Moonee Valley Vase 2021

Saturday October 23, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Moonee Valley Vase is a gun lead-up for VRC Derby hopefuls

The Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase is a key support race on the Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day card at Moonee Valley Racecourse on a Saturday in late October during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The meeting is highlighted by the Group 1 $5 million Cox Plate (2040m), but also features four Group 2 events.

Along with this Group 2 the other majors on the program are the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m), Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) and Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m). Contested over the same distance as the Cox Plate, 2040m, the race offers $300,000 in prize money and is a set weights race open to three-year-olds only.

It makes a nice lead-up to Flemington’s Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) held the following Saturday to kick off the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and the double has recently been achieved by Efficient (2006), Plastered (2004) and Helenus (2002).

The Moonee Valley Vase form was also franked in 2019 with the winner Soul Patch going on to run third in that year’s VRC Derby trifecta, while in 2020 Johnny Get Angry won the Victoria Derby on the back of a third in the Vase.

The latest edition of the Moonee Valley Vase ran on Saturday October 23, 2021 and saw the $2 favourite Forgot You narrowly salute for the punters. 

2021 Moonee Valley Vase Results

The official Moonee Valley Vase 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be published below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 23, 2021.

  • 1st: #1 Forgot You ($2)
  • 2nd: #12 Commanding Harry
  • 3rd: #3 Jungle Magnate

All roads lead to the Victoria Derby for the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Forgot You ($2) who narrowly defeated his 100/1 stablemate Commanding Harry in an exciting Moonee Valley Vase 2021 result on Cox Plate Day.

Moonee Valley Vase Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 23, 2021
  • Track: Moonee Valley
  • Distance: 2040m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1981

Moonee Valley Vase Betting

Moonee Valley Vase odds are dominated each year by the colts and geldings, who have a far superior record over the fillies in the race, that come off a run in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) two weeks before.

The Caulfield Guineas has produced more Moonee Valley Vase winners than any other race so top three runners in the Group 1 sit high up the Moonee Valley Vase betting markets each spring.

Runners under double figures in the Moonee Valley Vase betting odds have an outstanding recent record in the race with no horse saluting at double figures in over 20 years until the upset 2018 win by Stars Of Carrum ($31) who went on to run second the VRC Derby results next run.

Cherry Tortoni ($2.60 in 2020) followed by Forgot You ($2 in 2021) are the latest favourites in Moonee Valley Vase betting to win.

2021 Moonee Valley Vase Odds

The latest Moonee Valley Vase 2021 betting odds and links to our markets will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned for the best Moonee Valley Vase Group 2 Cox Plate Day prices.

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

Moonee Valley Vase Tips

Moonee Valley Vase tips come out the week of the race and are dominated by three-year-old graduates coming out of the Caulfield Guineas. Held two weeks before the Vase over the mile, the Caulfield Guineas is the best lead-up to the Moonee Valley Vase and runners that finished in the money in the Group 1 are a great tip to take in the Group 2 a fortnight later.

Other good Moonee Valley Vase tips to take include backing any runners that have previous form over further than a mile, runners that have winning form at the track and those under $10 in betting.

Odds-on favourites also have a gun record in the race so taking the shortie has proved a successful MV Vase betting tip over the past two decades. Cherry Tortoni ($2.60 in 2020) saluted for the punters in the Moonee Valley Vase before a fourth to Vase third placegetter Johnny Get Angry in the VRC Derby results.

2021 Moonee Valley Vase Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Moonee Valley Vase 2021 Tips and exotic Moonee Valley Vase betting selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the three-year-old stayers to get behind for the win this spring.

  • To Win: #1 Forgot You ($2 at time of publish) 

It’s a capacity field and plenty are in nice form, but hard to bet against the short-priced favourite. Ideal barrier nine draw and he’s proven at the track having won the Group 2 Stutt Stakes here two back bravely for his second Moonee Valley victory from as many starts. Far from disgraced up in grade last time out in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas when sixth at big odds from a wide draw and under four lengths beaten.

Moonee Valley Vase Field

The Moonee Valley Vase field attracts a quality line-up of three-year-old staying types each spring, some looking to back-up on the short turnaround into the Victoria Derby over more distance the next Saturday.

The race is open to both the colts and geldings as well as the fillies and in 2015 Jameka backed-up off a Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) second at Caulfield a fortnight before to beat home the boys in the Moonee Valley Vase. She also won the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) during the Cup Carnival next start and the following year’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m). In 2017 Aloisia was dominant beating home the boys in the Moonee Valley Vase field by over three lengths after her lead-up Thousand Guineas success.

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Efficient (2006) completed the Moonee Valley Vase – VRC Derby double during his three-year-old season. Photo Credit: Taron Clarke.

Male gallopers often back-up in the race off a run in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) that produced the 2015 MV Vase runner-up Shards (13th) and third placegetter Tarzino (7th). Tarzino went on to win that year’s Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) seven days after the Vase. Again in 2016 the Caulfield Guineas form held in the Moonee Valley Vase with Sacred Elixir winning the latter after a lead-up eighth.

The 2014 Moonee Valley Vase winner Moonovermanhattan also came off a run in the Guineas (7th), as did Manawanui (2nd) in 2011 who won the Group 2 as the odds-on favourite at $1.18. The last horse to win the Caulfield Guineas – Moonee Valley Vase double was Whobegotyou (2008) who ran second in that year’s Victoria Derby.

Most recently the Caulfield Guineas produced the 2019 Moonee Valley Vase winner Soul Patch (8th).

Another possible lead-up to the final field is Sydney’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) a fortnight earlier at Randwick, which last produced a winner of the Group 2 in 2020 with Cherry Tortoni (8th).

Recent Moonee Valley Vase winners to finish top three in the VRC Derby next start include Stars Of Carrum (2nd in 2018), while in 2010 the Vase runner-up Lion Tamer won the Derby next start.

The Moonee Valley Vase nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday and the final field and barriers are out on the Wednesday.

2021 Moonee Valley Vase Field

The official Moonee Valley Vase 2021 Final Field & Barriers are announced the Wednesday before Cox Plate Day and will be published in full below so stay tuned to see what VRC Derby-bound three-year-olds make the starting line-up.

A capacity line-up of potential VRC Derby hopefuls do battle in Saturday’s 2021 Moonee Valley Vase field including the clear favourite Forgot You who won the Group 2 Stutt Stakes at The Valley two back.

2021 Moonee Valley Vase Nominations

The early Moonee Valley Vase 2021 entries close the Monday of race week and will be provided for punters below once announced.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 43×2010 ACHIRA F 3 Lee & Cherie Curtis 61
2 x571x28125 AKIHIRO C 3 Gary Portelli
3 2627 ANTONIO GIOVANNI C 3 Chris Waller 61
4 724×312 AUDREY GIRL F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 63
5 32113 BARB RAIDER F 3 Jerome Hunter 84
6 4×5225 BLACKCOMB F 3 Danny O’Brien
7 83217×944 BLUSHING TYCOON C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 67
8 7×25 CAPITAL LEGEND G 3 John Sadler 61
9 10×760 CELESTIAL FURY (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 64
10 331 CERBERUS C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 72
11 3x5x321823 CHEERFUL MOMENT (NZ) C 3 Lindsey Smith 64
12 219 COMMANDER HARRY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 61
13 2x738x652 EL ROCKO C 3 John McArdle 61
14 388×3116 FORGOT YOU (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 83
15 706×15 HITOTSU C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 76
16 1×82 JUNGLE MAGNATE (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
17 160×58358 PATTON C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
18 4×853 PHERE THE EX G 3 Ben & JD Hayes
19 8421811 RHINOCEROS (NZ) C 3 Emma-Lee & David Browne 74
20 45×2123 SAMARKAND (NZ) G 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 64
21 9×46120 SHARPER C 3 Michael Templeton 65
22 5×1 SPIRIT OF GAYLARD (NZ) C 3 Mitchell Freedman 63
23 2231×85 TUTUKAKA (NZ) G 3 Tony Pike 74
24 13 VILLADEN (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Moonee Valley Vase Form Guide

The Moonee Valley Vase form guide gives you all the information and statistics you need to place a well-informed wager on the race like the jockeys, trainers, barriers, track / distance records and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

The Moonee Valley Vase form has stacked up in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) a week later many times over the past 20 years or so providing plenty of winners and placegetters in the Cup Carnival classic.

2021 Moonee Valley Vase Form Guide

A link to our insider Moonee Valley Vase 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Moonee Valley Vase Results

Moonee Valley Vase results have been dominated by odds-on favourites and runners under $10 over the past 20 years.

Notable recent winners include Jameka (2015), Super Cool (2012), Manawanui (2011), Whobegotyou (2008), Efficient (2006) and Helenus (2002).

Moonee Valley Vase Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Forgot You Commander Harry Jungle Magnate 2:09.0
2020 Cherry Tortoni Khoekhoe Johnny Get Angry 2:10.3
2019 Soul Patch Moonlight Maid Serious Liaison 2:06.6
2018 Stars of Carrum Savoie Aramayo 2:05.2
2017 Aloisia Cliff’s Edge Salsamor 2:04.2
2016 Sacred Elixir Morvada So Si Bon 2:10.9
2015 Jameka Shards Tarzino 2:06.0
2014 Moonovermanhattan Atmosphere Go Indy Go 2:06.4
2013 Savvy Nature All Rigged Up Pinstripe Lane 2:05.0
2012 Super Cool It’s A Dundeel Viking Star 2:08.2
2011 Manawanui Collar Scelto 2:07.1
2010 Rekindled Interest Lion Tamer Hollowlea 2:07.0
2009 Hanks Spacecraft Viking Legend 2:06.2
2008 Whobegotyou Buffett Orca 2:05.3
2007 Marching Kibbutz Barbaricus 2:06.5
2006 Efficient The One Excites 2:05.2
2005 Duelled Manton Benicio 2:14.1
2004 Plastered Mr Martini Count Ricardo 2:07.6
2003 Kempinsky Elvstroem Lifes A Bounty 2:07.1
2002 Helenus Macedon Lady Wild Heart 2:08.0
2001 Ustinov Viking Ruler Pure Theatre 2:06.3
2000 Skalato Universal Prince Sale Of Century 2:09.2