The Geelong Cup is a competitive and one the premier long distance Group 3 races in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The race is held yearly in midweek October at the Geelong Racecourse in Victoria. With a purse of up to $300,000 in prize money, the Geelong Cup is one of the richest group 3 races attracting some of the finest long distance runners from different parts of the country. The race is run over 2400M and in 2013, it was Gatewood who carried the day after producing a resilient and strong run to take home the Geelong Cup title.
Coming through to take second and third in that order was Chateau Margaux and Brigantin. The Geelong Cup is actually one of the few races held outside the city of Melbourne. The event is staged at the Geelong Racehorse which is located on the South West of Melbourne about 72KM from the city center. A lot of horse trainers consider the race as one of the toughest country cups and in recent years, winners in this race have gone on to do absolutely remarkable in the Melbourne Cup.
Some remarkable horses to emerge from this race include the Outstanding Bauer who came from a hard earned victory in this race only to lose by a narrow margin in the Melbourne Cup. In 2011, Dunaden completed a glorious victory in the Melbourne Cup just a few weeks after taking home the Geelong Cup. The same success was also replicated by Americain a year earlier in 2010.
On the other hand, Moatise was also on hand to record an easy victory in the Group 2 Lexus Stakes after finishing second in the Geelong Cup back in 2008. The quality and talent on show in this race has never felt short of expectation and even in years to come, the Geelong Cup will continue to breed remarkable super stars of the turf. Other notable horses to win the race include The Buzz who took home the title in 2007, Mandela in 2006 and Pacific Dancer in 2004.
Geelong Cup recent winners & placegetters
|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|
|2002||Media Puzzle (USA)||Requiem||Donarch||2:25.9|
|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|
|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|
|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|