Geelong Cup

The Geelong Cup is a very strong country cup held during the Victorian spring racing carnival. It is an open handicap over 2400 metres held by the Geelong Racing Club in October, 13 days before the Melbourne Cup.

  • Race Type: Group 3, Open Handicap
  • Distance: 2,400 metres
  • Track: Geelong Racecourse, Geelong, New South Wales
  • Date: Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Geelong Cup began as a principal race over 2 miles in 1872 when it was won by Flying Spud. It replaced the Geelong Criterian Handicap which was run from 1864 to 1871 over 3 miles. The race was not held in 1897, 1907, 1908, 1920, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1946 and 1953. The distance was reduced to 2400 metres in 1972. In 1979 it became a Listed race and in 2004 it was given Group 3 Status.

It is one of the major country cups, and attracts horses heading for the Melbourne Cup. It is often the first time Australians get to see the international horses targeting the big spring races and has proven a very good guide to the Melbourne Cup. The prizemoney for the 2013 race is $300,000 and Geelong Cup Day is a public holiday in Geelong, about 70 kilometres south-west of Melbourne.

Geelong Cup Final Field & Odds 2014

See below for early markets for this years Geelong Cup.

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Geelong Cup Preview & Tips 2014

Track: Dead   Weather: Fine

Thirteen runners have accepted for the $300,000 Centrebet Geelong Cup. Ten of them are entered in the Melbourne Cup (all except Correggio, Pretty Blonde and Waltzing To Win). The early betting is wide open with three horses as equal favourite. Sertorius has not been far away from the winners at 3 runs this preparation and will go well at this distance. Zanbagh ground home strongly for 3rd in the Benalla Cup last start and should be suited by the extra ground. More Than Sacred flew home for a neck 2nd in the Cranbourne Cup last start, and is capable of winning this despite drawing the outside barrier.

Caravan Rolls On has had 2 starts this campaign and can improve on his last start 5th in the Harry White. Marksmanship fought hard for 2nd in the G3 Bart Cummings last start and has some claims. Like A Carousel won the Harry White at long odds last start and could surprise again. Shoreham will get the distance but needs to lift. Wish Come True put in a bad run last start when 13th in The Metropolitan, but can bounce back. The other 5 runners are all currently at 33 to 1 or longer.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
Mick’s Picks
Ed’s Choice
5 More Than Sacred  2 Shoreham  1 Sertorius
6 Like A  Carousel  5 More Than Sacred  4 Zanbagh
7 Marksmanship  4 Zanbagh   5 More Than Sacred
3 Wish Come True  3 Wish Come True  6 Like A  Carousel

Previous winners of the Geelong Cup:

Only two horses have managed to win this race on more than one occasion – Roseview in 1912 and 1914 , and Cameene in 1885 and 1887. It is a tough race and the last mare to win was Oregon Star in 1997. There have been no three-year-old winners. The race has been dead-heated on 3 occasions with the most recent being Sea Legend and Pacific Mirage in 1989. The 1880 dead-heaters had to rerun the race to get a winner – the horses in those days were tough!

In recent years three European-trained Geelong Cup winners have gone on to win the Melbourne Cup, with Irish horse Media Puzzle (2002) and French gallopers Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011). Many other Geelong Cup runners have placed in the Melbourne Cup. Karasi who won the Geelong Cup in 2001 won 3 consecutive Nakayama Grand Jumps in Japan in Tokyo (2005 – 07) and both Americain and Dunaden have won Group 1 races on the international circuit.

Year Winner Second Third
2014 Caravan Rolls On Marksmanship Like A Carousel
2013 Ibicenco Verdant Moudre
2012 Gatewood Chateau Margaux Brigantin
2011 Dunaden Tanby Bauer
2010 Americain Moudre Exceptionally
2009 Leica Ding Dandaad Sterling Prince
2008 Bauer Moatize Magic Instinct
2007 The Fuzz Zavite Desert Master
2006 Mandela Vanquished Dracs Back
2005 On A Jeune Brave Lancer Men At Work
2004 Pacific Dancer Devastating Diamond Jake
2003 Zazzman She’s Archie Tumeric
2002 Media Puzzle Requiem Donarch
2001 Karasi Maythehorsebewithu Scrumptious
2000 Savrocca Apache King Bulkhead