Geelong Cup

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Geelong Cup
Group 3 race
Location Geelong Racecourse
Inaugurated 1872
Race type Thoroughbred
Sponsor Sportingbet Powered By William Hill (2014)
Website Geelong Racing Club
Race information
Distance 2,400 metres
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Open
Weight Handicap
Purse $300,000 (2014)

The Geelong Cup is a Geelong Racing Club Group 3 Thoroughbred horse race, held under handicap conditions for over a distance of 2400 metres at the Geelong Racecourse, Geelong, Victoria, Australia on a Wednesday in late October[1] The prize money for the race is A$300,000,[2] and the race is considered one of the most reliable guides to the result of the Melbourne Cup.[3]

Race history[edit]

The race is run thirteen days before the Melbourne Cup (which is always on the first Tuesday in November). The race has been run on this day since 1947.[4] The day of the race is a public holiday in the city of Geelong.[5] Before 1907 the race was run at the Marshalltown Racecourse.[6] Before 1947 the race was run at various times during the year between January and July.

Race distance[edit]

  • 1872–1885 – 2 miles (~3200 metres)
  • 1886–1892 - 134 miles (~2800 metres)
  • 1893–1894, 1899, 1970–1971 - 112 miles (~2400 metres)
  • 1900, 1965–1969 - about 112 miles (~2400 metres)
  • 1895, 1901–1906, 1910–1911, 1919, 1951–1960 - 138 miles (~2200 metres)
  • 1961–1964 - about 138 miles (~2200 metres)
  • 1927–1934, 1937, 1947–1950 - 10 furlongs & 192 yards (~2187 metres)
  • 1922–1926 - 10 furlongs & 182 yards (~2178 metres)
  • 1896, 1898, 1909, 1916–1917 - 114 miles (~2000 metres)
  • 1921 - about 114 miles (~2000 metres)
  • 1912–1913, 1915, 1918 - 118 miles (~1800 metres)
  • 1914 - 1 mile (~1600 metres)
  • 1972–2007 – 2400 metres
  • 2008–2009 – 2406 metres
  • 2010 onwards - 2400 metres

Race grade[edit]

  • 1872–1978 - Principal Race
  • 1979–2001 - Listed race
  • 2002 onwards - Group 3

Doubles wins[edit]

The following thoroughbreds have won the Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup in the same year.

The winners[edit]

  • 2014 - Caravan Rolls On
  • 2013 - Ibicenco
  • 2012 - Gatewood
  • 2011 - Dunaden
  • 2010 - Americain
  • 2009 - Leica Ding
  • 2008 - Bauer
  • 2007 - The Fuzz
  • 2006 - Mandela
  • 2005 - On A Jeune
  • 2004 - Pacific Dancer
  • 2003 - Zazzman
  • 2002 - Media Puzzle
  • 2001 - Karasi
  • 2000 - Savrocca
  • 1999 - Bohemiath
  • 1998 - Ancient City
  • 1997 - Oregon Star
  • 1996 - Hereditas
  • 1995 - Anfitrion
  • 1994 - Grass Valley
  • 1993 - Ultimate Aim
  • 1992 - Ali Boy
  • 1991 - Newbury Star
  • 1990 - Mr. Brooker
  • 1989 - † Pacific Mirage / Sea Legend
  • 1988 - Our Classic Bay
  • 1987 - Beau Trist
  • 1986 - Fil De Roi
  • 1985 - Koiro Corrie May
  • 1984 - Chagemar
  • 1983 - Deb's Mate
  • 1982 - Gujarat
  • 1981 - Allez Bijou
  • 1980 - Summer Fleur
  • 1979 - Hauberk
  • 1978 - Puramaka
  • 1977 - Brallos
  • 1976 - Taminga
  • 1975 - Dowling Girl
  • 1974 - Special Test
  • 1973 - Australasia
  • 1972 - Hayburner
  • 1971 - Gnapur
  • 1970 - Vansittart
  • 1969 - Double Steel
  • 1968 - Bergman
  • 1967 - Royal Coral
  • 1966 - Craftsman
  • 1965 - Pleasanton
  • 1964 - Jamagne
  • 1963 - Nivek
  • 1962 - Napoleon
  • 1961 - Ursalon
  • 1960 - Tabess
  • 1959 - Paratone
  • 1958 - Mac
  • 1957 - King Boru
  • 1956 - Prince Abbott
  • 1955 - November Moon
  • 1954 - Chidden
  • 1953 - meeting abandoned[7]
  • 1952 - Welkin Sun
  • 1951 - Trust Me
  • 1950 - Purple Prince
  • 1949 - Blank Music
  • 1948 - Royal Scot
  • 1947 - Bruin
  • 1938–46 - race not held
  • 1937 - Lord Carrington
  • 1935–36 - race not held
  • 1934 - † Viol D'Amour / Highway
  • 1933 - Bay Of Islands
  • 1932 - Glaive
  • 1931 - El Rey
  • 1930 - race not held
  • 1930 - Taras
  • 1929 - Sea Pilot
  • 1928 - Anan Louise
  • 1927 - Victorian King
  • 1926 - Bombard
  • 1925 - Glaxy
  • 1924 - Lillirie
  • 1923 - Mount Bernard
  • 1922 - Tresco
  • 1921 - Rahda
  • 1920 - race not held
  • 1919 - Luteplayer
  • 1918 - Blackwood
  • 1917 - Mnesarchus
  • 1916 - Lady Mooltan
  • 1915 - Pouter
  • 1914 - Roseview
  • 1913 - Porch
  • 1912 - Roseview
  • 1911 - Crete
  • 1910 - Orline
  • 1909 - Tantalla
  • 1907–08 - race not held
  • 1906 - Maninga
  • 1905 - Cluster
  • 1904 - Mallard
  • 1903 - Telemachus
  • 1902 - Merryman
  • 1901 - Marie Corelli
  • 1900 - Model
  • 1899 - Relic
  • 1898 - Chit Chat
  • 1897 - race not held
  • 1896 - Pivot
  • 1895 - J5
  • 1894 - The Clown
  • 1893 - Newman
  • 1892 - Norbert
  • 1891 - Tantallon
  • 1890 - Britannia
  • 1889 - Malua
  • 1888 - Gardenia
  • 1887 - Camerine
  • 1886 - Claptrap
  • 1885 - Camerine
  • 1884 - Linda
  • 1883 - Gudarz
  • 1882 - Guinea
  • 1881 - Progress
  • 1880 - Zambesi
  • 1879 - Lord Harry
  • 1878 - Newminster
  • 1877 - Pride Of The Hills
  • 1876 - Emulation
  • 1875 - Melbourne
  • 1874 - Mccallum Mohn
  • 1873 - Leo
  • 1872 - Flying Scud

† Dead heat

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geelong Racing Club: Past Winners". Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Winners and Past Results for the Geelong Cup". Progroupracing.com (Aus). 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Andrew Eddy (23 October 2007). "Geelong Cup again a good guide". The Age. Retrieved 5 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "History (Geelong Cup)". Geelong Racing Club. 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Victorian Non-Metropolitan Public Holidays 2008". Business Victoria. Retrieved 5 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Geelong Racing Club". www.grc.com.au. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2008. 
  7. ^ "RAIN WASHES OUT GEELONG RACES". The Argus. trove. 22 October 1953. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 

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