Moonee Valley Cup

The Moonee Valley Gold Cup is a Group 2 race for Melbourne Cup bound stayers on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day offering $1 million in prize money.

2021 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #13 Lunar Flare
  • 2nd: #12 Floating Artist
  • 3rd: #1 Sound



The Moonee Valley Cup, officially the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, is the major distance event held at the Moonee Valley Racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in late October. The 2500m event usually attracts a niche group of stayers that could be looking to back-up on the first Tuesday of November in the iconic $8 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles at Flemington.

The last Melbourne Cup winner to come off a Moonee Valley Gold Cup run was Prince Of Penzance (2nd in 2015) who won the ‘race that stops a nation’ at Melbourne Cup odds of $101! Prince Of Penzance earlier won the 2014 edition of the MV Cup further franking the form lines of the race. A few years before, French raider Americain won the Moonee Valley Cup in 2011 one year after claiming the Melbourne Cup (2010). Kingston Rule (1990) is the last horse to complete the Moonee Valley Cup – Melbourne Cup double in the same year.

Now worth a lucrative $1 million in prize money as of 2021, the set weights and penalties event is open to all horses aged four years and over. The October event takes place on the Cox Plate Day that also includes a host of other Group raced headlined by the $5 million Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m).

The Moonee Valley Cup is part of Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day and in 2021 ran on Saturday October 23, 2021 with the Grahame Begg-trained mare Lunar Flare saluting at $12.  

2021 Moonee Valley Gold Cup
Date: Saturday October 23, 2021
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Race Type: 4YO+ Set Weights & Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2021 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #13 Lunar Flare
  • 2nd: #12 Floating Artist
  • 3rd: #1 Sound

Michael Moroney’s consistent mare Lunar Flare ($12) was good again holding off a luckless Floating Artist after coming from third last to win the Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2021 on Cox Plate Day.

Click here to read more on the narrow victory by Lunar Flare in the 2021 Moonee Valley Gold Cup.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 13 LUNAR FLARE Grahame Begg Michael Dee 4 54kg $12
2 12 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teodore Nugent (a) 0.1L 8 55kg $3.80
3 1 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 0.85L 10 57kg $26
4 10 PONDUS (GB) Robert Hickmott Jye McNeil 1.05L 3 56kg $2.20F
5 11 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 4.55L 9 55kg $12
6 6 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 5.3L 5 56kg $41
7 5 SECRET BLAZE Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 5.5L 6 56kg $19
8 4 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Craig Williams 6.25L 1 56.5kg $19
9 9 STARCASTER (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Blaike McDougall 7.75L 7 56kg $21
10 2 GOOD IDEA Phillip Stokes Craig Newitt 27.75L 2 57kg $21
7 HARPO MARX (IRE) Bjorn Baker Damian Lane 0
3 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 0
8 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Betting Odds

The latest Moonee Valley Cup 2021 odds and betting markets provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will listed below complete with links for you to lock in your Moonee Valley Gold Cup tips at the right price this Cox Plate Day.

2021 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Field

The Moonee Valley Gold Cup field attracts a quality line-up of spring stayers, many eyeing a run in the Melbourne Cup field at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November. Good lead-up races into the Moonee Valley Gold Cup field include Sydney’s St Leger (2600m) race at Randwick and even the previous weekend’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

The 2021 Moonee Valley Cup field and barrier draw are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below once announced.

The Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2021 final field features a line-up of potential Melbourne Cup hopefuls led in betting by the Maher/Eustace trained Floating Artist.

  • Scratched: #3 Le Don De Vie (8); #7 Harpo Marx (4); #8 The Good Fight (13) 
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x62309x97 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 12 57kg 104
2 855167×033 GOOD IDEA Phillip Stokes Craig Newitt 2 57kg 95
3 5x57170x50 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 8 56.5kg 101
4 241441×060 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Craig Williams 1 56.5kg 100
5 8227×05516 SECRET BLAZE Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 7 56kg 101
6 53x6133x08 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 6 56kg 99
7 2×54151163 HARPO MARX (IRE) Bjorn Baker Damian Lane 4 56kg 102
8 0x31851447 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 13 56kg 97
9 851175×331 STARCASTER (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Blaike McDougall 9 56kg 88
10 0x22x722x5 PONDUS (GB) Robert Hickmott Jye McNeil 3 56kg 103
11 878333×009 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 11 55kg 103
12 5x55x01113 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teodore Nugent (a) 10 55kg 99
13 8×33149221 LUNAR FLARE Grahame Begg Michael Dee 5 54kg 91

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Nominations

Nominations on the Moonee Valley Cup in 2021 close the Monday of race week and will be published for the punters in full below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 241441×060 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 100
2 21345×2446 BARADE (FR) G 7 Archie Alexander 89
3 528434×172 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 90
4 x14x4x4x07 CORMORANT (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 96
5 13616x2x00 DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 103
6 0238375×58 DJUKON (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 87
7 35×5282536 DR DRILL (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 98
8 5x55x01113 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
9 53x6133x08 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani 99
10 855167×033 GOOD IDEA G 7 Phillip Stokes 95
11 x221211251 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 103
12 2×54151163 HARPO MARX (IRE) G 6 Bjorn Baker 102
13 329431×009 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 103
14 43x8511x90 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 103
15 5x57170x50 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 101
16 8×33149221 LUNAR FLARE M 6 Grahame Begg 91
17 51111×7631 MAHASHAKTI M 5 Mitchell Freedman 83
18 878333×009 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 103
19 308×826845 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 104
20 51716×8078 MOSH MUSIC M 7 Archie Alexander 99
21 0x22x722x5 PONDUS (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 103
22 00x00x5030 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 95
23 4071251×08 ROYAL CROWN G 5 Michael Kent 79
24 8227×05516 SECRET BLAZE G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 101
25 1x62309x97 SOUND (GER) H 9 Michael Moroney 104
26 851175×331 STARCASTER (GB) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 88
27 0x31851447 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney 97
28 79288611×0 TOKEN SPIRIT G 4 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 71
29 116x510x42 WENTWOOD (GB) G 7 Maddie Raymond 94

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Moonee Valley Cup History

First held in 1883, the Moonee Valley Cup was originally an eight furlong event when it was won by Castaway. Over the years the event has changed its distance over six times ranging from eight, six and seven furlongs to eleven, twelve, ten, thirteen furlongs. Eventually it became a 2600m race before it was reduced down to 2500m.

Originally a Principal race, the Moonee Valley Cup became a Group 3 race in 1979 and was then elevated to Group 2 status in 1980. Also known as the Cathay Pacific Gold Cup, Grosby Gold Cup and Governors’ Stakes, the event has had several double winners including Little Bob (1891-92), Gladwyn (1914-15), Gilltown (1939-40) and Valcurl (1945-46).

Kingston Rule went on to win the Melbourne Cup after winning the Moonee Valley Cup in 1990, but the Cox Plate Day race has produced a number of other Melbourne Cup winners and placegetters since including in 2015 when Prince Of Penzance improved on his second to win the ‘race that stops a nation’ at 100/1 odds.

Trainer Chris Waller prepared the Moonee Valley Gold Cup quinella in both 2016 and 2017, Who Shot Thebarman improving on his second in 2016 to win the 2017 edition over stablemate Libran on way to his fourth Melbourne Cup.

In 2018 the Moonee Valley Cup winner Ventura Storm set a new record winning in 2 minutes 34.37 seconds.

Moonee Valley Cup results, winners and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

Recent Moonee Valley Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Lunar Flare 2 minutes 40.12 seconds
2nd Floating Artist
3rd Sound
2020
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Miami Bound 2 minutes 39.66 seconds
2nd Shared Ambition
3rd Oceanex
2019
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Hunting Horn 2 minutes 39.48 seconds
2nd Mr Quickie
3rd Downdraft
2018
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Ventura Storm 2 minutes 34.34 seconds (R)
2nd Trap For Fools
3rd Libran
2017
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Who Shot Thebarman 2 minutes 37.38 seconds
2nd Libran
3rd Cismontane
2016
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Grand Marshal 2 minutes 41.42 seconds
2nd Who Shot Thebarman
3rd Pentathlon
2015
Moonee Valley Cup
1st The United States 2 minutes 34.4 seconds
2nd Prince Of Penzance
3rd Bohemian Lily
2014
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Prince Of Penzance 2 minutes 36.0 seconds
2nd Le Roi
3rd Au Revoir
2013
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Precedence 2 minutes 36.9 seconds
2nd Shoreham
3rd Gotta Take Care
2012
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Vatuvei 2 minutes 35.73 seconds
2nd Reuben Percival
3rd Ironstein
2011
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Americain 2 minutes 36.41 seconds
2nd Tullamore
3rd Illo
2010
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Precedence 2 minutes 38.94 seconds
2nd Above Average
3rd Capecover
2009
Moonee Valley Cup
1st The Sportsman 2 minutes 37.3 seconds
2nd Irazu
3rd Think Money
2008
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Gallopin 2 minutes 36.5 seconds
2nd Baughurst
3rd Ice Chariot
2007
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Gallic 2 minutes 36.5 seconds
2nd Lazer Sharp
3rd Jukebox Johnny
2006
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Zipping 2 minutes 38.9 seconds
2nd Show Barry
3rd Gallic
2005
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Umbula 2 minutes 45.1 seconds
2nd Bazelle
3rd Kindjhal
2004
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Another Warrior 2 minutes 37.1 seconds
2nd Rizon
3rd Hard To Get
2003
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Frightening 2 minutes 38.5 seconds
2nd Legible
3rd County Tyrone
2002
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Thong Classic 2 minutes 40.9 seconds
2nd Rain Gauge
3rd Mr Prudent
2001
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Rain Gauge 2 minutes 37.6 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Westbury
3rd Big Pat
2000
Moonee Valley Cup
1st Yippyio 2 minutes 41.3 seconds
2nd Brew
3rd Cronus

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