The Cranbourne Cup is a major and highly popular listed race that is held during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The event is run over a distance of 2025M making it one of the longest listed races in the Spring Carnival. With a purse of up to $200,000 in prize money, the Cranbourne Cup is always an ideal race for emerging middle distance runners to make a mark in the highest level of Australian Horse racing.
The event is staged at the Cranbourne Racecourse and in the 2013 edition of the race Pakal was on hand to take home the title after beating Sertorius and Mourinho to second and third respectively. The Cranbourne Cup is actually one of the richest Country cup racing events. The race is never short of talent and a number of horses have emerged from it on course towards greater things in the future. In 2004 for example, On a Jeune won the Cranbourne Cup and did remarkably well to finish second in the Melbourne cup a year later in 2005.
On the other hand, Barbaricus emerged from a second place finish in this race back in 2008 and then took home a respectable second place finish in the Caulfield Cup. The horse also was on hand to take the runner up position in the Group 1 McKinnon Stakes a few weeks later. The Cranbourne Cup is always ideal for horses that had earlier tackled long and middle distance races in the Spring Carnival.
The race is always full of emerging champions and even in 2012, the outstanding Vatuvei run a distant eighth in the Cranbourne Cup but did remarkably well to take home the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup. The Cranbourne Cup might be just a listed race but the relatively bigger prize money and the rich history of this event has only served to bring in the best middle distance runners. The event will for sure be a sell out in this year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Cranbourne Cup recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Mourinho||More than Sacred||Le Roi||2:06.4|
|2012||Midnight Martini||Streets Away||Streaky Fella||2:06.8|
|2011||Boom N Zoom||Paddy OReilly||Ginga Dude||2:06.6|
|2007||Emerald Jack||Blue Collar Jack||El Pretender||2:05.6|
|2006||Blue Collar Jack||Octrivia||Professional Lady||2:06.5|
|2005||Show Barry||Tosen Dandy (Jpn)||Irish Crusader||2:04.6|
|2004||On A Jeune||Da Capo||Bedouin||2:03.4|
|2003||Kattavia||Out Of Options||Pinstripe||2:07.5|
|2001||Bush Padre||Captivator||Spirit Of Westbury||2:04.5|
|1998||Lisas Game||Rover||Hurricane Storm||2:06.4|
|1997||Sweet Delight||Rover||Waterford Road||2:02.9|
|1996||Hereditas||Dancing Sun||Brilliant Poet||2:03.9|
|1995||Waikikamukau||Yes Indeed||Sky Burner||2:07.1|
|1994||Main Strike||Paxmat Will||Sari Club||2:10.4|
|1993||Anfitrion||Golden Serpent||Bon Precieux||2:07.5|
|1992||Big Barron||Malahide||Stylish Twig||2:11.7|
|1991||Newbury Star||Centro||Imperial Salute||2:05.1|
|1990||Universal Ambition||Rays Hope||Charged||2:08.6|
|1989||Our Watchman||Cosign||Our Magic Man||2:11.3|
|1988||Celtic Spirit||Toyed||Algonquin Club||2:08.6|