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The $500,000 Ballarat Cup is a Listed staying event held towards the end of November or early December at Ballarat Racecourse.
2023 Ballarat Cup Results
- 1st: TBD
- 2nd: TBD
- 3rd: TBD
Ballarat Cup News
The 2023 Ballarat Cup is a 2000m event held at Ballarat Racecourse in late November or early December 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 2022 Ballarat Cup form was franked with the second placed mare Atishu going on to run third next-up in the $2 million The Ingham (1600m) in Sydney. She also returned in 2023 and won the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Champions Stakes (2000m).
The 2023 Ballarat Cup runs on Saturday December 9, 2023.
|Ballarat Cup 2023|
|Date:||Saturday December 9, 2023|
2023 Ballarat Cup Results
- 1st: TBD
- 2nd: TBD
- 3rd: TBD
2023 Ballarat Cup Betting Odds
The season’s top Ballarat Cup 2023 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.
2023 Ballarat Cup Form Guide
2023 Ballarat Cup Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Ballarat Cup 2023 Tips on the half-a-million-dollar showdown this spring.
- To Win: #4 Ain’tnodeeldun ($5 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Open race with a number of genuine winning hopes but happy to stick with the airborne Aint’nodeeldun to keep the winning streak going. The Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained six-year-old chases a fourth win on the trot and has a stellar record at the Ballarat Cup distance. Last start he carried a kilo more to a narrow Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) win at The Valley in late October. Given a freshen-up since and looks a big chance to salute again here.
2023 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 2023 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 2023 final field features a quality line-up of gallopers including Group 3 JRA Cup winner Aint’nodeeldun chasing a fourth win on the trot, the Danny O’Brien-trained top-weight Young Werther, and Craig Williams’ mount Foxy Cleopatra coming off a narrow second in the Cranbourne Cup.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||46×4031163||YOUNG WERTHER (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Billy Egan||4||60kg||106|
|2||44496×2431||JUST FOLK||Gavin Bedggood||John Allen||1||59kg||104|
|3||70×0502964||REGAL POWER||John Leek (Jnr)||Jamie Mott||10||56kg||98|
|4||02419×0111||AIN’TNODEELDUN||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Declan Bates||11||55.5kg||97|
|5||2213836×04||SWORDS DRAWN||Michael Moroney||Daniel Stackhouse||7||55kg||96|
|6||2847x449x5||MIDNIGHT BLUE||Mark Walker||Harry Coffey||5||54kg||94|
|7||368512818x||SKELM||Terry Kelly||Dean Yendall||3||54kg||94|
|8||3127×22||FOXY CLEOPATRA||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Craig Williams||12||54kg||92|
|9||x45137x308||WICKLOW (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jye McNeil||13||54kg||92|
|10||0762×21323||CAPTAIN ENVIOUS (NZ)||Paul Preusker||Michael Dee||2||54kg||89|
|11||3616×83222||RED SUN SENSATION||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||Ms Jamie Kah||8||54kg||86|
|12||1127×32722||EN FRANCAIS||Jake Stephens||Lachlan Neindorf||6||54kg||83|
|13||70×5431601||FOUJITA SAN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jordan Childs||9||54kg||83|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Ballarat Cup Nominations
Early Ballarat Cup nominations for 2023 close the Monday of race week and will be updated below once announced.
The 2023 Ballarat Cup nominations attracted 27 gallopers including dual nominee Detonator Jack who is also entered for Sydney’s $2 million The Ingham, last start Group 3 Eclipse Stakes winner Just Folk, and the Patrick Payne-trained Group 1 SA Derby champ Dunkel.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||True Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||123×437231||DETONATOR JACK (NZ)||G||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||1||60kg||60kg||106|
|2||46×4031163||YOUNG WERTHER (NZ)||G||6||Danny O’Brien||2||60kg||60kg||106|
|3||44496×2431||JUST FOLK||G||7||Gavin Bedggood||3||59kg||59kg||104|
|4||12111191×2||DUNKEL (NZ)||G||4||Patrick Payne||4||58kg||58kg||102|
|5||70×0502964||REGAL POWER||G||8||John Leek (Jnr)||5||56kg||56kg||98|
|6||02419×0111||AIN’TNODEELDUN||G||6||Anthony & Sam Freedman||6||55.5kg||55.5kg||97|
|7||06x00427x2||WARNING||G||7||Anthony & Sam Freedman||7||55kg||55kg||96|
|8||2213836×04||SWORDS DRAWN||G||8||Michael Moroney||8||55kg||55kg||96|
|9||2847x449x5||MIDNIGHT BLUE||G||7||Mark Walker||9||54kg||54kg||94|
|11||3127×22||FOXY CLEOPATRA||M||4||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||11||54kg||51kg||92|
|12||x45137x308||WICKLOW (IRE)||G||6||Chris Waller||12||54kg||53kg||92|
|13||0762×21323||CAPTAIN ENVIOUS (NZ)||G||5||Paul Preusker||13||54kg||51.5kg||89|
|14||3616×83222||RED SUN SENSATION||G||4||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||14||54kg||50kg||86|
|15||07x73309x6||HERMAN HESSE (GB)||G||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||15||54kg||50kg||86|
|16||70×5431601||FOUJITA SAN||G||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||16||54kg||48.5kg||83|
|17||22x219x250||CONVENER (FR)||H||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||17||54kg||48.5kg||83|
|18||1127×32722||EN FRANCAIS||M||6||Jake Stephens||18||54kg||46.5kg||83|
|19||51330×7817||HARMYSIAN (GB)||G||7||Clayton Douglas||19||54kg||48.5kg||83|
|20||x0091x8560||VARDANI (FR)||G||7||Archie Alexander||20||54kg||48.5kg||83|
|21||2770×01395||WYCLIF (GB)||G||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||21||54kg||47.5kg||81|
|23||4214117D7x||IRISH BUTTERFLY (NZ)||G||8||Henry Dwyer||23||54kg||47kg||80|
|24||1x7165x401||GLITTER ’N’ GOLD||M||5||Lindsey Smith||24||54kg||42kg||74|
|25||x2731x9591||SEA SPEEDWELL (GB)||M||6||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||25||54kg||42kg||74|
|26||1522611582||ZIGGI ROCKS||G||7||Melody Cunningham||26||54kg||41.5kg||69|
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
|1st||Bankers Choice||2 minutes 8.28 seconds|
|1st||Zayydani||2 minutes 5.19 seconds|
|1st||Irish Flame||2 minutes 2.79 seconds|
|2nd||Affair To Remember|
|1st||Kiwia||2 minutes 3.74 seconds (over 2000m)|
|2nd||Double You Tee|
|1st||Kiwia||2 minutes 20.59 seconds|
|3rd||Life Less Ordinary|
|1st||Grand Dreamer||2 minutes 25.79 seconds|
|1st||Pilote D’Essai||2 minutes 14.14 seconds|
|1st||Junoob||2 minutes 18.45 seconds|
|1st||Mujadale||2 minutes 17.8 seconds|
|2nd||At First Sight|
|1st||The Offer||2 minutes 25.1 seconds|
|3rd||Hurdy Gurdy Man|
|1st||King Diamond||2 minutes 18.4 seconds|
|1st||Domesky||2 minutes 19.2 seconds|
|3rd||Sean Baile Mor|
|1st||My Bentley||2 minutes 17.0 seconds|
|1st||Itstheone||2 minutes 14.4 seconds|
|1st||Daka’s Gem||2 minutes 21.8 seconds|
|1st||Sentire||2 minutes 23.9 seconds|
|1st||Rubijon||2 minutes 17.3 seconds|
|1st||Command N Conquer||2 minutes 17.4 seconds|
|1st||Just The Part||2 minutes 15.4 seconds|
|1st||Western Waters||2 minutes 16.2 seconds|
|3rd||Dance On Wood|
|1st||Varsilayos||2 minutes 15.0 seconds|
|2nd||As You Would|
|3rd||Sale Of Century|
|1st||Aquiver||2 minutes 14.0 seconds|
|1st||Royal Caliph||2 minutes 18.5 seconds|