Moonee Valley Vase

The Moonee Valley Vase is a Group 2 staying event held at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day.

2020 Moonee Valley Vase Results

  • 1st: #3 Cherry Tortoni
  • 2nd: #1 Khoekhoe
  • 3rd: #7 Johnny Get Angry



The Moonee Valley Vase is a highly regarded Group 2 race held towards the end of the coveted Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley in late October. The feature race of the day is the Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) but there are a host of other quality Group races held at the meeting including the Moonee Valley Vase.

The Moonee Valley Vase is a staying race run over 2040m by three-year-olds at set weights and is worth $300,000 in total prize money. Runners may have previously contested some of the other set weights races for three-year-olds earlier in the carnival including the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day or Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley in late September.

The Moonee Valley Vase is commonly used as a final preparation race for horses moving on to one of the highlight events of the carnival, the prestigious Group 1  Victoria Derby (2500m) held the following week at Flemington.

Some fillies that contested the Vase may instead choose to run in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes also on Derby Day because of its more suitable 2000m distance. Efficient (2006) was the last horse to complete the Moonee Valley Vase – VRC Derby double. More recently, the 2018 MV Vase winner Stars of Carrum finished runner-up in the VRC Derby results next start.

In 2017 smart filly Aloisia won the Moonee Valley Vase after a Group 1 Thousand Guineas victory at Caulfield.

In 2019 MV Vase winner Soul Patch went on to run third in that year’s Victoria Derby trifecta and the following year’s Group 1 Australian Guineas.

The 2020 Moonee Valley Vase took place Ladbrokes on Cox Plate Day – Saturday October 24, 2020 – and was won by the favourite Cherry Tortoni. 

Moonee Valley Vase 2020
Date: Saturday October 24, 2020
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 2040m
Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1983

2020 Moonee Valley Vase Results

  • 1st: #3 Cherry Tortoni
  • 2nd: #1 Kohekhoe
  • 3rd: #7 Johnny Get Angry

The backmarkers were back in fashion on Cox Plate Day with the Patrick Payne-trained favourite Cherry Tortoni ($2.60F) atoning for his luckless Sydney trip with a from-behind win in the 2020 Moonee Valley Vase results ahead of the $2 million Victoria Derby.

Click here to read more on the last-to-first win in the Vase by VRC Derby-bound Cherry Tortoni.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 CHERRY TORTONI Patrick Payne Billy Egan 6 57kg $2.60F
2 1 KHOEKHOESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 0.2L 8 57kg $4.60
3 7 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 7.2L 4 57kg $13
4 5 CAPTAIN CORELLI (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 8.45L 1 57kg $4.60
5 4 TANKER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jamie Kah 11.45L 2 57kg $10
6 8 SARODEC Richard Laming Jason Benbow 12.7L 5 57kg $51
7 2 LUNAR FOXSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 13.45L 7 57kg $7.50
8 9 RELIABLE LOVIN’ (NZ) Richard Laming Michael Rodd 17.45L 3 57kg $26
6 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Moonee Valley Vase Betting Odds

The latest Moonee Valley Vase 2020 odds will be detailed below complete with links to Ladbrokes.com.au for you to lock in your top Moonee Valley Vase betting tips at the right price.

Cherry Tortoni ($2.60 in 2020) was the last favourite in Moonee Valley Vase betting to salute.

2020 Moonee Valley Vase Field

The Moonee Valley Vase field attracts a quality line-up of the season’s top three-year-old stayers eyeing a quick back-up in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) the following Saturday at Flemington Racecourse.

Good lead-up races into the Moonee Valley Vase field including the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) for fillies looking to take on the boys, and the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) run a fortnight prior.

The official Moonee Valley Vase 2020 Field & Barriers are announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

Nine potential VRC Derby horses make-up the 2020 Moonee Valley Vase field with the Danny O’Brien-trained Young Werther the hot favourite.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 9112×761 KHOEKHOESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 9 57kg 78
2 52116×6445 LUNAR FOXSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 8 57kg 80
3 111×327 CHERRY TORTONI Patrick Payne Billy Egan 7 57kg 83
4 5x860x7541 TANKER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jamie Kah 2 57kg 72
5 2158 CAPTAIN CORELLI (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 1 57kg 64
6 12 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4 57kg 68
7 03294 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 5 57kg 64
8 531 SARODEC Richard Laming Jason Benbow 6 57kg 62
9 91 RELIABLE LOVIN’ (NZ) Richard Laming Michael Rodd 3 57kg 62

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Moonee Valley Vase Nominations

The 2020 Moonee Valley Vase nominations are released on the Monday of Cox Plate week, the full list of early entries for the VRC Derby lead-up to be announced below once announced.

The Moonee Valley Vase 2020 nominations attracted 23 potential Victoria Derby-bound three-year-olds including Khoekhoe and Young Werther who ran first and second in the Super Impose Stakes last time out.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 9112×761 KHOEKHOESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Matt Cumani 1 57kg 78
2 2130×522 PERSONAL F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 2 55kg 94
3 517×423 GRANDSLAMSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 57kg
4 52116×6445 LUNAR FOXSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Paul Preusker 4 57kg 80
5 5x860x7541 TANKER G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 57kg 72
6 111×327 CHERRY TORTONI G 3 Patrick Payne 6 57kg 83
7 161 EMBOLISM C 3 Danny O’Brien 7 57kg 70
8 2102 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 57kg 70
9 12 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 3 Danny O’Brien 9 57kg 68
10 2158 CAPTAIN CORELLI (NZ) C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 10 57kg 64
11 2334413 CONFRONTATIONAL C 3 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 11 57kg 63
12 03294 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 3 Denis Pagan 12 57kg 64
13 6×1760 WERTHEIMER (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 13 57kg 63
14 1033 TYCHE GODDESSSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 14 55kg 62
15 35×521 AZALY C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 15 57kg 62
16 2×7625 TOUR OF DUTY C 3 Michael Moroney 16 57kg 65
17 816 LADY DEVEREAUXSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme F 3 Clinton McDonald 17 55kg 62
18 531 SARODEC C 3 Richard Laming 18 57kg 62
19 234 DEEPSTRIKE (NZ) C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 19 57kg 60
20 91 RELIABLE LOVIN’ (NZ) C 3 Richard Laming 20= 57kg 62
21 817 TOKEN SPIRITSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew De Kock 20= 57kg 62
22 86×16 ZALMATIANSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Daniel Williams 20= 57kg 62
23 2×5243 IMAGINE HOWESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew De Kock 23 57kg 59

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Moonee Valley Vase History

First run in 1983, the first Moonee Valley Vase winner was Centaine when it began as a Listed race run over 1600m. A few years later in 1986 the race distance increased dramatically to 2040m. Following that, in 1989 it was elevated to Group 3 status and then in 1997 the Moonee Valley Vase became a prestigious Group 2 event.

Horses that have taken out the Moonee Valley Vase – Victoria Derby double include Efficient (2006), Plastered (2004) and Helenus (2002).

Moonee Valley Vase results since 2000 can be found below.

Moonee Valley Vase Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Cherry Tortoni 2 minutes 10.34 seconds
2nd Kohekhoe
3rd Johnny Get Angry
2019 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Soul Patch 2 minutes 06.60 seconds
2nd Moonlight Maid
3rd Serious Liaison
2018 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Stars Of Carrum 2 minutes 05.28 seconds
2nd Savoie
3rd Aramayo
2017 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Aloisia 2 minutes 04.24 seconds
2nd Cliff’s Edge
3rd Salsamor
2016 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Sacred Elixir 2 minutes 10.94 seconds
2nd Morvada
3rd So Si Bon
2015 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Jameka 2 minutes 6.4 seconds
2nd Shards
3rd Tarzino
2014 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Moonovermanhattan 2 minutes 6.4 seconds
2nd Atmosphere
3rd Go Indy Go
2013 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Savvy Nature 2 minutes 5.8 seconds
2nd All Rigged Up
3rd Pinstripe Lane
2012 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Super Cool 2 minutes 8.25 seconds
2nd It’s A Dundeel
3rd Viking Star
2011 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Manawanui 2 minutes 7.14 seconds
2nd Collar
3rd Scelto
2010 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Rekindled Interest 2 minutes 7.09 seconds
2nd Lion Tamer
3rd Hollowlea
2009 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Hanks 2 minutes 6.2 seconds
2nd Spacecraft
3rd Viking Legend
2008 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Whobegotyou 2 minutes 5.3 seconds
2nd Buffett
3rd Orca
2007 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Marching 2 minutes 6.5 seconds
2nd Kibbutz
3rd Barbaricus
2006 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Efficient 2 minutes 5.2 seconds
2nd The One
3rd Excites
2005 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Duelled 2 minutes 14.1 seconds
2nd Manton
3rd Benicio
2004 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Plastered 2 minutes 7.6 seconds
2nd Mr Martini
3rd Count Ricardo
2003 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Kempinsky 2 minutes 7.1 seconds
2nd Elvstroem
3rd Lifes A Bounty
2002The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Helenus 2 minutes 8 seconds
2nd Macedon Lady
3rd Wild Heart
2001 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Ustinov 2 minutes 6.3 seconds
2nd Viking Ruler
3rd Pure Theatre
2000 The Moonee Valley Vase 1st Skalato 2 minutes 9.2 seconds
2nd Universal Prince
3rd Sale Of Century

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