2014 Melbourne Cup Field, Barriers & Odds

Geelong Cup News

Leading jockey Craig Williams has secured an impressive fifth race win in the renowned feature event this afternoon, delivering an exceptional ride on classy stayer Caravan Rolls On to win the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m). Jumping from the gates well, Caravan Rolls on was settled in prime position within…


Geelong Cup

The 2014 Geelong Cup is a Group 3 Australian horse race held by the Geelong Racing Club every October. Held at the Geelong Racecourse on the fourth Wednesday of October, the open handicap takes place over 2400 metres and forms part of the prolific Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Worth $300,000 in prize money, the Geelong Cup is one of the premier country cups held outside of the city during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The 2014 Geelong Cup will be held on Wednesday, October 22nd.

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Geelong Cup Race Information

Date: Fourth Wednesday in October
Racecourse: Geelong Racecourse, Victoria
Distance: 2400 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Group Listing: Group Three
Prize Money: $300,000

The Geelong Cup falls in the heart of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Just a few days before at Caulfield is Caulfield Cup Day, boasting nine black-type events. The Friday night after Geelong Cup Day sees the Group 1 Manikato Stakes run at Moonee Valley. The day after that is Cox Plate Day, featuring the $3 million Cox Plate and six other group races.

Geelong Cup Day

There are three black-type events on Geelong Cup Day. The 2400m Geelong Cup is the feature event. Running alongside the Geelong Cup is the Listed Geelong Classic, a 2200m staying event for three year olds. Open to both sexes, the Geelong Classic runs under set weights plus penalties conditions and is worth a total of $120,000.

Also running on Geelong Cup Day is the $120,000 Listed Fillies and Mares Handicap, a 1200m sprint run under handicap conditions. Restricted to fillies and mares aged three years and older, this event is the perfect complement to the Geelong Cup.

Geelong Cup Day is a public holiday in Geelong, and that fact is thoroughly taken advantage of by the locals. Geelong Cup Day is an extravaganza of fashion, punting, partying and horse racing. Over the years, Geelong Cup Day has developed a stellar reputation for enjoyable entertainment and quality racing.

Geelong Cup History & Betting

The Geelong Cup is steeped in rich history, dating back to 1873 when Leo claimed the initial victory. At the time, the Geelong Cup was a Principal race over 16 furlongs, and didn’t change structure until Australia converted to the metric system and so officially changed to 2400 metres in 1972. Seven years later the Geelong Cup was regarded as a Listed race, before finding its current Group Three status in 2002.

Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee George Hanlon, who trained three Melbourne Cup winners, shares the prize for most Geelong Cups taken home (4) with James Wilson, a Yorkshire man who spent the majority of his life training horses in Geelong.

The Geelong Cup has long been regarded as a strong guide to the Melbourne Cup held 13 days after – on the first Tuesday in November. When it comes to betting on the Geelong Cup, check out strong stayers which are targeting a run in the Melbourne Cup of that season. The winner of the Geelong Cup gains ballot exemption for the Melbourne Cup. Another tip is to check out previous winners of the race, as you can gauge successful horse form leading into the race. Take a look through the previous Geelong Cup results and familiarise yourself so you can compare them with this year’s hopefuls.

Once you have picked a winner, the only place to go is online. Pick a reputable bookie such as Ladbrokes.com.au to place your punt and see the money come back flowing. It only takes a couple of minutes to sign up to Ladbrokes.com.au, and then you are free to wager on any race taking place this spring in Australia or around the world. Forget about fitting in with your local TAB’s schedule, make your betting fit into your timetable by punting online. The convenience and odds on offer simply cannot be beaten.

Want more racing action? Get news tips and information on the Spring Carnival at these great sites: Melbourne Cup 2014, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate or try these great sites for the Epsom Handicap, Caulfield Guineas, Victoria Derby, Crown Oaks and Emirates Stakes.