Ballarat Cup

The $500,000 Ballarat Cup is a Listed staying event held towards the end of November at Ballarat Racecourse.

2021 Ballarat Cup Results

  • 1st: #6 Zayydani
  • 2nd: #1 Yonkers
  • 3rd: #9 Vanna Girl



The 2021 Ballarat Cup is a 2000m event held at Ballarat Racecourse during mid to late November each year at the very tail end of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.

A Listed event, the Ballarat Cup is worth a generous $500,000 in total prize money making it one of the richest provincial Victorian cups. It is held under open handicap conditions, and tends to attract some pretty solid talent each year.

Some lead-up races worth watching include other cup events such as the Kyneton Cup or the Bendigo Cup. The 2017 Ballarat Cup winner Grand Dreamer improved on a lead-up third in the Kyneton Cup for his win. The Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) run at Sandown’s Ladbrokes Park the Saturday before also serves as a good Ballarat Cup lead-up. Kiwia (5th in 2018) was the last Ballarat Cup winner to come out of the Eclipse Stakes. Kiwia returned in 2019 to enjoy back-to-back Ballarat Cup wins.

Many country runners, and even some metro types, often contest several country cups as part of their campaign. Other staying events during the Melbourne Cup Carnival are also often contested by horses on their way to the Ballarat Cup.

The Ballarat Cup represents the end of the spring racing carnival in Victoria, as it’s the last black-type meet and the last feature day.

Plenty of quality gallopers contest the Ballarat Cup, the form of which has stacked-up in tougher races including the 2013 winner The Offer backing-up the following autumn to win the 2014 edition of the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).

The 2021 Ballarat Cup ran on Saturday November 20, 2021 and was won by the Ben & JD Hayes-trained mare Zayydani ($12). 

Ballarat Cup 2021
Date: Saturday November 20, 2021
Racecourse: Ballarat Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Handicap
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $500,000

2021 Ballarat Cup Results

  • 1st: #6 Zayydani ($12)
  • 2nd: #1 Yonkers
  • 3rd: #9 Vanna Girl

Jockey Luke Nolen gave the Ben & JD Hayes-trained mare Zayydani ($12) a peach of a ride to win the Ballarat Cup 2021 results following their lead-up Matriarch Stakes victory.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 ZAYYDANI (NZ) Ben & JD Hayes Luke Nolen 1 57.5kg $12
2 1 YONKERS (USA) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 0.1L 13 60kg $26
3 9 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Zac Spain 0.2L 2 55.5kg $26
4 11 THOUGHT OF THAT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 0.95L 6 54.5kg $2.40F
5 16 FOXY FRIDA Andrew Noblet Daniel Moor 1.25L 15 54kg $9.50
6 15 SKYMAN (GB) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 1.45L 3 54kg $10
7 18e PAPPALINO (FR) Archie Alexander Declan Bates 2.2L 4 54kg $61
8 4 IN A TWINKLING Lindsey Smith Craig Newitt 3.2L 11 58kg $41
9 8 DOUBLE YOU TEE Patrick Payne Michael Dee 3.6L 14 56kg $31
10 20e BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 3.8L 5 54kg $31
11 12 CHARLEISE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 4.8L 10 54kg $21
12 2 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) Patrick Payne Billy Egan 8.8L 12 59.5kg $7
13 17e FLASH AAH Matt Kropp Ms Madeleine Wishart (a) 9.3L 9 54kg $51
14 7 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) Symon Wilde Jordan Childs 13.3L 7 57kg $61
15 14 GHODELEINE Andrew Noblet Patrick Moloney 15.05L 8 54kg $21
19e BONVICINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 0
10 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 0
13 ONLY WORDS (NZ) Chris Waller Brett Prebble 0
5 QUANTUM MECHANIC Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) John Allen 0
3 HANG MAN (IRE) Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Ballarat Cup Odds

The season’s top Ballarat Cup 2021 odds and end-of-spring betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Listed Victorian Cups race will be provided below the week of the race.

2021 Ballarat Cup Field

The Ballarat Cup field usually attracts quite a few metro runners from Melbourne, which is only around 100km away. Sometimes the odd handy runner from Sydney will head down to run in the Ballarat Cup field chasing the lucrative end-of-spring prize money on offer.

Following a run in the Ballarat Cup field, the Listed Pakenham Cup (2500m) in early December makes a nice next-up target and the last to do the double was Pilote D’Essai (2016).

The 2021 Ballarat Cup field and barriers are set for release on the Wednesday before the race and will be published in full below.

The Ballarat Cup 2021 final field features a quality line-up of end-of-spring staying types including Group 2 Matriarch Stakes winning mare Zayydani drawn the rails and the in-form Thought Of That chasing a fourth win on the trot.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 441215×168 YONKERS (USAs) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 15 60kg 103
2 1166×82447 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) Patrick Payne Billy Egan 14 59.5kg 102
3 3112570×96 HANG MAN (IRE) Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 17 59kg 101
4 40134200×7 IN A TWINKLING Lindsey Smith Craig Newitt 13 58kg 99
5 12133×0340 QUANTUM MECHANIC Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) John Allen 19 58kg 103
6 23311×0341 ZAYYDANI (NZ) Ben & JD Hayes Luke Nolen 1 57.5kg 102
7 571520×040 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) Symon Wilde Jordan Childs 8 57kg 101
8 62218×0573 DOUBLE YOU TEE Patrick Payne Michael Dee 18 56kg 95
9 9x1704x065 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Zac Spain 2 55.5kg 98
10 0x00x50300 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 12 55kg 93
11 835×556111 THOUGHT OF THAT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 7 54.5kg 92
12 2121129753 CHARLEISE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 11 54kg 94
13 19317×0441 ONLY WORDS (NZ) Chris Waller Brett Prebble 5 54kg 93
14 0x31431517 GHODELEINE Andrew Noblet Patrick Moloney 9 54kg 92
15 121×242622 SKYMAN (GB) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 3 54kg 91
16 215112×521 FOXY FRIDA Andrew Noblet Daniel Moor 20 54kg 90
17e 401434×847 FLASH AAH Matt Kropp Ms Madeleine Wishart (a) 10 54kg 90
18e 3x21x5x757 PAPPALINO (FR) Archie Alexander Declan Bates 4 54kg 90
19e 38478×9064 BONVICINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 16 54kg 89
20e 28434×1720 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 54kg 89

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Ballarat Cup History

The Ballarat Turf Club was established in 1854, making it one of the oldest racing organisations in Victoria. For some time now, Ballarat Cup Day has been the biggest meet of the year at Dowling Forest Racecourse, often drawing almost 20,000 people.

Not too long ago, the Ballarat Cup occupied a Wednesday slot as a mid-week event. However, it was moved to Sunday in 2011 in order to allow greater attendance and accommodate more metro runners. As of 2014, the Ballarat Cup has been run on a Saturday. It is the only black-type meet in Victoria and NSW on that day, so attracts considerable punting attention. The Group 1 Railway Stakes and Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes are held over at Ascot in Perth on the same day.

Notable recent Ballarat Cup winners include My Bentley (2010), The Offer (2013) and Junoob (2015). Ballarat Cup results, place getters and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Ballarat Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Ballarat Cup
1st Zayydani 2 minutes 5.19 seconds
2nd Yonkers
3rd Vanna Girl
2020
Ballarat Cup
1st Irish Flame 2 minutes 2.79 seconds
2nd Affair To Remember
3rd Game Keeper
2019
Ballarat Cup
1st Kiwia 2 minutes 3.74 seconds (over 2000m)
2nd Double You Tee
3rd Another Dollar
2018
Ballarat Cup
1st Kiwia 2 minutes 20.59 seconds
2nd Pilote D’essai
3rd Life Less Ordinary
2017
Ballarat Cup
1st Grand Dreamer 2 minutes 25.79 seconds
2nd Oncidium Ruler
3rd Grey Lion
2016
Ballarat Cup
1st Pilote D’Essai 2 minutes 14.14 seconds
2nd Scherzoso
3rd Manageress
2015
Ballarat Cup
1st Junoob 2 minutes 18.45 seconds
2nd Wales
3rd Sonntag
2014
Ballarat Cup
1st Mujadale 2 minutes 17.8 seconds
2nd At First Sight
3rd Fat Al
2013
Ballarat Cup
1st The Offer 2 minutes 25.1 seconds
2nd Pelicano
3rd Hurdy Gurdy Man
2012
Ballarat Cup
1st King Diamond 2 minutes 18.4 seconds
2nd Pelicano
3rd Exceptionally
2011
Ballarat Cup
1st Domesky 2 minutes 19.2 seconds
2nd Rothera
3rd Sean Baile Mor
2010
Ballarat Cup
1st My Bentley 2 minutes 17.0 seconds
2nd Kidnapped
3rd Allanthus
2009
Ballarat Cup
1st Itstheone 2 minutes 14.4 seconds
2nd Gallions Reach
3rd Davcon
2008
Ballarat Cup
1st Daka’s Gem 2 minutes 21.8 seconds
2nd Sentire
3rd Banana Man
2007
Ballarat Cup
1st Sentire 2 minutes 23.9 seconds
2nd Bowl Along
3rd Red Riviera
2006
Ballarat Cup
1st Rubijon 2 minutes 17.3 seconds
2nd Upstaged
3rd Lancettier
2005
Ballarat Cup
1st Command N Conquer 2 minutes 17.4 seconds
2nd Maneroo Lue
3rd Steelworker
2004
Ballarat Cup
1st Just The Part 2 minutes 15.4 seconds
2nd Irish Crusader
3rd Demerger
2003
Ballarat Cup
1st Western Waters 2 minutes 16.2 seconds
2nd Delvecchio
3rd Dance On Wood
2002
Ballarat Cup
1st Varsilayos 2 minutes 15.0 seconds
2nd As You Would
3rd Sale Of Century
2001
Ballarat Cup
1st Aquiver 2 minutes 14.0 seconds
2nd Varsilayos
3rd Adolescence
2000
Ballarat Cup
1st Royal Caliph 2 minutes 18.5 seconds
2nd Luther
3rd Laebeel

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