Geelong Cup

Held just a week before ‘the race that stops a nation’, the Geelong Cup is a key lead-up into the iconic two-mile showdown and has a huge impact on Melbourne Cup betting.

The Group 3 event takes place at Geelong Racecourse on a Wednesday in late October a few days prior to the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

Contested over 2400m and offering $400,000 in prize money, the Geelong Cup field often attracts international interest with a strong recent strike-rate by raiders in the race.

Taking place just a few days earlier, the Caulfield Cup is a good lead in to follow into the Geelong Cup field, which is often the last chance for stayers to make the Melbourne Cup race field. 

Notable Geelong Cup winners include the French-trained duo of American (2010) and Dunaden (2011) who both went on to win the Melbourne Cup next race.

Most recently fellow international Prince Of Arran won the 2019 Geelong Cup before a second to Vow And Declare in that year’s official Melbourne Cup results.

Geelong Cup 2021 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Wednesday, October 20th of October, 2021
  • Track Location: Geelong Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,400 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Handicap
  • Qualification: Open
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 3
  • Operator: Geelong Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $400,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1872
  • 2021 Geelong Cup Winner: Tralee Rose

Geelong Cup 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Geelong Cup results will be available below once the race takes place on Wednesday October 20, 2021. 

  1. #8 Tralee Rose
  2. #7 Dr Drill
  3. #14 Hasta La War

The Symon Wilde-trained Tavistock mare Tralee Rose ($2.60F) went one better than her lead-up second in The Bart Cummings, solidifying her spot on the $8 million Melbourne Cup field with a tough win over Dr Drill in Wednesday’s Geelong Cup 2021 results.

Geelong Cup Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Geelong Cup, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Geelong Cup
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Geelong Cup.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Geelong Cup. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Geelong Cup, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Geelong Cup, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Geelong Cup to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Geelong Cup to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Geelong Cup to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Geelong Cup, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Geelong Cup in 2021

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  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Geelong Cup Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Geelong Cup 2022 Odds

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

Which Horse Will Win The Geelong Cup in 2021

Factors to consider when picking which horse will win the Geelong Cup in 2021 include: 

  • Weight – Remember, this race is run under a handicap, that means looking out for horses which will gain an advantage from this.
  • Trainers – International stables have seen above average success in this race.
  • Barriers – There is a 400 metre straight before the first turn, which allows the field to settle on positions in the first fifth of the race.

Geelong Cup 2021 Favourites

Early favourites in Geelong Cup 2021 betting include The Bart Cummings runner-up Tralee Rose and Patrick Payne’s Shocking seven-year-old Defibrillate

Prince Of Arran ($4.20 in 2019) followed by Steel Prince ($3.50 in 2020) and Tralee Rose ($2.60 in 2021) are the latest Geelong Cup favourites to win.

Geelong Cup 2021 Field 

The official Geelong Cup 2021 field of final acceptances is announced the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2021 Geelong Cup final field features a smart line-up of potential Melbourne Cup horses led in betting by smart staying mare from the stables of Symon Wilde Tralee Rose.

Geelong Cup 2021 TIPS

Favourite: #8 Tralee Rose ($2.60 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #8 Tralee Rose to salute for the punters (see above)

Best Roughie: #7 Dr Drill ($21 at time of publish)

Our exclusive Geelong Cup 2021 tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview published on the Neds Blog.


geelong cup 2021 NOMINATIONS

Early 2021 Geelong Cup nominations close at 12:00PM (AEDT) on Thursday the 14th of October, 2021.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x86541x084 SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 1 59kg 105
2 71x610x505 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 2 59kg 105
3 x73590x003 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 3 58.5kg 104
4 308×826845 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 4 58.5kg 104
5 329431×009 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 5 58kg 103
6 878333×009 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 6 56kg 103
7 8x663x0003 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 7 58kg 103
8 11166×8244 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne 8 58kg 103
9 43x8511x90 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 9 58kg 103
10 00x0516x00 WARNING G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 10 57.5kg 102
11 112114×332 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 5 Symon Wilde 11 55.5kg 102
12 x121x41x80 AMADE (IRE) G 8 Phillip Stokes 12 57.5kg 102
13 5x57170x50 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 13 57kg 101
14 1x1510x060 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 14 56.5kg 100
15 241441×060 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 15 56.5kg 100
16 5x55x01113 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 56kg 99
17 51716×8078 MOSH MUSIC M 7 Archie Alexander 17 54kg 99
18 34×1327515 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 18 55.5kg 98
19 35×5282536 DR DRILL (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 19 55.5kg 98
20 0x31851447 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney 20 55kg 97
21 00x00x5030 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 21 54kg 95
22 4013x7x2x8 WEEKENDER (GB) G 8 Lindsey Smith 22 54kg 93
23 8×33149221 LUNAR FLARE M 6 Grahame Begg 23 54kg 91
24 4x16123x00 LONG ARM (IRE) G 6 Peter Gelagotis 24 54kg 90
25 528434×172 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 25 54kg 90
26 851175×331 STARCASTER (GB) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 26 54kg 88
27 2x547x7713 HASTA LA WAR G 6 Sue Murphy 27 54kg 85
28 51111×7631 MAHASHAKTI M 5 Mitchell Freedman 28 54kg 83
29 x642653756 CONVERGING M 7 Dan O’Sullivan 29 54kg 73

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Geelong Cup 2021 Weights

Handicap conditions apply to this race. Final weights must be declared by 4:00PM (AEDT) on Friday the 15th of October, 2021 and will be published in our above Geelong Cup Field section. 

2021 Geelong Cup Top-Weight:

  • #1 Mirage Dancer (58.5kg)

Geelong Cup 2021 Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9 AM on Monday, the 18th of October, 2021 and will be published in our above Geelong Cup Field section.

Geelong Cup 2021 Barrier Draw

The 2021 Geelong Cup barrier draw will be happen only a few days before the race takes place and will be published in our above Geelong Cup Field section. 

Geelong Cup 2021 Jockeys 

Riders must be declared by 12 PM Monday, the 18th of October, 2021 and will be published in our above Geelong Cup Field section.

Geelong Cup Race Day 2021

2021 Geelong Cup Day takes place on Wednesday, the 20th of October, 2021. Along with the Group 3 Geelong Cup the other key feature race on the card is the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m). 

Geelong Cup Race Time 2021

The Geelong Cup is set to run as Race 7 at 4 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Geelong Cup start times for various states appear in the table below.

State Start Time
Western Australia 1:00 PM
Queensland 3:00 PM
Australian Capital Territory 4:00 PM
Tasmania 4:00 PM
Victoria 4:00 PM
New South Wales 4:00 PM
Northern Territory 2:30 PM
South Australia 1:30 PM


Geelong Cup Scratchings 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Wednesday, the 20th of October, 2021.  

Geelong Cup Prize Money 2021

The Geelong Cup prize purse is worth $400,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $240,000
2nd $72,000
3rd $36,000
4th $18,000
5th $10,000
6th $8,000
7th $8,000
8th $8,000

Geelong Cup Race Number 2021

The 2021 Geelong Cup is set to run as Geelong Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday the 20th of October, 2021. There are nine races in total that day at Geelong Racecourse.

Geelong Cup Form Guide 2021

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Geelong Cup Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Geelong Cup Live 2021

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Geelong Cup live, across the following mediums.

Telecast: Channel Seven

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: 7Live

Geelong Cup Winners

Winners of the Geelong Cup going back to 1999 are displayed in the table below. If you would like to view the full list of Geelong Cup winners, going all the way back to 1872, please visit our Geelong Cup winners page.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Time
2021 Tralee Rose Symon Wilde Dean Holland 2:27.04
2020 Steel Prince Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 2:30.36
2019 Prince Of Arran Charlie Fellowes  Michael Walker 2:26.84 
2018 Runaway  Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 2:28.46
2017 Vengeur Masque Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 2:29.35
2016 Qewy Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 2:28.98
2015 Almoonqith David & B Hayes & T Dabernig James McDonald 2:28.90
2014 Caravan Rolls On Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 2:31.22
2013 Ibicenco Peter Moody Brad Rawiller 2:35.17
2012 Gatewood John Gosden Glen Boss 2:34.10
2011 Dunaden Mikel Delzangles Craig Williams 2:30.14
2010 Americain Alain de Royer Dupre Gerald Mosse 2:30.35
2009 Leica Ding Darren Weir Danny Nikolic 2:27.52
2008 Bauer Luca Cumani Damien Oliver 2:30.16
2007 The Fuzz David Hayes Craig Williams 2:27.06
2006 Mandela Richard Yuill Craig Williams 2:28.29
2005 On A Jeune Peter Montgomerie Kerrin McEvoy 2:26.73
2004 Pacific Dancer Shaun Dwyer Brad Rawiller 2:26.51
2003 Zazzman Tony Vasil Kerrin McEvoy 2:30.02
2002 Media Puzzle Dermot K Weld Damien Oliver 2:25.92
2001 Karasi David Hall Glen Boss 2:32.07
2000 Savrocca Jeff Rogers Craig Williams 2:29.91
1999 Bohemiath Robert Smerdon Jason Patton 2:29.12