Coongy Cup

The 2017 Coongy Cup is a Group 3 staying race held at Caulfield Racecourse in October on Caulfield Cup Day as a possible lead-up to the Melbourne Cup.

Coongy Cup News

2016 Coongy Cup Results: Vanbrugh Beats Tom Melbourne

2016 Coongy Cup Results: Vanbrugh Beats Tom Melbourne

Chris Waller’s Group 1 winning stallion Vanbrugh was back in the winners’ stall on Caulfield Cup Day taking out the Coongy Cup 2016 over the imported and also back-in-form Tom Melbourne. A now four-year-old son of Encosta De Lago, Vanbrugh was at his peak last spring in Sydney winning the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes…

The 2017 Coongy Cup (formerly known as the David Jones Cup) is a 2000m staying event held at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne during the Caulfield Racing Carnival.

An open handicap, the Group 3 Coongy Cup pays $150,000 in total prize money. It runs on a day thick with staying events, with three other races over 2000m.

Held on Caulfield Cup Day, the Group 3 Cup shares a race card with a host of other Group status features. These include the prestigious $3 million Caulfield Cup (2400m), the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m), Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m), Group 3 Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic (2000m) and the Group 3 Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes (1400m). Caulfield Cup Day is the third and final day of the three day Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival.

The Coongy Cup is a major race for stayers looking for a race with a bit of length, either to stay in form or to step up. Successful runners in the Coongy Cup tend to pursue a variety of paths throughout the remainder of spring. Many of the horses who target the Coongy Cup will go on to run in events such as the Group 2 Lexus Stakes (2500m) or the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m).

The most notable Coongy Cup form in recent years was Shocking (2nd in 2009) who went on to do the Lexus Stakes – Melbourne Cup double during that spring’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The 2017 Coongy Cup will be run on Saturday October 21, 2017 .

Coongy Cup 2017
Date: Saturday October 21, 2017
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

Coongy Cup Betting Odds

The latest Coongy Cup betting odds will be listed below with fixed win Coongy Cup odds provided by complete with links so you can back your Coongy Cup tips at the right price this Caulfield Cup Day.

2017 Coongy Cup Field

The Coongy Cup field attracts stayers from a range of preparations. For example, 2013 Epsom Handicap 4th placegetter Spurtonic stepped up and won the David Jones Cup. A number of Victorian horses run in the Coongy Cup field, and often you’ll see some foreign raiders getting some staying preparation in leading up to bigger events.

Horses may back-up out of the Coongy Cup field and chase glory in the iconic Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November, a race Shocking won after an earlier Coongy Cup second in 2009.

The official Coongy Cup 2017 Field & Barriers are announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below once released.

The 2017 Coongy Cup Final Field features 11 hopefuls led by firming favourite Samovare in the outside alley, the Lindsay Park-trained mare out to atone for her second last (7th) in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at the track on October 1. Assign carries the 58kg top weight and backs-up from a fourth to Winx in Flemington’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m), while the Godolphin-raced Spectroscope is another standout in an open field of stayers.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 9210x71x04 ASSIGN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 4 58kg 104
2 8x3010x368 TURNITAROUND Matthew Williams Ben Melham 10 57kg 102
3 x031x270x0 GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ms Katelyn Mallyon 8 56.5kg 101
4 28x337x764 MAURUS (GB) John P Thompson Mark Zahra 6 56kg 100
5 3x1106x735 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) James Cummings Craig Williams 2 56kg 100
6 2676142460 EXTRA ZERO David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 3 55kg 98
7 166214×270 SECOND BULLET Danny O’Brien Chad Schofield 9 54kg 93
8 231x2x2127 SAMOVARE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 11 54kg 90
9 0607935727 LORD DURANTE Simone Ferchie Stan Tsaikos 1 54kg 86
10 113214113 KIWIA Darren Weir Damian Lane 7 54kg 85
11 1513059×11 WHEAL LEISURE Archie Alexander Ben Allen (a) 5 54kg 80

2017 Coongy Cup Nominations

The 2017 Coongy Cup nominations are released by Racing Victoria (RV) on the Monday leading up to Caulfield Cup Day with the full list of early entries detailed below once announced.

In 2017 the Coongy Cup Nominations attracted 20 staying types including the Robert Hickmott-trained Assign coming off a fourth to Winx in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington and last start Inglis Cup runner-up at the track / distance Hardham.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 12x3361x88 SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees 1 60kg 110
2 80×3501125 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees 2 58.5kg 107
3 9210x71x04 ASSIGN (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 3 57kg 104
4 8x3010x368 TURNITAROUND G 7 Matthew Williams 4 56kg 102
5 0x6713x712 HARDHAM H 4 David Brideoake 5 55.5kg 101
6 x031x270x0 GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 6 55.5kg 101
7 3x1106x735 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) H 5 James Cummings 7 55kg 100
8 28x337x764 MAURUS (GB) G 7 John P Thompson 8 55kg 100
9 x073x00002 BERISHA G 6 Robert Smerdon 9 54kg 98
10 2676142460 EXTRA ZERO G 11 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 10 54kg 98
11 213x3116x5 CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) M 5 Michael Kent 11 54kg 94
12 166214×270 SECOND BULLET G 7 Danny O’Brien 12 54kg 93
13 231x2x2127 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 13 54kg 90
14 0607935727 LORD DURANTE G 9 Simone Ferchie 14 54kg 86
15 113214113 KIWIA G 4 Darren Weir 15 54kg 85
16 321243×643 DODGING BULLETS G 6 Symon Wilde 16 54kg 84
17 354965×416 ANAHEIM H 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 17 54kg 83
18 24x431431x ONCIDIUM RULER G 6 Michael Kent 18 54kg 83
19 24×2111662 RIYADH (NZ) G 8 Peter Healey 19 54kg 83
20 1513059×11 WHEAL LEISURE M 4 Archie Alexander 20 54kg 80

Coongy Cup History

Established in 1898, the Coongy Cup boasts well over a century of classy racing. Between its inauguration and 2007, the Coongy Cup was known as the David Jones Cup until a recent sponsorship change. It is still registered under that name.

Up until 1997, the Coongy Cup ran on the second day of the Caulfield Cup Carnival. It has almost always been held at Caulfield Racecourse. However, during the second World War it was held at Flemington Racecourse. In 1997 and 1998 it was briefly held at Sandown Racecourse on a Sunday.

A Principal race until 1978, it received Group 3 status immediately. The distance of the Coongy Cup has changed multiple times throughout the years. This is illustrated in the table below. Keep in mind that all values given prior to 1973 are approximates, as race distances were then measured in furlongs and miles rather than metres.

Coongy Cup Race Distance History

Period Distance
2004 onwards 2000m
2003 2020m
1999-2002 2000m
1997-98 2100m
1973-96 2000m
1968-72 2000m
1947-67 2400m
1942-46 Not Held
1941 2400m
1938-40 2000m
1931-37 Not Held
1898-1930 2200m

There have only been two dead heats in the race history. In 1940, Lanarus and Morvren crossed the line together, and in 1954 the same happened with Sunish and Te Totara. In 2009, Baughurst became the first horse to win the race two years in succession (2008, 2009).

Notable Coongy Cup winners include Hymettus (1898), Vanity Fair (1902), Britisher (1948), La Mer (1978), Rose Of Kingston (1982), Maybe Better (2006) and Foreteller (2011). Coongy Cup results and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

Coongy Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
Coongy Cup
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Coongy Cup
1st Vanbrugh 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Tom Melbourne
3rd It’s Somewhat
David Jones Cup
1st Stratum Star 2 minutes 2.13 seconds
2nd Awesome Rock
3rd Leebaz
David Jones Cup
1st Contributer 2 minutes 5.3 seconds
2nd Noble Protector
3rd Signoff
David Jones Cup
1st Spurtonic 2 minutes 3.1 seconds
2nd Bass Strait
3rd Garud
David Jones Cup
1st Lightinthenite 2 minutes 4.3 seconds
2nd Bagman
3rd Extra Zero
David Jones Cup
1st Foreteller 2 minutes 3.0 seconds
2nd Extra Zero
3rd Midnight Martini
David Jones Cup
1st Ginga Dude 2 minutes 6.7 seconds
2nd Purple
3rd Zoomin
David Jones Cup
1st Baughurst 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Shocking
3rd Pacino
David Jones Cup
1st Baughurst 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Pacino
3rd Annenkov
David Jones Cup
1st Fire In The Night 2 minutes 2.4 seconds
2nd Molotov
3rd Pacino
David Jones Cup
1st Maybe Better 2 minutes 1.2 seconds
2nd King Of Ashford
3rd Temple Hills
David Jones Cup
1st Activation 2 minutes 0.6 seconds
2nd Studebaker
3rd Uprize
David Jones Cup
1st Reclaim 2 minutes 5.7 seconds
2nd Pretorius
3rd Star Of Grechen
David Jones Cup
1st Frightening 2 minutes 3.5 seconds
2nd Crawl
3rd Adolescence
David Jones Cup
1st Mr Lofty 2 minutes 2.0 seconds
2nd Little Miss Quick
3rd Society Beau
David Jones Cup
1st Citras Prince 2 minutes 4.1 seconds
2nd Indian Ridge
3rd Tempest Morn
David Jones Cup
1st Typhoon 2 minutes 0.9 seconds
2nd Avilde
3rd Slavonic