Ballarat Cup

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

2020 Ballarat Cup Results

  • 1st: #17e Irish Flame
  • 2nd: #10 Affair To Remember
  • 3rd: #14 Game Keeper



The 2020 Ballarat Cup is a 2000m 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 $500,000 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. Kiwia (5th in 2018) was the last Ballarat Cup winner to come out of the Eclipse Stakes. Kiwia returned in 2019 to enjoy back-to-back Ballarat Cup wins.

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 2020 Ballarat Cup ran on Saturday November 21, 2020 and was won in an upset by the emergency runner Irish Flame. 

Ballarat Cup 2020
Date: Saturday November 21, 2020
Racecourse: Ballarat Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Handicap
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $500,000

2020 Ballarat Cup Results

  • 1st: #17e Irish Flame
  • 2nd: #10 Affair To Remember
  • 3rd: #14 Game Keeper

It was a devastatingly close finish in the Ballarat Cup 2020 results with the beaten favourite Affair To Remember ($3.90F) finishing a narrow second behind the upset Brett Scott-trained winner Irish Flame ($18) who got in as an emergency runner and overcame a horror run to keep his strong form going.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 17e IRISH FLAME (NZ) Brett Scott Michael Walker 16 56kg $18
2 10 AFFAIR TO REMEMBER Dan O’Sullivan Mark Zahra 0.1L 9 56kg $3.90F
3 14 GAME KEEPER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 0.2L 8 56kg $20
4 2 HARLEM (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Craig Williams 0.3L 12 61.5kg $17
5 11 ODEON (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Daniel Moor 0.4L 6 56kg $14
6 15 DOUBLE YOU TEE Patrick Payne Billy Egan 0.5L 14 56kg $14
7 7 PACODALI (IRE) Maddie Raymond Dean Yendall 2.25L 4 59kg $10
8 4 JUNIPAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 2.35L 11 60kg $5.50
9 9 PLEIN CIEL (GER) Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 2.65L 3 56.5kg $17
10 1 SO SI BON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damian Lane 3.9L 1 62kg $19
11 6 KIWIA Archie Alexander John Allen 4.9L 15 59.5kg $31
12 5 AL GALAYEL (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 5L 10 59.5kg $15
13 3 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 5.5L 13 61.5kg $15
14 13 FURRION (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Luke Nolen 5.7L 7 56kg $81
15 8 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Stackhouse 8.95L 5 57.5kg $41
16 12 OUR BIG MIKE (NZ) Brett Scott Jordan Childs 12.95L 2 56kg $101
19e KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 0
20e PARADEE Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 0
16 POWER SCHEME Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Jye McNeil 0
18e MONGOLIAN MARSHAL (NZ) Stuart Gower Zac Spain 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Ballarat Cup Odds

The season’s top Ballarat Cup 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 Ballarat Cup field and barriers are set for release on the Wednesday before the race and will be published in full below.

The Ballarat Cup 2020 final field features a capacity line-up of stayers led in betting by Junipal coming off a win in last Saturday’s Group 3 Sandown Stakes and the Danny O’Brien-trained Affair To Remember last seen winning the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6×45397341 SO SI BON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damian Lane 1 62kg 108
2 4549×76825 HARLEM (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Craig Williams 13 61.5kg 107
3 32050×3003 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 14 61.5kg 107
4 1037×31191 JUNIPAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 11 60kg 104
5 02×9041116 AL GALAYEL (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 10 59.5kg 103
6 361x8x0030 KIWIA Archie Alexander John Allen 17 59.5kg 103
7 10x482x897 PACODALI (IRE) Maddie Raymond Dean Yendall 4 59kg 102
8 2107×40720 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Stackhouse 5 57.5kg 99
9 0x31428255 PLEIN CIEL (GER) Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 3 56.5kg 97
10 133×501921 AFFAIR TO REMEMBER Dan O’Sullivan Mark Zahra 9 56kg 96
11 2635×72423 ODEON (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Daniel Moor 6 56kg 96
12 110×322819 OUR BIG MIKE (NZ) Brett Scott Jordan Childs 2 56kg 96
13 x5021x0000 FURRION (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Luke Nolen 7 56kg 95
14 1111×33606 GAME KEEPER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 8 56kg 93
15 0725032253 DOUBLE YOU TEE Patrick Payne Billy Egan 16 56kg 92
16 52366×3112 POWER SCHEME Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Jye McNeil 20 56kg 92
17e 96×3352211 IRISH FLAME (NZ) Brett Scott Michael Walker 19 56kg 92
18e 5x0x955841 MONGOLIAN MARSHAL (NZ) Stuart Gower Zac Spain 18 56kg 92
19e 131181×614 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 12 56kg 92
20e 13116×4532 PARADEE Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 15 56kg 89

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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
2020
Ballarat Cup
1st Irish Flame 2 minutes 2.79 seconds
2nd Affair To Remember
3rd Game Keeper
2019
Ballarat Cup
1st Kiwia 2 minutes 3.74 seconds (over 2000m)
2nd Double You Tee
3rd Another Dollar
2018
Ballarat Cup
1st Kiwia 2 minutes 20.59 seconds
2nd Pilote D’essai
3rd Life Less Ordinary
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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