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'.

2021 Warrnambool Cup Results

  • 1st: #1 Le Don De Vie
  • 2nd: #12 Heart Of Puissance
  • 3rd: #11 Moonlight Maid



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 $250,000 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 2021 Warrnambool Cup ran on Thursday May 6, 2021 at Warrnambool Racecourse, known as The ‘Bool’, and was won by the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained import Le Don De Vie. 

2021 Warrnambool Cup
Date: Thursday May 6, 2021
Track: Warrnambool Racecourse
Distance: 2350m
Conditions: Open – Hcp
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $250,000
Inaugurated: 1873

2021 Warrnambool Cup Results

  • 1st: #1 Le Don De Vie
  • 2nd: #12 Heart Of Puissance
  • 3rd: #11 Moonlight Maid

The Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained import Le Don De Vie ($6.50) was impressive carrying 58.5kg to victory off a good Mark Zahra ride in the 2021 Warrnambool Cup results ahead of the Group 1 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival events.

Click here to read more on the big Warrnambool Cup 2021 win by Le Don De Vie.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 11 58.5kg $6.50
2 12 HEART OF PUISSANCE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 2.75L 1 54kg $4F
3 11 MOONLIGHT MAID Mitchell Freedman Will Price (a) 4.25L 12 54kg $12
4 10 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 5L 5 54kg $11
5 2 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damien Thornton 5.2L 9 55kg $41
6 15 SKY HORSE (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 5.3L 7 54kg $17
7 4 HOME BY MIDNIGHT (NZ) Patrick Payne Michael Dee 5.8L 8 55kg $12
8 3 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Daniel Stackhouse 6.3L 4 55kg $5.50
9 9 HARD ’N’ TOUGH Symon Wilde Dean Yendall 7.05L 3 54kg $20
10 6 BLENHEIM PALACE (IRE) Daniel Bowman Harry Coffey 7.55L 6 54kg $31
11 7 DABIYR (IRE) Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 9.8L 14 54kg $51
12 8 DECLARES WAR Matt Cumani Patrick Moloney 12.8L 2 54kg $21
13 16 BUREAUCRAT Maddie Raymond Michael Walker 17.8L 13 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $101
14 5 WENTWOOD (GB) Maddie Raymond Damian Lane 26.8L 10 54.5kg $12
14 VEE CECE Symon Wilde Craig Newitt 0
13 THUNDER CLOUD Maddie Raymond Jake Duffy 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Warrnambool Cup Odds

The season’s top Warrnambool Cup 2021 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.

2021 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 2021 Final Field & Barriers will be announced below the week of the race.

The 2021 Warrnambool Cup field features 16 hopefuls led in betting by the rails-drawn Heart Of Puissance for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the Warrnambool Cup 2021 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x443125x57 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 11 58.5kg 102
2 40x90x0x05 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damien Thornton 9 55kg 95
3 8x00450x89 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Daniel Stackhouse 4 55kg 95
4 2610x71x02 HOME BY MIDNIGHT (NZ) Patrick Payne Michael Dee 8 55kg 95
5 3125116×51 WENTWOOD (GB) Maddie Raymond Damian Lane 10 54.5kg 94
6 04231×5678 BLENHEIM PALACE (IRE) Daniel Bowman Harry Coffey 6 54kg 93
7 29x3370x80 DABIYR (IRE) Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 15 54kg 91
8 230×911106 DECLARES WAR Matt Cumani Patrick Moloney 2 54kg 90
9 0x22316181 HARD ’N’ TOUGH Symon Wilde Dean Yendall 3 54kg 90
10 16x9360x65 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil (late alt) 5 54kg 89
11 x6525x8974 MOONLIGHT MAID Mitchell Freedman Will Price (a) 12 54kg 82
12 3x40x36215 HEART OF PUISSANCE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 1 54kg 78
13 0863840×03 THUNDER CLOUD Maddie Raymond Jake Duffy 13 54kg 72
14 x07027660x VEE CECE Symon Wilde Craig Newitt 16 54kg 72
15 41148×7536 SKY HORSE (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah (late alt) 7 54kg 67
16 x55118x986 BUREAUCRAT Maddie Raymond Michael Walker 14 54kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Warrnambool Cup Nominations

Early nominations for the Warrnambool Cup in 2021 are announced a week out from the race and will be available below once released.

The 2021 Warrnambool Cup nominations are now out featuring 30 hopefuls stayers led in early betting by the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Heart Of Puissance and also featuring last year’s winner Too Close The Sun.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0012467232 TRAP FOR FOOLS G 7 Lindsey Smith 1 60kg 105
2 x443125x57 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 2 58.5kg 102
3 0x2124x750 TOO CLOSE THE SUN G 5 Lindsey Smith 3 57kg 99
4 688×866316 MAHAMEDEIS G 6 Nick Ryan 4 56.5kg 98
5 40x90x0x05 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 5 55kg 95
6 8x00450x89 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 8 Archie Alexander 6 55kg 95
7 2610x71x02 HOME BY MIDNIGHT (NZ) G 8 Patrick Payne 7 55kg 95
8 513×691441 YONKERS (USA) G 5 Chris Waller 8 54.5kg 94
9 3125116×51 WENTWOOD (GB) G 6 Maddie Raymond 9 54.5kg 94
10 04231×5678 BLENHEIM PALACE (IRE) G 5 Daniel Bowman 10 54kg 93
11 51610766×3 MAWAANY MACHINE (IRE) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 11 54kg 92
12 29x3370x80 DABIYR (IRE) G 6 Lindsey Smith 12 54kg 91
13 230×911106 DECLARES WAR G 5 Matt Cumani 13 54kg 90
14 0x22316181 HARD ’N’ TOUGH M 6 Symon Wilde 14 54kg 90
15 16x9360x65 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 15 54kg 89
16 06x4127x31 SAUNTER BOY (FR) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 54kg 86
17 x6525x8974 MOONLIGHT MAID M 4 Mitchell Freedman 17 54kg 82
18 x070x95568 HARIPOUR (IRE) G 7 Emma Church 18 54kg 82
19 114x844x22 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 19 54kg 80
20 3x40x36215 HEART OF PUISSANCE H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 20 54kg 78
21 36x6357x04 DOGMATIC G 5 Richard Laming 21 54kg 77
22 26×2331117 AURORA’S SYMPHONY G 4 Symon Wilde 22 54kg 74
23 x07027660x VEE CECE M 5 Symon Wilde 23 54kg 72
24 0863840×03 THUNDER CLOUD G 7 Maddie Raymond 24 54kg 72
25 9x974519x4 COUNT ZERO (NZ) G 6 Symon Wilde 25 54kg 71
26 D2140x3362 EXCELMAN (NZ) G 4 Richard Laming 26 54kg 69
27 5x686142x4 WAZUZU (NZ) G 8 Lisa Whelan 27 54kg 69
28 41148×7536 SKY HORSE (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 28 54kg 67
29 x55118x986 BUREAUCRAT G 5 Maddie Raymond 29 54kg 63
30 2305315334 MANNING ROAD M 7 Rachael Cunningham 30 54kg 61

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-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
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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