Ladbrokes Tip: Moonee Valley Cup graduates often have the Melbourne Cup in mind
The Moonee Valley Cup, also called the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, runs at Moonee Valley Racecourse on a Saturday in late October on Cox Plate Day during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Racing at the meeting is headlined by Australasia’s weight-for-age championship – the $3 million Group 1 W.S. 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 face off for $250,000 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).
The next edition of the Moonee Valley Cup runs on Late October, 2017.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|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|
|2009||The Sportsman||Irazu||Think Money||2:37.3|
|2007||Gallic||Lazer Sharp||Jukebox Johnny||2:36.5|
|2004||Another Warrior||Rizon||Hard To Get||2:37.1|
|2002||Thong Classic||Rain Gauge||Mr Prudent||2:40.9|
|2001||Rain Gauge||Spirit Of Westbury||Big Pat||2;37.6|