JRA Cup

The JRA Cup is a Group 3 event held at Moonee Valley under the lights on Moir Stakes Night as a possible lead-up to the Ladbrokes Cox Plate.

2021 JRA Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Secret Blaze
  • 2nd: #1 Homesman
  • 3rd: #9 Rostropovich



The JRA Cup is a Group 3 staying event held at Moonee Valley racecourse during the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Held towards the end of September or early October, the JRA Cup attracts stayers and milers looking to step up in distance. Run over 2040m, it is held over the same track and distance as the coveted Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) run a month later.

As an open quality event, the JRA Cup attracts some standout performers and offers $200,000 in total prize money.

The JRA Cup is held on Moir Stakes night and shares a race program with four other Group status races including the headlining Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m), Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m).

Those horses which contest the JRA Cup often come via an eclectic mixture of preparations. One of the more common lead up races to the JRA Cup is the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) held at Caulfield a week before. Horses that experience success sometimes go on to major feature races, such as the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) or the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m). The 2018 JRA Cup winner The Taj Mahal went on to win that spring’s Group 2 Zipping Classic.

The 2021 JRA Cup ran on Friday September 24, 2021 and was won by Secret Blaze ($5.50). 

JRA Cup
Date: Friday September 24, 2021
Racecourse: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 2040m
Conditions: Open Quality
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $200,000

2021 JRA Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Secret Blaze
  • 2nd: #1 Homesman
  • 3rd: #9 Rostropovich

A big late run by Sizzling six-year-old Secret Blaze ($5.50) in the JRA Cup 2021 results has seen the galloper take the next step towards a potential $5 million Caulfield Cup run this spring.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 SECRET BLAZE Tony & Calvin McEvoy Craig Williams 3 54kg $5.50
2 1 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 0.75L 6 60kg $4
3 9 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Ben & JD Hayes Craig Newitt 1.25L 1 54kg $31
4 3 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) Patrick Payne Billy Egan 1.75L 5 56.5kg $3.50F
5 13 GHODELEINE Andrew Noblet Patrick Moloney 2.5L 8 54kg $12
6 6 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ms Linda Meech 2.6L 7 55kg $13
7 2 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 2.8L 10 57kg $31
8 11 DJUKON (GB) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 2.9L 12 54kg $13
9 7 HI STRANGER Shane Fliedner Daniel Moor 4.4L 9 54kg $26
10 12 EPERDUMENT Shane Oxlade Dean Yendall 10.4L 2 54kg $201
11 5 AL GALAYEL (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 15.65L 4 55kg $14
12 10 ENGLISH KING (FR) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 17.65L 11 54kg $61
4 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 JRA Cup Betting

The latest Ladbrokes JRA Cup 2021 betting odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au are listed below complete with links  to the markets for you to lock in your JRA Cup tips.

2021 JRA Cup Field

The JRA Cup Field attracts a strong line-up of staying types each spring and is a possible target for gallopers stepping down in class of a run in something like the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington a fortnight earlier, a race the 2017 JRA Cup winner Jon Snow improved on a lead-up eighth in to win.

The JRA Cup 2021 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday leading-up to race night and will be published in full below.

The 2021 JRA Cup field features a line-up of potential Cox Plate-bound horses including returning Australian Cup winner Homesman.

  • Scratched: #4 Mount Popa (11)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 73x31x932x HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 6 60kg 110
2 21x62309x9 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 10 57kg 104
3 5111166×82 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) Patrick Payne Billy Egan 5 56.5kg 103
4 x41x211x08 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 11 56.5kg 103
5 0411160×69 AL GALAYEL (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 4 55kg 100
6 x615100430 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ms Linda Meech 7 55kg 100
7 153×292119 HI STRANGER Shane Fliedner Daniel Moor 9 54kg 98
8 218227×055 SECRET BLAZE Tony & Calvin McEvoy Craig Williams 3 54kg 97
9 7900x00x50 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Ben & JD Hayes Craig Newitt 1 54kg 95
10 1x1546x9x0 ENGLISH KING (FR) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 12 54kg 92
11 00238375×5 DJUKON (GB) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 13 54kg 87
12 4712327×50 EPERDUMENT Shane Oxlade 2 54kg 87
13 3050×31431 GHODELEINE Andrew Noblet Patrick Moloney 8 54kg 85

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 JRA Cup Nominations

The official JRA Cup 2021 nominations close on the Monday of race week.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 0411160×69 AL GALAYEL (IRE) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 100
2 9121345×24 BARADE (FR) G 7 Archie Alexander 89
3 x528434x17 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 90
4 159×832735 BEDFORD (NZ) G 8 Anthony & Sam Freedman 89
5 25×6426537 CONVERGING M 7 Dan O’Sullivan 75
6 400x00x770 DARK DREAM G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 96
7 5111166×82 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne 103
8 00238375×5 DJUKON (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 87
9 035×528253 DR DRILL (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
10 1x1546x9x0 ENGLISH KING (FR) H 5 Michael Moroney 92
11 4712327×50 EPERDUMENT M 7 Shane Oxlade 87
12 x75x55x011 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 94
13 3050×31431 GHODELEINE M 7 Andrew Noblet 85
14 7x855167x0 GOOD IDEA G 7 Phillip Stokes 95
15 x12x547x77 HASTA LA WAR G 6 Sue Murphy 77
16 153×292119 HI STRANGER G 5 Shane Fliedner 98
17 73x31x932x HOMESMAN (USA) G 8 Anthony & Sam Freedman 110
18 x615100430 INVERLOCH (IRE) G 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 100
19 51111×76 MAHASHAKTI M 5 Mitchell Freedman 76
20 9308×82684 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 104
21 x41x211x08 MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
22 215x1244x3 PERSAN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 104
23 7900x00x50 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 95
24 218227×055 SECRET BLAZE G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 97
25 21x62309x9 SOUND (GER) H 9 Michael Moroney 104
26 7851175×33 STARCASTER (GB) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 83
27 734x2606x3 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 107
28 4x823311x0 ZAYYDANI (NZ) M 5 Ben & JD Hayes 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

JRA Cup History

Inaugurated in 1996, the JRA Cup has a relatively short history in comparison to major races across Australia. However, it’s above-grade prize money, usually more-than-impressive field and interim distance have combined to ensure the JRA Cup has experienced rapid growth in prestige and popularity since its inception.

In its short history, the JRA Cup has already seen some impressive horses pass the post. 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking ran third in the JRA Cup in the same year. Master O’Reilly ran third in the JRA Cup before his stunning 2007 Caulfield Cup victory. Prior to the 2010 edition, the JRA Cup ran as a Listed race.

Notable JRA Cup winners include Maldivian (2007), Alcopop (2009), Mourinho (2013) and Jon Snow (2017). JRA Cup results reaching back to 2006 are listed below.

JRA Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
JRA Cup
1st Secret Blaze 2 minutes 04.31 seconds
2nd Homesman
3rd Rostropovich
2020
JRA Cup
1st Al Galayel 2 minutes 7.94 seconds
2nd Plein Ciel
3rd Levendi
2019
JRA Cup
1st Captain Cook 2 minutes 6.45 seconds
2nd Sully
3rd Mosh Music
2018
JRA Cup
1st The Taj Mahal 2 minutes 5.37 seconds
2nd Gallic Chieftain
3rd Sir Isaac Newton
2017
JRA Cup
1st Jon Snow 2 minutes 7.12 seconds
2nd Ecuador
3rd Boom Time
2016
JRA Cup
1st Real Love 2 minutes 5.76 seconds
2nd Maurus
3rd Tarquin
2015
JRA Cup
1st Escado 2 minutes 5.88 seconds
2nd Magnapal
3rd Velox
2014
JRA Cup
1st The Cleaner 2 minutes 5.99 seconds
2nd Sangster
3rd Mourinho
2013
JRA Cup
1st Mourinho 2 minutes 6.1 seconds
2nd Gris Caro
3rd The Great Snowman
2012
JRA Cup
1st Bianmick 2 minutes 6.7 seconds
2nd Dance With Her
3rd Ironstein
2011
JRA Cup
1st Dream Pedlar 2 minutes 8.7 seconds
2nd Carnero
3rd Domesky
2010
JRA Cup
1st Precedence 2 minutes 5.3 seconds
2nd Rainbow Styling
3rd Linton
2009
JRA Cup
1st Alcopop 2 minutes 8.4 seconds
2nd Field Hunter
3rd Shocking
2008
JRA Cup
1st Cefalu 2 minutes 5.9 seconds
2nd Majestical
3rd Devil Moon
2007
JRA Cup
1st Maldivian 2 minutes 5.8 seconds
2nd Pacino
3rd Master O’Reilly
2006
JRA Cup
1st Pavlova 2 minutes 7.0 seconds
2nd Spinney
3rd Delvecchio

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