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.
- #7 Steel Prince
- #4 Le Don De Vie
- #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.
|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|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
Geelong Cup Betting
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
- Login at neds.com.au
- Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
- Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
- 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).
- 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|
|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|
|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.
|Western Australia||1:00 PM|
|Australian Capital Territory||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.
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
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.
|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|