Cranbourne Cup

The Cranbourne Cup is a Listed event shortened from 2025m to 1600m in 2021 held at Cranbourne Racecourse each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

2021 Cranbourne Cup Results

  • 1st: #10 King Magnus
  • 2nd: #11 Our Playboy
  • 3rd: #2 So Si Bon



The Cranbourne Cup is a Listed staying event held at Cranbourne Racecourse during October or November every Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Previously taking place on the Sunday after Melbourne hosts a four-Group 1 race meeting for Caulfield Guineas Day, in 2021 Cranbourne Cup Day was moved to mid-November running after the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Held under open handicap conditions, the Cranbourne Cup distance was also reduced in 2021 from 2025 to just 1600m making it a mile event.

The Cranbourne Cup prize money was boosted to $500,000 in 2021 making it one of the richest Listed races in Victoria.

In recent years the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield and Flemington’s Group 3 Bart Cummings (2500m) have served as good Cranbourne Cup lead-ups.

In 2021 however the event attracted more of the miler types that may have run in tougher races earlier in the carnival including the Group 1 Kennedy Cantala (1600m) on Derby Day including the winner King Magnus who improved on a lead-up fifth in the Kennedy Cantala Stakes.

Previously, Cranbourne Cup runners would have gone on 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 2021 Cranbourne Cup ran on Saturday November 13, 2021 over a mile having been reduced from 2025m and was won in a grinding finish by King Magnus ($10). 

Cranbourne Cup 2021
Date: Saturday November 13, 2021
Track: Cranbourne
Distance: 2025m (1600m in 2021)
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $500,000

2021 Cranbourne Cup Results

  • 1st: #10 King Magnus ($10)
  • 2nd: #11 Our Playboy
  • 3rd: #2 So Si Bon
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Lachlan King 8 56kg $10
2 11 OUR PLAYBOY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Zac Spain 0.5L 12 55kg $2.70F
3 2 SO SI BON Ben & JD Hayes Luke Nolen 0.7L 10 60kg $17
4 18e MYSTERY SHOT Lindsey Smith Craig Williams 0.9L 7 54kg $8
5 9 NO EFFORT Gavin Bedggood Beau Mertens 1.65L 11 56.5kg $19
6 3 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 2.9L 3 59.5kg $10
7 8 IN A TWINKLING Lindsey Smith Craig Newitt 4.15L 6 57.5kg $51
8 1 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 4.35L 9 60kg $8
9 15 HOLBIEN Steve Richards Teodore Nugent (a) 11.35L 4 54kg $81
10 19e BARBIE’S FOX Louise Bonella Lewis German (a) 14.35L 2 54kg $21
11 13 DON’T DOUBT DORY Julien Welsh Patrick Moloney 15.1L 1 54kg $12
12 5 LUNAR FOX Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 19.6L 5 59kg $20
4 ARAMAYO Chris Waller Craig Williams 0
17e IMPERIAL LAD John Moloney Ms Alana Kelly (a) 0
7 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams Michael Dee 0
16e ARCADIA PRINCE Amy McDonald Damien Thornton 0
6 JUSTACANTA (NZ) Patrick Payne Jamie Mott 0
12 RIDDLE ME THAT Matt Laurie Daniel Stackhouse 0
14 WINNING PARTNER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Cranbourne Cup Odds

The season’s latest Cranbourne Cup 2021 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.

2021 Cranbourne Cup Field

The Cranbourne Cup field has in the past attracted some top quality stayers, but for 2021 will feature a field of shorter-distance mile types.

The 2021 Cranbourne Cup field will be published here once announced on the Wednesday leading-up to Cranbourne Cup Day.

The Cranbourne Cup 2021 final field features a capacity line-up of milers led in betting by the widely-drawn Our Playboy (17) coming off a lead-up win over the Flemington mile and Buffalo River carrying the equal 60kg top-weight.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x2340x0210 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 13 60kg 104
2 516100×446 SO SI BON Ben & JD Hayes Luke Nolen 14 60kg 104
3 0424x76x41 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 3 59.5kg 103
4 8x479x2329 ARAMAYO Chris Waller Craig Williams 9 59.5kg 103
5 7x0140x956 LUNAR FOX Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 7 59kg 102
6 163×061313 JUSTACANTA (NZ) Patrick Payne Jamie Mott 4 58.5kg 101
7 4x3640x134 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams Michael Dee 18 58kg 100
8 540134200x IN A TWINKLING Lindsey Smith Craig Newitt 8 57.5kg 99
9 7251123105 NO EFFORT Gavin Bedggood Beau Mertens 16 56.5kg 101
10 x021122425 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Lachlan King 11 56kg 96
11 08x6751x71 OUR PLAYBOY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Zac Spain 17 55kg 94
12 46x243x834 RIDDLE ME THAT Matt Laurie Daniel Stackhouse 15 55kg 94
13 4x361x1561 DON’T DOUBT DORY Julien Welsh Patrick Moloney 1 54kg 92
14 180×648172 WINNING PARTNER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 19 54kg 92
15 5223217×80 HOLBIEN Steve Richards Teodore Nugent (a) 5 54kg 91
16e 1x740x59x0 ARCADIA PRINCE Amy McDonald Damien Thornton 12 54kg 90
17e 2×11249212 IMPERIAL LAD John Moloney Ms Alana Kelly (a) 6 54kg 87
18e x8215x7384 MYSTERY SHOT Lindsey Smith Craig Williams 10 54kg 87
19e 0x34134720 BARBIE’S FOX Louise Bonella Lewis German (a) 2 54kg 78

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Cranbourne Cup Nominations

Early nominations for the Cranbourne Cup for 2021 close the Monday before the race and will be updated below once released.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x2340x0210 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 6 Michael Moroney 1 60kg 104
2 516100×446 SO SI BON G 8 Ben & JD Hayes 2 60kg 104
3 12133×0340 QUANTUM MECHANIC M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 3 57.5kg 103
4 8x479x2329 ARAMAYO G 6 Chris Waller 4 59.5kg 103
5 0424x76x41 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) G 6 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 5 59.5kg 103
6 7x0140x956 LUNAR FOX H 4 Paul Preusker 6 59kg 102
7 x1960x6561 RICH HIPS M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 7 57kg 102
8 7251123105 NO EFFORT M 7 Gavin Bedggood 8 56.5kg 101
9 163×061313 JUSTACANTA (NZ) G 8 Patrick Payne 9 58.5kg 101
10 4x3640x134 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 7 Matthew Williams 10 58kg 100
11 540134200x IN A TWINKLING G 6 Lindsey Smith 11 57.5kg 99
12 x021122425 KING MAGNUS G 6 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 12 56kg 96
13 x05548850x HO HO KHAN (NZ) H 7 Mitchell Freedman 13 56kg 96
14 08x6751x71 OUR PLAYBOY G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 14 55kg 94
15 46x243x834 RIDDLE ME THAT G 5 Matt Laurie 15 55kg 94
16 4x361x1561 DON’T DOUBT DORY G 5 Julien Welsh 16 54kg 92
17 180×648172 WINNING PARTNER G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 17 54kg 92
18 5223217×80 HOLBIEN G 7 Steve Richards 18 54kg 91
19 1x740x59x0 ARCADIA PRINCE G 7 Amy McDonald 19 54kg 90
20 28434×1720 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 20 54kg 89
21 2×11249212 IMPERIAL LAD G 5 John Moloney 21 54kg 87
22 x8215x7384 MYSTERY SHOT G 5 Lindsey Smith 22 54kg 87
23 3934011×54 BELLE PLAISIR (NZ) M 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 23 54kg 84
24 54x660x008 AL PASSEM G 7 Ken & Kasey Keys 24 54kg 81
25 18x82564x3 VUNGERS G 8 Brendon Hearps 25 54kg 81
26 x3362186x1 EXCELMAN (NZ) G 5 Richard Laming 26 54kg 80
27 31118×5816 LEGEND OF ZORRO G 5 Andrew Noblet 27 54kg 80
28 0x34134720 BARBIE’S FOX M 5 Louise Bonella 28 54kg 78
29 1×00944020 DO YOU RECKON G 6 Julius Sandhu 29 54kg 76
30 x601391x83 NEW CHOICE G 5 Carlo Vidotto & Clay Beasy 30 54kg 73
31 6x88619x73 STANDOFF M 4 Grant & Peter Dalziel 31 54kg 70

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.

In 2021 the Cranbourne Cup was moved to mid-November and run over 1600m (reduced from 2025m).

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

Cranbourne Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Cranbourne Cup
1st King Magnus 1 minute 40.76 seconds

(Distance reduced from 2025m to 1600m)

2nd Our Playboy
3rd So Si Bon
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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