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, 23 October 2013

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 2013

See below for early markets for this years Geelong Cup.

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Geelong Cup Preview & Tips 2013

Track: Good   Weather: Showers

Ten runners have accepted for the $300,000 Centrebet Geelong Cup. The first six runners in the field are all entered in the Melbourne Cup and need a win to get them into the field. The early favourite is European horse Forgotten Voice who has won over hurdles as well as on the flat. He is the oldesr horse in the field and won his last 2 races in Britain. Second favourite is Ibenico who only beat 2 runners home in the Metropolitan, but was severely hampered at the 1000m mark. Third in the market is Verdant who came 6th in the Herbert Power last start.

Tanby was 2nd in this race in 2011 but has shown nothing in 4 starts this campaign. Moudre was 2nd in this race in 2010 but his best run from 4 starts this campaign was a first-up 3rd over 1600m. Crafty Cruiser won over 2415m at Mornington then came 4th in the Bart Cummings (2520m) and could go well here. Polish Knight was placed in the 2012 Australian Derby and ran on well in the Bart Cummings after missing the start. Goldoni and Brigantin have not done better than 7th in 3 starts each this campaign. Warwarick is the only mare in the race and is hard to follow.

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

Jo’s Tips
Mick’s Picks
Ed’s Choice
2 Forgotten Voice 7 Crafty Cruiser 2 Forgotten Voice
7 Crafty Cruiser 2 Forgotten Voice 3 Ibicenco
6 Polish Knight 6 Polish Knight 7 Crafty Cruiser
8 Verdant 4 Moudre 1 Tanby

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
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