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, 25 October 2017
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 2017 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 2017
See below for early markets for this years Geelong Cup.‘Odds not currently available’
Geelong Cup Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a field of 12 runners for the $300,000 Bet365 Geelong Cup. Three had their last start in the Cranbourne Cup, two in the Herbert Power and two in the Bart Cummings. The early favourite is Gallic Chieftain who was 3rd in the Herbert Power and has a win at this distance. Second favourite is Kellstorm who was 3rd in the Bart Cummings, and won 3 consecutive 2500m races in Adelaide earlier this preparation. Third favourite is the lightly-raced mare Wheal Leisure who ran on strongly to win by 1.75 lengths in the Inglis Cup over 2000m last start.
The beautifully-bred Grey Lion was runner-up in this race last year and was 3rd in the Cranbourne Cup last outing. Berisha ran 2nd in the Cranbourne Cup and could run well again. Violate won a bm78 over 2000m at Caulfield last start and is stepping up in grade but is good enough to make his presence felt. Lizzie L’Amour is a well-performed New Zealand mare who battled steadily for 10th in the Cranbourne Cup, but is better than that. The other five runners are currently at 16 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|4 Gallic Chieftain|
|11 Wheal Leisure|
|5 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.
|2017||Vengeur Masque||Gallic Chieftain||Violate|
|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|