Coongy Cup

The Coongy Cup is a Group 3 staying race held at Caulfield Racecourse in October on the Wednesday leading-up to the $5 million Caulfield Cup.

2021 Coongy Cup Results

  • 1st: #2 Duais
  • 2nd: #6 Wentwood
  • 3rd: #3 Floating Artist



The Coongy Cup (formerly known as the David Jones Cup) is a 2000m staying event held at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne on the Wednesday prior to the iconic Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

An open handicap, the Group 3 Coongy Cup pays $200,000 in total prize money and now offers a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption to the winner should they be among the latest round of acceptors for the $5 million feature.

Previously held on Caulfield Cup Day, the Coongy Cup is now contested three days earlier on Thousand Guineas Day giving connections of spring stayers an 11th hour shot at making the Caulfield Cup field.

It is one of three Group 3 races taking place on the Caulfield Cup lead-up meeting along with the Blue Sapphire Stakes and Ladies’ Day Vase with the day’s action now headlined by the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

Many of the horses who target the Coongy Cup will go on to run in events such as the Group 2 Lexus Hotham handicap (2500m) or the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m).

The most notable Coongy Cup form in recent years was Shocking (2nd in 2009) who went on to do the Lexus Stakes – Melbourne Cup double during that spring’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.

More recently in 2018 Best Of Days ran a dead heat for first with Mask Of Time in the Coongy Cup before winning the Group 1 Cantala Stakes next start.

The Coongy Cup winner also earns a start in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) field three days later.

The 2021 Neds Coongy Cup ran on Wednesday October 13, 2021 and was won by Edward Cummings’ now Caulfield Cup-bound mare Duais at 10/1. 

Neds Coongy Cup
Date: Wednesday October 13, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Coongy Cup Results

  • 1st: #2 Duais
  • 2nd: #6 Wentwood
  • 3rd: #3 Floating Artist

Edward Cummings’ Queensland Oaks winner from the winter Duais ($11) was back in winning form with a narrow victory in the 2021 Coongy Cup results ahead of a likely back-up into the Group 1 Caulfield Cup just three days later.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 DUAIS Edward Cummings Michael Dee 7 57kg $11
2 6 WENTWOOD (GB) Maddie Raymond Damian Lane 0.2L 9 54.5kg $16
3 3 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teodore Nugent (a) 0.3L 5 57kg $1.55F
4 8 ZAYYDANI (NZ) Ben & JD Hayes Patrick Moloney 1.05L 1 54kg $12
5 7 PAPPALINO (FR) Archie Alexander Declan Bates 3.05L 2 54kg $20
6 1 SECRET BLAZE Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 3.8L 6 58kg $9
7 4 DOUBLE YOU TEE Patrick Payne Billy Egan 4.55L 4 55.5kg $21
8 9 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Aaron Purcell Michael Poy 5.3L 3 54kg $31
9 5 SHERWOOD FOREST Tony Pike Daniel Moor 10.05L 8 55kg $91

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Coongy Cup Betting Odds

The latest Coongy Cup 2021 betting odds will be listed below with fixed win Coongy Cup odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au complete with links so you can back your Coongy Cup tips at the right price this Caulfield Cup Carnival.

Wolfe ($3.50 in 2019) followed by Nonconformist ($3.30 in 2020) are the latest favourites in Coongy Cup betting to win.

2021 Coongy Cup Field

The Coongy Cup field attracts stayers from a range of preparations, including some eyeing the Caulfield Cup ballot exemption on offer to the winner for that Saturday’s Group 1 classic. A number of Victorian horses run in the Coongy Cup field, and often you’ll see some foreign raiders getting some staying preparation in leading up to bigger events.

Horses may back-up out of the Coongy Cup field and chase glory in the iconic Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November, a race Shocking won after an earlier Coongy Cup second in 2009.

The official Coongy Cup 2021 Field & Barriers are announced on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once released.

The 2021 Coongy Cup final field features just nine runners led in betting by Floating Artist for the Maher/Eustace stable (scratched from last Saturday’s racing) chasing a fourth win on the trot.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 18227×0551 SECRET BLAZE Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 6 58kg 101
2 2821121×36 DUAIS Edward Cummings Michael Dee 7 57kg 103
3 75x55x0111 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teodore Nugent (a) 5 57kg 99
4 3662218×05 DOUBLE YOU TEE Patrick Payne Billy Egan 4 55.5kg 96
5 8x0x574x08 SHERWOOD FOREST Tony Pike Daniel Moor 8 55kg 95
6 5116x510x4 WENTWOOD (GB) Maddie Raymond Damian Lane 9 54.5kg 94
7 313x21x5x7 PAPPALINO (FR) Archie Alexander Declan Bates 2 54kg 92
8 x823311x03 ZAYYDANI (NZ) Ben & JD Hayes Patrick Moloney 1 54kg 92
9 x0x0558x96 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Aaron Purcell Michael Poy 3 54kg 87

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Coongy Cup Nominations

Nominations for the Coongy Cup in 2021 close the Thursday prior to the race and will be published below once announced.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x12454x65 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 1 59kg 110
2 211x2x03x6 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 7 Robert Hickmott 2 58kg 104
3 2821121×36 DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings 3 55.5kg 103
4 x221211251 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 4 57.5kg 103
5 80571520×0 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 6 Symon Wilde 5 55.5kg 103
6 53x4x11x0x NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE) G 6 Peter G Moody 6 57.5kg 103
7 9x3502x641 NONCONFORMIST G 5 Grahame Begg 7 57kg 102
8 18227×0551 SECRET BLAZE G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 8 56.5kg 101
9 6151004306 INVERLOCH (IRE) G 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 9 56kg 100
10 75x55x0111 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 10 55.5kg 99
11 35×5282536 DR DRILL (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 11 55kg 98
12 3662218×05 DOUBLE YOU TEE G 7 Patrick Payne 12 54kg 96
13 8x0x574x08 SHERWOOD FOREST G 5 Tony Pike 13 54kg 95
14 5116x510x4 WENTWOOD (GB) G 7 Maddie Raymond 14 54kg 94
15 x823311x03 ZAYYDANI (NZ) M 5 Ben & JD Hayes 15 54kg 92
16 9x4121x242 SKYMAN (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 16 54kg 92
17 313x21x5x7 PAPPALINO (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander 17 54kg 92
18 528434×172 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 18 54kg 90
19 851175×331 STARCASTER (GB) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 19 54kg 88
20 x0x0558x96 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 6 Aaron Purcell 20 54kg 87
21 2835×55611 THOUGHT OF THAT G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 21 54kg 86
22 050×314315 GHODELEINE M 7 Andrew Noblet 22 54kg 85
23 451439×939 AUSSIE NUGGET (IRE) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 23 54kg 83
24 1x4339x405 IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 24 54kg 80
25 2510×7 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 25 54kg 80
26 x706106044 BALLET MASTER (NZ) G 8 Chris Hyland 26 54kg 80
27 212×89 BUTTER CHICKEN (NZ) M 4 Grahame Begg 27 54kg 78
28 51111×763 MAHASHAKTI M 5 Mitchell Freedman 28 54kg 78

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Coongy Cup History

Established in 1898, the Coongy Cup boasts well over a century of classy racing. Between its inauguration and 2007, the Coongy Cup was known as the David Jones Cup until a recent sponsorship change. It is still registered under that name.

Up until 1997, the Coongy Cup ran on the second day of the Caulfield Cup Carnival. It has almost always been held at Caulfield Racecourse. However, during the second World War it was held at Flemington Racecourse. In 1997 and 1998 it was briefly held at Sandown Racecourse on a Sunday.

A Principal race until 1978, it received Group 3 status immediately. The distance of the Coongy Cup has changed multiple times throughout the years. This is illustrated in the table below. Keep in mind that all values given prior to 1973 are approximates, as race distances were then measured in furlongs and miles rather than metres. The Coongy Cup changed dates in recent years having previously been held on Caulfield Cup Day, now taking place three days earlier and offering the winner a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption.

Coongy Cup Race Distance History

Period Distance
2004 onwards 2000m
2003 2020m
1999-2002 2000m
1997-98 2100m
1973-96 2000m
1968-72 2000m
1947-67 2400m
1942-46 Not Held
1941 2400m
1938-40 2000m
1931-37 Not Held
1898-1930 2200m

There have only been three dead heats in the race history. In 1940, Lanarus and Morvren crossed the line together, and in 1954 the same happened with Sunish and Te Totara. More recently, Best Of Days and Mask Of Time were declared dead heat winners in 2018. In 2009, Baughurst became the first horse to win the race two years in succession (2008, 2009).

Notable Coongy Cup winners include Hymettus (1898), Vanity Fair (1902), Britisher (1948), La Mer (1978), Rose Of Kingston (1982), Maybe Better (2006) and Foreteller (2011). Coongy Cup results and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

Coongy Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Coongy Cup
1st Duais 2 minutes 3.28 seconds
2nd Wentwood
3rd Floating Artist
2020
Coongy Cup
1st Nonconformist 2 minutes 3.75 seconds
2nd Harlem
3rd Kiwia
2019
Coongy Cup
1st Wolfe 2 minutes 2.73 seconds
2nd Top Of The Range
3rd Kiwia
2018
Coongy Cup
1st Best Of Days / Mask Of Time* 2 minutes 7.07 seconds
3rd Life Less Ordinary
2017
Coongy Cup
1st Kiwia 2 minutes 2.99 seconds
2nd Samovare
3rd Maurus
2016
Coongy Cup
1st Vanbrugh 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Tom Melbourne
3rd It’s Somewhat
2015
David Jones Cup
1st Stratum Star 2 minutes 2.13 seconds
2nd Awesome Rock
3rd Leebaz
2014
David Jones Cup
1st Contributer 2 minutes 5.3 seconds
2nd Noble Protector
3rd Signoff
2013
David Jones Cup
1st Spurtonic 2 minutes 3.1 seconds
2nd Bass Strait
3rd Garud
2012
David Jones Cup
1st Lightinthenite 2 minutes 4.3 seconds
2nd Bagman
3rd Extra Zero
2011
David Jones Cup
1st Foreteller 2 minutes 3.0 seconds
2nd Extra Zero
3rd Midnight Martini
2010
David Jones Cup
1st Ginga Dude 2 minutes 6.7 seconds
2nd Purple
3rd Zoomin
2009
David Jones Cup
1st Baughurst 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Shocking
3rd Pacino
2008
David Jones Cup
1st Baughurst 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Pacino
3rd Annenkov
2007
David Jones Cup
1st Fire In The Night 2 minutes 2.4 seconds
2nd Molotov
3rd Pacino
2006
David Jones Cup
1st Maybe Better 2 minutes 1.2 seconds
2nd King Of Ashford
3rd Temple Hills
2005
David Jones Cup
1st Activation 2 minutes 0.6 seconds
2nd Studebaker
3rd Uprize
2004
David Jones Cup
1st Reclaim 2 minutes 5.7 seconds
2nd Pretorius
3rd Star Of Grechen
2003
David Jones Cup
1st Frightening 2 minutes 3.5 seconds
2nd Crawl
3rd Adolescence
2002
David Jones Cup
1st Mr Lofty 2 minutes 2.0 seconds
2nd Little Miss Quick
3rd Society Beau
2001
David Jones Cup
1st Citras Prince 2 minutes 4.1 seconds
2nd Indian Ridge
3rd Tempest Morn
2000
David Jones Cup
1st Typhoon 2 minutes 0.9 seconds
2nd Avilde
3rd Slavonic

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