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 Williams owned import Gallante will line up here second-up as he continues towards a possible Melbourne Cup tilt. Resuming in the G3 Naturalism Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield as the top-weight with 58.5kg, Damien Oliver had the gelding up on the pace throughout. Fighting on down the straight it was only Jameka to get the better of him, finishing 3.75 lengths in arrears, yet he was able to finish 1.25 lengths ahead of 3rd placed Berisha. His last run of the Autumn saw success in the G1 Sydney Cup over 3200m which was his first Australian success. Kerrin McEvoy will take the ride for the Gold Cup reuniting with the 6YO following their Sydney Cup triumph. Gallante has placed twice from three attempts when second-up and meets Excess Knowledge one kilo worse off than when they met in the Naturalism.
The Chris Waller trained veteran 8YO was a scratching from Wednesdays Geelong Cup to instead target this race. The nine-time winner will line up at Moonee Valley for the first time under race conditions as he continues towards a third straight Melbourne Cup appearance. Facing the starter four times this campaign, his most recent appearance was in the G1 The Metrop at Randwick when finishing mid-field behind Sir John Hawkwood after settling near the rear. In the G2 Hill Stakes at Randwick over 2000m he hit the line well but was no match for the dominant winner Hartnell who posted a near six length winning margin. During the Autumn he placed at 2000m in the Sky High Stakes and at 2400m in the G1 The BMW before rounding out his campaign in the Sydney Cup behind Gallante.
A 7YO English import trained by the Waterhouse/Bott combination, Excess Knowledge will line up over the 2500m distance for the second consecutive start. The entire began his Spring campaign in the G2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes over 1600m where they were too sharp for him first-up. Second-up in the G3 Naturalism when carrying 57.5kg he finished mid-field behind Jameka, beaten seven lengths. Last start in the G3 Bart Cummings over 2500m he returned his best run this time in, landing a third placing behind Almandin, beaten two lengths. Vlad Duric takes the ride for the Gold Cup and will partner the 7YO for the first time, with UBET opening him at $3.70 when the market was released. Excess Knowledge forced his way into the 2015 Melbourne Cup after winning the Lexus on Derby Day and was able to finish in the top-10 in The Cup after leading the field... read more A 7YO English import trained by the Waterhouse/Bott combination, Excess Knowledge will line up over the 2500m distance for the second consecutive start. The entire began his Spring campaign in the G2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes over 1600m where they were too sharp for him first-up. Second-up in the G3 Naturalism when carrying 57.5kg he finished mid-field behind Jameka, beaten seven lengths. Last start in the G3 Bart Cummings over 2500m he returned his best run this time in, landing a third placing behind Almandin, beaten two lengths. Vlad Duric takes the ride for the Gold Cup and will partner the 7YO for the first time, with UBET opening him at $3.70 when the market was released. Excess Knowledge forced his way into the 2015 Melbourne Cup after winning the Lexus on Derby Day and was able to finish in the top-10 in The Cup after leading the field from the extreme outside gate. read less
Opening on the seventh line of the UBET market, Authoritarian will be looking to record his third successive victory. Taking on a benchmark 70 over 2400m at Bendigo, the 5YO gelding was allotted 62kg and delivered an impressive all the way winning performance, posting a 3.25 lengths victory. Dropped back to 2050m for the Moe Cup and carrying 54kg, once again he went to the front and in another bold front-running display was able to take the victory. Trained by Lee and Anthony Freedman, Daniel Moor will ride the gelding and has ridden the 5YO at each of its five career wins. Authoritarian has started at Moonee Valley once, landing a victory over 2500m.
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|