Mornington Cup Race Information

The Mornington Cup is a 2400 metre open handicap race run by the Mornington Race Club in the autumn. It is the feature event of the meeting which also includes the Hareeba Stakes.

  • Race Type: Listed
  • Distance: 2400 metres
  • Conditions: Open handicpa
  • Track: Mornington Racecourse, Mornington, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $300,000
  • Date: Saturday 20 April 2024

Mornington Cup Race History

See the 2024 Mornington Cup Preview and results.

See the 2023 Mornington Cup Preview and results.

See the 2022 Mornington Cup Preview and results.

See the 2021 Mornington Cup Preview and results.

This race normally attracts a quality field of stayers with entries from Melbourne’s leading trainers and jockeys as the winner is exempt from the ballot for the Caulfield Cup.

It was first held in 1921 over eight and a half furlongs (1700 metres) and carried prizemoney of 80 pounds and a trophy valued at 75 pounds. By 1928 the prizemoney had increased to 280 pounds. In 1948 the prizemoney  was 1,000 pounds and in 1987 prizemoney was $45,000. The 1983 race was won by Silver Bounty who had won the 1981 Caulfield Cup. In 2000 the Mornington Cup prizemoney of $150,000 made it the richest in country Victoria and the Hareeba Stakes was added to the Cup Day with prizemoney of $75,000, making it the richest sprint race in country Victoria.

In 2004 Victorian galloper Gunnamatta scored his third straight in the race, which was also the fourth win in the event for winning rider Damien Oliver. The race was run over 2000m up to 2008 and over 2400m from 2009 onwards. The race will continue to attract top gallopers because the winner also wins ballot-free entry into the Caulfield Cup.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win; Voile DÓr (2001)

Multiple winners: Gunnamatta (2002, 2003 & 2004));

Fastest time (2400m): Berisha (2016) 2:25:42  (track record)

Interesting trivia:

Past winners of the Mornington Cup

Winners of past Mornington Cups include horses that go on to race at Group level.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Esti Feny Little Mix Strawberry Rock
2023 Right You Are Hezashocka Herman Hesse
2022 Crystal Pegasus Pondus Dadoozdart
2021 Mount Popa Nonconformist Irish Flame
2020 Aktau Inverloch Skelm
2019 Self Sense Tarquin Trap For Fools
2018 Kings Will Dream Harrison Fastnet Dragon
2017 Tally Vengeur Masque Settler’s Stone
2016 Berisha Big Memory Lucky Lucky Lucky
2015 Banca Mo Big Memory Don Doremo
2014 Instrumentalist Travolta Macedonian
2013 Tuscan Fire Durnford Macedonian
2012 Norsqui Drunken Sailor Sea Galleon
2011 Guyno Cedarberg Shewan
2010 Capecover Al Wafi Fairygem
2009 Banana Man Capecover Sooze
2008 Attrition Arrowsweep Correct Amondo
2007 Hofmeister Forest Knight Itstheone
2006 Ulysees Highclere Our Spur
2005 Kounthekash Fonome Cool Trent
2004 Gunnamatta Classic Benbara Just Heaven
2003 Gunnamatta Lodger Go Straight Home
2002 Gunnamatta Mt Casanova Kabila
2001 Voile D’Or Broroma Star Steal A Scene
2000 Litmus Nazzaro Fuss
1999 Dancing Sculptor Flak Jacket Party Prince
1998 Court Of Honour Party Prince Sergris
1997 Palos Verdes Raft Grey Alex
1996 Seductive Belle Toil Kiwi Golfer
1995 Force Toss Sure Cut Rob’s Reason
1994 Cheval Cavalier Carranqui Bold Juggler
1993 Native Neptune Time Of My Life Big Barron
1992 Big Colony Pegaic Jusrullah
1991 Varo’s Las Gopak Luisant Bijou
1990 Go Timmy Sir Jupiter Latin Ruler
1989 Silent Prince Stable Gossip Fendalton
1988 Happy View Ideal Centreman Our Palliser
1987 Royal Sceptre Emulous Alternate
1986 Game Trooper Rosh Sea Boy
1985 Bounty Hustler Flying Sox Woking
1984 Valiant Club Royal Sea Millawar
1983 Silver Bounty Kaysiboy Come To London
1982 Kaysiboy Lord Mop Sean’s Pride
1981 Gallant Spectre Drumshambo Ponte D’Oro
1980 Pigalle Warman Ghost Dancer
1979 Gold Hand Ponte D’Oro Exaltara
1978 Silver Shaft Cardinal Courage Crepellox
1977 Sarsha’s Choice Drumshambo Gay Master
1976 Gay Master Grand Scale Impeller
1975 Latin Reign High Sail Realgar
1974 Gay Marquis Bastille Beggar Brandy Balloon
1973 Scotch And Dry Grand Harvest Boonoorong
1972 Royal Martlet Jan’s Beau Cleric
1971 Rajah Sahib Mateship Brecknock
1970 Queen’s Quill Arctic Symbol Lochcourt
1969 Sunhaven Fans Better Crown
1968 Bobalex Padtheway Debhel Boy
1967 Whitsome Unrivalled Tornadic
1966 Sunny Rose Craftsman Bartax
1965 Craftsman Confidence Sharply
1964 Vineyard Faitiam Ambrook Glen
1963 Laidley Minaroo Carolina