Geelong Cup 2021

Wednesday October 20, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Geelong Cup form often stacks up in the Melbourne Cup field

The Geelong Cup is a Group 3 feature for stayers held  on a Wednesday in late October days before the premier 2040m Cox Plate during the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The Geelong Cup field features stayers possibly coming out of the quick five day back-up out of the Caulfield Cup and heading towards November’s iconic Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) run over the two miles at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.

Run at Geelong Racecourse over 2400m the open handicap offers prize money of $400,000 and runs the Wednesday after Caulfield Cup Day, around a fortnight before Melbourne Cup Day, and has done so since 1947. First held back in 1872 when Flying Scud saluted, the Geelong Cup has been run over a host of different distances including originally over the same two miles (3200m) as the Melbourne Cup.

It has held Group 3 status since 2002 and notable Geelong Cup winners in recent years include Media Puzzle (2002), Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) who all went on to win the ‘race that stops a nation’ saluting in that year’s Melbourne Cup.

More recently the 2019 Geelong Cup winner Prince Of Arran backed-up to run second to Vow And Declare in that year’s Melbourne Cup results.

This year the Geelong Cup ran on Wednesday October 20, 2021 and was won by class mare Tralee Rose who was already secured a spot in the Melbourne Cup field.  

2021 Geelong Cup Results

The official Geelong Cup 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be published below once the race takes place on Wednesday October 20, 2021.

  • 1st: #8 Tralee Rose ($2.60F)
  • 2nd: #7 Dr Drill
  • 3rd: #14 Hasta La War

Tralee Rose ($2.60F) continued her strong form in the staying races, the Tavistock mare living up to her pedigree with a tough win over Dr Drill for the punters in Wednesday’s 2021 Geelong Cup results ahead of the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday November 2.

Geelong Cup Race Info

  • Date: Wednesday October 20, 2021
  • Track: Geelong Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $400,000
  • First Run: 1872

Geelong Cup Betting

Geelong Cup betting is traditionally led by stayers with form over the distance who are heading into the Melbourne Cup. Internationals have featured prominently in the Geelong Cup odds since the success of French visitors Americain and Dunaden in successive years.

Before the 2019 victory by Prince Of Arran in an all-international Geelong Cup trifecta, Qewy had been the last raider to salute in the Geelong Cup in 2016 and was the second elect to salute, while in 2017 the Michael Moroney-trained import Vengeur Masque broke his maiden status down under winning at Geelong Cup odds of $15 ahead of the short-priced favourite. The following year in 2018 Runaway saluted at similar Geelong Cup odds of $16.

Favourites though do have a good record in the Geelong Cup so check the form on the horses at the top of the markets. Prince Of Arran ($4.20 in 2019) followed by Steel Prince ($3.50 in 2020) and Tralee Rose ($2.60 in 2021) are the latest favourites in Geelong Cup betting to salute.

2021 Geelong Cup Odds

The season’s updated Geelong Cup 2021 odds and links to our markets on the key Melbourne Cup form race will be detailed below over the spring so stay tuned for the best Geelong Cup betting offers.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Geelong Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Geelong Cup Tips

Geelong Cup tips are usually dominated by proven staying types that are heading into the Melbourne Cup over 3200m. Classy city horses with form over 2400m or further or that ran solidly in the Caulfield Cup the previous week are a good tip, as are those not weighted too heavily in the handicap showdown.

Any strong international horses contesting the race also make a good Geelong Cup betting tip with the raiders boasting a dominant recent record in the event, as do graduates out of the Herbert Power Stakes roughly a fortnight prior.

2021 Geelong Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Geelong Cup 2021 betting tips and exotic selections will be detailed in full below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the stayers to back and sack in the important spring event.

  • To Win: #8 Tralee Rose ($2.60 at time of publish)

Hard to bet against such a quality, consistent staying mare. She’s fourth-up and rock hard fit off three nice placings in Melbourne. Latest was a second to Grand Promenade in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m). She’s a winner up to 2800m and was fourth in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup over two miles last prep as the beaten odds-on favourite. Won a Group 3 over 2600m by 3.5 lengths prior to that carrying 54.5kg. She needs to be good with more weight (55.5kg) on Wednesday, but has class and fitness on her side.

Geelong Cup Field

The Geelong Cup field is released two days before the race runs on Geelong Cup Day that Wednesday, which is a public holiday in Geelong, with nominations closing the previous week. A host of the season’s premier stayers, both local hopes and interstate raiders, feature in the final Geelong Cup acceptances for the mile and a half handicap that has produced three Melbourne Cup winners since 2002 including the two French-trained winners of the world’s richest handicap.

Plenty of horses in the Geelong Cup field also come out of the previous Saturday’s Caulfield Cup field, while the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) over the same track / distance as the Group 1 Caulfield Cup a week earlier is another good lead-up into the Geelong Cup race.

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Dunaden (2011) was the last horse to complete the Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup double. Photo Credit: Taron Clarke.

2021 Geelong Cup Field

The official Geelong Cup 2021 Final Field & Barriers will be announced on the Monday of race week and detailed in full below so stay tuned to see what spring stayers make the starting line-up on way to the Melbourne Cup.

A line-up of potential Melbourne Cup horses face off in the 2021 Geelong Cup field this Wednesday with markets led by the consistent mare Tralee Rose last seen running second in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings.

2021 Geelong Cup Nominations

The early Geelong Cup 2021 Nominations are released the Thursday prior to the race and will be listed below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x86541x084 SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 1 59kg 105
2 71x610x505 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 2 59kg 105
3 x73590x003 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 3 58.5kg 104
4 308×826845 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 4 58.5kg 104
5 329431×009 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 5 58kg 103
6 878333×009 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 6 56kg 103
7 8x663x0003 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 7 58kg 103
8 11166×8244 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne 8 58kg 103
9 43x8511x90 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 9 58kg 103
10 00x0516x00 WARNING G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 10 57.5kg 102
11 112114×332 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 5 Symon Wilde 11 55.5kg 102
12 x121x41x80 AMADE (IRE) G 8 Phillip Stokes 12 57.5kg 102
13 5x57170x50 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 13 57kg 101
14 1x1510x060 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 14 56.5kg 100
15 241441×060 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 15 56.5kg 100
16 5x55x01113 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 56kg 99
17 51716×8078 MOSH MUSIC M 7 Archie Alexander 17 54kg 99
18 34×1327515 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 18 55.5kg 98
19 35×5282536 DR DRILL (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 19 55.5kg 98
20 0x31851447 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney 20 55kg 97
21 00x00x5030 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 21 54kg 95
22 4013x7x2x8 WEEKENDER (GB) G 8 Lindsey Smith 22 54kg 93
23 8×33149221 LUNAR FLARE M 6 Grahame Begg 23 54kg 91
24 4x16123x00 LONG ARM (IRE) G 6 Peter Gelagotis 24 54kg 90
25 528434×172 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 25 54kg 90
26 851175×331 STARCASTER (GB) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 26 54kg 88
27 2x547x7713 HASTA LA WAR G 6 Sue Murphy 27 54kg 85
28 51111×7631 MAHASHAKTI M 5 Mitchell Freedman 28 54kg 83
29 x642653756 CONVERGING M 7 Dan O’Sullivan 29 54kg 73

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Geeolong Cup Form Guide

The Geelong Cup form guide has all the basic information like the trainers and jockeys of all the runners plus extra details like the lead-up runs, weight and barriers for each starter. Looking for a well-weighted runner that comes out of the Caulfield Cup on the Geelong Cup form guide is important, as is seeking out the in-form international visitors heading towards the Melbourne Cup.

The Geelong Cup form has stacked up plenty of times on the first Tuesday of November in the Melbourne Cup results, so watching the form out of the Group 3 as an early guide to Melbourne Cup betting is crucial for savvy spring punters.

2021 Geelong Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Geelong Cup 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Geelong Cup Results

The Geelong Cup results show the winner and exact finishing order of all the runners plus the winning time and margin, and starting price of all the horses. It can also reveal the value in the upcoming Melbourne Cup betting markets heading into November’s famous Flemington showdown.

Notable recent Geelong Cup winners include Bauer (2008), French raiders Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) who both did the Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup double, and Qewy (2016) who ran fourth in the Melbourne Cup next race before winning the Sandown Cup as the odds-on favourite over the two miles.

Geelong Cup Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Tralee Rose Dr Drill Hasta La War 2:27.0
2020 Steel Prince Le Don De Vie King Of Leogrance 2:30.3
2019 Prince Of Arran True Self Haky 2:26.8
2018 Runaway Northwest Passage Finche 2:28.4
2017 Vengeur Masque Gallic Chieftain Violate 2:29.3
2016 Qewy Grey Lion Oceanographer 2:28.9
2015 Almoonqith Dandino Manndawi 2:28.9
2014 Caravan Rolls On Marksmanship Like A Carousel 2:31.2
2013 Ibicenco Verdant Moudre 2:35.1
2012 Gatewood Chateau Margaux Brigantin 2:34.1
2011 Dunaden Tanby Bauer 2:30.1
2010 Americain Moudre Exceptionally 2:30.3
2009 Leica Ding Dandaad Sterling Prince 2:27.5
2008 Bauer Moatize Magic Instinct 2.30:1
2007 The Fuzz Zavite Desert Master 2:27.0
2006 Mandela Vanquished Dacs Back 2:28.2
2005 On A Jeune Brave Lancer Men At Work 2:26.7
2004 Pacific Dancer Devastating Diamond Jake 2:26.5
2003 Zazzman Shes Archie Tumeric 2:30.0
2002 Media Puzzle (USA) Requiem Donarch 2:25.9
2001 Karasi (Ire.) Maythehorsebewithu Scrumptious 2:32.0
2000 Savrocca Apache King Bulkhead 2:29.9