Moonee Valley Cup

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

2017 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #5 Who Shot Thebarman
  • 2nd: #2 Libran
  • 3rd: #7 Cismontane

Moonee Valley Cup News

Almandin included in 2017 Zipping Classic nominations

Almandin included in 2017 Zipping Classic nominations

2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin has been included in the nominations for the Group 2 $300,000 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Ladbrokes Park Hillside at Sandown on Saturday. The Robert Hickmott trained Almandin had no luck this year in the Group 1 $6.25m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 7 when twelfth to the…

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 $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 that also includes a host of other Group raced headlined by the $3 million Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m).

The Moonee Valley Cup is part of Cox Plate Day and in 2017 ran on Saturday October 28, 2017 .

2017 Moonee Valley Gold Cup
Date: Saturday October 28, 2017
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Race Type: 4YO+ Set Weights & Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2017 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #5 Who Shot Thebarman
  • 2nd: #2 Libran
  • 3rd: #7 Cismontane

See below for the full Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2017 Results & Finishing Order, the race won for the second year on the trot by trainer Chris Waller who his now Melbourne Cup-bound veteran stayer Who Shot Thebarman. Runner-up Libran also came from the Waller stables and heads into the ‘Race That Stops a Nation’ on November 7.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 5 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 3 55kg $8.50
2 2 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 0.5L 7 57kg $10
3 7 CISMONTANE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 0.6L 4 55kg $8.50
4 1 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 2.1L 1 57kg $1.95F
5 4 COOL CHAP David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 2.5L 2 56kg $12
6 6 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Jye McNeil 2.8L 5 55kg $81
7 3 AUVRAY (FR) Richard Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 3L 6 56kg $6

2017 Moonee Valley Cup Tips

  • 1st: #1 Big Duke
  • 2nd: #7 Cismontane
  • 3rd:  #3 Auvray

BIG DUKE ($2.20) is firm favourite to win the Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2017 and it is hard to tip against Darren Weir’s consistent stayer who was too strong for many of these in Sydney’s St. Leger (2600m) last time out. Even better weighted here and is a past The Valley winner. Small field, big hope. CISMONTANE ($14) was third in the St. Leger getting run down. He’ll be ridden more quietly here and the soft run with jockey Stephen Baster back aboard gives him a chance to finish in the money at a price again. AUVRAY ($5) wasn’t good enough in the St. Leger second. Weights work against him here, but is flying with four top two runs on the trot so can’t be discounted presenting rock hard fit.

Read our full 2017 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Betting Tips.

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.

2017 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 on The Everest Day and even the previous weekend’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

The 2017 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 2017 Final Field attracted just the seven hopefuls despite the bumper list of nominations. Of the seven all the money in Moonee Valley Cup betting for Saturday is on the Darren Weir-trained $2 favourite Big Duke after his win in Sydney’s St. Leger (2600m) last start. Chris Waller saddles-up two in the race including last year’s second placegetter Who Shot Thebarman, while St. Leger runner-up Auvray is chasing a third win in five starts.

Read more on the official 2017 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Field of 7.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1113×55021 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 1 57kg 108
2 8746Px6165 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 7 57kg 107
3 5008641212 AUVRAY (FR) Richard Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 6 56kg 102
4 25223×5416 COOL CHAP David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 2 56kg 97
5 x3642x9449 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 3 55kg 107
6 x97860x049 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Jye McNeil 5 55kg 93
7 2×23252103 CISMONTANE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 4 55kg 90

Moonee Valley Cup Nominations

The 2017 Moonee Valley Cup nominations are released by the Moonee Valley Racing Club on the Monday leading-up to Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day with early entries to be announced below once released.

The Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2017 Nominations attracted 21 spring stayers including Abbey Marie and Harlem who ran sixth and eighth respectively in last Saturday’s Caulfield Cup, along with the Darren Weir-trained St. Leger winner Big Duke and Chris Waller’s runner-up in the Moonee Valley Cup in 2016 Who Shot Thebarman.

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, 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.

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

Recent Moonee Valley Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Moonee Valley Cup
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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