Coongy Cup

The 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.

2020 Coongy Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Nonconformist
  • 2nd: #1 Harlem
  • 3rd: #4 Kiwia



The 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 2020 Neds Coongy Cup ran on Wednesday October 14, 2020 and was won by the favourite Nonconformist.

Neds Coongy Cup
Date: Wednesday October 14, 2020
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Coongy Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Nonconformist
  • 2nd: #1 Harlem
  • 3rd: #4 Kiwia

The Neds Coongy Cup 2020 results went the way of the punters with Graheme Begg’s quality stayer Nonconformist ($3.30F) saluting as the favourite after a thrilling late battle to the line with Harlem ($6.50) to secure a ballot free ride into Saturday’s $5 million Caulfield Cup field should they choose to put him on the quick back-up. Roughie Kiwia ($41) meanwhile ran third in the Coongy Cup trifecta for the second consecutive year.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 3 55kg $3.30F
2 1 HARLEM (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Mark Zahra 0.4L 2 61kg $6.50
3 4 KIWIA Archie Alexander John Allen 3.4L 7 59kg $41
4 9 MONGOLIAN MARSHAL (NZ) Stuart Gower Craig Williams 3.5L 6 55kg $26
5 6 DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) Robert Hickmott Jamie Kah 3.6L 4 56.5kg $4.20
6 3 AL GALAYEL (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 3.7L 8 59kg $4
7 7 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Damian Lane 4.2L 5 56kg $9
8 2 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes William Pike 5.45L 1 60.5kg $31
5 CAPTAIN COOK (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Coongy Cup Betting Odds

The latest Coongy Cup 2020 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.

Wolfe ($3.50 in 2019) followed by Nonconformist ($3.30 in 2020) are the latest favourites in Coongy Cup betting to win.

2020 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 2020 Field & Barriers are announced on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once released.

The 2020 Coongy Cup final field attracted nine horses chasing an eleventh-hour Caulfield Cup start just three days later including the hot favourite Al Galayel for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0x4549x768 HARLEM (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Mark Zahra 3 61kg 107
2 x100x80x00 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes William Pike 1 60.5kg 106
3 702×904111 AL GALAYEL (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 9 59kg 103
4 07361x8x00 KIWIA Archie Alexander John Allen 8 59kg 103
5 5x523134x0 CAPTAIN COOK (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2 58kg 101
6 x122x33x20 DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) Robert Hickmott Jamie Kah 5 56.5kg 98
7 04x356x805 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Damian Lane 6 56kg 101
8 331121×37 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 4 55kg 95
9 465x0x9558 MONGOLIAN MARSHAL (NZ) Stuart Gower Craig Williams 7 55kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Coongy Cup Nominations

Nominations for the Coongy Cup in 2020 close the Thursday prior to the race and will be published below once announced.

The 2020 Coongy Cup nominations drew a bumper 30 stayers chasing the Caulfield Cup ballot exemption including last year’s Group 1 Caulfield Stakes winner Cape Of Good Hope and the in-form Al Galayel coming off a trio of lead-up wins.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0x4549x768 HARLEM (GB) G 9 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 1 61kg 107
2 x100x80x00 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 2 60.5kg 106
3 7902x00x04 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 10 Matthew Williams 3 60.5kg 106
4 07361x8x00 KIWIA G 7 Archie Alexander 4 59kg 103
5 702×904111 AL GALAYEL (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 59kg 103
6 15x3010x50 DR DRILL (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 58.5kg 102
7 04x356x805 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 5 David Brideoake 7 56kg 101
8 5x523134x0 CAPTAIN COOK (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 8 58kg 101
9 35x5021x00 FURRION (GB) G 6 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 9 57.5kg 100
10 2122107×40 INVERLOCH (IRE) G 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 10 57.5kg 100
11 9321481168 MAHAMEDEIS G 6 Nick Ryan 11 57kg 99
12 12x3314x36 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 6 Matthew Williams 12 57kg 99
13 x122x33x20 DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) H 5 Robert Hickmott 13 56.5kg 98
14 48x8100x69 KENTUCKY BREEZE G 6 Levi Kavanagh 14 56.5kg 98
15 570×314282 PLEIN CIEL (GER) G 8 Danny O’Brien 15 56.5kg 98
16 x1122x8046 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 16 56kg 97
17 331121×37 NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg 17 55kg 95
18 652×025245 POLLY GREY (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 18 55kg 93
19 211x1253x6 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 6 Matt Cumani 19 55kg 91
20 x0684x9x50 VIN DE DANCE (NZ) G 6 Symon Wilde 20 55kg 90
21 3×07521342 TAVIRUN (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 21 55kg 88
22 465x0x9558 MONGOLIAN MARSHAL (NZ) G 6 Stuart Gower 22 55kg 88
23 542230×644 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 23 55kg 88
24 x887256x08 MIDTERM (GB) G 8 Michael & Luke Cerchi 24 55kg 88
25 584287×807 NORTHWEST PASSAGE G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 25 55kg 87
26 6x21215x92 GAMAY M 4 Archie Alexander 26 55kg 82
27 5x2110x380 NAIVASHA M 6 Danny O’Brien 27 55kg 82
28 3311114×84 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 28 55kg 80
29 1115×83221 WEST WIND (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 29 55kg 78
30 97×0570495 RED ALTO G 8 Brent Stanley 30 55kg 76
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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
2020
Coongy Cup
1st Nonconformist 2 minutes 3.75 seconds
2nd Harlem
3rd Kiwia
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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