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 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||0411160×69||AL GALAYEL (IRE)||G||8||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||100|
|2||9121345×24||BARADE (FR)||G||7||Archie Alexander||89|
|3||x528434x17||BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB)||G||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||90|
|4||159×832735||BEDFORD (NZ)||G||8||Anthony & Sam Freedman||89|
|6||400x00x770||DARK DREAM||G||7||Ben & JD Hayes||96|
|7||5111166×82||DEFIBRILLATE (NZ)||G||7||Patrick Payne||103|
|8||00238375×5||DJUKON (GB)||G||6||Chris Waller||87|
|9||035×528253||DR DRILL (GB)||G||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||99|
|10||1x1546x9x0||ENGLISH KING (FR)||H||5||Michael Moroney||92|
|12||x75x55x011||FLOATING ARTIST (GB)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||94|
|14||7x855167x0||GOOD IDEA||G||7||Phillip Stokes||95|
|15||x12x547x77||HASTA LA WAR||G||6||Sue Murphy||77|
|16||153×292119||HI STRANGER||G||5||Shane Fliedner||98|
|17||73x31x932x||HOMESMAN (USA)||G||8||Anthony & Sam Freedman||110|
|18||x615100430||INVERLOCH (IRE)||G||8||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||100|
|20||9308×82684||MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||H||8||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||104|
|21||x41x211x08||MOUNT POPA (IRE)||G||7||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||103|
|22||215x1244x3||PERSAN||G||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||104|
|23||7900x00x50||ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)||G||7||Ben & JD Hayes||95|
|24||218227×055||SECRET BLAZE||G||6||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||97|
|25||21x62309x9||SOUND (GER)||H||9||Michael Moroney||104|
|26||7851175×33||STARCASTER (GB)||G||7||Anthony & Sam Freedman||83|
|27||734x2606x3||THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)||H||6||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||107|
|28||4x823311x0||ZAYYDANI (NZ)||M||5||Ben & JD Hayes||92|
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
|2021||Secret Blaze||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Craig Williams||54 kgs||2:04.31|
|2020||Al Galayel||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ben Melham||56 kgs||2:07.94|
|2019||Captain Cook||Chris Waller||Linda Meech||54 kgs||2:06.45|
|2018||The Taj Mahal||Liam Howley||Ben Melham||58.5 kgs||2:05.37|
|2017||Jon Snow||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Stephen Baster||59 kgs||2:07.12|
|2016||Real Love||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||58 kgs||2:05.76|
|2015||Escado||Matt Laurie||Ben Melham||56.5 kgs||2:05.88|
|2014||The Cleaner||Mick Burles||Steven Arnold||59 kgs||2:05.99|
|2013||Mourinho||Peter Gelagotis||Craig Newitt||54 kgs||2:06.14|
|2012||Bianmick||Michael Brady||Darren Gauci||54 kgs||2:06.66|
|2011||Dream Pedlar||Troy Blacker||Craig Newitt||54.5 kgs||2:08.71|
|2010||Precedence||Bart Cummings||Blake Shinn||55 kgs||2:05.31|
|2009||Alcopop||Jake Stephens||Dom Tourneur||53 kgs||2:08.41|
|2008||Cefalu||Lee Freedman||Luke Nolen||54.5 kgs||2:05.99|
|2007||Maldivian||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||56 kgs||2:05.85|
|2006||Pavlova||Cliff Brown||Ben Melham||53 kgs||2:07.00|
|2005||El Segundo||Colin Little||Darren Gauci||52.5 kgs||2:07.54|
|2004||Beswinging||Louise Bonella||Dale Smith||52.5 kgs||2:12.82|
|2003||General Booth||Tony Vasil||Damien Oliver||55 kgs||2:06.74|
|2002||Cheverny||Guy Walter||Glen Boss||52.5 kgs||2:07.51|
|2001||Rain Gauge||George Hanlon||Greg Childs||53.5 kgs||2:06.29|
|2000||Prince Benbara||Tony Rosolini||Brett Prebble||51.5 kgs||2:07.38|