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.

2020 Geelong Cup Results

  • 1st: #7 Steel Prince
  • 2nd: #4 Le Don De Vie
  • 3rd: #3 King Of Leogrance



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 2020 Geelong Cup ran on Wednesday October 21, 2020 and was won by the favourite Steel Prince. 

Geelong Cup 2020
Date: Wednesday October 21, 2020
Track: Geelong Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $400,000

2020 Geelong Cup Results

  • 1st: #7 Steel Prince
  • 2nd: #4 Le Don De Vie
  • 3rd: #3 King Of Leogrance

The Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Steel Prince ($3.50F) held off his stablemate Le Don De Vie ($8) to narrowly salute for the punters in the 2020 Geelong Cup results and receive a subsequent weight penalty that has him right on the cusp of a start in the $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 7 57.5kg $3.50F
2 4 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 0.2L 6 58kg $8
3 3 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 1.45L 3 58kg $8.50
4 2 ASHRUN (FR) Andreas Wohler Craig Williams 1.65L 8 58.5kg $6
5 5 SKYWARD (FR) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young William Pike 2.4L 5 58kg $5
6 10 CREEDENCE Matt Cumani Michael Poy (a) 2.5L 2 55kg $15
7 8 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 5.25L 9 57kg $21
8 1 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) Matt Cumani Damien Oliver 10.25L 1 59kg $26
9 11 ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brett Prebble 12.5L 4 55kg $8
6 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller John Allen 0
9 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Geelong Cup Betting

The latest Geelong Cup 2020 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 back-to-back in 2019 and 2020 with victories by Prince Of Arran and Steel Prince respectively.

2020 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 2020 Geelong Cup final field features 11 potential Melbourne Cup horses led in betting by German-trained raider Ashrun and recent import Skyward coming off a Group 2 fourth to subsequent Caulfield Cup runner-up Anthony Van Dyck in a 2400m race in France.

Click here to read more on the key Geelong Cup 2020 horses.

Scratchings Update: #6 Shared Ambition (5) and #9 Sound (7) are out and run in Saturday’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup on Cox Plate Day instead.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 15138×5138 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) Matt Cumani Damien Oliver 1 59kg 106
2 11853x5x22 ASHRUN (FR) Andreas Wohler Craig Williams 10 58.5kg 105
3 49x211x2x0 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 3 58kg 104
4 1x410x4431 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 8 58kg 104
5 111×4514 SKYWARD (FR) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young William Pike 6 58kg 104
6 x3103x0925 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller John Allen 5 57.5kg 103
7 1x4679x033 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 9 57.5kg 103
8 321023×693 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 11 57kg 102
9 05x532x522 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 7 57kg 102
10 218×016116 CREEDENCE Matt Cumani Michael Poy (a) 2 55kg 98
11 x3113x6511 ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brett Prebble 4 55kg 95

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
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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