Cranbourne Cup

The Cranbourne Cup is a Listed 2025m event held at Cranbourne Racecourse the Sunday after Caulfield Guineas Day in Melbourne.

2020 Cranbourne Cup Results

  • 1st: #13 Future Score
  • 2nd: #10 Odeon
  • 3rd: #2 Dr Drill



The Cranbourne Cup is a Listed staying event held at Cranbourne Racecourse during October each spring racing season.

It takes place on the Sunday after Melbourne hosts a four-Group 1 race meeting for Caulfield Guineas Day.

Held under open handicap conditions over a distance of 2025m, the Cranbourne Cup is an exciting provincial cup event. Prize money of $400,000 makes the Cranbourne Cup one of the richest Listed races in Victoria.

For several reasons, including the prize money and inclusion in several horse’s campaigns, the Cranbourne Cup ranks as a fairly important race in comparison to its status and often attracts smart stayers heading towards tougher spring assignments.

One of the better lead up races to this event is the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield, while the Group 3 Bart Cummings (2500m) stands to grow in importance as an additional lead up event.

Those horses which have a decent run in the Cranbourne Cup might go on to contest later major cup events such as the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup or even the Caulfield Cup or Melbourne Cup. In 2004 the Cranbourne Cup winner On A Jeune went on to finish second in the 2005 Melbourne Cup quinella behind three-time champion Makybe Diva. Four years later the 2008 runner-up Barbaricus franked the Cranbourne Cup form finishing third next race in the Caulfield Cup and second during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in the Mackinnon Stakes.

The 2020 Cranbourne Cup ran on Sunday October 11, 2020 and was won in an upset by Future Score. 

Cranbourne Cup 2020
Date: Sunday October 11, 2020
Track: Cranbourne
Distance: 2025m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $400,000

2020 Cranbourne Cup Results

  • 1st: #13 Future Score
  • 2nd: #10 Odeon
  • 3rd: #2 Dr Drill

An outstanding Fred Kersley ride saw the Matt Cumani-trained Future Score ($15) storm home to secure a nearly two length upset in the 2020 Cranbourne Cup results over fellow double-figure hopeful Odeon ($13), while last year’s winner Dr Drill ($3.50) ran third as the beaten favourite.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 13 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 8 56kg $15
2 10 ODEON (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Jamie Kah 1.75L 14 56.5kg $13
3 2 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 2.5L 1 60kg $3.50F
4 12 POLLY GREY (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2.6L 10 56kg $9
5 6 PLEIN CIEL (GER) Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 3.6L 3 58kg $6
6 11 SHOT OF IRISH Richard Laming Jamie Mott 4.6L 6 56kg $8.50
7 4 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 4.7L 4 59kg $21
8 1 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 5L 12 62kg $17
9 15 TAVIRUN (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 5.1L 13 56kg $13
10 3 FURRION (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 5.3L 11 59kg $41
11 7 ARISTIA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 5.4L 9 57.5kg $21
12 16e MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi William Pike 5.9L 7 56kg $21
13 14 EXASPERATE Matthew Brown Brian Higgins 9.9L 2 56kg $31
14 5 KENTUCKY BREEZE Levi Kavanagh Luke Currie 11.15L 15 58kg $51
15 17e NAIVASHA Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 99L 5 56kg $61
18e DON’T DOUBT DORY Julien Welsh Patrick Moloney 0
19e IRISH FLAME (NZ) Brett Scott Michael Walker 0
8 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Craig Newitt 0
9 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Cranbourne Cup Odds

The season’s latest Cranbourne Cup 2020 odds and betting market links to the spring feature races lead-up will be detailed below the week of the race, pricing provided by Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Cranbourne Cup Field

The Cranbourne Cup field has in the past attracted some top quality stayers. You’ll often see a fairly even mix of metro runners alongside country horses in the Cranbourne Cup field. Runners in the Cranbourne Cup field may come via a lead-up run in something like the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Valley a fortnight earlier or even be dropping in grade from the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) held that same weekend at Caulfield.

The 2020 Cranbourne Cup field will be published here once announced on the Thursday leading-up to Cranbourne Cup Day.

The Cranbourne Cup 2020 field features a capacity line-up of stayers including the defending champion Dr Drill looking to atone for his last in the Group 3 Naturalism and the Grahame Begg-trained favourite Nonconformist.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3x9070x3x5 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 15 62kg 106
2 15x3010x50 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 1 60kg 102
3 35x5021x00 FURRION (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 13 59kg 100
4 2122107×40 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 5 59kg 100
5 48x8100x69 KENTUCKY BREEZE Levi Kavanagh Luke Currie 19 58kg 98
6 570×314282 PLEIN CIEL (GER) Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 4 58kg 98
7 0x507x0636 ARISTIA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 11 57.5kg 101
8 04x356x805 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Craig Newitt 3 57.5kg 101
9 331121×37 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 8 56.5kg 95
10 142635×724 ODEON (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Jamie Kah 17 56.5kg 95
11 x651121x82 SHOT OF IRISH Richard Laming Jamie Mott 7 56kg 94
12 652×025245 POLLY GREY (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 12 56kg 93
13 211x1253x6 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 10 56kg 91
14 501211×373 EXASPERATE Matthew Brown Brian Higgins 2 56kg 90
15 3×07521342 TAVIRUN (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 16 56kg 88
16e x887256x08 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi William Pike 9 56kg 88
17e 5x2110x380 NAIVASHA Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 6 56kg 82
18e 1311×135 DON’T DOUBT DORY Julien Welsh Patrick Moloney 18 56kg 77
19e 7x996x3352 IRISH FLAME (NZ) Brett Scott Michael Walker 14 56kg 77
 Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Cranbourne Cup History

The Cranbourne Cup was inaugurated in 1898 and has enjoyed an illustrious history since then. A fair number of well-known stayers have gone through the Cranbourne Cup at some point in their careers.

Cranbourne Cup Day has grown into one of the bigger days of racing in the region. It hosts a Myer Fashions in the Field heat, as well as rides and entertainment for kids. Cranbourne Cup Day is touted as a day everyone can enjoy, and that usually seems to be the case.

The Cranbourne Turf Club has grown into one of the busiest in the country, hosting 102 race meetings a year across greyhound, trots and flat racing, and with around 800 horses training out of their facilities.

The race has maintained a strong profile for quality fields, and the Cranbourne Cup results have proved a decent guide to better races in recent years including in 2013 when the runner-up Sertorious went on to win the Sandown Classic. Some of the more notable Cranbourne Cup winners include Celtic Spirit (1988), Big Barron (1992), Brave Chief (2000), On A Jeune (2004), Emerald Jack (2007) and Pakal (2013). The increased prize money and position on the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival has seen some quality stayers featuring in the mix from 2017 onwards including international visitors over the for the Spring Cup races. In 2016 the Cranbourne Cup was postponed due to unsafe, windy conditions track side and ran in March of 2017 over a decreased distance of a mile (1600m).

In 2017 the Cranbourne Cup results were dominated by the Godolphin-raced international raider from the UK, Folkswood.

The Cranbourne Cup results and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

Cranbourne Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Cranbourne Cup
1st Future Score 2 minutes 4.75 seconds
2nd Odeon
3rd Dr Drill
2019
Cranbourne Cup
1st Dr Drill 2 minutes 5.08 seconds
2nd Naivasha
3rd Captain Cook
2018
Cranbourne Cup
1st Octabello 2 minutes 6.04 seconds
2nd Sully
3rd Furrion
2017
Cranbourne Cup
1st Folkswood 2 minutes 3.92 seconds
2nd Berisha
3rd Grey Lion
2016
Cranbourne Cup
(Run in March 2017)
1st Master Reset 1 minute 37.1 seconds (run over 1600m)
2nd Adirondack
3rd Great Esteem
2015
Cranbourne Cup
1st Digitalism 2 minutes 8.6 seconds
2nd Kareeming
3rd Index Linked
2014
Cranbourne Cup
1st Mourinho 2 minutes 6.5 seconds
2nd More Than Sacred
3rd Le Roi
2013
Cranbourne Cup
1st Pakal 2 minutes 6.3 seconds
2nd Sertorius
3rd Mourinho
2012
Cranbourne Cup
1st Midnight Martini 2 minutes 6.8 seconds
2nd Streets Away
3rd Streaky Fella
2011
Cranbourne Cup
1st Boom N Zoom 2 minutes 6.6 seconds
2nd Paddy O’Reilly
3rd Ginga Dude
2010
Cranbourne Cup
1st Starmon 2 minutes 6.8 seconds
2nd Mr Bentley
3rd Tube
2009
Cranbourne Cup
1st Sermon 2 minutes 4.8 seconds
2nd Stormhill
3rd The Sportsman
2008
Cranbourne Cup
1st Majestical 2 minutes 3.1 seconds
2nd Barbaricus
3rd Chantal Sally
2007
Cranbourne Cup
1st Emerald Jack 2 minutes 5.6 seconds
2nd Blue Collar Jack
3rd El Pretender
2006
Cranbourne Cup
1st Blue Collar Jack 2 minutes 6.5 seconds
2nd Octrivia
3rd Professional Lady
2005
Cranbourne Cup
1st Show Barry 2 minutes 4.6 seconds
2nd Tosen Dandy
3rd Irish Crusader
2004
Cranbourne Cup
1st On A Jeune 2 minutes 3.4 seconds
2nd Da Capo
3rd Bedouin
2003
Cranbourne Cup
1st Kattavia 2 minutes 7.5 seconds
2nd Out Of Options
3rd Pinstripe
2002
Cranbourne Cup
1st Eagle Rhythm 2 minutes 3.9 seconds
2nd Adolescence
3rd Hail
2001
Cranbourne Cup
1st Bush Padre 2 minutes 4.5 seconds
2nd Captivator
3rd Spirit Of Westbury
2000
Cranbourne Cup
1st Brave Chief 2 minutes 2.6 seconds
2nd Yammer
3rd Figurehead

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