The Coongy Cup is a Group 3 2000m race held at Caulfield Racecourse in Victoria. The open handicap is for horses aged three and older and has a $200,000 prize pool. In 2020, the Coongy Cup will be run on Wednesday, October 14, the same day as the Blue Sapphire Stakes and Ladies’ Day Vase Stakes.
Wolfe won the 2019 edition of the Coongy Cup, beating the likes of Top Of The Range and Kiwia. The winner of the race is exempt from the Caulfield Cup ballot, however, Wolfe went on to finish 13th out of 18 runners in the Group 1.
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The Coongy Cup was first run in 1898 as the Coongy Handicap, with Hymettus claiming victory. Some notable horses have since won the race, including La Mer, Rose Of Kingston and Stratum Star.
Some of Australia’s top trainers have had decent success in the race, with both Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse winning the Coongy Cup twice in the last 10 years. Disgraced trainer Darren Weir had the same level of success.
In 2019, Wolfe clocked 2:02.73 to claim victory in the Coongy Cup. It was a decent time but the fastest of the last 20 years belongs to the Activation. In 2005, the Graeme Rogerson-trained runner ran 2:00.65 to claim victory
COONGY CUP WINNERS
2019 – Wolfe (2:02.73)
2018 – Best Of Days/Mask Of Time (2:07.07)
2017 – Kiwia (2:02.99)
2016 – Vanbrugh (2:02.17)
2015 – Stratum Star (2:02.13)
2014 – Contributer (2:05.25)
2013 – Spurtonic (2:03.11)
2012 – Lightinthenite (2:04.26)
2011 – Foreteller (2:03.11)
2010 – Ginga Dude (2:06.68)