Moonee Valley Cup

Moonee Valley Cup

Winners and Past Results for the Moonee Valley Cup

The Moonee Valley Cup is a Group 2 event run over a distance of 2500 meters at the Moonee Valley track in October during the spring racing carnival.

A quarter of a million dollars is at stake in the event hosted by the Moonee Valley Racing Club with a prize offering of A$250,000.

The race is run under set weight and penalty conditions and is one of the biggest staying events held at Moonee Valley Racecourse during the carnival. Even though The Moonee Valley Cup is a Group 2 event, it does attract the best four year old and above stayers.

Inaugurated in 1883, the Moonee Valley Cup has undergone six name changes, with the most recent name change to Drake International Cup in 2011, it was a principle race from its inception to 1978, and was a group 3 race for only one year in 1979, before being upgraded to its present Group 2 status.

As with most long distance races, there is no clear lead up races to consider, as horse's usually work their way up the distances, to acclimatize themselves to the longer distance. The cup usually attracts above average stayers rather than the elite, with more often than not, in present times, the cup going to the best stayer on the day.

The Moonee Valley Cup is considered as a precursor to the prestigious Group 1 Melbourne Cup, but the last horse to complete a double was Kingston Rule in 1990. Mr. Orudent in 2002, managed to place himself in both events, and in 2000, Brew who was runner up in the Moonee Valley Cup won the Melbourne Cup. Zipping in 2006 won this event and went on to place fourth in four consecutive Melbourne Cup's.

Some horses that do complete here do not to carry on to larger events, but look for something a bit lighter than major staying events. Some horses, instead of proceeding to the Melbourne Cup, move on to compete in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington Racecourse on Emirates Stakes Day. Capecover in 2010, who placed third in this event, went on to finish second in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, while Baughurst, runner up in 2008, placed third.

The recent Moonee Valley Cup was won by Americain, ahead of Tullamore and Illo placing third. Americain placed 4th in the 2011 Melbourne Cup. The Moonee Valley Cup has seen several double winners, such as Little Bob in 1891 & 1892, Gladwyn in 1914 and 1915, Gilltown in 1939 and 1940, and Valcurl in 1945 and 1946.

Year
Moonee Valley Cup Winners
2016 Grand Marshal
2015 The United States
2014
Prince Of Penzance
2013
Precedence
2012
Vatuvei
2011
Americain
2010
Precedence
2009
The Sportsman
2008
Gallopin
2007
Gallic
2006
Zipping
2005
Umbula
2004
Another Warrior
2003
Frightening
2002
Thong Classic
2001
Rain Gauge
2000
Yippyio
1999
Streak
1998
Prince Standaan
1997
Court Of Honour
1996
Istidaad
1995
Storm
1994
Top Rating
1993
Glastonbury
1992
Donegal Mist
1991
Al Maheb
1990
Kingston Rule
1989
Sydeston
1988
Ideal Centreman
1987
King Matthias
1986
Reckless Tradition
1985
Butternut
1984
Holsam
1983
Toujours Mio
1982
Triumphal March
1981
Saxon Slew
1980
Tai Salute
1979
Evander
1978
Boldness
1977
Sir Serene
1976
Shaitan
1975
Holiday Waggon
1974
Lord Metric
1973
Grand Scale
1972
Double Irish
1971
Skint Dip
1970
Mr. President
1969
What's Brewing
1968
Impetus
1967
Prince Camillo
1966
Tea Biscuit
1965
Red William
1964
Algalon
1963
My Contact
1962
River Seine
1961
Baroda Gleam
1960
Mac
1959
Sanvo
1958
Humber Hawk
1957
Lord Gavin
1956
Pandie Sun
1955
Al Crusa
1954
Hellion
1953
Wodalla
1952
King Amana
1951
Erriton
1950
Benvolo
1949
Hoyle
1948
Howe
1947
Don Pedro
1946
Valcurl
1945
Valcurl
1944
Queen Midas
1943
Haros
1942
Dark Felt
1941
Yours Truly
1940
Gilltown
1939
Gilltown
1938
Ortelle's Star
1937
Frill Prince
1936
Dark Chief
1935
Art
1934
Nightly
1933
Peter Jackson
1932
Yarramba
1931
Homedale
1930
Shadow King
1929
Prince Viol
1928
Nawallah
1927
Silvius
1926
Royal Charter1
1925
Tookarby
1924
Stand By
1923
Princess Mernda
1922
Purser
1921
Wirriway
1920
White Phast
1919
Telecles
1918
Rael Locin
1917
Kunegetis
1916
Andelosia
1915
Gladwyn
1914
Gladwyn
1913
Greek Fire
1912
Almissa
1911
Hartfell
1910
Kerlie
1909
Flavinius
1908
Woorooma
1907
May King
1906
Charles Stuart
1905
Blue Spec
1904
Patronus
1903
T.M.S.
1902
The Persian
1901
Combat
1900
Clean Sweep
1899
Sweetheart
1898
Locksmith
1897
Mirella
1896
Veronica
1895
Our Jack
1894
Preston
1893
Premier
1892
Little Bob
1891
Little Bob
1890
Wiora
1889
Don Giovan
1888
Newmaster
1887
Quintin Matsys
1886
Isonomy
1885
Merrimu
1884
Meteor
1883
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