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The Geelong Cup is a Group 3 staying event held at Geelong in October as a key early guide for the Melbourne Cup.
2023 Geelong Cup Results
- 1st: #11 Amade
- 2nd: #2 Ashrun
- 3rd: #10 Sir Lucan
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The Geelong Cup is a Group 3 race held at Geelong Racecourse towards the end of October on a mid-week Wednesday spring meeting.
Contested over the same mile and a half distance as the previous weekend’s Caulfield Cup (2400m), the Geelong Cup is an important race on the spring calendar and a top early Melbourne Cup form guide.
One of the major lead up events to the iconic Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November, the Geelong Cup is targeted by foreign raiders and local hopefuls looking to make the 24-horse field for the ‘race that stops a nation’.
The Geelong Cup form has stacked-up a number of times in the Melbourne Cup results including a trio of internationals doing the double: Media Puzzle (2002), Americain (2010), and Dunaden (2011).
The Geelong Cup is held under handicap conditions and is open to horses of all ages and sexes. With $500,000 in prize money as of 2022, this is a very lucrative Group 3 event.
The Geelong Cup is the headline event on its race day. It shares the race program with two Listed races including the Geelong Classic (2200m) for three year olds. The biggest event on the local racing calendar, it is a public holiday in Geelong on Cup Day.
One of the better lead-up races to the Geelong Cup is the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) held at Caulfield a week and a half prior. Emissary (8th in 2022) was the last Geelong Cup winner to come off a run in the Herbert Power Stakes.
The Geelong Cup has long been considered a good guide to the Melbourne Cup, where many of the better contenders in the field end up. Indeed, due to the high correlation between successful runners in both cups, the Geelong Racing Club has adopted the slogan “Gateway to Glory”.
The 2022 Geelong Cup form was franked with the winner Emissary going on to run second in the Melbourne Cup results.
The 2023 Geelong Cup ran on Wednesday October 25, 2023 as a key Melbourne Cup lead-up race and was won in a thrilling upset by the Phillip Stokes-trained 10-year-old Amade ($31).
|Geelong Cup 2023|
|Date:||Wednesday October 25, 2023|
2023 Geelong Cup Results
- 1st: #11 Amade ($31)
- 2nd: #2 Ashrun
- 3rd: #10 Sir Lucan
Amade ($31) was good at big odds charging up the middle late in a blanket finish in the 2023 Geelong Cup results with the 10-year-old posting his first win in over 900 days but unlikely to run in the Melbourne Cup field on November 7.
2023 Geelong Cup Results & Finishing Order
|1||11||AMADE (IRE)||Phillip Stokes||Zac Spain||11||54kg||$31|
|2||2||ASHRUN (FR)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Mark Zahra||0.3L||1||56.5kg||$5|
|3||10||SIR LUCAN (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Linda Meech||0.4L||2||54kg||$19|
|4||16||MR WATERVILLE (IRE)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||0.5L||7||54kg||$26|
|5||6||MORE FELONS (IRE)||Chris Waller||Michael Dee||0.6L||10||55kg||$12|
|6||5||MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||1.1L||5||55kg (cd 55.5kg)||$21|
|7||13||FIRST IMMORTAL||Mark & Levi Kavanagh||Ms Jamie Kah||1.6L||12||54kg||$2.90F|
|8||7||VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ)||Liam Howley||Damian Lane||4.6L||4||55kg||$5|
|9||3||KING FRANKEL (IRE)||Annabel Neasham||Jamie Mott||5.6L||3||56kg||$9.50|
|10||15||FERAGO||Patrick F Ryan Jnr||Harry Grace||6L||6||54kg||$31|
|11||17||THE MAP||Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray||Ben Price (a)||8.25L||8||54kg||$61|
|12||14||TIMOUR (FR)||Chris Waller||Beau Mertens||8.65L||9||54kg||$101|
|13||9||HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Harry Coffey||10.4L||13||54kg||$31|
|4||SHERAZ (FR)||Chris Waller||0|
|1||SPANISH MISSION (USA)||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||Blake Shinn||0|
|12||MOUNT POPA (IRE)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jye McNeil||0|
|8||FANCY MAN (IRE)||Annabel Neasham||John Allen||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
Geelong Cup Betting Odds
The latest Geelong Cup 2023 betting markets on the internationally-rich field will be listed below, prices provided by Ladbrokes.com.au for you to lock in your Geelong Cup tips at the best price this spring.
The Geelong Cup favourites saluted three times on the trot from 2019-21 with victories by Prince Of Arran, Steel Prince and Tralee Rose ($2.60) respectively.
There was a notable upset in 2022 with Emissary winning at Geelong Cup odds of $18, while in 2023 Amade won as a 10-year-old at a huge $31 price.
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2023 Geelong Cup Form Guide
2023 Geelong Cup Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Geelong Cup 2023 Tips on the Melbourne Cup lead-up event this spring.
- To Win: #13 First Immortal ($2.60 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Hard to knock the favourite here for Mark & Levi Kavanagh. The ultra-consistent Churchill four-year-old is progressing nicely with a potential Melbourne Cup target in sight. Co-trainer Mark Kavanagh won that back in 2009 with Shocking and could be in with a lightweight chance should this gelding salute for the punters here and make the 24-horse field. He is a seven-time winner from 14 starts and has won up to 2500m so the mile and a half is ideal. Carted a hefty 63kg to a big 3.5 length win over 2000m at Caulfield in Benchmark 78 two back, before crossing second in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington when up in grade last start. Had barrier 16 of 16 that run, and he is drawn wide again here with gate 15. Jamie Kah comes aboard. Big chance.
2023 Geelong Cup Field
The Geelong Cup field attracts a star-studded list of both local and international stayers each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival that are targeting the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Runners in the Geelong Cup field may come off lead-up spring runs in races like Flemington’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m), the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) or even the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) run just four days before Geelong Cup Day.
The Geelong Cup field usually features a broad selection of talented stayers from around the world. Largely made up of Victorian and foreign runners, the Geelong Cup race provides a fairly accurate indication of which horses are hoping for success in major staying events down the track. A large number of foreign horses enter the Geelong Cup for their first start in Australia in preparation for the Melbourne Cup.
The official Geelong Cup Field & Barriers are announced on the Monday of race week and will be provided in full belong once released by Racing Victoria.
The 2023 Geelong Cup final field features a bumper line-up of spring stayers eyeing a Melbourne Cup start on the first Tuesday of November with First Immortal heading markets off a lead-up Group 3 The Bart Cummings second.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||4x339x3x78||SPANISH MISSION (USA)||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||Blake Shinn||11||60kg||110|
|2||5x22410x76||ASHRUN (FR)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Mark Zahra||1||56.5kg||103|
|3||1x1430x003||KING FRANKEL (IRE)||Annabel Neasham||Jamie Mott||3||56kg||102|
|4||72x295x080||SHERAZ (FR)||Chris Waller||12||56kg||102|
|5||15x0x06x90||MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||5||55kg||104|
|6||11265x728x||MORE FELONS (IRE)||Chris Waller||Michael Dee||10||55kg||100|
|7||2x8802x090||VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ)||Liam Howley||Damian Lane||4||55kg||100|
|8||2x858x5861||FANCY MAN (IRE)||Annabel Neasham||John Allen||17||54.5kg||99|
|9||13x5840x70||HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Harry Coffey||16||54kg||102|
|10||x1390x7040||SIR LUCAN (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Linda Meech||2||54kg||98|
|11||5x83300x95||AMADE (IRE)||Phillip Stokes||Zac Spain||13||54kg||97|
|12||9x0050x806||MOUNT POPA (IRE)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jye McNeil||14||54kg||97|
|13||111011×212||FIRST IMMORTAL||Mark & Levi Kavanagh||Ms Jamie Kah||15||54kg||96|
|14||x7043100x0||TIMOUR (FR)||Chris Waller||Beau Mertens||9||54kg||95|
|15||1×23136713||FERAGO||Patrick F Ryan Jnr||Harry Grace||6||54kg||84|
|16||312x18x740||MR WATERVILLE (IRE)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||7||54kg||84|
|17||1x558x3641||THE MAP||Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray||Ben Price (a)||8||54kg||79|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Geelong Cup Nominations
Early nominations for the Geelong Cup in 2023 close the Thursday prior to the race and will be published below.
The 2023 Geelong Cup nominations attracted 32 potential Melbourne Cup-bound stayers led in all-in betting by the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained The Bart Cummings winner Future History, eye-catching runner-up in the same key Group 3 lead-up First Immortal, the Peter Moody-trained top-weight Spanish Mission with 60kg, and 2019 Melbourne Cup champion Vow And Declare.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||True Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||4x339x3x78||SPANISH MISSION (USA)||H||8||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||1||60kg||60kg||110|
|2||x3x907x009||EL BODEGON (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||2||59.5kg||59.5kg||109|
|3||1x22460x02||VOW AND DECLARE||G||8||Danny O’Brien||3||59kg||59kg||108|
|4||15x0x06x90||MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE)||M||5||Chris Waller||4||55kg||55kg||104|
|5||12x530x950||EMISSARY (GB)||G||7||Michael Moroney||5||57kg||57kg||104|
|6||00x11x513x||OKITA SOUSHI (IRE)||H||6||Joseph O’Brien||6||56.5kg||56.5kg||103|
|7||5x22410x76||ASHRUN (FR)||G||8||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||7||56.5kg||56.5kg||103|
|8||1x1430x003||KING FRANKEL (IRE)||G||6||Annabel Neasham||8||56kg||56kg||102|
|9||13x5840x70||HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ)||M||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||9||54kg||54kg||102|
|10||72x295x080||SHERAZ (FR)||G||7||Chris Waller||10||56kg||56kg||102|
|11||2x8802x090||VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ)||H||4||Liam Howley||11||55kg||55kg||100|
|12||11265x728x||MORE FELONS (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||12||55kg||55kg||100|
|13||1154×72121||FUTURE HISTORY (GB)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||13||54.5kg||54.5kg||99|
|14||2x858x5861||FANCY MAN (IRE)||G||6||Annabel Neasham||14||54.5kg||54.5kg||99|
|15||x1390x7040||SIR LUCAN (IRE)||G||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||15||54kg||54kg||98|
|16||x641127x89||FAME||G||4||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||16||54kg||53.5kg||97|
|17||34×21225||VALIANT KING (GB)||H||4||Joseph O’Brien||17||54kg||53.5kg||97|
|18||15931×1736||DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE)||M||6||Michael Kent||18||54kg||51.5kg||97|
|19||9x0050x806||MOUNT POPA (IRE)||G||9||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||19||54kg||53.5kg||97|
|20||5x83300x95||AMADE (IRE)||G||10||Phillip Stokes||20||54kg||53.5kg||97|
|21||111011×212||FIRST IMMORTAL||G||4||Mark & Levi Kavanagh||21||54kg||53kg||96|
|22||6536Px3259||INTERPRETATION (IRE)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||22||54kg||52.5kg||95|
|23||x7043100x0||TIMOUR (FR)||G||6||Chris Waller||23||54kg||52.5kg||95|
|24||5x8313x006||HASTA LA WAR||G||8||Sue Murphy||24||54kg||52.5kg||95|
|25||5×03323614||MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE)||G||5||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||25||54kg||51.5kg||93|
|26||7x41x95232||UNITED NATIONS (IRE)||H||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||26||54kg||49.5kg||89|
|27||x820200x70||SO DAZZLING (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||27||54kg||47kg||88|
|28||312x18x740||MR WATERVILLE (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||28||54kg||47kg||84|
|29||1×23136713||FERAGO||G||7||Patrick F Ryan Jnr||29||54kg||47kg||84|
|30||1x558x3641||THE MAP||M||5||Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray||30||54kg||42.5kg||79|
|31||455x65x635||GARACHICO (GB)||G||5||Leon & Troy Corstens||31||54kg||42.5kg||75|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
Geelong Cup History
The Geelong Cup has a fairly extensive history, reaching back to 1872 when Flying Scud took out the inaugural edition. Originally raced over 16 furlongs, the Geelong Cup distance was adjusted to 2400m in 1972 when the country switched to the Metric System of measurements.
Initially a Principal race, the Geelong Cup was granted listed status in 1979. In 2002, it was upgraded to Group 3 and has retained that status since.
George Hanlon is the equal most prolific Geelong Cup winner with James Wilson, with a total of four Cups. Hanlon has also trained three Melbourne Cup winners, and is justifiably included in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
The Melbourne Cup is always held on the first Tuesday in November, and the Geelong Cup is always held exactly thirteen days prior. As a result, the Geelong Cup usually falls on either the third or fourth Wednesday in October.
The Geelong Cup is famous for producing top winners.
Some of the more notable recent Geelong Cup winners include On A Jeune (2005), Leica Ding (2009), Americain (2010), Dunaden (2011), and Ibicenco (2013).
Geelong Cup results since 2000 are listed below.
Geelong Cup Results
|1st||Amade||2 minutes 30.70 seconds|
|1st||Emissary||2 minutes 28.50 seconds|
|1st||Tralee Rose||2 minutes 27.04 seconds|
|3rd||Hasta La War|
|1st||Steel Prince||2 minutes 30.36 seconds|
|2nd||Le Don De Vie|
|3rd||King Of Leogrance|
|1st||Prince Of Arran||2 minutes 26.84 seconds|
|1st||Runaway||2 minutes 28.46 seconds|
|1st||Vengeur Masque||2 minutes 29.35 seconds|
|1st||Qewy||2 minutes 28.9 seconds|
|1st||Almoonqith||2 minutes 28.9 seconds|
|1st||Caravan Rolls On||2 minutes 31.2 seconds|
|3rd||Like A Carousel|
|1st||Ibicenco||2 minutes 35.2 seconds|
|1st||Gatewood||2 minutes 34.1 seconds|
|1st||Dunaden||2 minutes 30.1 seconds|
|1st||Americain||2 minutes 30.3 seconds|
|1st||Leica Ding||2 minutes 27.5 seconds|
|1st||Bauer||2 minutes 30.1 seconds|
|1st||The Fuzz||2 minutes 27.0 seconds|
|1st||Mandela||2 minutes 28.2 seconds|
|1st||On A Jeune||2 minutes 26.7 seconds|
|3rd||Men At Work|
|1st||Pacific Dancer||2 minutes 26.5 seconds|
|1st||Zazzman||2 minutes 30.0 seconds|
|1st||Media Puzzle||2 minutes 25.9 seconds|
|1st||Karasi||2 minutes 32.0 seconds|
|1st||Savrocca||2 minutes 29.9 seconds|