The 2016 Ballarat Cup is a listed staying event held at Dowling Forest Racecourse in Ballarat.
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 $300,000 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).
2016 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 2016 Ballarat Cup field will be published below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||311118×301||TURNITAROUND||Matthew Williams||Blake Shinn||13||60kg||104|
|2||x1xD2x0293||LIDARI (FR)||Darren Weir||John Allen||15||59kg||102|
|3||3540×27408||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||1||58.5kg||105|
|4||757×560031||TAIYOO||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||12||58.5kg||101|
|5||4402846×22||PUCCINI (NZ)||Wayne Walters||Craig Robertson||7||58kg||100|
|6||1x4740x008||AUVRAY (FR)||Darren Weir||–||4||56.5kg||97|
|7||106x0x0830||DESERT JEUNEY||Nigel Blackiston||–||21||56kg||96|
|8||20×9845900||MAGNAPAL||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Luke Currie||5||56kg||96|
|9||1519125×67||LORD VAN PERCY (GB)||Darren Weir||–||18||55kg||94|
|10||x0730x5950||OBSERVATIONAL (GB)||John Sadler||Luke Nolen||8||55kg||94|
|11||74126×5266||LADY LE FAY (NZ)||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||22||54kg||96|
|12||1282×30930||MANAGERESS||Cindy Alderson||Ms Michelle Payne||2||54kg||91|
|13||893×486407||GO DREAMING||Grant Kluske||Darren Gauci||6||54kg||89|
|14||3x67x66142||NOZOMI||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Stephen Baster||10||54kg||89|
|15||x153413x43||SCHERZOSO||Tony McEvoy||Ben Allen (a)||16||54kg||89|
|16||14x1x22529||PILOTE D’ESSAI (GB)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss (a)||19||54kg||87|
|17||000396×990||SONNTAG||Henry Dwyer||Michael Dee (a)||17||54kg||85|
|18||21213×9226||COOL CHAP||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Daniel Stackhouse||3||54kg||83|
|19e||811×099411||GOLDEN OLDIES||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Ms Linda Meech||9||54kg||80|
|20e||211x2x4442||SOMETHING TO SHARE||Dane Smith||–||14||54kg||79|
|22e||x912598415||WHITE DOLLAR SIGN||John Thom||Ms Holly McKechnie||11||54kg||72|
2016 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 2016 Ballarat Cup nominations will be provided here.
Ballarat Cup Results
Ballarat Cup winners, place getters and winning times since 2000 are listed below.
|2016||1 Pilote D’Essai||2 Scherzoso||3 Manageress||2:14.1|
|2015||1 Junoob||2 Wales||3 Sonntag||2:18.|
|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|