Geelong Cup

The Geelong Cup is a Group 3 staying event held at Geelong in October as a key early guide for the Melbourne Cup.

2021 Geelong Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Tralee Rose
  • 2nd: #7 Dr Drill
  • 3rd: #14 Hasta La War



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 $400,000 at stake, 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. 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 2021 Geelong Cup ran on Wednesday October 20, 2021 and was won by the favourite Tralee Rose ($2.60F) ahead of her Melbourne Cup bid. 

Geelong Cup 2021
Date: Wednesday October 20, 2021
Track: Geelong Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $400,000

2021 Geelong Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Tralee Rose ($2.60F)
  • 2nd: #7 Dr Drill
  • 3rd: #14 Hasta La War

Symon Wilde’s Tavistock mare Tralee Rose ($2.60F) dug deep to defeat Dr Drill in the 2021 Geelong Cup results for the punters further securing her position in the Melbourne Cup field on the first Tuesday in November.

Click here to read more on the Geelong Cup 2021 win by the favourite Tralee Rose.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) Symon Wilde Dean Holland 4 55.5kg $2.60F
2 7 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Brett Prebble 0.5L 10 55.5kg $21
3 14 HASTA LA WAR Sue Murphy Ms Linda Meech 3.25L 5 54kg $5
4 5 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Ben Allen 4.25L 9 57.5kg $21
5 6 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 4.35L 6 57kg $10
6 1 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 6.6L 12 58.5kg $21
7 2 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) Patrick Payne Billy Egan 7.6L 3 58kg $8
8 13 LONG ARM (IRE) Peter Gelagotis Craig Williams 9.35L 1 54kg $31
9 4 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 9.55L 8 58kg $12
10 10 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 16.55L 13 54kg $61
11 12 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 17.8L 11 54kg $16
12 3 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 19.05L 7 58kg $71
13 11 WEEKENDER (GB) Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 20.8L 2 54kg $201
9 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) Michael Moroney Damian Lane 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Geelong Cup Betting

The latest Geelong Cup 2021 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.

2021 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 2021 Geelong Cup final field features 14 potential Melbourne Cup-bound stayers including VRC Derby winner Johnny Get Angry and class mare Tralee Rose coming off a Group 3 The Bart Cummings second.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Geelong Cup 2021 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 308×826845 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 13 58.5kg 104
2 11166×8244 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) Patrick Payne Billy Egan 3 58kg 103
3 329431×009 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 7 58kg 103
4 43x8511x90 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 8 58kg 103
5 x121x41x80 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Ben Allen 9 57.5kg 102
6 5x57170x50 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 6 57kg 101
7 35×5282536 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Brett Prebble 10 55.5kg 98
8 112114×332 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) Symon Wilde Dean Holland 4 55.5kg 102
9 0x31851447 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) Michael Moroney Damian Lane 12 55kg 97
10 00x00x5030 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 14 54kg 95
11 4013x7x2x8 WEEKENDER (GB) Lindsey Smith Blaike McDougall 2 54kg 93
12 528434×172 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 11 54kg 90
13 4x16123x00 LONG ARM (IRE) Peter Gelagotis Craig Williams 1 54kg 90
14 2x547x7713 HASTA LA WAR Sue Murphy Ms Linda Meech 5 54kg 85

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Geelong Cup Nominations

Early nominations for the Geelong Cup in 2021 close the Thursday prior to the race and will be published below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x86541x084 SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 1 59kg 105
2 71x610x505 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 2 59kg 105
3 x73590x003 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 3 58.5kg 104
4 308×826845 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 4 58.5kg 104
5 329431×009 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 5 58kg 103
6 878333×009 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 6 56kg 103
7 8x663x0003 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 7 58kg 103
8 11166×8244 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne 8 58kg 103
9 43x8511x90 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 9 58kg 103
10 00x0516x00 WARNING G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 10 57.5kg 102
11 112114×332 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 5 Symon Wilde 11 55.5kg 102
12 x121x41x80 AMADE (IRE) G 8 Phillip Stokes 12 57.5kg 102
13 5x57170x50 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 13 57kg 101
14 1x1510x060 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 14 56.5kg 100
15 241441×060 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 15 56.5kg 100
16 5x55x01113 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 56kg 99
17 51716×8078 MOSH MUSIC M 7 Archie Alexander 17 54kg 99
18 34×1327515 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 18 55.5kg 98
19 35×5282536 DR DRILL (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 19 55.5kg 98
20 0x31851447 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney 20 55kg 97
21 00x00x5030 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 21 54kg 95
22 4013x7x2x8 WEEKENDER (GB) G 8 Lindsey Smith 22 54kg 93
23 8×33149221 LUNAR FLARE M 6 Grahame Begg 23 54kg 91
24 4x16123x00 LONG ARM (IRE) G 6 Peter Gelagotis 24 54kg 90
25 528434×172 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 25 54kg 90
26 851175×331 STARCASTER (GB) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 26 54kg 88
27 2x547x7713 HASTA LA WAR G 6 Sue Murphy 27 54kg 85
28 51111×7631 MAHASHAKTI M 5 Mitchell Freedman 28 54kg 83
29 x642653756 CONVERGING M 7 Dan O’Sullivan 29 54kg 73

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

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Geelong Cup
1st Tralee Rose 2 minutes 27.04 seconds
2nd Dr Drill
3rd Hasta La War
2020
Geelong Cup
1st Steel Prince 2 minutes 30.36 seconds
2nd Le Don De Vie
3rd King Of Leogrance
2019
Geelong Cup
1st Prince Of Arran 2 minutes 26.84 seconds
2nd True Self
3rd Haky
2018
Geelong Cup
1st Runaway 2 minutes  28.46 seconds
2nd Northwest Passage
3rd Finche
2017
Geelong Cup
1st Vengeur Masque 2 minutes 29.35 seconds
2nd Gallic Chieftain
3rd Violate
2016
Geelong Cup
1st Qewy 2 minutes 28.9 seconds
2nd Grey Lion
3rd Oceanographer
2015
Geelong Cup
1st Almoonqith 2 minutes 28.9 seconds
2nd Dandino
3rd Manndawi
2014
Geelong Cup
1st Caravan Rolls On 2 minutes 31.2 seconds
2nd Marksmanship
3rd Like A Carousel
2013
Geelong Cup
1st Ibicenco 2 minutes 35.2 seconds
2nd Verdant
3rd Moudre
2012
Geelong Cup
1st Gatewood 2 minutes 34.1 seconds
2nd Chateau Margaux
3rd Brigantin
2011
Geelong Cup
1st Dunaden 2 minutes 30.1 seconds
2nd Tanby
3rd Bauer
2010
Geelong Cup
1st Americain 2 minutes 30.3 seconds
2nd Moudre
3rd Exceptionally
2009
Geelong Cup
1st Leica Ding 2 minutes 27.5 seconds
2nd Dandaad
3rd Sterling Prince
2008
Geelong Cup
1st Bauer 2 minutes 30.1 seconds
2nd Moatize
3rd Magic Instinct
2007
Geelong Cup
1st The Fuzz 2 minutes 27.0 seconds
2nd Zavite
3rd Desert Master
2006
Geelong Cup
1st Mandela 2 minutes 28.2 seconds
2nd Vanquished
3rd Dacs Back
2005
Geelong Cup
1st On A Jeune 2 minutes 26.7 seconds
2nd Brave Lancer
3rd Men At Work
2004
Geelong Cup
1st Pacific Dancer 2 minutes 26.5 seconds
2nd Devastating
3rd Diamond Jake
2003
Geelong Cup
1st Zazzman 2 minutes 30.0 seconds
2nd Shes Archie
3rd Tumeric
2002
Geelong Cup
1st Media Puzzle 2 minutes 25.9 seconds
2nd Requiem
3rd Donarch
2001
Geelong Cup
1st Karasi 2 minutes 32.0 seconds
2nd Maythehorsebewithu
3rd Scrumptious
2000
Geelong Cup
1st Savrocca 2 minutes 29.9 seconds
2nd Apache King
3rd Bulkhead

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