JRA Cup

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.

2019 JRA Cup Results

  • 1st: #5 Captain Cook
  • 2nd: #9 Sully
  • 3rd: #8 Mosh Music



The Ladbrokes 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 2018 JRA Cup winner The Taj Mahal went on to win that spring’s Group 2 Zipping Classic.

The 2019 Ladbrokes JRA Cup ran on Friday September 27, 2019 and was won by the Chris Waller-trained Captain Cook. 

JRA Cup
Date: Friday September 27, 2019
Racecourse: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 2040m
Conditions: Open Quality
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $200,000

2019 JRA Cup Results

  • 1st: #5 Captain Cook
  • 2nd: #9 Sully
  • 3rd: #8 Mosh Music

Chris Waller’s UK expat Captain Cook enjoyed his maiden win down under at The Valley on Moir Stakes Night, the seven-year-old narrowly defeating Sully in an exciting finish after jockey Linda Meech took the galloper forward. Following the JRA Cup 2019 results, Waller plans to run Captain Cook next-up in the Listed $400,000 Cranbourne Cup (2025m).

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 5 CAPTAIN COOK (GB) Chris Waller Ms Linda Meech 5 54kg $4.80
2 9 SULLY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 0.1L 3 54kg $9
3 8 MOSH MUSIC Archie Alexander Declan Bates 0.85L 9 54kg $4.80
4 6 KENTUCKY BREEZE Levi Kavanagh Jamie Kah 2.1L 1 54kg $3F
5 2 GLORY DAYS (NZ) Bill Thurlow Craig Williams 2.2L 7 56.5kg $15
6 12 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 3.45L 6 54kg $71
7 1 YUCATAN (IRE) Liam Howley Ben Melham 3.85L 2 59kg $6
8 7 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 4.6L 4 54kg $31
9 3 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Kerrin McEvoy 6.85L 8 56kg $51
13 CHAROSSA Gordon Richards Dwayne Dunn 0
11 SPANISH STEPS (IRE) Liam Howley Michael Walker 0
4 QAFILA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 0
10 DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) Liam Howley Brenton Avdulla 0

2019 JRA Cup Betting

The latest JRA Cup 2019 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.

2019 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 2019 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 2019 Ladbrokes JRA Cup Field is down to 10 runners after three early scratchings from the original line-up. Heading the updated markets at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au is the rails-drawn Kentucky Breeze to be ridden by in-form hoop Jamie Kah as the horse chases a third win on the trot at The Valley track.

Update: There are only 9 remaining JRA Cup contenders with the Lindsay Park-trained SA Derby winning mare Qafila (13) the fourth scratching from the line-up.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 36013x10x0 YUCATAN (IRE) Liam Howley Ben Melham 2 59kg 108
2 1102113×55 GLORY DAYS (NZ) Bill Thurlow Craig Williams 8 56.5kg 107
3 0254x319x0 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Kerrin McEvoy 9 56kg 102
4 5x14941x20 QAFILA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 13 54kg 102
5 925245×523 CAPTAIN COOK (GB) Chris Waller Ms Linda Meech 6 54kg 98
6 7×49813311 KENTUCKY BREEZE Levi Kavanagh Jamie Kah 1 54kg 98
7 x220x0404x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 5 54kg 98
8 x131111x51 MOSH MUSIC Archie Alexander Declan Bates 11 54kg 97
9 0x56252x99 SULLY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 3 54kg 97
10 x217549x84 DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) Liam Howley Brenton Avdulla 4 54kg 95
11 219155x9x0 SPANISH STEPS (IRE) Liam Howley Michael Walker 10 54kg 94
12 53531320×5 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 7 54kg 89
13 x502111262 CHAROSSA Gordon Richards Dwayne Dunn 12 54kg 84

2019 JRA Cup Nominations

The official JRA Cup 2019 nominations close on the Monday of race week and will be available below as soon as announced.

The 2019 JRA Cup nominations attracted 25 early entries including Lindsay Park’s SA Derby winning mare Qafila out to atone for her dead last in the Makybe Diva Stakes results last time out.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 69x4719x00 HARLEM (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 1 59.5kg 109
2 36013x10x0 YUCATAN (IRE) H 6 Liam Howley 2 59kg 108
3 1102113×55 GLORY DAYS (NZ) M 7 Bill Thurlow 3 56.5kg 107
4 x2468223x7 DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 4 57kg 104
5 5x14941x20 QAFILA M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 5 54kg 102
6 2x1635678x NELSON (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley 6 56kg 102
7 0254x319x0 MIDTERM (GB) G 7 Michael & Luke Cerchi 7 56kg 102
8 9711575×80 SELF SENSE G 9 David Brideoake 8 55kg 100
9 7×49813311 KENTUCKY BREEZE G 5 Levi Kavanagh 9 54kg 98
10 x611130x00 SEMARI (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 10 54kg 98
11 x220x0404x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 11 54kg 98
12 925245×523 CAPTAIN COOK (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 12 54kg 98
13 0x56252x99 SULLY (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 13 54kg 97
14 x131111x51 MOSH MUSIC M 5 Archie Alexander 14 54kg 97
15 x0105110x0 BIZZWINKLE (NZ) G 6 Patrick Payne 15 54kg 96
16 7×00595619 ANOTHER COLDIE H 6 Symon Wilde 16 54kg 95
17 x217549x84 DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley 17 54kg 95
18 1x8341469x BONDEIGER H 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 18 54kg 95
19 219155x9x0 SPANISH STEPS (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley 19 54kg 94
20 1120×77702 AL GALAYEL (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 20 54kg 93
21 5×24212182 DR DRILL (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 21 54kg 90
22 53531320×5 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney 22 54kg 89
23 362x53x5x5 KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 23 54kg 89
24 x502111262 CHAROSSA G 5 Gordon Richards 24 54kg 84
25 6x2x0x6928 EXEMPLAR (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley 25 54kg 82

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

Year Place Horse Time
2019
JRA Cup
1st Captain Cook 2 minutes 6.45 seconds
2nd Sully
3rd Mosh Music
2018
JRA Cup
1st The Taj Mahal 2 minutes 5.37 seconds
2nd Gallic Chieftain
3rd Sir Isaac Newton
2017
JRA Cup
1st Jon Snow 2 minutes 7.12 seconds
2nd Ecuador
3rd Boom Time
2016
JRA Cup
1st Real Love 2 minutes 5.76 seconds
2nd Maurus
3rd Tarquin
2015
JRA Cup
1st Escado 2 minutes 5.88 seconds
2nd Magnapal
3rd Velox
2014
JRA Cup
1st The Cleaner 2 minutes 5.99 seconds
2nd Sangster
3rd Mourinho
2013
JRA Cup
1st Mourinho 2 minutes 6.1 seconds
2nd Gris Caro
3rd The Great Snowman
2012
JRA Cup
1st Bianmick 2 minutes 6.7 seconds
2nd Dance With Her
3rd Ironstein
2011
JRA Cup
1st Dream Pedlar 2 minutes 8.7 seconds
2nd Carnero
3rd Domesky
2010
JRA Cup
1st Precedence 2 minutes 5.3 seconds
2nd Rainbow Styling
3rd Linton
2009
JRA Cup
1st Alcopop 2 minutes 8.4 seconds
2nd Field Hunter
3rd Shocking
2008
JRA Cup
1st Cefalu 2 minutes 5.9 seconds
2nd Majestical
3rd Devil Moon
2007
JRA Cup
1st Maldivian 2 minutes 5.8 seconds
2nd Pacino
3rd Master O’Reilly
2006
JRA Cup
1st Pavlova 2 minutes 7.0 seconds
2nd Spinney
3rd Delvecchio

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