The Group 3 Geelong Cup over 2400m at Geelong on Wednesday is a great race within itself but in recent years had become the last chance for a lot of stayers to gain a start into the Group 1 $7.3m Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November.
A weight penalty for the Geelong Cup winner could be enough for a stayer down in the Melbourne Cup weights to gain one of the last spots in the ‘The Race That Stops A Nation’ in two weeks.
The Geelong Cup is top heavy with European imports while the Roger Charlton trained Withhold is the only English trained runner in the 2018 Geelong Cup field.
We have analysed the field and our complete 2018 Geelong Cup tips can be found below.
Finche is one of three Chris Waller trained European imports lining up in the 2018 Geelong Cup over 2400m. The former French trained stayer will be having his first run on Australian soil with a last start win over 2500m at Deauville in France. Finche has been installed as one of the top fancies in the betting with Ladbrokes.com.au and race day on track betting will also be a good guide to his chances.
One Foot In Heaven
One Foot In Heaven also began his racing career in France but has been racing under the Chris Waller banner since the 2018 Sydney Autumn Carnival. On Foot In Heaven’s best recent run was a last start second in the 2600m St Leger Stakes at Randwick on Everest Day. One Foot In Heaven is a four times winner over the Geelong Cup distance and could easily figure in the finish.
The Roger Charlton trained Withhold is the only European trained stayer in the Geelong Cup field and is coming off a last start win over 3269m at Newcastle in England in June. Kerrin McEvoy has taken the ride and the six year old has been installed as the favourite for the Geelong Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Wall Of Fire
Wall Of Fire also began his career in England before arriving at Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s stables at Caulfield. The six year old showed a lot of improvement at his second run for the stable with a fourth in the 2600m St Leger Stakes at Randwick. The 2400m of the Geelong Cup will suit.
Kiwi stayer Zacada finished second in the 2018 Sydney Cup over 3200m during the Sydney Autumn Carnival but has been out of form since with a last start eighth in the Group 3 Bart Cummings over 2500m at Flemington on October 6. Thus is no easier.
Casterton is another of the Chris Waller trained European imports who has won three races in France over similar distances as the Geelong Cup. Race day betting will be the best guide.
Midterm is one of Lloyd Williams English imports who is yet to win a race on Australian soil but did run second two starts back over 2400m at Caulfield on September 1 and ran a handy race when fifth in the Group 1 The Metropolitan over 2400m at Randwick on September 29. That is good form for a race like the Geelong Cup and has claims.
Northwest Passage’s best recent run was a last start fourth in the Group 3 Bart Cummings over 2500m at Flemington and will race on the pace from barrier one. The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained stayer is one of the main chances.
Yogi is the first of five Darren Weir trained runners in the Geelong Cup and is one of his better chances coming off a last start third in the Bart Cummings. Yogi is a two times winner over 2500m.
The Darren Weir trained Haripour will have no trouble handling the 2400m of the Geelong Cup with two wins over the same distance as well as a win over 2600m. Haripour scored a hat trick of wins at Cranbourne, Morphettville Parks and Mornington before his last start seventh in the St Leger at Randwick. Has to be considered among the top chances.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Runaway could be the likely leader but place chances appear his best hope of picking up some expenses coming off a last start fourth in the 2025m Cranbourne Cup.
The Darren Weir trained European import Guardini was a winner in France and Germany before being sent to Australia but his recent form has been well below par and the eight year old grey has been installed as one of the outsiders in the Geelong Cup field.
Master Zephyr is another Darren Weir trained Geelong Cup runner who is at long odds and will find this a lot tougher than his recent win in the 2200m Hamilton Cup.
Chequered Flag is another Geelong Cup longshot from the Darren Weir stable who was well beaten at his latest tenth in the Bart Cummings.
Wheal Leisure’s recent form is well off the mark and a win here would be a huge boilover.
Barry The Baptist