Moonee Valley Cup

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

2019 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #5 Hunting Horn
  • 2nd: #6 Mr Quickie
  • 3rd: #4 Downdraft



The 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 $8 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! Prince Of Penzance earlier won the 2014 edition of the MV Cup further franking the form lines of the race. A few years before, French raider Americain won the Moonee Valley Cup in 2011 one year after claiming the Melbourne Cup (2010). Kingston Rule (1990) is the last horse to complete the Moonee Valley Cup – Melbourne Cup double in the same year.

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 that also includes a host of other Group raced headlined by the $5 million Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m).

The Moonee Valley Cup is part of Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day and in 2019 ran on Saturday October 26, 2019 with Irish raider Hunting Horn saluting. 

2019 Moonee Valley Gold Cup
Date: Saturday October 26, 2019
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Race Type: 4YO+ Set Weights & Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2019 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #5 Hunting Horn
  • 2nd: #6 Mr Quickie
  • 3rd: #4 Downdraft

The Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2019 results saw Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Ryan Moore return five years on from their Cox Plate success with Adelaide (2014) to take out the Group 2 with Hunting Horn ahead of the Group 1 $8 million Melbourne Cup. Cox Plate emergency Mr Quickie ran a nice second, while the fellow raider from Ireland prepared by Melbourne Cup winning trainer Joseph O’Brien (Aidan’s son) ran third with Downdraft.

Read more on the eye-catching 2019 Moonee Valley Gold Cup win by Melbourne Cup-bound international Hunting Horn.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 5 HUNTING HORN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 3 56kg $4.20
2 6 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 1.25L 1 56kg $3.80F
3 4 DOWNDRAFT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien John Allen 1.55L 7 56.5kg $3.90
4 7 HUMIDOR (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 2.3L 5 55kg $4.40
5 2 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 3.05L 2 57kg $15
6 1 SHRAAOH (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 6.3L 6 58kg $31
7 9 ALFARRIS (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 6.5L 4 55kg $21
8 3 ETYMOLOGY James Cummings Ben Melham 7.25L 8 56.5kg $26
11 ATTENTION RUN (GER) Kris Lees Craig Williams 0
10 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 0
8 SULLY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 0

2019 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Betting Odds

The latest Moonee Valley Cup odds and betting markets provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will listed below complete with links for you to lock in your Moonee Valley Gold Cup tips at the right price this Cox Plate Day.

2019 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Field

The Moonee Valley Gold Cup field attracts a quality line-up of spring stayers, many eyeing a run in the Melbourne Cup field at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November. Good lead-up races into the Moonee Valley Gold Cup field include Sydney’s St Leger (2600m) race at Randwick and even the previous weekend’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

The 2019 Moonee Valley Cup field and barrier draw are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below once announced.

The Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2019 Final Field features the first two emergencies for the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate field with Humidor and Mr Quickie sweating on a start in the weight-for-age classic. Moonee Valley Cup odds have Mr Quickie as the one to beat on the back of his luckless Caulfield Cup performance, while last year’s winner Ventura Storm is the only horse in the mix not entered for the Melbourne Cup in 2019.

Read more on the 2019 Moonee Valley Cup Field of Melbourne Cup hopefuls.

Update: #10 Top Of The Range (6) and #11 Attention Run (7) have both been scratched from the MV Gold Cup field leaving just nine hopefuls.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x92321x000 SHRAAOH (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 9 58kg 107
2 500×806247 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 2 57kg 102
3 11890×8390 ETYMOLOGY James Cummings Ben Melham 11 56.5kg 96
4 71x196112x DOWNDRAFT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien John Allen 10 56.5kg 106
5 x334446588 HUNTING HORN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 3 56kg 109
6 112131×300 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 1 56kg 106
7 17333×0005 HUMIDOR (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 8 55kg 112
8 56252×9923 SULLY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 5 55kg 98
9 x4614x9317 ALFARRIS (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 4 55kg 98
10 531320×562 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 6 55kg 91
11 3145×14327 ATTENTION RUN (GER) Kris Lees Craig Williams 7 53kg 95

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 went on to win the Melbourne Cup after winning the Moonee Valley Cup in 1990, but the Cox Plate Day race has produced a number of other Melbourne Cup winners and placegetters since including in 2015 when Prince Of Penzance improved on his second to win the ‘race that stops a nation’ at 100/1 odds.

Trainer Chris Waller prepared the Moonee Valley Gold Cup quinella in both 2016 and 2017, Who Shot Thebarman improving on his second in 2016 to win the 2017 edition over stablemate Libran on way to his fourth Melbourne Cup.

In 2018 the Moonee Valley Cup winner Ventura Storm set a new record winning in 2 minutes 34.37 seconds.

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

Recent Moonee Valley Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Hunting Horn 2 minutes 39.48 seconds
2nd Mr Quickie
3rd Downdraft
2018
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Ventura Storm 2 minutes 34.34 seconds (R)
2nd Trap For Fools
3rd Libran
2017
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Who Shot Thebarman 2 minutes 37.38 seconds
2nd Libran
3rd Cismontane
2016
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Grand Marshal 2 minutes 41.42 seconds
2nd Who Shot Thebarman
3rd Pentathlon
2015
Moonee Valley Cup
1st The United States 2 minutes 34.4 seconds
2nd Prince Of Penzance
3rd Bohemian Lily
2014
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Prince Of Penzance 2 minutes 36.0 seconds
2nd Le Roi
3rd Au Revoir
2013
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Precedence 2 minutes 36.9 seconds
2nd Shoreham
3rd Gotta Take Care
2012
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Vatuvei 2 minutes 35.73 seconds
2nd Reuben Percival
3rd Ironstein
2011
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Americain 2 minutes 36.41 seconds
2nd Tullamore
3rd Illo
2010
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Precedence 2 minutes 38.94 seconds
2nd Above Average
3rd Capecover
2009
Moonee Valley Cup
1st The Sportsman 2 minutes 37.3 seconds
2nd Irazu
3rd Think Money
2008
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Gallopin 2 minutes 36.5 seconds
2nd Baughurst
3rd Ice Chariot
2007
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Gallic 2 minutes 36.5 seconds
2nd Lazer Sharp
3rd Jukebox Johnny
2006
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Zipping 2 minutes 38.9 seconds
2nd Show Barry
3rd Gallic
2005
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Umbula 2 minutes 45.1 seconds
2nd Bazelle
3rd Kindjhal
2004
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Another Warrior 2 minutes 37.1 seconds
2nd Rizon
3rd Hard To Get
2003
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Frightening 2 minutes 38.5 seconds
2nd Legible
3rd County Tyrone
2002
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Thong Classic 2 minutes 40.9 seconds
2nd Rain Gauge
3rd Mr Prudent
2001
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Rain Gauge 2 minutes 37.6 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Westbury
3rd Big Pat
2000
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Yippyio 2 minutes 41.3 seconds
2nd Brew
3rd Cronus

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