Wednesday 19th October, 2016
Geelong | 2400m | Group 3 | Open Handicap | $300,000Wednesday, 19th October 2016
First run in 1872, the Geelong Cup marks a day of celebration down the line from Melbourne, partly because of the high-quality Group 3 racing on offer, but mostly because it’s a recognised public holiday. Falling precisely 13 days before the Melbourne Cup each year, it’s one of the key form indicators for the race that stops a nation – in fact, over the last 15 years three horses have managed to win the Geelong Cup/Melbourne Cup double: Media Puzzle (2002), Americain (2010) and Dunadedn (2011). So if you fancy a punt on the big one, the Geelong Cup is not to be missed. The winner of the race also gains automatic entry into the Melbourne Cup, so there’s an added sense of romance to boot.
Winners of the Geelong Cup
Below is a list of Geelong Cup Winners and Geelong Cup runners up in the past few years:
|2014||Caravan Rolls On||Marksmanship||Like A Carousel||2:31.2|
|2009||Leica Ding||Dandaad||Sterling Prince||2:27.5|
|2007||The Fuzz||Zavite||Desert Master||2:27.0|
|2005||On A Jeune||Brave Lancer||Men At Work||2:26.7|
|2004||Pacific Dancer||Devastating||Diamond Jake||2:26.5|
Geelong Cup Fast Facts
- Three Geelong Cup winners in recent years have gone on to win the Melbourne Cup two weeks later – Media Puzzle, Americain and Dunaden.
- It may be a country cup, but Geelong usually attracts a strong international field. Overseas trainers like to use it as a final tune-up ahead of the big city events, so keep an eye on Geelong Cup odds to bag yourself a bargain.
- Dating back to 1908, Geelong Racecourse is known to be a good wet-weather track, so keep your form guide handy if the clouds start to gather.