Moonee Valley Gold Cup

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

2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #12 Cleveland
  • 2nd: #3 Vow And Declare
  • 3rd: #7 Future History




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 Gold Cup in 2011 one year after claiming the Melbourne Cup (2010). Kingston Rule (1990) is the last horse to complete the Moonee Valley Gold Cup – Melbourne Cup double in the same year.

In 2021 the Moonee Valley Gold Cup form was franked with the runner-up Floating Artist running a next-up fourth in the Melbourne Cup results.

Currently worth $750,000, the set weights and penalties event is open to all horses aged four years and over.

The October event takes place in 2023 on the Friday night before Cox Plate Day.

The 2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup ran on the Friday night before Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day and was won in a strong performance by the Melbourne Cup-bound Cleveland ($6.50) for trainer Kris Lees. 

2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup
Date: Friday October 27, 2023
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Race Type: 4YO+ Set Weights & Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $750,000

2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #12 Cleveland ($6.50)
  • 2nd: #3 Vow And Declare
  • 3rd: #7 Future History

Kris Lees’ progressive stayer Cleveland ($6.50), a former Irish-trained galloper raced by seven-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams, enjoyed his first win for the stable with a big finish off a gun ride by James McDonald to defeat 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare by nearly a length in the 2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup results ahead of a likely run in the ‘race that stops a nation’ on November 7.

Click here to read more on the Moonee Valley Cup 2023 win by Cleveland.

2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 12 CLEVELAND (IRE) Kris Lees James McDonald 9 55kg (cd 55.5kg) $6.50
2 3 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 0.75L 11 57kg $6.50
3 7 FUTURE HISTORY (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 0.85L 13 56kg $7.50
4 14 LUNAR FLARE Grahame Begg Michael Dee 1.25L 3 54.5kg $3.90F
5 15 SO DAZZLING (NZ) John Sargent Dean Yendall 1.45L 8 51kg $51
6 8 REGAL POWER John Leek (Jnr) Wiremu Pinn (a) 1.65L 2 55kg $51
7 4 ATHABASCAN (FR) John O’Shea Damian Lane 1.85L 1 56.5kg $5.50
8 11 SHERAZ (FR) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 1.95L 4 55kg $19
9 2 ALENQUER (FR) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 3.45L 12 58kg $26
10 10 TRUE MARVEL (FR) Matthew Smith Ms Carleen Hefel (a) 3.55L 10 55kg $101
11 5 FANCY MAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Jamie Mott 3.75L 14 56.5kg $21
12 9 EL BODEGON (IRE) Chris Waller Zac Lloyd (a) 6L 6 55kg $13
13 6 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Beau Mertens 6.4L 5 56kg $81
14 1 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 8.15L 7 58kg $21
13 INTERPRETATION (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Blake Shinn 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Betting Odds

The latest Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2023 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.

Francesco Guardi ($3.30 in 2022) was the last favourite in Moonee Valley Gold Cup betting to salute for the punters.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 MOONEE VALLEY GOLD CUP ODDS (Final Field)

2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Form Guide

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2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Tips

Stay tuned for our exclusive Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2023 Tips on the Cox Plate Carnival event this spring.

  • To Win: #7 Future History ($6.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Happy to stick with the in-form Future History from the Maher/Eustace stable who is racing so well and looks a bit of value up in grade now. The Melbourne Cup-bound six-year-old is putting together a nice record and has run top two in his past four starts. Up to Group 3 company last start and was good taking out the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m) over this distance at Flemington. Wide draw here and up in weight but Craig Williams stays on and the horse is proven at The Valley. Needs to improve against this field but if he can cross and be on speed could take a bit of running down late.

2023 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 2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup field and barrier draw are released on the Tuesday of race week and will be provided in full below once announced.

The Ladbrokes Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2023 final field features a quality line-up of potential Melbourne Cup horses including dour mare Lunar Flare, former Melbourne Cup winner from 2019 Vow And Declare, and The Bart Cummings champ Future History.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 39x8663x00 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 7 58kg 107
2 6x69x00x05 ALENQUER (FR) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 12 58kg 110
3 1x22460x02 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 11 57kg 108
4 537Px99118 ATHABASCAN (FR) John O’Shea Damian Lane 1 56.5kg 99
5 2x858x5861 FANCY MAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Jamie Mott 15 56.5kg 99
6 9x0050x806 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Beau Mertens 5 56kg 97
7 1154×72121 FUTURE HISTORY (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 13 56kg 99
8 6x70x05029 REGAL POWER John Leek (Jnr) Wiremu Pinn (a) 2 55kg 100
9 x3x907x009 EL BODEGON (IRE) Chris Waller Zac Lloyd (a) 6 55kg 109
10 302813×808 TRUE MARVEL (FR) Matthew Smith Ms Carleen Hefel (a) 10 55kg 90
11 72x295x080 SHERAZ (FR) Chris Waller 4 55kg 102
12 26x50x4962 CLEVELAND (IRE) Kris Lees James McDonald 9 55kg 102
13 6536Px3259 INTERPRETATION (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Blake Shinn 14 55kg 95
14 2x7931x805 LUNAR FLARE Grahame Begg Michael Dee 3 54.5kg 107
15 x820200x70 SO DAZZLING (NZ) John Sargent Dean Yendall 8 51kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Nominations

Nominations on the Moonee Valley Gold Cup in 2023 close the Friday prior to race week and will be published for the punters in full below.

The 2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup nominations attracted 34 potential Melbourne Cup hopefuls led in all-in betting by Grahame Begg’s class mare Lunar Flare and 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6x69x00x05 ALENQUER (FR) G 6 Michael Moroney 1 58kg
2 39x8663x00 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 9 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2 58kg
3 15x0x06x90 MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE) M 5 Chris Waller 3 56kg
4 1x22460x02 VOW AND DECLARE G 8 Danny O’Brien 4 57kg
5 232821×057 FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 5 57kg
6 2x7931x805 LUNAR FLARE M 8 Grahame Begg 6 54.5kg
7 537Px99118 ATHABASCAN (FR) G 5 John O’Shea 7 56.5kg
8 2x858x5861 FANCY MAN (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham 8 56.5kg
9 x1x682x143 SOULCOMBE (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 9 56kg
10 12x530x950 EMISSARY (GB) G 7 Michael Moroney 10 56kg
11 13x5840x70 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 11 54kg
12 1154×72121 FUTURE HISTORY (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 56kg
13 19x64x069x THIRD REALM (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 13 56kg
14 9x0050x806 MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 9 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14 56kg
15 x7043100x0 TIMOUR (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 15 56kg
16 7x41x95232 UNITED NATIONS (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 56kg
17 4x339x3x78 SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 8 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 17 55kg
18 x3x907x009 EL BODEGON (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 18 55kg
19 5x22410x76 ASHRUN (FR) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 19 55kg
20 1x1430x003 KING FRANKEL (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham 20 55kg
21 26x50x4962 CLEVELAND (IRE) H 6 Kris Lees 21 55kg
22 72x295x080 SHERAZ (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 22 55kg
23 11265x728x MORE FELONS (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 23 55kg
24 6x70x05029 REGAL POWER G 8 John Leek (Jnr) 24 55kg
25 x641127x89 FAME G 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 25 53kg
26 111011×212 FIRST IMMORTAL G 4 Mark & Levi Kavanagh 26 53kg
27 6536Px3259 INTERPRETATION (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 27 55kg
28 5×03323614 MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 28 55kg
29 302813×808 TRUE MARVEL (FR) G 8 Matthew Smith 29 55kg
30 x820200x70 SO DAZZLING (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 30 51kg
31 312x18x740 MR WATERVILLE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 31 55kg
32 1×23136713 FERAGO G 7 Patrick F Ryan Jnr 32 55kg
33 905926×461 PESTO (GB) G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 33 55kg
34 1x558x3641 THE MAP M 5 Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray 34 53kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Moonee Valley Gold Cup History

First held in 1883, the Moonee Valley Gold 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 Gold 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 Gold Cup in 1990, but the Cox Plate Day race has produced a number of other Melbourne Cup winners and place-getters 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 Gold Cup winner Ventura Storm set a new record winning in 2 minutes 34.37 seconds.

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

Recent Moonee Valley Gold Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Cleveland 2 minutes 35.20 seconds
2nd Vow And Declare
3rd Future History
2022
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Francesco Guardi 2 minutes 39.38 seconds
2nd Lunar Flare
3rd Persan
2021
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Lunar Flare 2 minutes 40.12 seconds
2nd Floating Artist
3rd Sound
2020
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Miami Bound 2 minutes 39.66 seconds
2nd Shared Ambition
3rd Oceanex
2019
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Hunting Horn 2 minutes 39.48 seconds
2nd Mr Quickie
3rd Downdraft
2018
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Ventura Storm 2 minutes 34.34 seconds (R)
2nd Trap For Fools
3rd Libran
2017
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Who Shot Thebarman 2 minutes 37.38 seconds
2nd Libran
3rd Cismontane
2016
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Grand Marshal 2 minutes 41.42 seconds
2nd Who Shot Thebarman
3rd Pentathlon
2015
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st The United States 2 minutes 34.4 seconds
2nd Prince Of Penzance
3rd Bohemian Lily
2014
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Prince Of Penzance 2 minutes 36.0 seconds
2nd Le Roi
3rd Au Revoir
2013
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Precedence 2 minutes 36.9 seconds
2nd Shoreham
3rd Gotta Take Care
2012
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Vatuvei 2 minutes 35.73 seconds
2nd Reuben Percival
3rd Ironstein
2011
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Americain 2 minutes 36.41 seconds
2nd Tullamore
3rd Illo
2010
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Precedence 2 minutes 38.94 seconds
2nd Above Average
3rd Capecover
2009
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st The Sportsman 2 minutes 37.3 seconds
2nd Irazu
3rd Think Money
2008
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Gallopin 2 minutes 36.5 seconds
2nd Baughurst
3rd Ice Chariot
2007
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Gallic 2 minutes 36.5 seconds
2nd Lazer Sharp
3rd Jukebox Johnny
2006
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Zipping 2 minutes 38.9 seconds
2nd Show Barry
3rd Gallic
2005
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Umbula 2 minutes 45.1 seconds
2nd Bazelle
3rd Kindjhal
2004
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Another Warrior 2 minutes 37.1 seconds
2nd Rizon
3rd Hard To Get
2003
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Frightening 2 minutes 38.5 seconds
2nd Legible
3rd County Tyrone
2002
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Thong Classic 2 minutes 40.9 seconds
2nd Rain Gauge
3rd Mr Prudent
2001
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Rain Gauge 2 minutes 37.6 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Westbury
3rd Big Pat
2000
Moonee Valley Gold Cup
1st Yippyio 2 minutes 41.3 seconds
2nd Brew
3rd Cronus

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