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The Geelong Cup is a Group 3 open handicap race held annually midweek on a Wednesday each October at Geelong racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $300,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Geelong Cup was won by Runaway from Northwest Passage with Finche third.

The Geelong Racing Club is located about 72 kilometres south-west of Melbourne and is one of the major country cups held outside of the metropolitan area during the spring.

Geelong Cup info

Date: Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Track: Geelong racecourse, Geelong
Distance: 2400 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $300,000
2018 Winner: Runaway

The Geelong Cup is usually a very strong country cup with multiple winners in recent times going on to be run very well in the Melbourne Cup. The race tends to attract good class city gallopers who might be heading on to the big race on the first Tuesday in November.

International horses often use the Geelong Cup as a final tune-up for the better spring races ahead, especially on the first Tuesday in November. In the past few years this race has grown in stature and assembled fields worthy of city class racing.

Runaway (2018) ran fourth in the Listed Cranbourne Cup over 2025m at Cranbourne before leading all the way to win this event for the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott stable. Recent Geelong Cup winners include Vengeur Masque (2017) and Qewy (2016).

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Spring Carnival Guide

The Geelong Cup has been a reasonable guide to the Melbourne Cup in recent years with Dunaden (2011), Americain (2010) and Media Puzzle (2002) winning our most famous race after taking out this event.

Crime Scene (6th in 2009) finished runner-up to Shocking in the 2009 Melbourne Cup after running in the Geelong Cup beforehand, while Bauer (2008) was beaten by the narrowest margin in the Melbourne Cup at his next run.

Earlier, On A Jeune (2005) ran second in the 2005 Melbourne Cup, Zazzman (2003) ran third in the 2004 Melbourne Cup, while She's Archie (2nd in 2003) went on to run second to Makybe Diva in that year's Melbourne Cup.

Outside the Melbourne Cup, the Michael Moroney trained Vengeur Masque ran second in the Gr3 The Lexus Stakes and won the Gr3 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes during the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington. Classy international stayer Oceanographer (3rd in 2016) scored an outstanding victory in The Lexus Stakes and ATB's Dandino (2nd in 2015) took out the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Tanby (2nd in 2011) won the listed Bendigo Cup at Bendigo at his next start and Moatise (2nd in 2008) went on to win The Lexus Stakes at Flemington. Cast a keen eye over this race in late October if history is any guide.

Geelong Cup Day Info

General admission: $30.00
Concession: $20.00
(Aged, TPI & Disability card holders only, concession does not include student concession)

Geelong Racing Club
99 Breakwater Road, Breakwater, Victoria 3219

Postal Address
PO Box 1818, Geelong, Victoria 3220
Tel: 03 5229 4414

Geelong Track Map

Geelong race track has two courses - Grass and ThoroughTrack.

Grass Track
The Grass track has a spacious circuit with wide sweeping turns and a circumference of 2043 metres and a long straight of 400 metres. Most starts have a field limit of 16 when the rail is in the true position. Overall it is an excellent wet weather racing surface.

geelong grass track map

Is a 16m wide synthetic track with a circumference of 1858 metres and a straight length of 332 metres with the rail permanently in the true position. The 1550m start begins on the grass surface and horses cover approximately 60m on the grass track before they reach the ThoroughTrack. Fields are limited to 12 from all starts except 1550m which is 10 horses.

geelong synthetic track map

2018 Geelong Cup result

1. $16.00 Runaway 54.0 Stephen Baster
2. $9.50 Northwest Passage 54.5 Dwayne Dunn
3. $4.80 Finche 59.0 Hugh Bowman

then followed
4. $6.50 Midterm 54.5 Ben Melham
5. $201.00 Master Zephyr 54.0 Harry Coffey
6. $31.00 Casterton 55.5 Michael Walker
7. $301.00 Chequered Flag 54.0 Beau Mertens
8. $3.20 Withhold 58.0 Kerrin McEvoy
9. $13.00 Haripour 54.0 Luke Nolen
10. $91.00 Wheal Leisure 54.0 Jye McNeil
11. $9.50 Yogi 54.5 Dean Yendall
12. $151.00 Zacada 56.5 Damian Lane
13. $26.00 One Foot In Heaven 58.0 Corey Brown
14. $301.00 Guardini 54.0 Ben Thompson
15. $31.00 Wall Of Fire 57.0 Mark Zahra

Margins: 0.75 len, 0.75 len
Time: 2:28.46

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Geelong Cup winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Runaway Northwest Passage Finche 2:28.4
2017 Vengeur Masque Gallic Chieftain Violate 2:29.3
2016 Qewy Grey Lion Oceanographer 2:28.9
2015 Almoonqith Dandino Manndawi 2:28.9
2014 Caravan Rolls On Marksmanship Like A Carousel 2:31.2
2013 Ibicenco Verdant Moudre 2:35.1
2012 Gatewood Chateau Margaux Brigantin 2:34.1
2011 Dunaden Tanby Bauer 2:30.1
2010 Americain Moudre Exceptionally 2:30.3
2009 Leica Ding Dandaad Sterling Prince 2:27.5
2008 Bauer Moatize Magic Instinct 2.30:1
2007 The Fuzz Zavite Desert Master 2:27.0
2006 Mandela Vanquished Dacs Back 2:28.2
2005 On A Jeune Brave Lancer Men At Work 2:26.7
2004 Pacific Dancer Devastating Diamond Jake 2:26.5
2003 Zazzman Shes Archie Tumeric 2:30.0
2002 Media Puzzle (USA) Requiem Donarch 2:25.9
2001 Karasi (Ire.) Maythehorsebewithu Scrumptious 2:32.0
2000 Savrocca Apache King Bulkhead 2:29.9
1999 Bohemiath Oregon Star Lady Elsie 2:29.1
1998 Ancient City Oregon Star True And Easy 2:27.8
1997 Oregon Star Scrupulous Sunny Lane 2:31.1
1996 Hereditas Aphasia =2 True Identity =2 2:28.9
1995 Anfitrion Section Coachwood 2:30.7
1994 Grass Valley Toll Bell Paxmat Will 2:30.5
1993 Ultimate Aim Kawtuban Ancient Ritual 2:28.8
1992 Ali Boy Notwithstanding Mr. Eurostar 2:30.2
1991 Newbury Star Karawin Diego 2:27.2
1990 Mr Brooker Spring Thaw Fame The Spur 2:29.3
1989 Sea Legend =1 Pacific Mirage =1 Island Spy 2:31.2
1988 Our Classic Boy Ebeli Show Bronze Knight 2:28.8