Geelong Cup

The Geelong Cup is a Group 3 staying event held at Geelong in October as a key early guide for the Melbourne Cup.

2019 Geelong Cup Results

  • 1st: #3 Prince Of Arran
  • 2nd: #10 True Self
  • 3rd: #9 Haky



The Geelong Cup is a Group 3 race held at Geelong Racecourse towards the end of October on a mid-week Wednesday spring meeting.

Contested over the same mile and a half distance as the previous weekend’s Caulfield Cup (2400m), the Geelong Cup is an important race on the spring calendar and a top early Melbourne Cup form guide.

One of the major lead up events to the iconic Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November, the Geelong Cup is targeted by foreign raiders and local hopefuls looking to make the 24-horse field for the ‘race that stops a nation’.

The Geelong Cup form  has stacked-up a number of times in the Melbourne Cup results including a trio of internationals doing the double: Media Puzzle (2002), Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011).

The Geelong Cup is held under handicap conditions and is open to horses of all ages and sexes. With $400,000 at stake, this is a very lucrative Group 3 event.

The Geelong Cup is the headline event on its race day. It shares the race program with two Listed races including the Geelong Classic (2200m) for three year olds. The biggest event on the local racing calendar, it is a public holiday in Geelong on Cup Day.

One of the better lead-up races to the Geelong Cup is the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) held at Caulfield a week and a half prior. The Geelong Cup has long been considered a good guide to the Melbourne Cup, where many of the better contenders in the field end up. Indeed, due to the high correlation between successful runners in both cups, the Geelong Racing Club has adopted the slogan “Gateway to Glory”.

The 2019 Geelong Cup ran on Wednesday October 23, 2019 and was won by last year’s Melbourne Cup placegetter Prince Of Arran. 

Geelong Cup 2019
Date: Wednesday October 23, 2019
Track: Geelong Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $400,000

2019 Geelong Cup Results

  • 1st: #3 Prince Of Arran
  • 2nd: #10 True Self
  • 3rd: #9 Haky

The Geelong Cup 2019 results went the way of the punters with Charlie Fellowes’ in-form international Prince Of Arran ($4.20F) overcoming the outside barrier to post a convincing win over fellow raider True Self. It was an all international Geelong Cup trifecta with third going to John Hammond’s $26 outsider from France Haky.

Read more on the 2019 Geelong Cup win by Melbourne Cup-bound Prince Of Arran.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 3 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 11 58kg $4.20F
2 10 TRUE SELF (IRE) William Mullins John Allen 0.2L 1 56.5kg $4.60
3 9 HAKY (IRE) John Hammond Ms Linda Meech 1.7L 3 57kg $26
4 4 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 2.1L 10 58kg $26
5 7 RED GALILEO (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Patrick Cosgrave 2.3L 4 57.5kg $13
6 11 SUPERNOVA (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 3.3L 7 54kg $5.50
7 8 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 4.55L 8 57.5kg $6
8 6 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith Craig Williams 4.75L 2 57.5kg $21
9 2 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Currie 4.85L 6 58kg $31
10 5 DAL HARRAILD (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 8.35L 5 57.5kg $10
11 1 MUNTAHAA (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 9.6L 9 58kg $101

Geelong Cup Betting

The latest Geelong Cup 2019 betting markets on the internationally-rich field will be listed below, prices provided by Ladbrokes.com.au for you to lock in your Geelong Cup tips at the best price this spring.

2019 Geelong Cup Field

The Geelong Cup field attracts a star-studded list of both local and international stayers each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival that are targeting the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Runners in the Geelong Cup field may come off lead-up spring runs in races like Flemington’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m), the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) or even the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) run just four days before Geelong Cup Day.

The Geelong Cup field usually features a broad selection of talented stayers from around the world. Largely made up of Victorian and foreign runners, the Geelong Cup race provides a fairly accurate indication of which horses are hoping for success in major staying events down the track. A large number of foreign horses enter the Geelong Cup for their first start in Australia in preparation for the Melbourne Cup.

The official Geelong Cup Field & Barriers are announced on the Monday of race week and will be provided in full belong once released by Racing Victoria.

The 2019 Geelong Cup Final Field is now out featuring 11 gallopers including a number of northern hemisphere-trained raiders led by the widely-drawn favourite Prince Of Arran (11) who ran third in last year’s Melbourne Cup trifecta.

Read more on the 2019 Geelong Cup Field of Melbourne Cup Hopefuls.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 41x9x00x80 MUNTAHAA (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 9 58kg 105
2 12x30x8070 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Currie 6 58kg 105
3 38x49x5832 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 11 58kg 105
4 300x1170x5 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 10 58kg 105
5 2468223×76 DAL HARRAILD (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 5 57.5kg 104
6 1x6112x940 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith Craig Williams 2 57.5kg 104
7 322287182x RED GALILEO (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Patrick Cosgrave 4 57.5kg 104
8 2x11111x46 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 8 57.5kg 104
9 8112×51320 HAKY (IRE) John Hammond Ms Linda Meech 3 57kg 103
10 x111x1276x TRUE SELF (IRE) William Mullins John Allen 1 56.5kg 106
11 12x216x202 SUPERNOVA (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 7 54kg 95

Geelong Cup History

The Geelong Cup has a fairly extensive history, reaching back to 1872 when Flying Scud took out the inaugural edition. Originally raced over 16 furlongs, the Geelong Cup distance was adjusted to 2400m in 1972 when the country switched to the Metric System of measurements.

Initially a Principal race, the Geelong Cup was granted listed status in 1979. In 2002, it was upgraded to Group 3 and has retained that status since.

George Hanlon is the equal most prolific Geelong Cup winner with James Wilson, with a total of four Cups. Hanlon has also trained three Melbourne Cup winners, and is justifiably included in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.

The Melbourne Cup is always held on the first Tuesday in November, and the Geelong Cup is always held exactly thirteen days prior. As a result, the Geelong Cup usually falls on either the third or fourth Wednesday in October.

The Geelong Cup is famous for producing top winners. Some of the more notable recent Geelong Cup winners include On A Jeune (2005), Leica Ding (2009), Americain (2010), Dunaden (2011) and Ibicenco (2013). Geelong Cup results since 2000 are listed below.

Geelong Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Geelong Cup
1st Prince Of Arran 2 minutes 26.84 seconds
2nd True Self
3rd Haky
2018
Geelong Cup
1st Runaway 2 minutes  28.46 seconds
2nd Northwest Passage
3rd Finche
2017
Geelong Cup
1st Vengeur Masque 2 minutes 29.35 seconds
2nd Gallic Chieftain
3rd Violate
2016
Geelong Cup
1st Qewy 2 minutes 28.9 seconds
2nd Grey Lion
3rd Oceanographer
2015
Geelong Cup
1st Almoonqith 2 minutes 28.9 seconds
2nd Dandino
3rd Manndawi
2014
Geelong Cup
1st Caravan Rolls On 2 minutes 31.2 seconds
2nd Marksmanship
3rd Like A Carousel
2013
Geelong Cup
1st Ibicenco 2 minutes 35.2 seconds
2nd Verdant
3rd Moudre
2012
Geelong Cup
1st Gatewood 2 minutes 34.1 seconds
2nd Chateau Margaux
3rd Brigantin
2011
Geelong Cup
1st Dunaden 2 minutes 30.1 seconds
2nd Tanby
3rd Bauer
2010
Geelong Cup
1st Americain 2 minutes 30.3 seconds
2nd Moudre
3rd Exceptionally
2009
Geelong Cup
1st Leica Ding 2 minutes 27.5 seconds
2nd Dandaad
3rd Sterling Prince
2008
Geelong Cup
1st Bauer 2 minutes 30.1 seconds
2nd Moatize
3rd Magic Instinct
2007
Geelong Cup
1st The Fuzz 2 minutes 27.0 seconds
2nd Zavite
3rd Desert Master
2006
Geelong Cup
1st Mandela 2 minutes 28.2 seconds
2nd Vanquished
3rd Dacs Back
2005
Geelong Cup
1st On A Jeune 2 minutes 26.7 seconds
2nd Brave Lancer
3rd Men At Work
2004
Geelong Cup
1st Pacific Dancer 2 minutes 26.5 seconds
2nd Devastating
3rd Diamond Jake
2003
Geelong Cup
1st Zazzman 2 minutes 30.0 seconds
2nd Shes Archie
3rd Tumeric
2002
Geelong Cup
1st Media Puzzle 2 minutes 25.9 seconds
2nd Requiem
3rd Donarch
2001
Geelong Cup
1st Karasi 2 minutes 32.0 seconds
2nd Maythehorsebewithu
3rd Scrumptious
2000
Geelong Cup
1st Savrocca 2 minutes 29.9 seconds
2nd Apache King
3rd Bulkhead

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