Cranbourne Cup Race Information

The Cranbourne Cup is a 1600 metre quality handicap race run by the Cranbourne Turf Club in November. It is held at Cranbourne as part of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Listed
  • Distance: 1600 metres
  • Conditions: Quality handicap
  • Track: Cranbourne Racecourse, Cranbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $500,000
  • Date: Saturday 25 November 2023

Cranbourne Cup Race History

See the 2023 Cranbourne Cup Preview & results

See the 2022 Cranbourne Cup Preview & results

See the 2021 Cranbourne Cup Preview & results

The race was first run in 1947 when it was won by a mare called Lady Antog. It became a Listed race in 1979 and was held over a distance of 2050m until 1997 and has been raced over 2025m since 1998.

In 2021 the Spring Carnival was revamped and with the Zipping Classic meeting vacating its traditional November timeslot, Racing Victoria  announced the Cranbourne Cup would move from a Sunday in October to Saturday, 13 November 2021, becoming Victoria’s sixth standalone Saturday metropolitan meeting with the TAB. To mark its new metropolitan timeslot and prominence within the Spring Racing Carnival, prizemoney was boosted by 25% to $500,000, while the distance has been reduced from 2025m to 1600m.

The change in distance ensures the Cranbourne Cup is a good lead to the $500,000 Sportsbet Ballarat Cup (2000m) which retains its current timeslot as a standalone metropolitan meeting a week later.

In 2022 Uncle Bryn set a new track record over 1600m when he won by 2 lengths. Altogether 4 track records were broken on the day.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Midnight Martini (2012)

Multiple winners: Index (1970 & 1971)

Fastest time (1600m): Uncle Bryn (2022) 1:35:34 (new track record)

Fastest time (2025m): Figurehead (2001) 2:02:49

Interesting trivia: Race not held in 2016 when the 10-race meeting was postponed after one race due to extremely strong winds and not held until March 2017 over a decreased distance of 1600m.

Past winners of the Cranbourne Cup

Winners of past Cranbourne Cups include Pakal (2013), Emerald Jack (2007), On A Jeune (2004), Brave Chief (2000), Big Barron (1992), and Celtic Spirit

(The 2016 Cup was actually run in March 2017 over the shorter distance of 1600m)

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Charterhouse Foxy Cleopatra Just Folk
2022 Uncle Bryn Callsign Mav Visinari
2021 King Magnus Our Playboy So Si Bon
2020 Future Score Odeon Dr Drill
2019 Dr Drill Naivasha Captain Cook
2018 Octabello Sully Furrion
2017 Folkswood Berisha Grey Lion
2016(03/17) Master Reset Adirondack Great Esteem
2015 Digitalism Kareeming Index Linked
2014 Mourinho More Than Sacred Le Roi
2013 Pakal Sertorius Mourinho
2012 Midnight Martini Streets Away Streaky Fella
2011 Boom ‘n’ Zoom Paddy O’Reilly Ginga Dude
2010 Starmon My Bentley Tube
2009 Sermon Stormhill The Sportsman
2008 Majestical Barbaricus Chantal Sally
2007 Emerald Jack Blue Collar Jack El Pretender
2006 Blue Collar Jack Octrivia Professional Lady
2005 Show Barry Tosen Dandy Irish Crusader
2004 On A Jeune Da Capo Bedouin
2003 Kattavia Out Of Options Pinstripe
2002 Eagle Rhythm Adolescence Hail
2001 Bush Padre Captivator Spirit Of Westbury
2000 Brave Chief Yammer Figurehead
1999 Figurehead Ihtiyati Light Work
1998 Lisa’s Game Rover Hurricane Storm
1997 Sweet Delight Rover Waterford Road
1996 Hereditas Dancing Sun Brilliant Poet