Coongy Cup 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The Coongy Cup serves as a final potential lead-up into the Caulfield Cup field.

The Coongy Cup is a Group 3 race run at Caulfield Racecourse on the Wednesday before Caulfield Cup Day in mid-October each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

2022 Coongy Cup winner Gunstock

2022 Coongy Cup winner Gunstock. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Currently the sole Group status event on the mid-week race card, the Coongy Cup is a handicap clash run over 2000m.

Along with the $200,000 stakes the Coongy Cup now also offers a final ballot exemption into the Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) run three days later.

Run and won since 1898, the race has held Group 3 status since 1978 and from 1998-2018 ran on Caulfield Cup Day.

Shocking ran second in the Coongy Cup results of 2009 before going on to win that year’s iconic Melbourne Cup over the two miles at Flemington.

This season the 2023 Coongy Cup ran on Wednesday October 18, 2023 and was won by the progressive Muramasa ($7.50) who is not nominated for the Caulfield Cup.

2023 Coongy Cup Results

The official Coongy Cup 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Wednesday October 18, 2023.

2023 Coongy Cup winner Muramasa

2023 Coongy Cup winner Muramasa is not nominated for a quick back-up into the Caulfield Cup field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #11 Muramasa
  • 2nd: #1 Diamil
  • 3rd: #12 Gregolimo

The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Deep Impact four-year-old Muramasa ($7.50) was given a perfectly-timed ride by Daniel Moor who got the gap in the closing stages for the horse to hit the front late and draw away for a three-quarter victory in the 2023 Coongy Cup results.

It was a good Coongy result for stayers sweating on a start in Saturday’s Caulfield Cup field with the winner not nominated for the $5 million feature.

The Michael Moroney-trained import Gregolimo was the favourite in Coongy Cup betting and, after hitting the front early on the straight, got run down eventually crossing third meaning he will miss out on a back-up into the Caulfield Cup field.

2023 Coongy Cup Odds

The season’s top Coongy Cup 2023 odds and betting market links will be available below as soon as open.

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Coongy Cup Race Info

  • Date: Wednesday October 18, 2023
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1898

Coongy Cup Betting

Coongy Cup betting markets are led by in-form staying types with form over the 2000m – 2400m distance range.

Any previous Group 1 performers down in grade as well as the best out of the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) are usually kept safe in the Coongy Cup odds.

Wolfe ($3.50 in 2019), Nonconformist ($3.30 in 2020) and Gunstock ($2.45 in 2022) are the latest favourites in Coongy Cup betting to salute for the punters.

There was a notable upset in 2021 with Queensland Oaks winner Duais winning at Coongy Cup odds of 10/1.

Coongy Cup Field

The Coongy Cup race field attracts a quality line-up of stayers chasing the eleventh-hour ballot exemption into the Caulfield cup field.

Potential lead-up races into the Coongy Cup field include the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) and the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m).

Following a run in the Coongy Cup field stayers may contest the Group 3 Bendigo Cup (2400m) on the Wednesday after Cox Plate Day hoping to earn a Melbourne Cup start.

The Coongy Cup final acceptances are released on the Monday before the race runs on a Wednesday after Caulfield Guineas Day with the early nominations closing the Thursday prior.

2023 Coongy Cup Field

The official Coongy Cup 2023 field and barriers will be published in full below once final acceptances are taken by Racing Victoria on the Monday of race week.

The 2023 Coongy Cup final field features a line-up of quality spring hopefuls led in betting by Michael Moroney’s French import Gregolimo racing second-up down under with 54kg after carting a hefty 61kg to a second fresh over the mile at Flemington.

2023 Coongy Cup Nominations

The early Coongy Cup 2023 Nominations are taken the Thursday prior to the race and will be published below once confirmed.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 57x31115x0 AFFAIRE A SUIVRE (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 100
2 702419×011 AIN’TNODEELDUN G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 92
3 0x7569x374 ARAVENE M 5 Tom Dabernig 72
4 222×917682 ARRAN BAY G 5 Phillip Stokes 85
5 x696597x98 BELLATRIX BLACK (NZ) M 5 Kris Lees 80
6 31115x2x31 CARINI (FR) G 5 Danny O’Brien 92
7 x93186x090 DIAMIL (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 103
8 x50x0065x7 EARLSWOOD (GB) H 6 Maddie Raymond 97
9 x641127x89 FAME G 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 97
10 5x4430x762 FORGOT YOU (NZ) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 97
11 00x70x5431 FOUJITA SAN G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 78
12 x13x4321x2 GREGOLIMO (FR) G 6 Michael Moroney 80
13 47x51330x7 HARMYSIAN (GB) G 7 Clayton Douglas 80
14 81124×0098 HO HO KHAN (NZ) H 9 Mitchell Freedman 99
15 402369×901 IRONCLAD (GB) G 8 Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea 99
16 7x05314x70 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 100
17 4x5052x746 LET’SROLLTHEDICE H 4 Danny O’Brien 85
18 423x99x968 MAKRAM (IRE) G 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 97
19 1725x900x1 MURAMASA G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 81
20 x1390x7040 SIR LUCAN (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 98
21 5232x10x06 STEINEM (GB) M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 103
22 102330×854 SUIZURO G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 91
23 2x008x8140 THE SUMMIT (FR) G 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 95
24 382770×013 WYCLIF (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 83

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Coongy Cup Tips

Top Coongy Cup tips include looking for the best out of the traditional lead-up races including the Naturalism Stakes run at the same track and distance, backing the runners from the better stables and any Group 1 performers down in grade.

2023 Coongy Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Coongy Cup 2023 betting tips and Caulfield racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the stayers to back and sack in the Caulfield Cup lead-up this spring.

  • To Win: #13 Foujita San ($5.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Open edition of the Coongy and right down in the weights is this in-form Maurice four-year-old who presents rock-hard fit here with 54kg and Jye McNeil in the saddle. The Team Hawkes-trained gelding comes off an 1800m win at Sandown at the start of the month carrying 57kg to a commanding victory in easier grade. Up in class and distance now shooting for his first 2000m victory, but will be airborne with the weight. Came strongly late last start still last at the turn to make up all the ground suggesting the distance here is a non-issue. Group 2 placed and looking to be peaking at the right time for his mid-week test.

Coongy Cup Form Guide

The Coongy Cup form guide features all the info punters need to place a well-informed wager on the 2000m showdown including the saddlecloth number, barrier, trainer and jockey of all the runners in the field.

It is crucial to look at the Coongy Cup form for stayers proven at the distance, those getting in well in the weights and runners out of a good lead-up run in a race like the Naturalism Stakes.

The 2021 Coongy Cup form was franked with the winner Duais returning the following autumn to win both the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) and the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m).

The Coongy Cup third place-getter in 2022, Aurora’s Symphony, franked the form the next year returning in the autumn to win Tasmania’s 2023 Group 3 Launceston Cup and then head to Morphettville to finish runner-up in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m).

2023 Coongy Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Coongy Cup 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Coongy Cup Results

The Coongy Cup race results and finishing order are announced on the Wednesday after Caulfield Guineas Day when the event runs on the midweek race card at Caulfield Racecourse.

As well as the Coongy Cup winner, successful trifecta and first four you can also see the starting price and margin of all the runners as well as any scratched horses.

Notable recent Coongy Cup winners include Rose Of Kingston (1982), that year’s subsequent Melbourne Cup third place-getter Maybe Better (2006), Vanbrugh (2016), and Duais (2021) who was the last Coongy Cup winning mare.

Top Role (1973) was the last three-year-old Coongy Cup winner.

In 2018 there was a dead heat in the Coongy Cup results between Best Of Days and Mask Of Time.

Past Coongy Cup Winners

Recent Coongy Cup winners and place-getters dating back to the year 1988 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Muramasa Diamil Gregolimo 2:01.21
2022 Gunstock Yonkers Aurora’s Symphony 2:06.6
2021 Duais Wentwood Floating Artist 2:03.2
2020 Nonconformist Harlem Kiwia 2:03.7
2019 Wolfe Top Of The Range Kiwia 2:02.7
2018* Mask Of Time / Best Of Days Life Less Ordinary 2:07.0
2017 Kiwia Samovare Maurus 2:02.9
2016 Vanbrugh Tom Melbourne It’s Somewhat 2:02.1
2015 Stratum Star Awesome Rock Leebaz 2:02.1
2014 Contributer Noble Protector Signoff 2:05.2
2013 Spurtonic Bass Strait Garud 2:03.1
2012 Lightinthenite Bagman Extra Zero 2:04.2
2011 Foreteller Extra Zero Midnight Martini 2:03.1
2010 Ginga Dude Purple Zoomin 2:06.6
2009 Baughurst Shocking Pacino 2:03.6
2008 Baughurst Pacino Annenkov 2:02.0
2007 Fire In The Night Molotov Pachino 2:02.4
2006 Maybe Better King Of Ashford Temple Hills 2:01.2
2005 Activation Studebaker Uprize 2:00.6
2004 Reclaim Pretorius Star Of Grechen 2:05.7
2003 Frightening Crawl Adolescence 2:03.5
2002 Mr Lofty Little Miss Quick Society Beau 2:02.
2001 Citras Prince Indian Ridge Tempest Morn 2:04.1
2000 Typhoon Avilde Slavonic 2:00.9
1999 Oliver Twist Make A Scene Nahayan 2:03.5
1998 Its All In Fun Kalastaire Madonna 2:16.3
1997 Our Sumo Sunny Lane Toil 2:15.8
1996 Circles Of Gold Filante Beau Heed 2:03.0
1995 Macdrury Waikikamukau Makarpura Star 2:03.6
1994 Excited Angel Ball Park Over The Top 2:02.8
1993 Silk Ali Maraakiz Notwithstanding 2:01.6
1992 Fraar Brave Expectations Mountain Rule 2:02.5
1991 Mantlepiece Majestic Boy Centro 2:01.1
1990 Kessem Kingston Rule Goliath 2:00.6
1989 Eye Of The Sky Perfect Answer Chigarow 2:01.6
1988 Ideal Centreman Be Reasonable Exocet 2:00.1

* Dead Heat