Ballarat Cup

  • Date: November 21st
  • Racecourse: Ballarat
  • Race Distance: 2200m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Prize Money: $200,000

2016 Ballarat Cup News

Michelle Payne makes riding a priority after Melbourne Cup win

Michelle Payne makes riding a priority after Melbourne Cup win

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne will focus her attention back on riding after a whirlwind three months of travelling around the nation since her historic win on Prince Of Penzance in November.

Michelle Payne created history when she rode Prince Of Penzance to victory in the 2015 Melbourne Cup at Flemington. Photo by Ultimate …

The 2015 Ballarat Cup is a listed staying event held at Dowling Forest Racecourse in Ballarat.

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Raced under handicap conditions, the Ballarat Cup is open to horses of all ages and genders. It is usually held towards the very end of the Spring Racing Carnival in late November.

With $200,000 prize money on offer, the Ballarat Cup is quite a lucrative country cup, particularly considering its listed status.

In the past, the Ballarat Cup was held as a mid week event on a Wednesday. In 2011, it was moved to a Sunday to take advantage of weekend crowds and punters. In 2014, the Ballarat Cup began running on a Saturday as the only black type racing in NSW and Victoria. In Perth on the same day, Ascot hosts the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

Those gallopers which contest the Ballarat Cup rarely do so first up. Other country cups such as the Bendigo Cup or the Kyneton Cup are common lead up races. Staying events during the feature days of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival are also sometimes contested prior to a run in the Ballarat Cup.

The Ballarat Cup is the last feature day during the spring racing carnival in Victoria. This has the effect of increasing crowds, as a lot of people turn out for one last hit of racing.

Notable Ballarat Cup winners include Great Warrior (1988), Battocchi (1997), Royal Caliph (1998, 2000), Command N Conquer (2005) and The Offer (2013).

2015 Ballarat Cup Field

The Ballarat Cup field usually features a fairly diverse range of horses from different stables. It’s an interesting race, and you’ll often get a mixture of local or country horses lining up against metro runners in the Ballarat Cup field. Because of this, it tends to be a bit of a hit with the punters. The fact that it’s held right at the end of the spring racing carnival also means that most of the runners in the Ballarat Cup field have plenty of form to look to.

The 2015 Ballarat Cup field will be published below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 084×750920 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 6 60kg 105
2 105216×530 INDEX LINKED (GB) Chris Waller Ben Melham 10 59.5kg 104
3 x684x4x803 PRINCE CHERI (FR) David Vandyke Mark Zahra 13 57kg 99
4 2124138110 DIGITALISM John Sadler Michael Dee (a) 12 56kg 97
5 3755×00774 AKZAR (IRE) Darren Weir 5 55kg 95
6 6184183005 CRAFTY CRUISER Bryce Stanaway Jye McNeil (a) 4 55kg 95
7 4651060×00 TANBY Mick Cerchi Dean Holland 17 55kg 95
8 21143×9755 TOOLEYBUC KID Darren Weir 15 55kg 95
9 146×074440 MAYGROVE Murray Baker Patrick Moloney (a) 9 54.5kg 94
10 3510×08720 PONDAROSA MISS (NZ) Jason Bridgman James Winks 3 54.5kg 98
11 08712×0000 SONNTAG Henry Dwyer Chris Symons 16 54.5kg 94
12 x452x78624 SYSMO (FR) Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 18 54kg 92
13 30×4098035 DON DOREMO (NZ) Robbie Laing Craig Robertson 8 54kg 90
14 5182424855 LORD DURANTE Simone Ferchie Darren Gauci 11 54kg 89
15 15443×5063 MUJADALE Paul A Jones Stephen Baster 2 54kg 88
16 31532×8444 UNGRATEFUL ELLEN Robert Smerdon Craig Newitt 7 54kg 85
17 x049429711 ZAYAM (FR) Matthew Smith Vlad Duric 1 54kg 80
18 x0x7872447 WALES Richard Laming 14 54kg 72

2015 Ballarat Cup Nominations

The Ballarat Cup nominations are usually comprised of a broad spectrum of talent. Local runners who haven’t had a lot of black-type starts will enter the Ballarat Cup nominations in hopes of securing a prestigious victory and some solid prize money. Metro runners from major stables in Melbourne and sometimes Sydney will also enter the Ballarat Cup nominations as part of a wider spring campaign that is likely near its end.

The 2015 Ballarat Cup nominations will be provided here.

Ballarat Cup Results

Ballarat Cup winners, place getters and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

Year Results Winning Time
2015 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2014 1 Mujadale 2 At First Sight 3 Fat Al 2:17.8
2013 1 The Offer 2 Pelicano 3 Hurdy Gurdy Man 2:25.1
2012 1 King Diamond 2 Pelicano 3 Exceptionally 2:18.4
2011 1 Domesky 2 Rothera 3 Sean Baile Mor 2:19.2
2010 1 My Bentley 2 Kidnapped 3 Allanthus 2:17.0
2009 1 Itstheone 2 Gallions Reach 3 Davcon 2:14.4
2008 1 Daka’s Gem 2 Sentire 3 Banana Man 2:21.8
2007 1 Sentire 2 Bowl Along 3 Red Riviera 2:23.9
2006 1 Rubijon 2 Upstaged 3 Lancettier 2:17.3
2005 1 Command N Conquer 2 Maneroo Lue 3 Steelworker 2:17.4
2004 1 Just The Part 2 Irish Crusader 3 Demerger 2:15.4
2003 1 Western Waters 2 Delvecchio 3 Dance On Wood 2:16.2
2002 1 Varsilayos 2 As You Would 3 Sale Of Century 2:15.0
2001 1 Aquiver 2 Varsilayos 3 Adolescence 2:14.0
2000 1 Royal Caliph 2 Luther 3 Laebeel 2:18.5