Ballarat Cup

The Ballarat Cup is a Listed staying event held towards the end of November at Ballarat Racecourse.

2017 Ballarat Cup Results

  • 1st: #11 Grand Dreamer
  • 2nd: #10 Oncidium Ruler
  • 3rd: #5 Grey Lion



The 2017 Ballarat Cup is a 2200m event held at Ballarat Racecourse during mid to late November each year at the very tail end of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.

A Listed event, the Ballarat Cup is worth a generous $300,000 in total prize money making it one of the richest provincial Victorian cups. It is held under open handicap conditions, and tends to attract some pretty solid talent each year.

Some lead-up races worth watching include other cup events such as the Kyneton Cup or the Bendigo Cup. The 2017 Ballarat Cup winner Grand Dreamer improved on a lead-up third in the Kyneton Cup for his win. The Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) run at Sandown’s Ladbrokes Park the Saturday before also serves as a good Ballarat Cup lead-up. Many country runners, and even some metro types, often contest several country cups as part of their campaign. Other staying events during the Melbourne Cup Carnival are also often contested by horses on their way to the Ballarat Cup.

The Ballarat Cup represents the end of the spring racing carnival in Victoria, as it’s the last black-type meet and the last feature day.

Plenty of quality gallopers contest the Ballarat Cup, the form of which has stacked-up in tougher races including the 2013 winner The Offer backing-up the following autumn to win the 2014 edition of the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).

The 2017 Ballarat Cup ran on Saturday November 25, 2017 and was won by the Robert Smerdon-trained Grand Dreamer.

Ballarat Cup 2017
Date: Saturday November 25, 2017
Racecourse: Ballarat Racecourse
Distance: 2200m
Race Type: Handicap
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $300,000

2017 Ballarat Cup Results

  • 1st: #11 Grand Dreamer
  • 2nd: #10 Oncidium Ruler
  • 3rd: #5 Grey Lion

See below for the official Ballarat Cup 2017 Results & Finishing Order, seven-year-old Grand Dreamer best handling the Heavy (8) track for his dominant one and three-quarter length win over Oncidium Ruler (2nd) and Matt Cumani’s last-start Queen Elizabeth Stakes runner-up Grey Lion (3rd).

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 11 GRAND DREAMER Robert Smerdon Patrick Moloney 6 54kg $7.50
2 10 ONCIDIUM RULER Michael Kent Beau Mertens 1.75L 2 54kg $10
3 5 GREY LION Matt Cumani Jordan Childs 2.15L 3 55kg $3.60
4 2 DE LITTLE ENGINE Danny O’Brien Ben Thompson (a) 2.25L 10 56kg $31
5 7 MR GARCIA Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 3.75L 9 54kg $4
6 1 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE Chris Waller Michael Walker 18.75L 5 58kg $6.50
7 8 BIG BLUE James Cummings Stephen Baster 23.25L 12 54kg $31
8 3 EXTRA ZERO David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 24.5L 4 55.5kg $31
9 4 BIG MEMORY Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 36.5L 1 55kg $26
10 13 JIMMIE JIM Charles Quick Ms Nikita Beriman 38.5L 8 54kg $101
11 12 KNOWABLE Steve Richards Dean Yendall 39.5L 11 54kg $21
12 9 SONNTAG Henry Dwyer Jye McNeil 79.5L 7 54kg $21
6 SECOND BULLET Danny O’Brien Ben Melham 0

2017 Ballarat Cup Tips

  • 1st: #10 Oncidium Ruler
  • 2nd: #5 Grey Lion
  • 3rd: #12 Knowable

Follow the link for our comprehensive Ballarat Cup 2017 Betting Tips & Preview, the Races.com.au team tipping an upset with the Michael Kent-trained ONCIDIUM RULER ($10) looking overs after an eye-catching Flemington win over 2000m last time out second-up. Fitter here and will relish the extra 200m, gun barrier and drop in weight. GREY LION ($6) also gets the run of the race from barrier three, likely going forward to turn it into an out-and-out staying contest coming back in trip after the good Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) second on Emirates Stakes Day. KNOWABLE ($19) is at a blowout price despite three seconds on the trot, most recently behind our tip to win the Ballarat Cup.

2017 Ballarat Cup Odds

The season’s top Ballarat Cup 2017 odds and end-of-spring betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Listed Victorian Cups race will be provided below the week of the race.

2017 Ballarat Cup Field

The Ballarat Cup field usually attracts quite a few metro runners from Melbourne, which is only around 100km away. Sometimes the odd handy runner from Sydney will head down to run in the Ballarat Cup field chasing the lucrative end-of-spring prize money on offer.

Following a run in the Ballarat Cup field, the Listed Pakenham Cup (2500m) in early December makes a nice next-up target and the last to do the double was Pilote D’Essai (2016).

The 2017 Ballarat Cup field and barriers are set for release on the Wednesday before the race and will be published in full below.

The official Ballarat Cup 2017 Final Field drew 13 acceptors including the Matt Cumani-trained Grey Lion drawn well in gate three and coming off a nice second in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington. Mr Garcia won first-up down under and now races for Darren Weir for the first time from barrier nine in the Ballarat Cup field, while the Chris Waller-trained Antonio Giuseppe carries the 58kg top weight and drops notably in class.

Read more on the 2017 Ballarat Cup Field & Horses.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1240×54277 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Walker 5 58kg 101
2 5x246211x0 DE LITTLE ENGINE Danny O’Brien Ben Thompson (a) 10 56kg 97
3 7614246054 EXTRA ZERO David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 4 55.5kg 96
4 02510×0046 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 1 55kg 95
5 076×070342 GREY LION (IRE) Matt Cumani Jordan Childs 3 55kg 95
6 66214×2703 SECOND BULLET Danny O’Brien Ben Melham 11 54kg 93
7 110x4x57x1 MR GARCIA (GB) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 9 54kg 92
8 136x668x60 BIG BLUE (GB) James Cummings Stephen Baster 13 54kg 91
9 96x990x701 SONNTAG Henry Dwyer Jye McNeil 7 54kg 89
10 x431431x01 ONCIDIUM RULER Michael Kent Beau Mertens (a) 2 54kg 87
11 x51710x073 GRAND DREAMER Robert Smerdon Patrick Moloney 6 54kg 80
12 39×8057222 KNOWABLE Steve Richards Dean Yendall 12 54kg 72
13 2605043313 JIMMIE JIM Charles Quick Ms Nikita Beriman 8 54kg 57

2017 Ballarat Cup Nominations

Each spring the Ballarat Cup nominations close the Monday leading-up to the race, the full list of early entries to be published below once announced by Racing Victoria.

The 2017 Ballarat Cup Nominations attracted 28 stayers including last weekend’s Zipping Classic winner The Taj Mahal, fellow Lloyd Williams-raced The Metropolitan champ from Sydney earlier this spring Foundry, Mr Garcia racing for new trainer Darren Weir for the first time if accepted and the classy Matt Cumani-trained Grey Lion coming off a second in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) from Emirates Stakes Day.

View the official Ballarat Cup 2017 Nominated Horses.

Ballarat Cup History

The Ballarat Turf Club was established in 1854, making it one of the oldest racing organisations in Victoria. For some time now, Ballarat Cup Day has been the biggest meet of the year at Dowling Forest Racecourse, often drawing almost 20,000 people.

Not too long ago, the Ballarat Cup occupied a Wednesday slot as a mid-week event. However, it was moved to Sunday in 2011 in order to allow greater attendance and accommodate more metro runners. As of 2014, the Ballarat Cup has been run on a Saturday. It is the only black-type meet in Victoria and NSW on that day, so attracts considerable punting attention. The Group 1 Railway Stakes and Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes are held over at Ascot in Perth on the same day.

Notable recent Ballarat Cup winners include My Bentley (2010), The Offer (2013) and Junoob (2015). Ballarat Cup results, place getters and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Ballarat Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Ballarat Cup
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Ballarat Cup
1st Grand Dreamer 2 minutes 25.79 seconds
2nd Oncidium Ruler
3rd Grey Lion
2016
Ballarat Cup
1st Pilote D’Essai 2 minutes 14.14 seconds
2nd Scherzoso
3rd Manageress
2015
Ballarat Cup
1st Junoob 2 minutes 18.45 seconds
2nd Wales
3rd Sonntag
2014
Ballarat Cup
1st Mujadale 2 minutes 17.8 seconds
2nd At First Sight
3rd Fat Al
2013
Ballarat Cup
1st The Offer 2 minutes 25.1 seconds
2nd Pelicano
3rd Hurdy Gurdy Man
2012
Ballarat Cup
1st King Diamond 2 minutes 18.4 seconds
2nd Pelicano
3rd Exceptionally
2011
Ballarat Cup
1st Domesky 2 minutes 19.2 seconds
2nd Rothera
3rd Sean Baile Mor
2010
Ballarat Cup
1st My Bentley 2 minutes 17.0 seconds
2nd Kidnapped
3rd Allanthus
2009
Ballarat Cup
1st Itstheone 2 minutes 14.4 seconds
2nd Gallions Reach
3rd Davcon
2008
Ballarat Cup
1st Daka’s Gem 2 minutes 21.8 seconds
2nd Sentire
3rd Banana Man
2007
Ballarat Cup
1st Sentire 2 minutes 23.9 seconds
2nd Bowl Along
3rd Red Riviera
2006
Ballarat Cup
1st Rubijon 2 minutes 17.3 seconds
2nd Upstaged
3rd Lancettier
2005
Ballarat Cup
1st Command N Conquer 2 minutes 17.4 seconds
2nd Maneroo Lue
3rd Steelworker
2004
Ballarat Cup
1st Just The Part 2 minutes 15.4 seconds
2nd Irish Crusader
3rd Demerger
2003
Ballarat Cup
1st Western Waters 2 minutes 16.2 seconds
2nd Delvecchio
3rd Dance On Wood
2002
Ballarat Cup
1st Varsilayos 2 minutes 15.0 seconds
2nd As You Would
3rd Sale Of Century
2001
Ballarat Cup
1st Aquiver 2 minutes 14.0 seconds
2nd Varsilayos
3rd Adolescence
2000
Ballarat Cup
1st Royal Caliph 2 minutes 18.5 seconds
2nd Luther
3rd Laebeel

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