Moonee Valley Cup

The Moonee Valley Gold Cup is a Group 2 race for Melbourne Cup bound stayers on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day.

2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #11 Miami Bound
  • 2nd: #4 Shared Ambition
  • 3rd: #8 Oceanex



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 $500,000 in prize money, 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 2020 ran on Saturday October 24, 2020 with the previous year’s VRC Oaks winner Miami Bound scoring an impressive upset. 

2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup
Date: Saturday October 24, 2020
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Race Type: 4YO+ Set Weights & Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $500,000

2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #11 Miami Bound
  • 2nd: #4 Shared Ambition
  • 3rd: #8 Oceanex

Danny O’Brien’s 2019 VRC Oaks winner Miami Bound ($26) returned to her best getting out over a staying distance on a Soft track at The Valley on Cox Plate Day storming home to earn a Melbourne Cup bid with a dominant upset at 25/1 in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2020 results.

Click here to read more on the impressive Melbourne Cup-bound Moonee Valley Cup winner Miami Bound.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 11 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Jamie Kah 4 54kg $26
2 4 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 2.5L 7 56kg $4.20F
3 8 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 3L 6 55kg $10
4 3 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Billy Egan 4L 3 56kg $31
5 1 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Damian Lane 4.2L 12 57kg $19
6 7 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 4.7L 2 55kg (cd 55.5kg) $5.50
7 9 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 5.45L 11 55kg $18
8 10 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller William Pike 9.95L 8 55kg $9.50
9 12 POLLY GREY (NZ) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 10.7L 9 53kg $8
10 5 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith John Allen 14.45L 10 55kg $7
11 6 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Jason Maskiell 29.45L 1 55kg $21
12 2 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Craig Williams 31.45L 5 56.5kg $16
13 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Michael Dee 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Betting Odds

The latest Moonee Valley Cup 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 Moonee Valley Cup field and barrier draw are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below once announced.

Thirteen Melbourne Cup hopefuls make-up the 2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup final field with markets led by the Chris Waller-trained Shared Ambition who scratched out of the Group 3 Geelong Cup on Wednesday in favour of this Cox Plate Day event.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4x9748x004 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Damian Lane 13 57kg 96
2 6x7000x324 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Craig Williams 6 56.5kg 103
3 46416341×0 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Billy Egan 3 56kg 107
4 x3103x0925 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 8 56kg 103
5 x9070x3x58 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith John Allen 11 55kg 106
6 1x8x58x036 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Jason Maskiell 1 55kg 104
7 05x532x522 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 2 55kg 102
8 x07511x000 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 7 55kg 105
9 x0352x6780 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 12 55kg 99
10 23311×2822 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller William Pike 9 55kg 95
11 11x84x4066 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Jamie Kah 5 54kg 101
12 52×0252454 POLLY GREY (NZ) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 10 53kg 93
13 4143×15093 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Michael Dee 4 53kg 80

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Nominations

Nominations on the Moonee Valley Cup in 2020 close the Monday of race week and will be published for the punters in full below.

A bumper 28 stayers make-up the 2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup nominations this Cox Plate Day including a number of horses also accepted for Wednesday’s Group 3 Geelong Cup in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 13770×7006 AZURO (FR) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
2 x0352x6780 CARIF H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 99
3 x4x1x1736x COLLIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 95
4 218×016116 CREEDENCE G 6 Matt Cumani 99
5 46416341×0 ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 107
6 4x9748x004 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 8 Archie Alexander 96
7 12432×0602 GOOD IDEA G 6 Phillip Stokes 83
8 6x7000x324 HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 103
9 122107×407 INVERLOCH (IRE) G 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 100
10 1x410x4431 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 104
11 1x8x58x036 LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis 104
12 41x7811x18 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 101
13 0x63112314 LUNAR FLARE M 5 Grahame Begg 74
14 11x84x4066 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 101
15 542230×644 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 88
16 2553x4x11x NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE) G 5 Peter G Moody 107
17 x07511x000 OCEANEX (NZ) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 105
18 321023×693 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 5 Peter G Moody 102
19 52×0252454 POLLY GREY (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 93
20 5138x5138x SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani 107
21 23311×2822 SELINO (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 95
22 x3103x0925 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 103
23 111×4514 SKYWARD (FR) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 105
24 05x532x522 SOUND (GER) H 8 Michael Moroney 102
25 1x4679x033 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 103
26 4143×15093 SUPER GIRL M 6 Josh Julius 80
27 x9070x3x58 TRAP FOR FOOLS G 7 Lindsey Smith 106
28 0684x9x504 VIN DE DANCE (NZ) G 6 Symon Wilde 89

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
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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