Mornington Cup Prelude Race Information

The Mornington Cup Prelude is a 2000 metre quality handicap race run by the Melbourne Racing Club in late February. It is run at Caulfield as part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. In 2023 it is being ran as the Victoria Gold Cup over 2100m at Sandown.

  • Race Type: Listed
  • Distance: 2000 metres
  • Conditions: Quality handicap
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $175,000
  • Date: Saturday 16 March 2024

Mornington Cup Prelude Race History

See the 2023 Victoria Gold Cup Preview and results.

This race is a lead-up to the Mornington Cup over 2400m held 4 weeks later. The Mornington Cup winner is exempt from the ballot for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup over 2400m in October.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Valley Of Dreams (2001)

Fastest time (1200m): Barkada (2002) 1:08:24

Interesting trivia: 2014 winner Prince of Penzance won the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Zabeel sired 2012 winner Bolton, 2011 winner Vesper and 2004 winner Physique.

Past winners of the Mornington Cup Prelude

Winners of past Mornington Cup Preludes include Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance..

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Gear Up Mankayan Carini
2023 Right You Are Vow And Declare Amade
2022 Defibrillate Desert Icon Criminal Code
2021 Defibrillate San Huberto Hang Man
2020 Inverloch Secret Blaze Odeon
2019 Sikandarbad Call Me Handsome Midterm
2018 Homesman Almandin Golden Mane
2017 Boom Time Goldstream Pilote D’ Essai
2016 Assign Wexford Town Extra Zero
2015 Index Linked Extra Zero Big Memory
2014 Prince Of Penzance Oregon Spirit Extra Zero
2013 Durnford Tuscan Fire Elusive King
2012 Bolton Montgomery Royal Mail
2011 Vesper Port Vell Down Under Boy
2010 Old Jock Bertonic Sadalbari
2009 Road To Rock Down Under Boy Arapaho Miss
2008 About Face Jukebox Johnny Barwon Express
2007 Soulacroix Forest Knight Gallic
2006 Highclere Diamond Jake Toulouse Lautrec
2005 Charnwood Green Noble Red Irish Crusader
2004 Physique Malu Star Lion
2003 Mr Trickster Northerly Gunnamatta
2002 Eagle Rhythm Rain Gauge Gunnamatta