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, 19 October 2016
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 2015 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 2016
See below for early markets for this years Geelong Cup.‘Odds not currently available’
Geelong Cup Preview & Tips 2016
Track: Soft Weather: Overcast
Following the early scratching of Who Shot Thebarman there will only be ten runners in the $300,000 Bet365 Geelong Cup. Four of the runners will be having their first start in Australia and they are the top four in the betting. The early favourite is the beautifully-bred Grey Lion whose 4 wins in Europe have been over 1600m to 2500m. His racing pattern suggests he is capable of settling on the speed and gradually winding up. Second favourite is the lightly-raced Oceanographer whose form is hard to line up as 2 of his 3 wins have been on synthetic tracks. Third favourite is Kinema whose 5 wins have been over 2000m to 2800m and has a preference for soft going.
Qewy has been racing mainly over hurdles and has both stamina and acceleration. Black Tomahawk has ran 2nd or 3rd at his last six starts and always gives his best. Lucques ran a solid 6th in the G3 Bart Cummings after winning over 2500m at Flemington. Arab Dawn should be fit after 2 runs from a spell. The other three runners are currently at 25 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|8 Black Tomahawk|
|1 Grey Lion|
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.
|2014||Caravan Rolls On||Marksmanship||Like A Carousel|
|2009||Leica Ding||Dandaad||Sterling Prince|
|2007||The Fuzz||Zavite||Desert Master|
|2005||On A Jeune||Brave Lancer||Men At Work|
|2004||Pacific Dancer||Devastating||Diamond Jake|