JRA Cup Race Details

Race 6 at Moonee Valley on Friday 25 September 2020.

The JRA Cup is a 2040 metre handicap race run by the Moonee Valley Racing Club in September. It is held at Moonee Valley at the Friday night Moir Stakes meeting.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races and past winners on the JRA Cup page.

JRA Cup 2020 Preview

Track: Heavy         Weather: Rain

With plenty of rain forecast for late Thursday and most of Friday we are working off a heavy track.  A field of eleven runners are set to line up for this years JRA Cup – Mongolian Marshall is an early scratching.  Track specialist Al Galayel has opened as the early favourite, he has won his past two races in good fashion, the latest he beat subsequent winner Orderofthegarter.

The last time Plein Ciel ran at this track he finished fast to dead heat with Shot of Irish.  Mirage Dancer is one of three runners in the race to come through the Heatherlie Handicap, that was a good fitness builder for this race.  Quick Thinker is a Kiwi, the wetter the better for him.  Tavirun has had a month off after a failure at Caulfield but it would not shock to see him turn his form around.  It would not be a staying race with out Chris Waller having a runner, he has Mantastic here.  Last years Oaks winner Miami Bound is an interesting runner and Damian Oliver will ride her.  Royal Crown, Levendi and Vin De Dance are all second up.  Platinum Invador is the only horse over $20-1 at this stage.

2020 JRA Cup Runner by Runner

1. Mirage Dancer

Mark Zahra takes over the reins of Mirage Dancer who is second up from a spell.  He sat midfield and finished well in the Heatherlie Handicap.  Three of his four wins have come over the 2400m, and his 2000m stats are poor on face value, having had 5five starts at the 2000m for one placing but he did run a good third to Miss Saskia and Kings will Dream at 1800m second up last preparation.  A repeat of that effort would see him very competitive here.

2. Quick Thinker

A little plain first up in the Makybe Diva but this is easier.  A wet track and the step up in the distance will be to his liking.  He has never missed a place on a Heavy track or second up.  One of the chances in an open race.

3. Levendi

Settled in a nice spot behind the leaders in the Makybe Diva but did not find much in the straight.  Cut out of the ground is to his liking but big questions over whether he can recapture his group one winning form from 2018.

4. Platinum Invador

Beaten seven lengths first up with the 62kg.  Not easy to make a case for him here.

5. Al Galayel

His form reads well. Last start he beat the subsequent Naturalism winner Orderofthegarter.  Whats more is he loves this track, having finished first or second in four of his six starts here.  Yet to be tested on a heavy track but if he gets through the going he will be right in the finish.

6. Miami Bound

The talk out of the stable prior to her last run was that she was back to her best.  She was subsequently beaten 58 lengths – too bad to be true?  Back on a wet track and Damian Oliver to ride – he has a great affinity with her – could see her bounce back strongly.

7. Plein Ciel

Raced a little keenly in the Heatherlie Hanicap and finished virtually alongside Mirage Dancer.  He did a good job to chase down and dead heat with Shot of Irish at his one go at Moonee Valley in the middle of the year.

8. Mantastic

Mantastic is fourth up into this race and should now be rock hard fit.  He hugged the rails to be only beaten 1.7 lengths at Flemington last start.  One placing from four starts on a wet track, that has to be a query.

9. Vin De Dance

Vin De Dance, the Kiwi, found a good spot one out and one back at his first Australian start – he whacked away fairly on that occasion.  The wetter the better for him.

10. Mongolian Marshal – SCRATCHED

11. Tavirun

Tavirun will almost certainly come across and lead from barrier 10.  He has had a month off since failing in a small field at Caulfield, there were potentially a couple of excuses for him on that occasion with wind about that disadvantaged leaders and perhaps he didn’t stay the 2400m.  He loves the cut out of the ground and ran well at this track and trip two starts back finishing in third behind Polly Grey and Mahmadeis.  Would not surprise to see him in this for a long way.

12. Royal Crown

This lightly raced son of Helmet resumed with a solid third in a benchmark race at Sandown.  Another who will be suited by the step up in trip.

The JRA Cup 2020 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
Lewis’ Tips
5. Al Galayel 11. Tavirun
8. Mantastic 5. Al Galayel
11. Tavirun 2. Quick Thinker
7. Plein Ciel 6. Miami Bound

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 Moir Stakes 2020 (Moonee Valley 1000m)  – Friday night

Group 3 JRA Cup 2020 (Moonee Valley 2040m)  – Friday night

Group 3 Scarborough Stakes 2020 (Moonee Valley 1200m)  – Friday night

Group 1 Underwood Stakes 2020 (Caulfield 1800m)

Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude 2020 (Caulfield 1400m)

Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes 2020 (Rosehill 1400m)

2020 JRA Cup Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 5. Al Galayel
2nd 7. Plein Ciel 2.3 lengths
3rd 3. Levendi 4.6 lengths
4th 1, Mirage Dancer 4.9 lengths

The track was rated as Soft 5.

Scratchings were 10. Mongolian Marshal (NZL), 11. Tavirun (NZL).