Moonee Valley Cup 2020

Saturday October 24, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Moonee Valley Cup is a good early Melbourne Cup betting guide

The Moonee Valley Cup, also called the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, runs at Moonee Valley Racecourse on a Saturday in late October on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Racing at the meeting is headlined by Australasia’s weight-for-age championship – the $5 million Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m).

Four Group 2 races support the card including the Moonee Valley Cup run over 2500m under set weights plus penalties conditions. The stayers in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup field face off for $500,000 in total prize money and many are eyeing a run on the first Tuesday of November in Flemington’s iconic Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles.

The last horse to complete the Moonee Valley Cup – Melbourne Cup double in the same year was the mighty Kingston Rule (1990). More recently Darren Weir’s 2014 MV Gold Cup winner ran second in the event in 2015 before scoring an upset in the Melbourne Cup at 100/1.

The latest edition of the Moonee Valley Cup ran on Saturday October 24, 2020 and was won by the Danny O’Brien-trained Miami Bound in an upset at 25/1. 

2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Results

The official Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 24, 2020 .

  • 1st: #11 Miami Bound
  • 2nd: #4 Shared Ambition
  • 3rd: #8 Oceanex

Danny O’Brien’s VRC Oaks winner from last spring Miami Bound ($26) raced her way into Melbourne Cup contention with a big win at big odds to dominate the 2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 11 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Jamie Kah 4 54kg $26
2 4 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 2.5L 7 56kg $4.20F
3 8 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 3L 6 55kg $10
4 3 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Billy Egan 4L 3 56kg $31
5 1 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Damian Lane 4.2L 12 57kg $19
6 7 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 4.7L 2 55kg (cd 55.5kg) $5.50
7 9 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 5.45L 11 55kg $18
8 10 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller William Pike 9.95L 8 55kg $9.50
9 12 POLLY GREY (NZ) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 10.7L 9 53kg $8
10 5 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith John Allen 14.45L 10 55kg $7
11 6 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Jason Maskiell 29.45L 1 55kg $21
12 2 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Craig Williams 31.45L 5 56.5kg $16
13 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Michael Dee 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Moonee Valley Gold Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 24, 2020
  • Track: Moonee Valley
  • Distance: 2500m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1883

Moonee Valley Cup Odds & Betting

Moonee Valley Cup odds are led by proven stayers with form over at least 2400m and runners with previous experience at the tight Moonee Valley track. Past Group performers and staying types with an eye on a Melbourne Cup run also sit high up the Moonee Valley Cup betting markets.

Recent winners to salute at double-figures in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup betting odds include Prince Of Penzance ($11 in 2014) and Vatuvei ($10 in 2012). Prince Of Penzance ran second in the following year’s Moonee Valley Gold Cup before saluting in the Melbourne Cup results in 2015 at a blowout price of $101!

Most recently in 2020 Miami Bound scored an upset in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup winning as a $25 outsider in betting on the Melbourne Cup lead-up.

2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Odds

The updated Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2020 betting odds and links to our markets on the Cox Plate Day support act will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned for the best prices on the Melbourne Cup lead-up.


Moonee Valley Cup Tips

Moonee Valley Cup tips include looking for proven stayers with winning form over at least a mile and a half, runners with a good Moonee Valley track record and those under double figures in betting.

Looking for gallopers out of spring lead-up runs including the St. Leger race in Sydney and those to have contested previous editions of the Melbourne Cup from springs gone are other good Moonee Valley Gold Cup betting tips.

2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2020 betting tips and selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the stayers to lock into your Moonee Valley Cup Trifecta tips.

Moonee Valley Cup Field

The Moonee Valley Cup field attracts a quality line-up of stayers each season including increasingly a number of international raiders heading towards a run in the world’s richest handicap – the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.

Runners in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup field may come off a run in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) at the same track earlier in the month, a race that last produced a winner with The United States (6th) in 2015. Another good lead-up race is the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) a fortnight before at Caulfield a race Bohemian Lily ran third in before her third next-up in the Moonee Valley Cup in 2015.

Moonee Valley Gold Cup Tips & Form Guide - Ladbrokes

Upset Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance (2015) improved on a lead-up second in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

In 2014 Prince Of Penzance won the Moonee Valley Gold Cup before returning for a second in the race in 2015 that lead to his upset Melbourne Cup victory as a $101 roughie.

The Group 3 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) on Emirates Stakes Day is the other most popular next-up option for Moonee Valley Gold Cup graduates. In 2014 the MV Cup winner Prince Of Penzance ran second in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes behind Le Roi who improved on a MV Cup second that spring. Third in that year’s Moonee Valley Cup Au Revoir meanwhile won the Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) two runs later, a race Prince Of Penzance finished third in. Americain is the other recent Melbourne Cup winner to have also won the Moonee Valley Gold Cup in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

The last galloper to complete the Moonee Valley Cup – Queen Elizabeth Stakes was Precedence in 2013. Precedence also won the 2010 Moonee Valley Gold Cup on the back of a Herbert Power Stakes third and a JRA Cup victory.

Moonee Valley Cup nominations close the Monday prior to the race running that Saturday followed by the release of the final field and barriers on the Wednesday.

2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Field

The official Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2020 Final Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday leading-up to the race and will be published below so stay tuned to see what potential Melbourne Cup horses making the line-up.

The 2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup field features 13 Melbourne Cup hopefuls including the Chris Waller-trained favourite Shared Ambition, well-weighted The Bart Cummings runner-up Sound and Danny O’Brien’s Oaks winner Miami Bound.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4x9748x004 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Damian Lane 13 57kg 96
2 6x7000x324 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Craig Williams 6 56.5kg 103
3 46416341×0 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Billy Egan 3 56kg 107
4 x3103x0925 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 8 56kg 103
5 x9070x3x58 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith John Allen 11 55kg 106
6 1x8x58x036 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Jason Maskiell 1 55kg 104
7 05x532x522 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 2 55kg 102
8 x07511x000 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 7 55kg 105
9 x0352x6780 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 12 55kg 99
10 23311×2822 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller William Pike 9 55kg 95
11 11x84x4066 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Jamie Kah 5 54kg 101
12 52×0252454 POLLY GREY (NZ) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 10 53kg 93
13 4143×15093 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Michael Dee 4 53kg 80

Table Credit: Racing Australia 

2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Nominations

The early Moonee Valley Cup 2020 nominations are taken the Monday of race week with the full list of potential Melbourne Cup-bound stayers to be listed below.

The 2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup nominations attracted 28 potential Melbourne Cup horses including a number of Group 3 Geelong Cup acceptors for this Wednesday.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 13770×7006 AZURO (FR) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
2 x0352x6780 CARIF H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 99
3 x4x1x1736x COLLIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 95
4 218×016116 CREEDENCE G 6 Matt Cumani 99
5 46416341×0 ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 107
6 4x9748x004 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 8 Archie Alexander 96
7 12432×0602 GOOD IDEA G 6 Phillip Stokes 83
8 6x7000x324 HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 103
9 122107×407 INVERLOCH (IRE) G 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 100
10 1x410x4431 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 104
11 1x8x58x036 LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis 104
12 41x7811x18 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 101
13 0x63112314 LUNAR FLARE M 5 Grahame Begg 74
14 11x84x4066 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 101
15 542230×644 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 88
16 2553x4x11x NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE) G 5 Peter G Moody 107
17 x07511x000 OCEANEX (NZ) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 105
18 321023×693 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 5 Peter G Moody 102
19 52×0252454 POLLY GREY (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 93
20 5138x5138x SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani 107
21 23311×2822 SELINO (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 95
22 x3103x0925 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 103
23 111×4514 SKYWARD (FR) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 105
24 05x532x522 SOUND (GER) H 8 Michael Moroney 102
25 1x4679x033 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 103
26 4143×15093 SUPER GIRL M 6 Josh Julius 80
27 x9070x3x58 TRAP FOR FOOLS G 7 Lindsey Smith 106
28 0684x9x504 VIN DE DANCE (NZ) G 6 Symon Wilde 89

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Moonee Valley Cup Form Guide

The Moonee Valley Cup form guide features essential facts and stats like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the stayers in the field.

In recent years the Moonee Valley Gold Cup form has held up in better spring features like the Melbourne Cup a number of times including in 2002 when Mr Prudent ran third and second respectively and in 2000 when Brew won the Melbourne Cup after a second to Yippyio in the MV Cup.

More recently Americain won the 2011 Moonee Valley Gold Cup a year after saluting in the Melbourne Cup, while in 2015 Prince Of Penzance ran second when failing to defend his Moonee Valley Gold Cup title before success in that year’s Melbourne Cup as a triple-figure roughie.

2020 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2020 Form Guide will be available below for punters the week of the race.

Moonee Valley Cup Results

There have been more favourites than roughies saluting for the punters in the Moonee Valley Cup results over the past decade.

Many quality gallopers have taken out the race and standout recent Moonee Valley Gold Cup winners include Prince Of Penzance (2014), Americain (2011) and Zipping (2006).

Moonee Valley Cup Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Miami Bound Shared Ambition Oceanex 2:39.6
2019 Hunting Horn Mr Quickie Downdraft 2:39.4
2018 Ventura Storm Trap For Fools Libran 2:34.3
2017 Who Shot Thebarman Libran Cismontane 2:37.3
2016 Grand Marshal Who Shot Thebarman Pentathlon 2:41.4
2015 The United States Prince Of Penzance Bohemian Lily 2:34.4
2014 Prince Of Penzance Le Roi Au Revoir 2:36.0
2013 Precedence Shoreham Gotta Take Care 2:36.9
2012 Vatuvei Reuben Percival Ironstein 2:35.7
2011 Americain Tullamore Illo 2:36.4
2010 Precedence Above Average Capecover 2:38.9
2009 The Sportsman Irazu Think Money 2:37.3
2008 Gallopin Baughurst Ice Chariot 2:36.5
2007 Gallic Lazer Sharp Jukebox Johnny 2:36.5
2006 Zipping Show Barry Gallic 2:38.9
2005 Umbula Bazelle Kindjhal 2:45.1
2004 Another Warrior Rizon Hard To Get 2:37.1
2003 Frightening Legible County Tyrone 2:38.5
2002 Thong Classic Rain Gauge Mr Prudent 2:40.9
2001 Rain Gauge Spirit Of Westbury Big Pat 2;37.6
2000 Yippyio Brew Cronus 2:41.3