Warrnambool Cup

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

2020 Warrnambool Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Too Close The Sun
  • 2nd: #7 Mirimar
  • 3rd: #6 Sin To Win



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 $200,000 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 2020 Warrnambool Cup ran on Wednesday May 6, 2020 at Warrnambool Racecourse, known as The ‘Bool’, and was won by the favourite Too Close The Sun. 

2020 Warrnambool Cup
Date: Wednesday May 6, 2020
Track: Warrnambool Racecourse
Distance: 2350m
Conditions: Open – Hcp
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $250,000 ($225,000 in 2020)
Inaugurated: 1873

2020 Warrnambool Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Too Close The Sun 
  • 2nd: #7 Mirimar
  • 3rd: #6 Sin To Win

A potential 2020 Melbourne Cup bid on the first Tuesday of November could be on the spring agenda for Lindsey Smith’s improver Too Close The Sun following his win for the punters in Wednesday’s Warrnambool Cup results.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 8 TOO CLOSE THE SUN Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 9 56kg $2.50F
2 7 MIRIMAR (IRE) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 1L 1 56kg $8.50
3 6 SIN TO WIN (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 2L 7 56kg $7.50
4 12 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Clayton Douglas 2.2L 5 56kg $10
5 5 GAYATRI Chris Waller Luke Nolen 2.7L 11 56kg $17
6 4 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Ben Thompson 2.9L 10 57kg $15
7 2 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 5.65L 4 62kg $71
8 9 THE BLACK LEOPARD (NZ) Henry Dwyer Jamie Kah 6.4L 12 56kg $9.50
9 3 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Daniel Stackhouse 7.65L 3 61kg $81
10 10 DECLARES WAR Matt Cumani Craig Williams 9.15L 2 56kg $13
11 11 INSTIGATOR (GER) Aaron Purcell Beau Mertens 10.65L 8 56kg $41
12 1 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 22.65L 6 62kg $12

2020 Warrnambool Cup Odds

The season’s top Warrnambool Cup 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 Final Field & Barriers will be announced below the week of the race.

A dozen stayers make up the 2020 Warrnambool Cup final field with the in-form Lindsey Smith-trained Terang Cup winner Too Close The Sun dominating betting.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Warrnambool Cup field and betting odds.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 108×721221 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 6 62kg 100
2 247547×088 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 4 62kg 100
3 8070903×00 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Daniel Stackhouse 3 61kg 98
4 6530×88725 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Ben Thompson 10 57kg 90
5 92154×8207 GAYATRI Chris Waller Luke Nolen 11 56kg 88
6 x2497x6932 SIN TO WIN (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 7 56kg 87
7 1318×22310 MIRIMAR (IRE) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 1 56kg 86
8 1121×31311 TOO CLOSE THE SUN Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 9 56kg 86
9 76122×5914 THE BLACK LEOPARD (NZ) Henry Dwyer Jamie Kah 12 56kg 79
10 59710×7325 DECLARES WAR Matt Cumani Craig Williams 2 56kg 78
11 0x23264x06 INSTIGATOR (GER) Aaron Purcell Beau Mertens 8 56kg 72
12 6x53281x41 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Clayton Douglas 5 56kg 69

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-prsent 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
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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