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'.

2024 Warrnambool Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Mystery Island
  • 2nd: #6 No Apology
  • 3rd: #4 Little Mix



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 2024 Warrnambool Cup ran on Thursday May 2, 2024 at Warrnambool Racecourse, known as The ‘Bool’, and was won in a runaway upset by the locally-trained Mystery Island ($14) who saluted by 4.5 lengths. 

2024 Warrnambool Cup
Date: Thursday May 2, 2024
Track: Warrnambool Racecourse
Distance: 2350m
Conditions: Open – Hcp
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1873

2024 Warrnambool Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Mystery Island ($14)
  • 2nd: #6 No Apology
  • 3rd: #4 Little Mix

Shane Jackson’s now locally-trained import, Mystery Island ($14), was enormous charging home for a runaway 4.5 length victory in Thursday’s Warrnambool Cup 2024 results at big odds.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 MYSTERY ISLAND (JPN) Shane Jackson Harry Coffey 1 54kg $14
2 6 NO APOLOGY Stephen Miller Brad Parnham 4.5L 3 56.5kg $26
3 4 LITTLE MIX Annabel Neasham Blake Shinn 4.96L 2 58kg $4.60F
4 10 FERAGO Patrick F Ryan Jnr Daniel Stackhouse 7.46L 6 54kg $6.50
5 12 GLITTER ’N’ GOLD Lindsey Smith Tom Madden 7.61L 12 54kg $31
6 2 HOPEFUL (FR) Annabel Neasham Ms Winona Costin 8.61L 5 59kg $26
7 3 CADRE DU NOIR (USA) Ciaron Maher John Allen 11.86L 15 58kg $8.50
8 15 MI ROCK ALY (NZ) Matthew Williams Ms Celine Gaudray (a) 13.61L 13 54kg $16
9 13 BOLD BOURBON (NZ) Lindsey Smith Ms Linda Meech 13.71L 4 54kg $14
10 7 ROLLS Maddie Raymond Harry Grace 16.96L 7 56kg 1.5kg $5.50
11 17e NORDIC PRIDE Ben Brisbourne Cory Parish 18.46L 8 54kg $101
12 14 WIN O’CLOCK (GB) Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 28.46L 11 54kg $31
13 11 THINK ’N’ FLY David Noonan Teo Nugent 31.71L 14 54kg $11
14 18e RUDHYAR (GB) Lindsey Smith Will Price 61.71L 10 54kg $31
15 1 SUIZURO Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 76.71L 9 60kg $16
19e GUIDO (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Jarrod Fry 0
20e RED PATROL (NZ) Wayne Walters Ms Kate Walters 0
5 HORRIFYING (NZ) Lindsey Smith Fred Kersley 0
16 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) Rachael Cunningham Ms Christine Puls 0
9 FENGARADA John Leek (Jnr) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2024 Warrnambool Cup Betting Odds

The season’s top Warrnambool Cup 2024 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.

There was a notable upset in 2024 with Mystery Island saluting at Warrnambool Cup odds of $14 for local horseman Shane Jackson.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 WARRNAMBOOL CUP ODDS (Final Field)

2024 Warrnambool Cup Form

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2024 Warrnambool Cup Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Warrnambool Cup 2024 Tips on the popular May event this season.

  • To Win: #12 Glitter ‘N’ Gold ($27 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Forget the long odds – Glitter ‘N’ Gold has a legitimate chance to cause an upset in the Warrnambool Cup! Trained by local legend Lindsey Smith, this Choisir mare thrives at this track with a phenomenal record. The well-bred five-year-old has been steadily progressing and looks ready to peak. Last year’s Heavy (10) track conditions were a disadvantage, but she still managed a fifth-place finish. Since then, she’s become a dual Cup winner, most recently conquering the Colac Cup (2000m) in February. While the Pakenham Cup distance (her fifth-place finish) pushed her limits, she bounced back with a strong third in the Terang Cup as a prep race. Drawn a wider gate, but her talent can overcome that. Glitter ‘N’ Gold is a potential spoiler to watch!

2024 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 2024 Final Field & Barriers will be announced below the week of the race.

The 2024 Warrnambool Cup field features a capacity line-up of stayers led in betting by the Annabel Neasham-trained Mornington Cup runner-up Little Mix in top form but up in weight.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Warrnambool Cup 2024 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 854150×919 SUIZURO Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 12 60kg 97
2 20x006x620 HOPEFUL (FR) Annabel Neasham Ms Winona Costin 7 59kg 95
3 0990x5Fx76 CADRE DU NOIR (USA) Ciaron Maher John Allen 19 58kg 93
4 5112×85442 LITTLE MIX Annabel Neasham Blake Shinn 2 58kg 97
5 18x720988x HORRIFYING (NZ) Lindsey Smith Fred Kersley 20 56.5kg 90
6 x809816828 NO APOLOGY Stephen Miller Brad Parnham 4 56.5kg 90
7 742234×090 ROLLS Maddie Raymond Harry Grace 9 54.5kg 86
8 29×1532249 MYSTERY ISLAND (JPN) Shane Jackson Harry Coffey 1 54kg 84
9 2x1711181x FENGARADA John Leek (Jnr) Declan Bates 10 54kg 83
10 6713035×46 FERAGO Patrick F Ryan Jnr Daniel Stackhouse 8 54kg 82
11 x863124102 THINK ’N’ FLY David Noonan Teo Nugent 17 54kg 80
12 4013261053 GLITTER ’N’ GOLD Lindsey Smith Tom Madden 15 54kg 79
13 1170x71x58 BOLD BOURBON (NZ) Lindsey Smith Ms Linda Meech 5 54kg 77
14 0961062×94 WIN O’CLOCK (GB) Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 14 54kg 77
15 192×048712 MI ROCK ALY (NZ) Matthew Williams Ms Celine Gaudray (a) 16 54kg 73
16 738307×608 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) Rachael Cunningham Ms Christine Puls 3 54kg 73
17e 911237×720 NORDIC PRIDE Ben Brisbourne Cory Parish 11 54kg 72
18e 26341547×7 RUDHYAR (GB) Lindsey Smith Harry Coffey 13 54kg 72
19e 12x861x002 GUIDO (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Jarrod Fry 18 54kg 70
20e 5212112×35 RED PATROL (NZ) Wayne Walters Ms Kate Walters 6 54kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Warrnambool Cup Nominations

Early nominations for the Warrnambool Cup in 2024 are announced a week out from the race.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 854150×919 SUIZURO G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 1 60kg 60kg 97
2 5112×85442 LITTLE MIX M 5 Annabel Neasham 2 58kg 58kg 97
3 021110×670 NORMANDY BRIDGE (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher 3 60kg 60kg 97
4 20x006x620 HOPEFUL (FR) G 7 Annabel Neasham 4 59kg 59kg 95
5 0990x5Fx76 CADRE DU NOIR (USA) G 8 Ciaron Maher 5 58kg 58kg 93
6 18x720988x HORRIFYING (NZ) G 6 Lindsey Smith 6 56.5kg 56.5kg 90
7 8×80981682 NO APOLOGY G 7 Stephen Miller 7 56.5kg 56.5kg 90
8 7161605×48 SHAIYHAR (IRE) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 8 55kg 55kg 87
9 321110xF87 TEOFILO STAR (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 9 55kg 55kg 87
10 742234×090 ROLLS G 7 Maddie Raymond 10 54.5kg 54.5kg 86
11 651052×021 KHOEKHOE G 6 Matt Cumani 11 54kg 54kg 85
12 29×1532249 MYSTERY ISLAND (JPN) G 7 Shane Jackson 12 54kg 53.5kg 84
13 2x1711181x FENGARADA G 6 John Leek (Jnr) 13 54kg 53kg 83
14 6713035×46 FERAGO G 7 Patrick F Ryan Jnr 14 54kg 52.5kg 82
15 56x1311x43 LET’SBEFRANKBABY M 4 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 15 54kg 49.5kg 80
16 x863124102 THINK ’N’ FLY G 7 David Noonan 16 54kg 51.5kg 80
17 4013261053 GLITTER ’N’ GOLD M 5 Lindsey Smith 17 54kg 49kg 79
18 1170x71x58 BOLD BOURBON (NZ) G 5 Lindsey Smith 18 54kg 50kg 77
19 0961062×94 WIN O’CLOCK (GB) G 7 Matthew Williams 19 54kg 50kg 77
20 192×048712 MI ROCK ALY (NZ) M 6 Matthew Williams 20 54kg 46kg 73
21 738307×608 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 9 Rachael Cunningham 21 54kg 48kg 73
22 911237×720 NORDIC PRIDE G 7 Ben Brisbourne 22 54kg 47.5kg 72
23 26341547×7 RUDHYAR (GB) G 7 Lindsey Smith 23 54kg 47.5kg 72
24 3x3135x00x OUR CANDIDATE (IRE) G 9 Amy McDonald 24 54kg 47.5kg 72
25 2117x1x DASHING DUCHESS (NZ) M 4 Symon Wilde 25 54kg 45kg 71
26 12x861x002 GUIDO (NZ) G 5 Mitchell Freedman 26 54kg 46.5kg 70
27 22250×6464 PRISMATIC (NZ) G 5 Mark Walker 27 54kg 46.5kg 70
28 7x32x113 DIVUS ROMULUS (IRE) G 4 Nick Ryan 28 54kg 45.5kg 68
29 5212112×35 RED PATROL (NZ) G 6 Wayne Walters 29 54kg 45.5kg 68
30 5316860507 ZEGALO (IRE) G 7 Amy McDonald 30 54kg 44.5kg 66
31 020x2519x5 MORRISSETTE M 5 Simon Ryan 31 54kg 41.5kg 64
32 2166768×06 BEAR ARMS M 8 Jeremy Kenny 32 54kg 40kg 61
33 x134352533 JACKAND G 4 Patrick Kearney 33 54kg 40.5kg 58
34 x887901576 HONOUR THE SKILLS G 5 Luke Williams 34 54kg 38.5kg 54

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 Winner Second Third
2024 Mystery Island No Apology Little Mix
2023 Rolls Not usual Glorious Swords Drawn
2022 Witchachar Star Nerve Not Verve Constantinople
2021 Le Don De Vie Heart Of Puissance Moonlight Maid
2020 Too Close The Sun Mirimar Sin To Win
2019 Furrion Sheezdashing Divanation
2018 Gallic Chieftain Yogi Romanesque
2017 High Church Observational Unfurl
2016 Master Of Arts Vilanova Swacadelic
2015 Tall Ship Arch Fire Lucciola
2014 Akzar Westsouthwest Shoreham
2013 Banca Mo Muirfield Shiny Buttons
2012 Dance With Her Domesky Hurdy Gurdy Man
2011 TInamou Niwot Streaky Fella
2010 Hissing Sid Cruyfforme Light Vision
2009 Hissing Sid Our Smokin Joe Joontoo Gemini
2008 Video Star Sooze Action Plan
2007 Sarrera Douro Valley Sentire
2006 New Kid In Town Satinspin Forest Knight
2005 True Courser Graduated Pretorius
2004 Monde Special Riley Redwing Al Zimer
2003 Gunnamatta Terminus Prince The A Train
2002 Majestic Avenue Condies Fair Touch The Groom
2001 Samosiera Loch Torrindon Collins Street
2000 Majestic Avenue Collins Street Showsky
1999 Jamestown Casino Heights Flaming Roberto
1998 Asagain Oregon Star Kristalero
1997 Seattle Hawk Sunny Lane Mrs Krause
1996 Billingsford True Identity French Resort
1995 Grey Alex Sondheim Big Barron
1994 Placido Charleston Party Hoodlum
1993 Favoured Boy True Symbol Royal Snack
1992 Bundoor’s Best Lord Zamazaan Mystery Adventure
1991 Mantlepiece Rough Seas Favoured Boy
1990 Down The Pitch Pressman’s Choice Tropine Queen
1989 Friar’s Delight Durham Rivers Scarvila
1988 Dandy Andy Tristaplane Friar’s Delight
1987 Top Banner All Spades Skipton Town
1986 Mint Master Hollinger Jo’naree
1985 Nicholas John Skipton Town Jamaica Inn
1984 Gun For Fun Hollinger Rare Decision
1983 Palomine Stookland Show Bag
1982 Little Tipsy Top Ware Game Choice
1981 Top Ware Sarfraz Durham Town
1980 Sarfraz Licence Fee Top Ware
1979 Warri Symbol Macluen Off Hand
1978 Puramaka Mondeverde Sky Castle
1977 Puramaka Drumshambo Devereux
1976 Four Leaf Puramaka Java Rose
1975 Latin Reign Flash Future Haarle
1974 Scotch & Dry Sheltara Norfolk Gem
1973 Arctic Ant The Sharper Fair Future
1972 Van Winkle Tetrabine Piping Lane
1971

Race Not Held

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1970 Princess Camillo Bay Cobbler Bojon

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