The Moonee Valley Vase is a 2040m Group 2 race for three-year-olds held at Moonee Valley Racecourse. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and is run under set weight conditions. In 2020, it will be run on Saturday, October 24, the same day as the $5 million Cox Plate.
Soul Patch proved too strong in the 2019 edition of the Moonee Valley Vase, dominating the field. Moonlight Maid finished two and a half lengths behind in second, meanwhile Serious Liason was over five lengths back in third. After claiming victory in the Moonee Valley Vase, Soul Patch ran third in the Group 1 Victoria Derby.
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The race was first run as The Herald Vase back in 1983, with Centaine claiming victory. Since then, the Moonee Valley Vase has been won by some greats of the turf, including Naturalism, Efficient and Whobegotyou.
The Moonee Valley Vase is often used as a lead-up to the Victoria Derby, and a number of horses have been able to complete the double. Raveneaux did it in 1986 and less than 10 years later Blevic (1994) replicated the feat. In slightly more recent times, Helenus (2002), Plastered (2004) and Efficient (2006) have also completed the double.
No horse has ever won the race in consecutive years, however, Graeme Rogerson trained back-to-back winners in the mid-2000s. In 2005 he won with Duelled, and then in 2006 Efficient claimed victory.
In 2019, Soul Patch clocked 2:06.60 in the Moonee Valley Vase, claiming victory for the Ken Keys stable. The fastest time in the race over the last 20 years belongs to Aloisia, who managed to run 2:04.24 in 2017.
2020 Moonee Valley Vase Field and Odds
|1||Khoekhoe (9)J: Fred W Kersley 57kg T: Matthew Cumani||$6.50||$2.00||Bet Now|
|2||Lunar Fox (8)J: Brett Prebble 57kg T: P A Preusker||$5.50||$1.75||Bet Now|
|3||Cherry Tortoni (7)J: Billy Egan 57kg T: Patrick Payne||$4.60||$1.55||Bet Now|
|4||Tanker (2)J: Jamie Kah 57kg T: C Maher & D Eustace||$21.00||$4.60||Bet Now|
|5||Captain Corelli (1)J: Mark Zahra 57kg T: M Price & M Kent Jnr||$8.50||$2.30||Bet Now|
|6||Young Werther (4)J: Damien Oliver 57kg T: D T O’brien||$2.45||$1.28||Bet Now|
|7||Johnny Get Angry (5)J: Lachlan King 57kg T: Denis Pagan||$19.00||$4.00||Bet Now|
|8||Sarodec (6)J: Jason Benbow 57kg T: Richard Laming||$41.00||$6.50||Bet Now|
|9||Reliable Lovin’ (3)J: Michael Rodd 57kg T: Richard Laming||$41.00||$6.50||Bet Now|
MOONEE VALLEY VASE WINNERS
2019 – Soul Patch (2:06.60)
2018 – Stars Of Carrum (2:05.28)
2017 – Aloisia (2:04.24)
2016 – Sacred Elixir (2:10.94)
2015 – Jameka (2:06.01)
2014 – Moonovermanhattan (2:06.44)
2013 – Savvy Nature (2:05.80)
2012 – Super Cool (2:08.25)
2011 – Manawanui (2:07.14)
2010 – Rekindled Interest (2:07.90)