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 2020 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Wednesday, October 21st of October, 2020 
  • 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
  • 2020 Geelong Cup Winner: Steel Prince

Geelong Cup 2020 RESULTS

The official 2020 Geelong Cup results will be available below once the race takes place on Wednesday October 21, 2020. 

  1. #7 Steel Prince
  2. #4 Le Don De Vie
  3. #3 King Of Leogrance

The Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained favourite Steel Prince ($3.50) saluted for the punters in the 2020 Geelong Cup results with a narrow victory over stablemate Le Don De Vie ($8).

The Geelong Cup winner received a subsequent weight penalty for the $8 million Melbourne Cup and currently sits just outside the Top 24 with 53.5kg in 25th spot on the ballot.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 7 57.5kg $3.50F
2 4 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 0.2L 6 58kg $8
3 3 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 1.45L 3 58kg $8.50
4 2 ASHRUN (FR) Andreas Wohler Craig Williams 1.65L 8 58.5kg $6
5 5 SKYWARD (FR) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young William Pike 2.4L 5 58kg $5
6 10 CREEDENCE Matt Cumani Michael Poy (a) 2.5L 2 55kg $15
7 8 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 5.25L 9 57kg $21
8 1 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) Matt Cumani Damien Oliver 10.25L 1 59kg $26
9 11 ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brett Prebble 12.5L 4 55kg $8
SCRATCHED 6 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller John Allen 0
SCRATCHED 9 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Geelong Cup Betting

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

  1. Login at neds.com.au
  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 2020 Field 

The official Geelong Cup 2020 field of final acceptances is announced the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2020 Geelong Cup final field features 11 potential Melbourne Cup-bound horses led in betting by the German-trained Ashrun looking to continue the strong record of internationals in the event.

Scratchings Update: #6 Shared Ambition (5) and #9 Sound (7) have both been scratched from the Geelong Cup field in favour of a run in Saturday’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup on Cox Plate Day.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 15138×5138 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) Matt Cumani Damien Oliver 1 59kg 106
2 11853x5x22 ASHRUN (FR) Andreas Wohler Craig Williams 10 58.5kg 105
3 49x211x2x0 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 3 58kg 104
4 1x410x4431 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 8 58kg 104
5 111×4514 SKYWARD (FR) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young William Pike 6 58kg 104
6 x3103x0925 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller John Allen 5 57.5kg 103
7 1x4679x033 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 9 57.5kg 103
8 321023×693 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 11 57kg 102
9 05x532x522 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 7 57kg 102
10 218×016116 CREEDENCE Matt Cumani Michael Poy (a) 2 55kg 98
11 x3113x6511 ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brett Prebble 4 55kg 95

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Geelong Cup 2020 Odds

Early market odds on the 2020 Geelong Cup will be displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2020 edition of the Geelong Cup here once betting opens.

Which Horse Will Win The Geelong Cup

Factors to take into considerations are as follows:

  • 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 2020 Favourites

Early favourites in Geelong Cup 2020 betting include Germany’s talented stayer Ashrun and Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young’s import Skyward last seen finishing fourth to subsequent Caulfield Cup runner-up Anthony Van Dyck in a Group 2 in France.

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

Geelong Cup 2020 TIPS

Favourite: #2 Ashrun ($3.70 at time of publish) –

Best Bet: #5 Skyward ($5 at time of publish) –

Best Roughie: #3 King Of Leogrance ($10 at time of publish)

Our exclusive Geelong Cup 2020 tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview published on the Neds Blog.

Geelong Cup Race Day

Race day takes place on Wednesday, the 21st of October, 2020. 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

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 2020 Barrier Draw

The 2020 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 2020 Weights

Handicap conditions apply to this race. Final weights will be published in our above Geelong Cup Field section. 

2020 Geelong Cup Top Weight: 

  • #1 San Huberto (59kg) 

Geelong Cup 2020 Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9 AM on Monday, the 19th of October, 2020 and will be published in our above Geelong Cup Field section.

Geelong Cup 2020 Jockeys 

Riders must be declared by 12 PM Monday, the 19th of October, 2020 and will be published in our above Geelong Cup Field section.

Geelong Cup Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Wednesday, the 21st of October, 2020. 

2020 Geelong Cup Scratchings:

  • #6 Shared Ambition (5)
  • #9 Sound (7)

Geelong Cup Prize Money

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

The Geelong Cup is run as Geelong Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday October 21, 2020. There are nine races in total that day at Geelong Racecourse.

Geelong Cup Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2020’s Melbourne has been released.

Geelong Cup Live

You can watch or listen to the 2020 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
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