Balaklava Cup

The 2020 Balaklava Cup is a Listed mile event held at Balaklava Racecourse in South Australia during the spring racing carnival each September.

2020 Balaklava Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Winning Partner
  • 2nd: #12 Analytica
  • 3rd: #2 Savatoxl



The 2020 Balaklava Cup is the premier race held at Balaklava Racecourse in South Australia, the mile event taking place on a Wednesday in mid-September as the spring racing features in Sydney dominate.

Raced over 1600 metres, the Balaklava Cup offers $100,000 in prize money and the Listed event runs under quality handicap conditions.

It is the largest country racing meet in South Australia and draws some of the best country horses from both South Australia and Victoria, as well as some decent metropolitan runners.

Horses generally target the Balaklava Cup following good shows in black-type events at more prestigious racecourses. Those horses that excel in the Balaklava Cup are likely to continue on to similar events such as the Murray Bridge Gold Cup.

The Listed $200,000 Seymour Cup (1600m) run the following month is another potential target for graduates and Balf’s Choice (2017) was the last to do the Balaklava Cup – Seymour Cup double.

Well-weighted runners have dominated the recent Balaklava Cup results with all seven winners from 2014-20 carrying 54kg to victory.

The form out of the 2019 Balaklava Cup was franked with the runner-up Waging War going on to run a competitive fifth in Melbourne’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) later in the season.

The 2020 Balaklava Cup ran on Wednesday September 16, 2020 and was won by the favourite Winning Partner. 

2020 Balaklava Cup
Date: Wednesday September 16, 2020
Racecourse: Balaklava Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $100,000

2020 Balaklava Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Winning Partner
  • 2nd: #12 Analytica
  • 3rd: #2 Savatoxl

The official Balaklava Cup results and finishing order for the 2020 edition will be published in full below once the spring feature takes place on Wednesday September 16, 2020.

A $110,000 buy from the Adelaide Magic Million Yearling Sales, the Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Winning Partner ($4.60F) rewarded connections with a Black-Type victory in Wednesday’s 2020 Balaklava Cup results, the top-fancied lightweight dashing home thanks to a well-timed ride by Barend Vorster to defeating $18 outside Analytica by one and a half-lengths.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 WINNING PARTNER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 7 54kg $4.60F
2 12 ANALYTICA (NZ) Travis Doudle Paul Gatt 1.4L 3 54kg $18
3 2 SAVATOXL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jason Holder 2.7L 16 58kg $5
4 11 PELOTON (NZ) Michael Hickmott Ms Jessica Eaton (a) 3.7L 9 54kg $11
5 9 EAST INDIAMAN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Sairyn Fawke 4.1L 11 54kg $10
6 15 BLOW TORCH Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jake Toeroek 5.6L 6 54kg (cd 55kg) $16
7 17e TUBBY TWO TRACKS Chris Bieg Dylan Caboche (a) 5.7L 1 54kg $61
8 1 MONGOLIAN MARSHAL (NZ) Stuart Gower Shayne Cahill 6.3L 12 59kg $26
9 16 FINAL HEARING Will Clarken Karl Zechner 6.9L 2 54kg $15
10 3 FOX HALL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Caitlin Jones (a) 8.8L 13 57kg $16
11 4 BALF’S CHOICE Ryan Balfour Dom Tourneur 10.8L 8 56.5kg $21
12 5 VON COSTA GLASS Sue & Jason Jaensch Ms Sophie Logan (a) 12.2L 15 55.5kg $51
13 14 STEALTHY LUCAS Garret Lynch Jeffrey Maund 12.3L 14 54kg $101
14 10 HE EKSCELS (NZ) Nicole Bruggemann Ms Anna Jordsjo 13.9L 10 54kg $101
15 7 HANDSOME RETURN (NZ) Will Clarken Todd Pannell 18L 5 54kg (cd 55kg) $16
16 6 MASTER CHUM Rob Wilkinson Ms Eran Boyd 28L 4 55kg $9
19e ARAY OF SUNSHINE Rob Wilkinson 0
20e SPLASH SOME CASH David Page Justin Potter 0
13 RAINMOTH Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jake Toeroek 0
18e SILENT COMMAND Nick Smart Karl Zechner 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Balaklava Cup Odds

Odds on the Balaklava Cup 2020 will be available in full below as soon as betting opens on the Black-Type event at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Winning Partner ($4.60 in 2020) was the last favourite in Balaklava Cup betting to salute for the punters.

2020 Balaklava Cup Field

The 2020 Balaklava Cup field and barriers are set for release the Monday of race week and will be detailed right here.

The Balaklava Cup 2020 field features a capacity line-up of stayers for the South Australian showdown including five for Tony & Calvin McEvoy led by Winning Partner.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 5465x0x955 MONGOLIAN MARSHAL (NZ) Stuart Gower Shayne Cahill 16 59kg 89
2 042×151116 SAVATOXL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jason Holder 20 58kg 87
3 0200x57x40 FOX HALL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Caitlin Jones (a) 17 57kg 85
4 5203808×69 BALF’S CHOICE Ryan Balfour Dom Tourneur 12 56.5kg 84
5 04×9873615 VON COSTA GLASS Sue & Jason Jaensch Ms Sophie Logan (a) 19 55.5kg 82
6 4211120×97 MASTER CHUM Rob Wilkinson Ms Eran Boyd 8 55kg 81
7 x747340211 HANDSOME RETURN (NZ) Will Clarken Todd Pannell 9 54kg 78
8 x55x412225 WINNING PARTNER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 11 54kg 78
9 x31280x802 EAST INDIAMAN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Sairyn Fawke 15 54kg 77
10 x40006x406 HE EKSCELS (NZ) Nicole Bruggemann Ms Anna Jordsjo 14 54kg 77
11 711250×531 PELOTON (NZ) Michael Hickmott Ms Jessica Eaton (a) 13 54kg 77
12 4133711424 ANALYTICA (NZ) Travis Doudle Paul Gatt 7 54kg 76
13 10x612x256 RAINMOTH Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jake Toeroek 4 54kg 76
14 00410×9789 STEALTHY LUCAS Garret Lynch Jeffrey Maund 18 54kg 73
15 0562322121 BLOW TORCH Tony & Calvin McEvoy  TBA 10 54kg 72
16 81x136x433 FINAL HEARING Will Clarken  TBA 5 54kg 72
17e 2×16045131 TUBBY TWO TRACKS Chris Bieg Dylan Caboche (a) 3 54kg 71
18e 463238×619 SILENT COMMAND Nick Smart Karl Zechner 6 54kg 70
19e 6×11642538 ARAY OF SUNSHINE Rob Wilkinson  TBA 1 54kg 66
20e 25×6420453 SPLASH SOME CASH David Page Justin Potter 2 54kg 60

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Balaklava Cup History

Balaklava Racecourse was established in 1903 and they’ve been racing there in some form or another ever since. Balaklava Cup Day is usually attended by a very healthy crowd of around 12,000 people, making it one of the most successful regional meets in the country.

Over the years, the Balaklava Cup has gradually evolved. The decision was made at one point to reduce the event from a staying race (which is usually the case for Cup events) to a mile event in order to allow more horses to target it as part of their spring campaigns.

In 2019 Brown Ben won the Balaklava Cup improving on a second to Balf’s Choice two years earlier in 2017.

Notable Balaklava Cup winners include My Golden Bracelet (2000), Roman Arch (2003) and Gris Caro (2013). Balaklava Cup results since 2000 are listed below.

Balaklava Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Balaklava Cup
1st Winning Partner 1 minute 34.97 seconds
2nd Analytica
3rd Savatoxl
2019
Balaklava Cup
1st Brown Ben 1 minute 36.06 seconds
2nd Waging War
3rd Shrouded In Mist
2018
Balaklava Cup
1st Temps Voleur 1 minute 37.19 seconds
2nd Tatoosh
3rd Special Diva
2017
Balaklava Cup
1st Balf’s Choice 1 minute 36.43 seconds
2nd Brown Ben
3rd Jim’s Journey
2016
Balaklava Cup
1st Little Akai 1 minute 20.92 seconds
2nd Excites Zelady
3rd Our Exchange
2015
Balaklava Cup
1st By The Grace 1 minute 38.94 seconds
2nd Little Akai
3rd Supreme Warrior
2014
Balaklava Cup
1st Longshoreman 1 minute 36.08 seconds
2nd Justify That
3rd Albonetti
2013
Balaklava Cup
1st Gris Caro 1 minute 35.95 seconds
2nd Detox
3rd Baby Boy
2012
Balaklava Cup
1st Bagman 1 minute 37.38 seconds
2nd Road Warrior
3rd Light Tan
2011
Balaklava Cup
1st Magical Pearl 1 minute 36.11 seconds
2nd Candle
3rd Silent Surround
2010
Balaklava Cup
1st Haddle McDaddle 1 minute 37.81 seconds
2nd Silent Sophia
3rd Xaieta
2009
Balaklava Cup
1st Alcopop 1 minute 34.56 seconds
2nd Steel My Heart
3rd Aztec Smytzer
2008
Balaklava Cup
1st Life To The Full 1 minute 35.30 seconds
2nd Aztec Smytzer
3rd Steel My Heart
2007
Balaklava Cup
1st Road Worker 1 minute 35.90 seconds
2nd Keltah
3rd Merlot Now
2006
Balaklava Cup
1st Pride Of Archway 1 minute 35.40 seconds
2nd Jaffa Jonnie
3rd On A Jeune
2005
Balaklava Cup
1st Civil 1 minute 37.84 seconds
2nd Stamen
3rd Kehlstein
2004
Balaklava Cup
1st Lord Mick 1 minute 35.72 seconds
2nd Capo Del Opo
3rd Roman Arch
2003
Balaklava Cup
1st Roman Arch 1 minute 39.5 seconds
2nd Cumbria
3rd Sciatica
2002
Balaklava Cup
1st Chading 1 minute 36.62 seconds
2nd Border Time
3rd Terminus Prince
2001
Balaklava Cup
1st Easy Landing 1 minute 36.97 seconds
2nd Roralism
3rd At Risk
2000
Balaklava Cup
1st My Golden Bracelet 1 minute 39.54 seconds
2nd More Action
3rd Mr Selby

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