Bet on the Geelong Cup - Wednesday October 24th 2012
As Melbourne Cup preview races go, they don’t get more honest than the Geelong Cup. The Group 3, 2400m, open handicap race on October 24th, at Geelong Racecourse is a country race with Group 1, metropolitan inspiration. With the past two winners, Americain in 2010 and Dunaden in 2011, going on to win the Melbourne Cup, this country cup has the attention of punters, international trainers and racing royalty alike. The 2012 Geelong Cup comes with a $75,000 bonus, this year the total prize purse is $300,000.
Facts about the Geelong Cup
- The only multiple Geelong Cup winners are: Camerine (1986, 1987) and Roseview (1912, 1914).
- The Geelong Cup is an official public holiday in the City of Geelong.
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During Spring Carnival, there are tons of horse racing going on to suit everyone! The biggest day of the Spring Carnival, is no doubt the 2012 Melbourne Cup. Click on Spring Carnival Races to see whats coming up!
Dating back to 1872, the Geelong Cup had its beginnings as a 16 furlong principal race. In 1979, it became a listed race and has been a Group 3 fixture since 2002.
The Geelong Cup is the preferred Melbourne Cup warm up event for international stayers. The only horses to claim the now coveted Geelong Cup-Melbourne Cup double are overseas Champions; Media Puzzle, Americain and Dunaden.
The excitement that surrounds the Geelong Cup-Melbourne Cup double began in 2002. Dermot Weld – trained Media Puzzle was the first horse to claim the set and the connection between the two races since has been phenomenal. In 2003, She’s Archie ran second in both races, while Geelong Cup winner, Zazzman, place third at the Melbourne Cup in 2004. In 2005, On a Jeune was runner up in the Melbourne Cup after victory at Geelong. In 2008, Geelong Cup victor Bauer went on to finish second in the Melbourne Cup. In 2009, Crime Scene was runner up in the Melbourne Cup after coming sixth at Geelong.
With the winner granted automatic entry into the Melbourne Cup, you can bet Geelong Cup is on the cards for the world’s best stayers in 2012.
Past Winners of the Geelong Cup
Below is a list of Geelong Cup Winners and Geelong Cup runners-up in the past few years:
|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|
Racing on the Geelong Racecourse as it stands today, began in 1908. Under the operation of the Geelong Racing Club, the track is equipped with its own Railway Station. A major regional racing venue, it is located in Breakwater Road, East Geelong, 75km south-west of Melbourne and hosts some 35 race meetings every year.
The oval-shaped turf track has a 2043m circumference, is around 24m wide and has a 400m straight, which is on a slight incline. A roomy track with lingering straights and sweeping turns, most runners will settle into a rhythm and run well here. The track’s versatile synthetic surface, which sits inside the course proper, allows for all-weather racing and is considered a great wet venue. It measures, 1858m, by 16m, by 332m.
The site has received numerous upgrades to both the track and facilities, most recently the installation of a third grandstand.
Most Successful at Geelong Cup
Craig Williams is the most successful jockey in recent history, with four wins since 2000, including back-to-back in 2006-2007. Damian Oliver and Kerryn McEvoy have ridden two winners in that time.
The names of international super stars Dunaden, Americain, Media Puzzle and Mandela are itched alongside home-grown champions on the winner’s board of the Geelong Cup. Leica Ding, grey legend Bauer, The Fuzz, South Australian stayer On A Jeune, Pacific Dancer and Zazzman have all claimed victory on the country track.
Irish-bred, but Australian based steeplechase champion Karasi, winner of three consecutive Nakayama Grand Jumps in Japan – the richest steeplechase race in the world – won the Geelong Cup in 2001.
Check out the rest of the Melbourne Spring Carnival races below:
|Saturday July 28th||Bletchingly Stakes||1200m||Caulfield Racecourse|
|Saturday August 11th||Aurie’s Star Handicap||1200m||Flemington Racecourse|
|Saturday August 18th||PB Lawrence Stakes||1400m||Caulfield Racecourse|
|Saturday September 1st||Memsie Stakes||1400m||Caulfield Racecourse|
|Saturday September 8th||Makybe Diva Stakes||1600m||Flemington Racecourse|
|Saturday September 15th||Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes||1600m||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Saturday September 22nd||Underwood Stakes||1800m||Caulfield Racecourse|
|Friday September 28th||Schweppes Stakes||1200m||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Sunday September 30th||Rupert Clarke Stakes||1400m||Caulfield Racecourse|
|Saturday October 6th||Turnbull Stakes||2000m||Flemington Racecourse|
|Saturday October 13th||Caulfield Guineas||1600m||Caulfield Racecourse|
|Sunday October 14th||Cranbourne Cup||2025m||Cranbourne Racecourse|
|Wednesday October 17th||Thousand Guineas||1600m||Caulfield Racecourse|
|Saturday October 20th||Caulfield Cup||2400m||Caulfield Racecourse|
|Sunday October 21st||Seymore Cup||1600m||Seymour Racecourse|
|Wednesday October 24th||Geelong Cup||2400m||Geelong Racecourse|
|Friday October 26th||Manikato Stakes||1200m||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Saturday October 29th||Cox Plate||2040m||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Wednesday October 31st||Bendigo Cup||2400m||Epsom racecourse|
|Saturday November 3rd||Victoria Derby||2500m||Flemington Racecourse|
|Tuesday November 6th||Melbourne Cup||2000m||Flemington Racecourse|
|Thursday November 8th||Crown Oaks||2500m||Flemington Racecourse|
|Saturday November 10th||Emirates Stakes||1600m||Flemington Racecourse|
|Saturday November 17th||Sandown Classic||2400m||Sandown Racecourse|
|Sunday November 25th||Ballarat Cup||2200m||Dowling Forest Racecourse|