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.

2017 Geelong Cup Results

  • 1st: #7 Vengeur Masque
  • 2nd: #4 Gallic Chieftain
  • 3rd: #10 Violate



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 $300,000 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 2017 Geelong Cup ran on Wednesday October 25, 2017 .

Geelong Cup 2017
Date: Wednesday October 25, 2017
Track: Geelong Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $300,000

2017 Geelong Cup Results

  • 1st: #7 Vengeur Masque
  • 2nd: #4 Gallic Chieftain
  • 3rd: #10 Violate

Check out the full Geelong Cup 2017 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more on the narrow half-head win by the Michael Moroney-trained import Vengeur Masque who broke through with his first Australian run and who is now chasing a spot in the 24-horse 2017 Melbourne Cup field on the first Tuesday of November. The Darren Weir-trained Gallic Chieftain was the hot Geelong Cup favourite, but after a tough run got back to the inside and dived late having to settle for second. Violate rounded out the Geelong Cup Trifecta in third at a big price under a length beaten.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 7 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 10 54kg $15
2 4 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Darren Weir Craig Williams 0.1L 2 55kg $3F
3 10 VIOLATE Brent Stanley James Winks 0.85L 6 54kg $17
4 5 GREY LION (IRE) Matt Cumani Luke Nolen 1.25L 8 54kg $12
5 11 WHEAL LEISURE Archie Alexander Dean Yendall 1.35L 7 54kg $6
6 8 KELLSTORM (IRE) Darren Weir Michael Dee 1.85L 1 54kg $8
7 1 GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ms Katelyn Mallyon 3.85L 11 58kg $26
8 6 FANATIC (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 3.95L 3 54kg $21
9 3 BERISHA Robert Smerdon Ryan Maloney 4.35L 12 56.5kg $11
10 9 SETTLER’S STONE Troy Blacker Damien Oliver 4.55L 4 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $19
11 2 LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Mark Zahra 5.8L 9 57.5kg $16
12 12 KAWABATA Jamie Edwards Ben Thompson (a) 6.8L 5 54kg $101

2017 Geelong Cup Tips

  • 1st: #6 Fanatic
  • 2nd: #4 Gallic Chieftain
  • 3rd: #2 Lizzie L’Amour

FANATIC ($26) is way overs in Geelong Cup betting and is out to score another upset in a 2400m feature for Lindsay Park after Boom Time won the Caulfield Cup at 50/1 over the weekend. This mare is bred to stay, a daughter of Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, and finished off well in the Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) over this distance last time out, the same race that produced Boom Time (4th). She ran sixth with good sectionals, is well-weighted for this and jockey Michael Walker has been back to winning form. Drawn to win and can surprise. GALLIC CHIEFTAIN ($2.90) is the red hot favourite and is also out of the Herbert Power having done a brilliant job for third. Loves Soft going, drawn ideally in gate two and Craig Williams in the saddle is another plus. LIZZIE L’AMOUR ($16) is also overs at her current price, the Group 1 winning Kiwi mare four runs in and out to atone after three unplaced Melbourne starts of firm tracks. Her Soft form is outstanding and she’ll be in the mix.

Read our full 2017 Geelong Cup Betting Tips & Preview.

Geelong Cup Betting

The latest Geelong Cup 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.

2017 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 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.

See below for the full 2017 Geelong Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw, following the link to read more on the line-up of Melbourne Cup hopefuls in the race including Darren Weir’s Herbert Power Stakes placegetter Gallic Chieftain and Cranbourne Cup runner-up Berisha drawn the outside barrier (12 of 12).

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x031x270x0 GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ms Katelyn Mallyon 11 58kg 101
2 151021×760 LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Mark Zahra 9 57.5kg 104
3 x073x00002 BERISHA Robert Smerdon Ryan Maloney 12 56.5kg 98
4 1x3811x763 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Darren Weir Craig Williams 2 55kg 95
5 0x076x0703 GREY LION (IRE) Matt Cumani Luke Nolen 8 54kg 93
6 84260×5046 FANATIC (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 3 54kg 90
7 82x542x998 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 10 54kg 89
8 x173511163 KELLSTORM (IRE) Darren Weir Michael Dee 1 54kg 86
9 6433×70033 SETTLER’S STONE Troy Blacker Damien Oliver 4 54kg 82
10 2434×48321 VIOLATE Brent Stanley James Winks 6 54kg 81
11 1513059×11 WHEAL LEISURE Archie Alexander Dean Yendall 7 54kg 80
12 10×3173551 KAWABATA Jamie Edwards Ben Thompson (a) 5 54kg 75

2017 Geelong Cup Nominations

The Geelong Cup nominations usually feature a broad selection of talented stayers from around the world. Largely made up of Victorian and foreign runners, the Geelong Cup nominations provide 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 nominations for their first start in Australia in preparation for the Melbourne Cup.

The 2017 Geelong Cup nominations will be published below once released on the Thursday prior to the race.

The Geelong Cup 2017 Nominations attracted a bumper 23 entries including three horses racing in Saturday’s Caulfield Cup field: Wicklow Brave, Sir Isaac Newton and Boom Time. The Willie Mullins-trained Irish veteran is the top international entry, while trainer Robert Hickmott and owner Lloyd Williams have a bumper seven Geelong Cup nominees this spring.

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
2018
Geelong Cup
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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