Warrnambool Cup

One of the biggest events on the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival calendar, the Warrnambool Cup runs in early May at Warrnambool Racecourse - 'The Bool'.

2022 Warrnambool Cup Results

  • 1st: #11 Witchachar Star
  • 2nd: #4 Nerve Not Verve
  • 3rd: #10 Constantinople



The Warrnambool Cup is the most anticipated race on the annual Warrnambool May Racing Carnival calendar in Victoria. Run over a staying distance of 2350m, the Warrnambool Cup field attracts a quality line-up of black-type gallopers from mainly local Melbourne-based stables and offers $300,000 in total prize money.

The Warrnambool Cup, traditionally held on the first Wednesday or Thursday in May, is one of Australia’s most renowned country races and it often attracts punting volumes far and above the average Listed status race.

Horses who compete in the Warrnambool Cup often have a decent season behind them already and are looking to wrap up their racing in the southern half of the country before either spelling for winter or heading north for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

The 2022 Warrnambool Cup ran on Thursday May 5, 2022 at Warrnambool Racecourse, known as The ‘Bool’, and was won in an upset by the in-form Chris Hyland-trained Witchachar Star ($9). 

2022 Warrnambool Cup
Date: Thursday May 5, 2022
Track: Warrnambool Racecourse
Distance: 2350m
Conditions: Open – Hcp
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1873

2022 Warrnambool Cup Results

  • 1st: #11 Witchachar Star ($9)
  • 2nd: #4 Nerve Not Verve
  • 3rd: #10 Constantinople
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 11 WITCHACHAR STAR Chris Hyland Beau Mertens 3 54kg $9
2 4 NERVE NOT VERVE (NZ) Michael Moroney Regan Bayliss 1.25L 1 55.5kg $3.60
3 10 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Aaron Purcell Ms Linda Meech 7.25L 8 54kg $21
4 9 QUEEN TAKES KING (NZ) Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 8.75L 7 54kg $26
5 2 GRANDSLAM Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 8.85L 4 57kg $3.10F
6 1 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman John Allen 9.25L 2 60.5kg $10
7 6 MASERARTIE BAY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teodore Nugent (a) 13.25L 5 54kg $11
8 7 WHITE HAWK Angela Brakey Mehmet Ulucinar 14.75L 9 54kg $51
9 8 ANGEL ROCK Tom Dabernig Harry Coffey 44.75L 10 54kg $15
10 5 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred Kersley 50.75L 6 55kg $11
3 MILFORD (NZ) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Warrnambool Cup Betting Odds

The season’s top Warrnambool Cup 2022 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available for punters below the week of the race.

Too Close The Sun ($2.50 in 2020) was the last favourite in Warrnambool Cup betting to salute for the punters.

2022 Warrnambool Cup Field

The Warrnambool Cup field attracts a strong line-up of stayers to The ‘Bool each May, many coming off lead-up runs out of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival races including the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality Handicap (2600m) run at Randwick over ‘The Championships’.

Plenty of the gallopers in the Warrnambool Cup field have contested previous editions of the race and there are also plenty of strong Victorian lead-up races to follow into the popular Listed feature including the Terang Cup (2150m) in mid-April. Too Close The Sun (2020) was the last horse to complete the Terang Cup – Warrnambool Cup double.

The Warrnambool Cup 2022 Final Field & Barriers will be announced below the week of the race.

Thursday’s 2022 Warrnambool Cup final field features 11 stayers including the 2019 Victoria Derby champion Warning carrying the 60.5kg top-weight, the odds-on favourite Grandslam coming off a 5.5 length win at Caulfield and Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap winning mare during Sydney’s The Championships last month Nerve Not Verve.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 516x00119x WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman John Allen 3 60.5kg 105
2 0x8019x031 GRANDSLAM Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 5 57kg 98
3 80x078x531 MILFORD (NZ) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 1 55.5kg 95
4 36×7225121 NERVE NOT VERVE (NZ) Michael Moroney Regan Bayliss 2 55.5kg 99
5 08673×5334 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred Kersley 7 55kg 94
6 x22470x511 MASERARTIE BAY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teodore Nugent (a) 6 54kg 89
7 1711345543 WHITE HAWK Angela Brakey Mehmet Ulucinar 10 54kg 84
8 6133131231 ANGEL ROCK Tom Dabernig Harry Coffey 11 54kg 81
9 5178x8x832 QUEEN TAKES KING (NZ) Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 8 54kg 80
10 88802×0425 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Aaron Purcell Ms Linda Meech 9 54kg 75
11 509×131131 WITCHACHAR STAR Chris Hyland Beau Mertens 4 54kg 70

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Warrnambool Cup Nominations

Early nominations for the Warrnambool Cup in 2022 are announced a week out from the race and will be available below once released.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 516x00119x WARNING G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 1 60.5kg 105
2 36×7225121 NERVE NOT VERVE (NZ) M 6 Michael Moroney 2 55.5kg 99
3 0x8019x031 GRANDSLAM G 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 57kg 98
4 84972×7007 ROCK G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 4 56kg 96
5 80x078x531 MILFORD (NZ) G 4 Michael Moroney 5 55.5kg 95
6 08673×5334 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani 6 55kg 94
7 x22470x511 MASERARTIE BAY G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7 54kg 89
8 x10x8x8355 LE BAOL (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 54kg 87
9 1711345543 WHITE HAWK G 8 Angela Brakey 9 54kg 84
10 8327355×35 BEDFORD (NZ) G 8 Anthony & Sam Freedman 10 54kg 84
11 6133131231 ANGEL ROCK M 5 Tom Dabernig 11 54kg 81
12 5178x8x832 QUEEN TAKES KING (NZ) M 5 Lindsey Smith 12 54kg 80
13 31215×5832 THROUGH IRISH EYES (NZ) G 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13 54kg 77
14 24×1303321 NORDIC PRIDE G 5 Ben Brisbourne 14 54kg 77
15 251x0804x0 ROYAL CROWN G 5 Michael Kent 15 54kg 76
16 53840×5356 FEEL THE RUSH (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 54kg 76
17 88802×0425 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 6 Aaron Purcell 17 54kg 75
18 000117×034 RUDIMENTAL (FR) G 6 Simon Zahra 18 54kg 75
19 134×946626 EUREKA STREET G 8 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 19 54kg 75
20 2509×13113 WITCHACHAR STAR G 6 Chris Hyland 20 54kg 65

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Warrnambool Cup History

The Warrnambool Cup had its inaugural run in 1873, when Villiers was first past the post after a gruelling 3200m run. The race distance has changed several times over the years, and today sits at an acceptable staying distance of 2350m, less than the renowned Melbourne Cup distance of 3200m.

Warrnambool Cup Race Distance

Period Distance
1873-78 3200m
1879 2800m
1880-88 2000m
1889-90 2400m
1891-1903 2000m
1904-2001 2200m
2002-07 2350m
2008 2360m
2009-present 2350m

The Warrnambool Cup is one of the oldest races in Victoria, with a long history of great fields and great races. One of the best displays of local pedigree, the Warrnambool Cup field has in recent years included a number of interstate horses and even some New Zealand stayers. Unlike a lot of country cup races, the Warrnambool Cup field is usually made up of genuine talent, with a number of notable horses finding their way onto the honour board.

Warrnambool Cup Results

The Warrnambool Cup winners and results going back to 1970 can be found in the table below.

Year Results Winning Time
2022 1 Witchachar Star 2 Nerve Not Verve 3 Constantinople 2:36.39
2021 1 Le Don De Vie 2 Heart Of Puissance 3 Moonlight Maid 2:30.27
2020 1 Too Close The Sun 2 Mirimar 3 Sin To Win 2:30.12
2019 1 Furrion 2 Sheezdashing 3 Divanation 2:30.51
2018 1 Gallic Chieftain 2 Yogi 3 Romanesque 2:29.70
2017 1 High Church 2 Observational 3 Unfurl 2:34.46
2016 1 Master Of Arts 2 Vilanova 3 Swacadelic 2:32.28
2015 1 Tall Ship 2 Arch Fire 3 Lucciola 2:34.84
2014 1 Akzar 2 Westsouthwest 3 Shoreham  2:34.14
2013 1 Banca Mo 2 Muirfield 3 Shiny Buttons  2:29.57
2012 1 Dance With Her 2 Domesky 3 Hurdy Gurdy Man  2:32.61
2011 1 Tinamou 2 Niwot 3 Streaky Fella  2:32.1
2010 1 Hissing Sid 2 Cruyfforme 3 Light Vision  2:35.3
2009 1 Hissing Sid 2 Our Smokin Joe 3 Joontoo Gemini  2:29.13
2008 1 Video Star 2 Sooze 3 Action Plan  2:31.83
2007 1 Sarrera 2 Douro Valley 3 Sentire  2:32.46
2006 1 New Kid In Town 2 Satinspin 3 Forest Knight  2:32.46
2005 1 True Courser 2 Graduated 3 Pretorius  2:28.16
2004 1 Monde Special 2 Riley Redwing 3 Al Zimer  2:28.43
2003 1 Gunnamatta 2 Terminus Prince 3 The A Train  2:27.52
2002 1 Majestic Avenue 2 Condies Fair 3 Touch The Groom  2:27.28
2001 1 Samosiera 2 Loch Torrindon 3 Collins Street  2:16.29
2000 1 Majestic Avenue 2 Collins Street 3 Showsky  2:16.12
1999 1 Jamestown 2 Casino Heights 3 Flaming Roberto  2:16.29
1998 1 Asagain 2 Oregon Star 3 Kristalero  2:23.3
1997 1 Seattle Hawk 2 Sunny Lane 3 Mrs Krause  2:18
1996 1 Billingsford 2 True Identity 3 French Resort  2:16.4
1995 1 Grey Alex 2 Sondheim 3 Big Barron  2:19.6
1994 1 Placido 2 Charleston Party 3 Hoodlum  2:15.9
1993 1 Favoured Boy 2 True Symbol 3 Royal Snack  2:17.9
1992 1 Bundoor’s Best 2 Lord Zamazaan 3 Mystery Adventure  2:16.5
1991 1 Mantlepiece 2 Rough Seas 3 Favoured Boy  2:14.9
1990 1 Down The Pitch 2 Pressman’s Choice 3 Tropine Queen  2:15.3
1989 1 Friar’s Delight 2 Durham Rivers 3 Scarvila  2:19.1
1988 1 Dandy Andy 2 Tristaplane 3 Friar’s Delight  2:14.9
1987 1 Top Banner 2 All Spades 3 Skipton Town  2:18.1
1986 1 Mint Master 2 Hollinger 3 Jo’naree  2:18.5
1985 1 Nicholas John 2 Skipton Town 3 Jamaica Inn  2:16.4
1984 1 Gun For Fun 2 Hollinger 3 Rare Decision  2:16.8
1983 1 Palomine 2 Stookland 3 Show Bag  2:29.8
1982 1 Little Tipsy 2 Top Ware 3 Game Choice  2:27.8
1981 1 Top Ware 2 Sarfraz 3 Durham Town  2:17
1980 1 Sarfraz 2 Licence Fee 3 Top Ware  2:19.1
1979 1 Warri Symbol 2 Macluen 3 Off Hand  2:16.6
1978 1 Puramaka 2 Mondeverde 3 Sky Castle  2:16.2
1977 1 Puramaka 2 Drumshambo 3 Devereux  2:16.2
1976 1 Four Leaf 2 Puramaka 3 Java Rose  2:16.2
1975 1 Latin Reign 2 Flash Future 3 Haarle  2:16.6
1974 1 Scotch & Dry 2 Sheltara 3 Norfolk Gem  2:20.4
1973 1 Arctic Ant 2 The Sharper 3 Fair Future  2:30.5
1972 1 Van Winkle 2 Tetrabine 3 Piping Lane  2:17.2
1971 1 race not held 2 race not held 3 race not held  
1970 1 Princess Camillo 2 Bay Cobbler 3 Bojon  2:27

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