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The JRA Cup is a Group 3 event held at Moonee Valley under the lights on Moir Stakes Night as a possible lead-up to the Ladbrokes Cox Plate.
2017 JRA Cup Results
- 1st: #2 Jon Snow
- 2nd: #3 Ecuador
- 3rd: #5 Boom Time
JRA Cup News
The JRA Cup is a Group 3 staying event held at Moonee Valley racecourse during the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Held towards the end of September or early October, the JRA Cup attracts stayers and milers looking to step up in distance. Run over 2040m, it is held over the same track and distance as the coveted Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) run a month later.
As an open quality event, the JRA Cup attracts some standout performers and offers $200,000 in total prize money.
The JRA Cup is held on Moir Stakes night and shares a race program with four other Group status races including the headlining Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m), Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m).
Those horses which contest the JRA Cup often come via an eclectic mixture of preparations. One of the more common lead up races to the JRA Cup is the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) held at Caulfield a week before. Horses that experience success sometimes go on to major feature races, such as the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) or the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m).
The 2017 JRA Cup was held on Friday September 29, 2017.
|JRA Cup 2017|
|Date:||Friday September 29, 2017|
|Racecourse:||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
2017 JRA Cup Results
- 1st: #2 Jon Snow
- 2nd: #3 Ecuador
- 3rd: #5 Boom Time
|1||2||JON SNOW (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Stephen Baster||–||11||59kg||$9.50|
|2||3||ECUADOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Beau Mertens (a)||0.75L||5||58kg||$11|
|3||5||BOOM TIME||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||1.75L||1||56kg||$10|
|4||12||SPANISH REEF||Ken Keys||Luke Currie||3L||7||54kg||$19|
|5||4||STAR EXHIBIT||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||3.1L||12||57.5kg||$5.50|
|6||9||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||3.3L||13||54kg||$17|
|7||11||LORD DURANTE||Simone Ferchie||Stan Tsaikos||4.55L||4||54kg||$91|
|8||10||ETYMOLOGY||James Cummings||Corey Brown||5.55L||3||54kg||$11|
|9||1||TAVAGO (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Hugh Bowman||5.65L||8||59.5kg||$5EF|
|10||13||KILMACURRAGH (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||5.85L||6||54kg||$61|
|11||7||BERISHA||Robert Smerdon||Ryan Maloney||7.85L||2||54kg||$26|
|12||6||FOUNDATION (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||8.05L||9||54.5kg||$5EF|
|13||8||GREY LION (IRE)||Matt Cumani||Jordan Childs||11.55L||10||54kg||$41|
2017 JRA Cup Tips
- 1st: #5 Boom Time
- 2nd: #2 Jon Snow
- 3rd: #9 Gallic Chieftain
Lindsay Park-trained stallion gets the rails run and is out to improve on a last start ninth to Stampede here at a mile on September 9. Comes back from 57.5kg to 56kg and will enjoy the step-up in distance having won up to 2500m. Two time winner over the metres and has previous winning form at The Valley, is a genuine winning hope. ATC Derby winning Kiwi Jon Snow carries equal 59kg top weight, but deservingly so. Third-up getting out to a more suitable distance should see improvement after the Makybe Diva (1600m) eighth. Was finishing off well, eats-up the extra metres and drops in grade. Lightweight hope Gallic Chieftain for Darren Weir is drawn wide, but there’s time to overcome. Has excellent form at the distance (5-3-1-0) and last start seventh at Flemington behind Hardham was close.
JRA Cup Betting
The latest JRA Cup betting odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au are listed below complete with links to the markets for you to lock in your JRA Cup tips.
2017 JRA Cup Field
The JRA Cup Field attracts a strong line-up of staying types each spring and is a possible target for gallopers stepping down in class of a run in something like the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington a fortnight earlier, a race the 2017 JRA Cup winner Jon Snow improved on a lead-up eighth in to win.
The JRA Cup 2017 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday leading-up to race night and will be published in full below.
The official 2017 JRA Cup Field drew 13 staying types including ATC Derby winner Jon Snow who is on way to the Caulfield Cup on October 21 up over the mile and a half.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1x00x518x7||TAVAGO (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Hugh Bowman||8||59.5kg||109|
|2||3337311×68||JON SNOW (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Stephen Baster||11||59kg||108|
|3||113380×348||ECUADOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Beau Mertens (a)||5||58kg||106|
|4||1211x12x9L||STAR EXHIBIT||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||12||57.5kg||105|
|5||1516510×39||BOOM TIME||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||1||56kg||102|
|6||x533x0x038||FOUNDATION (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||9||54.5kg||99|
|7||31x073x000||BERISHA||Robert Smerdon||Ryan Maloney||2||54kg||98|
|8||820x076x07||GREY LION (IRE)||Matt Cumani||Jordan Childs||10||54kg||94|
|9||121x3811x7||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||13||54kg||93|
|11||x060793572||LORD DURANTE||Simone Ferchie||Stan Tsaikos||4||54kg||86|
|12||532×21122||SPANISH REEF||Ken Keys||Luke Currie||7||54kg||72|
|13||2x10x3x823||KILMACURRAGH (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||6||54kg||68|
2017 JRA Cup Nominations
The official JRA Cup nominations close on the Monday of race week and will be available below as soon as announced.
In 2017 the JRA Cup early entries attracted a massive 29 nominations led by the likes of the Darren Weir-trained Perth Cup winner Star Exhibit who lost his rider in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes last start, the autumn’s ATC Derby winning Kiwi raider Jon Snow and Michael Kent’s mare Abbey Marie out to improve on a fifth in last Saturday’s Group 3 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield if accepted.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1x00x518x7||TAVAGO (NZ)||G||5||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||1||59.5kg||109|
|2||3337311×68||JON SNOW (NZ)||H||4||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||2||59kg||108|
|3||113380×348||ECUADOR (NZ)||G||8||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||3||58kg||106|
|4||1211x12x9L||STAR EXHIBIT||G||6||Darren Weir||4||57.5kg||105|
|5||x80x621x02||GUARDINI (FR)||H||7||Darren Weir||5||57kg||104|
|6||1x8400x725||ABBEY MARIE||M||5||Michael Kent||6||54kg||102|
|7||1516510×39||BOOM TIME||H||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||7||56kg||102|
|9||x031x270x0||GALLANTE (IRE)||G||7||Robert Hickmott||9||55.5kg||101|
|10||0x0D71x000||AMRALAH (IRE)||H||8||Robert Hickmott||10||55.5kg||101|
|11||71135104×0||ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE)||G||7||Stuart Webb||11||55kg||100|
|12||x533x0x038||FOUNDATION (IRE)||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||12||54.5kg||99|
|13||35x2111x08||MONTOYA’S SECRET||M||4||Leon & Troy Corstens||13||54kg||98|
|15||2676142460||EXTRA ZERO||G||11||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||15||54kg||98|
|16||x830x33x24||FOUNDRY (IRE)||G||8||Robert Hickmott||16||54kg||95|
|18||820x076x07||GREY LION (IRE)||H||6||Matt Cumani||18||54kg||94|
|19||0x4131x590||HANS HOLBEIN (GB)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||19||54kg||94|
|20||121x3811x7||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||H||5||Darren Weir||20||54kg||93|
|21||24×4111151||BALF’S CHOICE||G||5||Ryan Balfour||21||54kg||93|
|22||2x513x412x||OUR CENTURY (IRE)||G||7||Robert Hickmott||22||54kg||93|
|25||x060793572||LORD DURANTE||G||9||Simone Ferchie||25||54kg||86|
|26||24×2111662||RIYADH (NZ)||G||8||Peter Healey||26||54kg||83|
|27||1513059×1||WHEAL LEISURE||M||4||Archie Alexander||27||54kg||74|
|28||532×21122||SPANISH REEF||M||4||Ken Keys||28||54kg||72|
|29||2x10x3x823||KILMACURRAGH (NZ)||G||5||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||29||54kg||68|
JRA Cup History
Inaugurated in 1996, the JRA Cup has a relatively short history in comparison to major races across Australia. However, it’s above-grade prize money, usually more-than-impressive field and interim distance have combined to ensure the JRA Cup has experienced rapid growth in prestige and popularity since its inception.
In its short history, the JRA Cup has already seen some impressive horses pass the post. 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking ran third in the JRA Cup in the same year. Master O’Reilly ran third in the JRA Cup before his stunning 2007 Caulfield Cup victory. Prior to the 2010 edition, the JRA Cup ran as a Listed race.
Notable JRA Cup winners include Maldivian (2007), Alcopop (2009), Mourinho (2013) and Jon Snow (2017). JRA Cup results reaching back to 2006 are listed below.
JRA Cup Results
|1st||Jon Snow||2 minutes 7.12 seconds|
|1st||Real Love||2 minutes 5.76 seconds|
|1st||Escado||2 minutes 5.88 seconds|
|1st||The Cleaner||2 minutes 5.99 seconds|
|1st||Mourinho||2 minutes 6.1 seconds|
|3rd||The Great Snowman|
|1st||Bianmick||2 minutes 6.7 seconds|
|2nd||Dance With Her|
|1st||Dream Pedlar||2 minutes 8.7 seconds|
|1st||Precedence||2 minutes 5.3 seconds|
|1st||Alcopop||2 minutes 8.4 seconds|
|1st||Cefalu||2 minutes 5.9 seconds|
|1st||Maldivian||2 minutes 5.8 seconds|
|1st||Pavlova||2 minutes 7.0 seconds|