrier draw was released on Wednesday October 19 and features 10 stayers including the Chris Waller-trained Who Shot Thebarman and Excess Knoweldge prepared by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.

Check out the full 2016 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Final Field & Barriers below, following the link for a detailed race preview.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 0069x031x2 GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Kerrin McEvoy 4 58kg 108
2 08533×7269 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Joao Moreira 6 58kg 106
3 90324×6527 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 9 57kg 109
4 217x20x983 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Vlad Duric 2 56kg 105
5 0x00915911 AUTHORITARIAN Lee & Anthony Freedman Daniel Moor 8 56kg 92
6 76144×3626 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) Darren Weir Dwayne Dunn 1 55kg 87
7 x81642x475 THE BANDIT (JPN) John Sadler Craig Newitt 3 55kg 78
8 113254×067 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Luke Nolen 10 55kg 98
9 213141x24x SECOND WAVE (IRE) Charlie Appleby James McDonald 7 55kg 99
10 4×91259841 WHITE DOLLAR SIGN John Thom Ms Holly McKechnie 5 55kg 69

Moonee Valley Cup Nominations

The 2016 Moonee Valley Cup nominations were released by Racing Victoria on Monday October 17 and feature 25 stayers including reigning Sydney Cup winner Gallante and the fellow Robert Hickmott-trained Assign coming off a win in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m).

See below for the official 2016 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Nominations and for more information on the early entries follow the link.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 0069x031x2 GALLANTE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 1 58kg 108
2 08533×7269 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 2 58kg 106
3 25305×9340 SET SQUARE M 5 Ciaron Maher 3 56kg 105
4 90324×6527 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 4 57kg 109
5 8x1153x921 ASSIGN (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 5 57kg 100
6 4×23114407 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 6 56.5kg 110
7 x221x66511 ALMANDIN (GER) G 7 Robert Hickmott 7 56.5kg 103
8 217x20x983 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 8 56kg 105
9 0x00915911 AUTHORITARIAN G 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 9 56kg 92
10 6850555493 TUNES G 8 Grant Young 10 55kg 78
11 22x323x500 SECOND BULLET G 6 Danny O’Brien 11 55kg 93
12 03x8148x07 ARAB DAWN (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 12 55kg 97
13 322x01170x KINEMA (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 13 55kg 94
14 009x830x33 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 14 55kg 97
15 689x10x720 BLIZZARD (NZ) G 6 Emma-Lee & David Browne 15 55kg 88
16 955523331x WELLS G 9 Kathryn Durden 16 55kg 75
17 76144×3626 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 5 Darren Weir 17 55kg 87
18 32x1837x8x GREY LION (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani 18 55kg 100
19 x81642x475 THE BANDIT (JPN) H 5 John Sadler 19 55kg 78
20 113254×067 PENTATHLON (NZ) G 5 John Wheeler 20 55kg 98
21 322x00x22x QEWY (IRE) G 7 Charlie Appleby 21 55kg 93
22 213141x24x SECOND WAVE (IRE) G 5 Charlie Appleby 22 55kg 99
23 143x60x46x FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE) G 7 Charlie Appleby 23 55kg 85
24 6x11x4017x OCEANOGRAPHER (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 24 55kg 88
25 4×91259841 WHITE DOLLAR SIGN G 5 John Thom 25 55kg 69

Moonee Valley Cup History

First held in 1883, the Moonee Valley Cup was originally an eight furlong event when it was won by Castaway. Over the years the event has changed its distance over six times ranging from eight, six and seven furlongs to eleven, twelve, ten, thirteen furlongs. Eventually it became a 2600m race before it was reduced down to 2500m.

Originally a Principal race, the Moonee Valley Cup became a Group 3 race in 1979 and was then elevated to Group 2 status in 1980. Also known as the Cathay Pacific Gold Cup, Grosby Gold Cup and Governors’ Stakes, the event has had several double winners including Little Bob (1891-92), Gladwyn (1914-15), Gilltown (1939-40) and Valcurl (1945-46).

Kingston Rule was only horse competent enough to win the Melbourne Cup after winning the Moonee Valley Cup in 1990. The record for the fastest winning time since 1988 belongs to Prince Standaan with 2 minutes 36.3 seconds in 1998. The slowest winning time was recorded by Ideal Centreman in 1988 with 2 minutes 46.4 seconds.

Moonee Valley Cup results, winners and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

Recent Moonee Valley Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Grand Marshal 2 minutes 41.42 seconds
2nd Who Shot Thebarman
3rd Pentathlon
Moonee Valley Cup
1st The United States 2 minutes 34.4 seconds
2nd Prince Of Penzance
3rd Bohemian Lily
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Prince Of Penzance 2 minutes 36.0 seconds
2nd Le Roi
3rd Au Revoir
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Precedence 2 minutes 36.9 seconds
2nd Shoreham
3rd Gotta Take Care
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Vatuvei 2 minutes 35.73 seconds
2nd Reuben Percival
3rd Ironstein
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Americain 2 minutes 36.41 seconds
2nd Tullamore
3rd Illo
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Precedence 2 minutes 38.94 seconds
2nd Above Average
3rd Capecover
Moonee Valley Cup
1st The Sportsman 2 minutes 37.3 seconds
2nd Irazu
3rd Think Money
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Gallopin 2 minutes 36.5 seconds
2nd Baughurst
3rd Ice Chariot
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Gallic 2 minutes 36.5 seconds
2nd Lazer Sharp
3rd Jukebox Johnny
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Zipping 2 minutes 38.9 seconds
2nd Show Barry
3rd Gallic
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Umbula 2 minutes 45.1 seconds
2nd Bazelle
3rd Kindjhal
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Another Warrior 2 minutes 37.1 seconds
2nd Rizon
3rd Hard To Get
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Frightening 2 minutes 38.5 seconds
2nd Legible
3rd County Tyrone
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Thong Classic 2 minutes 40.9 seconds
2nd Rain Gauge
3rd Mr Prudent
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Rain Gauge 2 minutes 37.6 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Westbury
3rd Big Pat
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Yippyio 2 minutes 41.3 seconds
2nd Brew
3rd Cronus