Small field of 7 can see this at a slow and muddling tempo.
Cismontane likely to go straight to the front and take up the running.
Cool Chap can slide in just behind the speed.
Libran can slide across from a wide gate across heels.
While this can be used for horses on a Melbourne Cup path, the last horse to complete the double was Kingston Rule in 1990.
There is still a strong Melbourne Cup link with the race- Prince Of Penzance won this race the year before and Americain the year after their Melbourne Cup success.
Precedence has won the race twice, 3 years apart.
Just 1 favourite in the past 5 years has been successful.
In the past 12 years, only 1 winner (Vatuvei 2012) has carried less than 56kg.
Pentathlon wears blinkers for the first time at his 35th start.
Cismontane wears blinkers again and has the cross-over nose band removed.
5 of the 7 runners in this race met last start in the St Leger at Randwick.
Who Shot Thebarman (Nov '15) and Pentathlon (Dec '15) come into the race approaching a 2 year winless streak.
Who Shot Thebarman drops 2kg from his run in this race last year when finishing 2nd to Grand Marshal.
Big Duke opened at $2.10 and is holding the majority of the early market.
Pentathlon has had supporters at $51.
The 2nd line of the market sees a bunched group of Auvray, WSTB and Libran.
First held in 1883, the Moonee Valley Gold Cup is a set weights and penalties race held over 2500m on Cox Plate day. Restricted to four year olds and older, there is no sex restriction with the race held at Group 2 level. The minimum weight before penalties are applied is 55kg for entires & geldings and 53kg for mares.
The race has featured in many distance changes over the years, having been run as short as 1200m and as far as 2600m. In 1995 the race was changed to the current 2500m and has been run over that distance since then. In 1980 the race was elevated to the current Group 2 status.
Total prize money on offer in 2017 will be $300,000. The 2016 winner was the Chris Waller trained Grand Marshal, ridden by Ben Melham. Other winners of the race include the dual winner Precedence, The United States, Zipping and Yippyio along with the Melbourne Cup winners Prince Of Penzance, Americain and Kingston Rule.
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|Date:||Saturday, 28th October 2017|
|Location:||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Race Type:||4YO & Up Under Set Weight Plus Penalties|
|2016 Winner:||Grand Marshal|
|2016 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Results|
|2||GRAND MARSHAL||1ST||$18.50 (win)|
|3||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN||2ND||$1.70 (pl)|
The Mooney Valley Gold Cup is a Group 2 race held at the famous Moonee Valley Racecourse. A highlight on Cox Plate Day, the event is an integral part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. A set weights and penalties event, the race covers a distance of 2500m and attracts some of the best stayers in the country. Horses which compete in the Moonee Valley Cup use it as a stepping stone to the Melbourne Cup, or other high profile races at the carnival. Dating back to 1883, the race holds a special place in the hearts of racing enthusiasts and is considered one of the more prestigious events at the Carnival. It was originally a Principal Race until 1979 when elevated to Group 3, and then in 1980, it finally reached Group 2 status.
Since its inception, the race has gone by many names, from the Governors’ Stakes to the Cathay Pacific Gold Cup, but has generally always been known as the Moonee Valley Cup. In 1990, Bart Cummings’ Kingston Rule won the Monee Valley Gold Cup before going on to Melbourne Cup success, while in 2000, Brew finished second at the Valley ahead of his Melbourne Cup victory. Other notable winners of the Moonee Valley Cup include Yippyio (2000), Zipping (2006) and Americain (2011).
|2016||GRAND MARSHAL||BEN MELHAM||CHRIS WALLER||02:41.4|
|2015||THE UNITED STATES||HUGH BOWMAN||ROBERT HICKMOTT||02:34.4|
|2014||PRINCE OF PENZANCE||MICHELLE PAYNE||DARREN WEIR||02:36.0|
|2013||PRECEDENCE||CRAIG WILLIAMS||BART & JAMES CUMMINGS||02:36.9|
|2012||VATUVEI||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||02:35.7|
|2011||AMERICAIN||GERALD MOSSE||A DE ROYER DUPRE||02:36.4|
|2010||PRECEDENCE||BLAKE SHINN||BART & JAMES CUMMINGS||02:38.9|
|2009||THE SPORTSMAN||HUGH BOWMAN||MOIRA MURDOCH & DOMINIC OLSON||02:37.3|
|2008||GALLOPIN||JAMES WINKS||KEVIN MYERS||02:36.5|
|2007||GALLIC||STEVE ARNOLD||GRAEME ROGERSON||02:36.5|
|2006||ZIPPING||GLEN BOSS||ROBERT HICKMOTT||02:38.9|