Ladbrokes Coongy Cup

The Ladbrokes Coongy Cup is a Group 3 staying race held at Caulfield Racecourse in October on the Wednesday leading-up to the $5 million Caulfield Cup.

2019 Coongy Cup Results

  • 1st: #6 Wolfe
  • 2nd: #9 Top Of The Range
  • 3rd: #3 Kiwia



The Ladbrokes Coongy Cup (formerly known as the David Jones Cup) is a 2000m staying event held at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne on the Wednesday prior to the iconic Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

An open handicap, the Group 3 Coongy Cup pays $200,000 in total prize money and now offers a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption to the winner should they be among the latest round of acceptors for the $5 million feature.

Previously held on Caulfield Cup Day, the Coongy Cup is now contested three days earlier giving connections of spring stayers an 11th hour shot at making the Caulfield Cup field.

It is one of three Group 3 races taking place on the Caulfield Cup lead-up meeting along with the Blue Sapphire Stakes and Ladies’ Day Vase.

Many of the horses who target the Coongy Cup will go on to run in events such as the Group 2 Lexus Hotham handicap (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.

More recently in 2018 Best Of Days ran a dead heat for first with Mask Of Time in the Coongy Cup before winning the Group 1 Cantala Stakes next start.

The 2019 Ladbrokes Coongy Cup ran on Wednesday October 16, 2019  and saw the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Wolfe sneak into the 2019 Caulfield Cup field. 

Ladbrokes Coongy Cup
Date: Wednesday October 16, 2019
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2019 Coongy Cup Results

  • 1st: #6 Wolfe
  • 2nd: #9 Top Of The Range
  • 3rd: #3 Kiwia

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Japanese import Wolfe fought back in the Coongy Cup 2019 Results giving a nice late kick to shrug off Michael Moroney’s $31 roughie Top Of The Range (2nd) to win and earn a ballot free ride into the Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup field back at the track three days later.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 6 WOLFE (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Linda Meech 7 54kg $3.50F
2 9 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 0.2L 6 54kg $31
3 3 KIWIA Archie Alexander Damian Lane 1.7L 9 56.5kg $20
4 8 SIN TO WIN (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 1.9L 8 54kg $14
5 1 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 3.65L 4 58kg $4.20
6 13 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jamie Kah 4.4L 1 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $4.20
7 5 PUSHIN’ SHAPES Daniel & Ben Pearce Damien Oliver 4.5L 3 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $17
8 2 NELSON (IRE) Liam Howley Brett Prebble 5L 10 57kg $11
9 7 SPANISH STEPS (IRE) Liam Howley Anthony Darmanin 5.2L 2 54kg $31
10 4 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Kerrin McEvoy 5.95L 5 56kg $81
11 10 MURAAQEB David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 25.95L 11 54kg $18
11 SINGLE HANDED Nick Smart 0
12 LUCKY FOR ALL (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 0

2019 Coongy Cup Betting Odds

The latest Coongy Cup 2019 betting odds will be listed below with fixed win Coongy Cup odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au complete with links so you can back your Coongy Cup tips at the right price this Caulfield Cup Carnival.

2019 Coongy Cup Field

The Coongy Cup field attracts stayers from a range of preparations, including some eyeing the Caulfield Cup ballot exemption on offer to the winner for that Saturday’s Group 1 classic. 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 2019 Field & Barriers are announced on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once released.

The 2019 Ladbrokes Coongy Cup field features 13 stayers with just two chasing the Caulfield Cup ballot exemption on offer: the Chris Waller-trained Yulong Prince and the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Wolfe.

Read more on the Ladbrokes Coongy Cup 2019 Field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 221x00x798 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 4 58kg 104
2 2x1635678x NELSON (IRE) Liam Howley Brett Prebble 12 57kg 102
3 9517469×07 KIWIA Archie Alexander Damian Lane 9 56.5kg 101
4 254x319x09 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Kerrin McEvoy 5 56kg 100
5 16x8756x01 PUSHIN’ SHAPES Daniel & Ben Pearce Damien Oliver 3 54kg 95
6 1x211x1853 WOLFE (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Linda Meech 7 54kg 95
7 219155x9x0 SPANISH STEPS (IRE) Liam Howley Anthony Darmanin 2 54kg 94
8 02652244×2 SIN TO WIN (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 8 54kg 93
9 3531320×56 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 6 54kg 89
10 03x00x9704 MURAAQEB David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 13 54kg 88
11 x514118x21 SINGLE HANDED Nick Smart Dwayne Dunn 10 54kg 87
12 7x32160x65 LUCKY FOR ALL (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 11 54kg 81
13 21119×3232 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jamie Kah 1 54kg 81

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. The Coongy Cup changed dates in recent years having previously been held on Caulfield Cup Day, now taking place three days earlier and offering the winner a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption.

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 three 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. More recently, Best Of Days and Mask Of Time were declared dead heat winners in 2018. 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
2019
Coongy Cup
1st Wolfe 2 minutes 2.73 seconds
2nd Top Of The Range
3rd Kiwia
2018
Coongy Cup
1st Best Of Days / Mask Of Time* 2 minutes 7.07 seconds
3rd Life Less Ordinary
2017
Coongy Cup
1st Kiwia 2 minutes 2.99 seconds
2nd Samovare
3rd Maurus
2016
Coongy Cup
1st Vanbrugh 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Tom Melbourne
3rd It’s Somewhat
2015
David Jones Cup
1st Stratum Star 2 minutes 2.13 seconds
2nd Awesome Rock
3rd Leebaz
2014
David Jones Cup
1st Contributer 2 minutes 5.3 seconds
2nd Noble Protector
3rd Signoff
2013
David Jones Cup
1st Spurtonic 2 minutes 3.1 seconds
2nd Bass Strait
3rd Garud
2012
David Jones Cup
1st Lightinthenite 2 minutes 4.3 seconds
2nd Bagman
3rd Extra Zero
2011
David Jones Cup
1st Foreteller 2 minutes 3.0 seconds
2nd Extra Zero
3rd Midnight Martini
2010
David Jones Cup
1st Ginga Dude 2 minutes 6.7 seconds
2nd Purple
3rd Zoomin
2009
David Jones Cup
1st Baughurst 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Shocking
3rd Pacino
2008
David Jones Cup
1st Baughurst 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Pacino
3rd Annenkov
2007
David Jones Cup
1st Fire In The Night 2 minutes 2.4 seconds
2nd Molotov
3rd Pacino
2006
David Jones Cup
1st Maybe Better 2 minutes 1.2 seconds
2nd King Of Ashford
3rd Temple Hills
2005
David Jones Cup
1st Activation 2 minutes 0.6 seconds
2nd Studebaker
3rd Uprize
2004
David Jones Cup
1st Reclaim 2 minutes 5.7 seconds
2nd Pretorius
3rd Star Of Grechen
2003
David Jones Cup
1st Frightening 2 minutes 3.5 seconds
2nd Crawl
3rd Adolescence
2002
David Jones Cup
1st Mr Lofty 2 minutes 2.0 seconds
2nd Little Miss Quick
3rd Society Beau
2001
David Jones Cup
1st Citras Prince 2 minutes 4.1 seconds
2nd Indian Ridge
3rd Tempest Morn
2000
David Jones Cup
1st Typhoon 2 minutes 0.9 seconds
2nd Avilde
3rd Slavonic

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