JRA Cup 2021

Friday September 24th, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The JRA Cup is a nice lead-up into the Caulfield Cup each spring

The JRA Cup is a Group 3 race contested on Moir Stakes Night at Moonee Valley on a Friday evening in late September or early October during the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Racing at the meeting is headlined by the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) for sprinters, while the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) for Caulfield Guineas types, the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m), the Group 3 Scarborough Stakes (1200m) for the fillies are the major support races along with the JRA Cup.

The JRA Cup is a quality handicap race contested over 2040m – the same distance as the iconic $5 million W.S. Cox Plate held back at the same track in late October – and currently offers $200,000 in prize money.

First run in 1993, the event gained Group 3 status in 2010 and has been won by many quality horses over the years that went on to win bigger races during their careers.

Some of the better horses out of the JRA Cup race may continue onto the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in October.

The latest edition of the JRA Cup ran on Friday September 24th, 2021 and was won by the potential Caulfield Cup-bound Secret Blaze. 

2021 JRA Cup Results

The official JRA Cup 2021 race results and finishing order will be provided below once the race takes place on Friday September 24th, 2021.

  • 1st: #8 Secret Blaze
  • 2nd: #1 Homesman
  • 3rd: #9 Rostropovich

Secret Blaze ($5.50) continues his run towards the 2021 Caulfield Cup, the Sizzling six-year-old eye-catching winning the JRA Cup 2021 at Moonee Valley on Moir Stakes Night.

JRA Cup Race Facts

  • Date: Friday September 24th, 2021
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 2040m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1993

JRA Cup Betting

JRA Cup betting is led by in-form staying types with winning form over at least 2000m.

Horses coming off a lead-up Melbourne win or proven at the tight Moonee Valley circuit also sit high up the JRA Cup betting odds.

2021 JRA Cup Odds

The season’s best JRA Cup 2021 betting odds and links to our markets will be provided right here the week of the race so stay tuned for the top Moonee Valley racing odds this spring.

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

JRA Cup Field

The JRA Cup field attracts a quality field of staying types heading towards tougher assignments over the spring carnival.

Runners out of the JRA Cup field may back-up in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield looking to win their way into the Caulfield Cup field.

The JRA Cup nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Friday night, while the final field and barriers are out on the Wednesday.

2021 JRA Cup Field

The official JRA Cup 2021 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be available right here once acceptances are taken on the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned to see the list of horses set to face off under the lights at Moonee Valley in the potential Group 1 lead-up.

The 2021 JRA Cup field features 13 smart Cox Plate hopefuls including Group 1 Australian Cup winner Homesman with form around Zaaki and 2000m specialist Defibrillate.

  • Scratched: #4 Mount Popa (11)

2021 JRA Cup Nominations

The JRA Cup Nominations for 2021 close on the Monday leading-up to Moir Stakes Night.

Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerHcp Rating
10411160×69AL GALAYEL (IRE)G8Ciaron Maher & David Eustace100
29121345×24BARADE (FR)G7Archie Alexander89
3x528434x17BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB)G7Ciaron Maher & David Eustace90
4159×832735BEDFORD (NZ)G8Anthony & Sam Freedman89
525×6426537CONVERGINGM7Dan O’Sullivan75
6400x00x770DARK DREAMG7Ben & JD Hayes96
75111166×82DEFIBRILLATE (NZ)G7Patrick Payne103
800238375×5DJUKON (GB)G6Chris Waller87
9035×528253DR DRILL (GB)G7Ciaron Maher & David Eustace99
101x1546x9x0ENGLISH KING (FR)H5Michael Moroney92
114712327×50EPERDUMENTM7Shane Oxlade87
12x75x55x011FLOATING ARTIST (GB)G6Ciaron Maher & David Eustace94
133050×31431GHODELEINEM7Andrew Noblet85
147x855167x0GOOD IDEAG7Phillip Stokes95
15x12x547x77HASTA LA WARG6Sue Murphy77
16153×292119HI STRANGERG5Shane Fliedner98
1773x31x932xHOMESMAN (USA)G8Anthony & Sam Freedman110
18x615100430INVERLOCH (IRE)G8Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young100
1951111×76MAHASHAKTIM5Mitchell Freedman76
209308×82684MIRAGE DANCER (GB)H8Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young104
21x41x211x08MOUNT POPA (IRE)G7Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes103
22215x1244x3PERSANG5Ciaron Maher & David Eustace104
237900x00x50ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)G7Ben & JD Hayes95
24218227×055SECRET BLAZEG6Tony & Calvin McEvoy97
2521x62309x9SOUND (GER)H9Michael Moroney104
267851175×33STARCASTER (GB)G7Anthony & Sam Freedman83
27734x2606x3THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)H6Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman107
284x823311x0ZAYYDANI (NZ)M5Ben & JD Hayes92

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

JRA Cup Tips

Good JRA Cup betting tips include looking for in-form staying types proven in tougher races and those with past form at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

2021 JRA Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider JRA Cup tips and Moonee Valley Group 3 betting selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the runners to get behind in the race this spring.

  • To Win: #1 Homesman ($4.60 at time of publish)

The autumn’s Group 1 Australian Cup champ returns here and can win fresh in an open field of Cox Plate hopefuls. Gives them some weight, but is a noted fresh horse (9:3-2-1) and has a lovely record at the notorious Moonee Valley track (4:2-1-0). Has the form around star Zaaki having last been seen running second to him in The Q22. That form’s been franked and can hold again here.

JRA Cup Form Guide

The JRA Cup form guide features all the essential race information including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

The JRA Cup form has gone on to stack-up in better spring races many times over the years including the 2018 winner The Taj Mahal who ran fifth in that year’s Caulfield Cup results before a subsequent win in the Group 2 Zipping Classic at Sandown, a race he also won in 2017.

In 2017 the ATC Derby winner Jon Snow took out the JRA Cup before a next-up third in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

2021 JRA Cup Form Guide

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

JRA Cup Results

The JRA Cup results have been dominated in recent years by in-form stayers at single-figures in betting.

Notable JRA Cup winners throughout history include El Segundo (2005), Maldivian (2007), Alcopop (2009), Precedence (2010) and Jon Snow (2017).

Both El Segundo and Maldivian won the Cox Plate throughout their careers in 2007 and 2008 respectively, but not in the same year as their JRA Cup victories.

JRA Cup Winners

2021Secret BlazeTony & Calvin McEvoyCraig Williams54 kgs2:04.31
2020Al GalayelCiaron Maher & David EustaceBen Melham56 kgs2:07.94
2019Captain CookChris WallerLinda Meech54 kgs2:06.45
2018The Taj MahalLiam HowleyBen Melham58.5 kgs2:05.37
2017Jon SnowMurray Baker & Andrew ForsmanStephen Baster59 kgs2:07.12
2016Real LoveDarren WeirBrad Rawiller58 kgs2:05.76
2015EscadoMatt LaurieBen Melham56.5 kgs2:05.88
2014The CleanerMick BurlesSteven Arnold59 kgs2:05.99
2013MourinhoPeter GelagotisCraig Newitt54 kgs2:06.14
2012BianmickMichael BradyDarren Gauci54 kgs2:06.66
2011Dream PedlarTroy BlackerCraig Newitt54.5 kgs2:08.71
2010PrecedenceBart CummingsBlake Shinn55 kgs2:05.31
2009AlcopopJake StephensDom Tourneur53 kgs2:08.41
2008CefaluLee FreedmanLuke Nolen54.5 kgs2:05.99
2007MaldivianMark KavanaghMichael Rodd56 kgs2:05.85
2006PavlovaCliff BrownBen Melham53 kgs2:07.00
2005El SegundoColin LittleDarren Gauci52.5 kgs2:07.54
2004BeswingingLouise BonellaDale Smith52.5 kgs2:12.82
2003General BoothTony VasilDamien Oliver55 kgs2:06.74
2002ChevernyGuy WalterGlen Boss52.5 kgs2:07.51
2001Rain GaugeGeorge HanlonGreg Childs53.5 kgs2:06.29
2000Prince BenbaraTony RosoliniBrett Prebble51.5 kgs2:07.38