Geelong Cup

The 2016 Geelong Cup is a Group 3 staying event held at Geelong in October.

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The 2016 Geelong Cup is a Group 3 race held at Geelong Racecourse towards the end of October.

Held over a cup distance of 2400m, the Geelong Cup is an exciting race with massive ramifications. One of the major lead up events to the Melbourne Cup, the Geelong Cup is targeted by foreign raiders and local hopefuls as a preparatory race. The Geelong Cup also provides Melbourne Cup ballot exemption to the winner, so a victory in this event is highly sought after as a path into the race that stops a nation.

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, the Geelong Classic (2200m) for three year olds and the Fillies and Mares Handicap (1200m). 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 2016 Geelong Cup will run on Wednesday, October 19th.

Geelong Cup 2016
Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
Track: Geelong Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $300,000

Geelong Cup Betting

The latest Geelong Cup betting markets on the internationally-rich field are listed below, prices provided by for you to lock in your 2016 Geelong Cup tips at the best price.

2016 Geelong Cup Field

The Geelong Cup field has developed a reputation for quality. Long considered a good guide to the Melbourne Cup, the Geelong Cup regularly features some of the top runners that also contend the race that stops a nation. Horses which run in the Geelong Cup field tend to come from fairly successful handicapping careers. Whether they’ve recently flown in or are Victorian racing staples, each horse in the Geelong Cup field is a very strong runner.

See below for the official 2016 Geelong Cup field and barrier draw, following the link for a more detailed race preview.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 90324×6527 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller 10 59.5kg 109
2 132x1837x8 GREY LION (IRE) Matt Cumani Ms Katelyn Mallyon 9 55kg 100
3 03x8148x07 ARAB DAWN (GB) John O’Shea Dwayne Dunn 11 54kg 97
4 322x01170x KINEMA (IRE) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 1 54kg 94
5 322x00x22x QEWY (IRE) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 7 54kg 93
6 57134×6400 SWACADELIC (GER) Aaron Purcell Michael Walker 8 54kg 93
7 1340×65416 LUCQUES Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 4 54kg 89
8 0508322223 BLACK TOMAHAWK Darren Weir Craig Williams 3 54kg 88
9 6x11x4017x OCEANOGRAPHER (GB) Charlie Appleby Ben Melham 6 54kg 88
10 17177×0042 ALL I SURVEY Pat Carey Michael Dee (a) 5 54kg 75
11 x955523331 WELLS Kathryn Durden Ben Allen (a) 2 54kg 75

2016 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 2016 Geelong Cup nominations will be published below when available.

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
Geelong Cup
1st Almoonqith 2 minutes 28.9 seconds
2nd Dandino
3rd Manndawi
Geelong Cup
1st Caravan Rolls On 2 minutes 31.2 seconds
2nd Marksmanship
3rd Like A Carousel
Geelong Cup
1st Ibicenco 2 minutes 35.2 seconds
2nd Verdant
3rd Moudre
Geelong Cup
1st Gatewood 2 minutes 34.1 seconds
2nd Chateau Margaux
3rd Brigantin
Geelong Cup
1st Dunaden 2 minutes 30.1 seconds
2nd Tanby
3rd Bauer
Geelong Cup
1st Americain 2 minutes 30.3 seconds
2nd Moudre
3rd Exceptionally
Geelong Cup
1st Leica Ding 2 minutes 27.5 seconds
2nd Dandaad
3rd Sterling Prince
Geelong Cup
1st Bauer 2 minutes 30.1 seconds
2nd Moatize
3rd Magic Instinct
Geelong Cup
1st The Fuzz 2 minutes 27.0 seconds
2nd Zavite
3rd Desert Master
Geelong Cup
1st Mandela 2 minutes 28.2 seconds
2nd Vanquished
3rd Dacs Back
Geelong Cup
1st On A Jeune 2 minutes 26.7 seconds
2nd Brave Lancer
3rd Men At Work
Geelong Cup
1st Pacific Dancer 2 minutes 26.5 seconds
2nd Devastating
3rd Diamond Jake
Geelong Cup
1st Zazzman 2 minutes 30.0 seconds
2nd Shes Archie
3rd Tumeric
Geelong Cup
1st Media Puzzle 2 minutes 25.9 seconds
2nd Requiem
3rd Donarch
Geelong Cup
1st Karasi 2 minutes 32.0 seconds
2nd Maythehorsebewithu
3rd Scrumptious
Geelong Cup
1st Savrocca 2 minutes 29.9 seconds
2nd Apache King
3rd Bulkhead