The Geelong Cup is a 2400m Group 3 race held at Geelong Racecourse in Victoria. It has a total prize pool of $400,000 and the winner of the race is guaranteed a place in the Melbourne Cup. In 2020, the Geelong Cup will be run on Wednesday, October 21.
Prince Of Arran won the 2019 edition of the Geelong Cup, with True Self and Haky finishing second and third respectively. After winning the race, Prince Of Arran went on to finish second in the Melbourne Cup, less than half a length behind winner Vow And Declare.
Due to its close link with the Melbourne Cup, it’s worth noting those horses that have completed the Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup double. Media Puzzle did it in 2002, while more recently we have seen Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) achieve the feat.
As with many top races, Jockey Craig Williams has had some great success in the Geelong Cup over the years. He recorded four victories in a nine-year stretch between 2006 and 2014. No trainer has quite been able to establish consistent success in the race.
In 2019, Prince Of Arran clocked 2:26.84 to win the Geelong Cup, which was an impressive time but not the fastest the race has seen over the last 20 years. That honour belongs to the legendary Media Puzzle, who ran 2:25.92 back in 2002.
GEELONG CUP WINNERS
2019 – Prince Of Arran (2:26.84)
2018 – Runaway (2:28.46)
2017 – Vengeur Masque (2:29.35)
2016 – Qewy (2:28.98)
2015 – Almoonqith (2:28.90)
2014 – Caravan Rolls On (2:31.22)
2013 – Ibicenco (2:35.17)
2012 – Gatewood (2:34.10)
2011 – Dunaden (2:30.14)
2010 – Americain (2:30.35) (2406m)