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|
2016 Geelong Cup Betting
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
|1st||Almoonqith||2 minutes 28.9 seconds|
|1st||Caravan Rolls On||2 minutes 31.2 seconds|
|3rd||Like A Carousel|
|1st||Ibicenco||2 minutes 35.2 seconds|
|1st||Gatewood||2 minutes 34.1 seconds|
|1st||Dunaden||2 minutes 30.1 seconds|
|1st||Americain||2 minutes 30.3 seconds|
|1st||Leica Ding||2 minutes 27.5 seconds|
|1st||Bauer||2 minutes 30.1 seconds|
|1st||The Fuzz||2 minutes 27.0 seconds|
|1st||Mandela||2 minutes 28.2 seconds|
|1st||On A Jeune||2 minutes 26.7 seconds|
|3rd||Men At Work|
|1st||Pacific Dancer||2 minutes 26.5 seconds|
|1st||Zazzman||2 minutes 30.0 seconds|
|1st||Media Puzzle||2 minutes 25.9 seconds|
|1st||Karasi||2 minutes 32.0 seconds|
|1st||Savrocca||2 minutes 29.9 seconds|