The 2017 JRA Cup is a Group 3 race run at the end of September at Moonee Valley Racecourse. It forms part of the Melbourne spring racing carnival and takes place on Moir Stakes Night. The Friday night program is the biggest of the year at Moonee Valley adding extra importance to the JRA Cup.
This was shown in 2010 when the JRA Cup was promoted to Group 3 status from listed level.
The JRA Cup itself is an open handicap event run across a trip of 2040m. It boasts a healthy prize pool of $200,000.
Many trainers employ the JRA Cup as an event to run their horses into form in the quest for honours in the bigger staying events of the carnival.
This was best shown in 2009 when Shocking ran third in the JRA Cup before going on to win that years Melbourne Cup.
There’s probably an equal number of races before it as well although the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield over 2000m could be one to keep an eye on.
While this race doesn’t have a long history it already boasts some fantastic champions including Maldivian in 2007, Alcopop in 2009, Precedence in 2010 and dream Pedlar in 2011.
2017 JRA Cup Field
The field for the JRA Cup is published below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||1x00x518x7||TAVAGO (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Hugh Bowman||8||59.5kg||109|
|2||3337311×68||JON SNOW (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Stephen Baster||11||59kg||108|
|3||113380×348||ECUADOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Beau Mertens (a)||5||58kg||106|
|4||1211x12x9L||STAR EXHIBIT||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||12||57.5kg||105|
|5||1516510×39||BOOM TIME||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||1||56kg||102|
|6||x533x0x038||FOUNDATION (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||9||54.5kg||99|
|7||31x073x000||BERISHA||Robert Smerdon||Ryan Maloney||2||54kg||98|
|8||820x076x07||GREY LION (IRE)||Matt Cumani||Jordan Childs||10||54kg||94|
|9||121x3811x7||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||13||54kg||93|
|10||9065227×37||ETYMOLOGY||James Cummings||Corey Brown||3||54kg||90|
|11||x060793572||LORD DURANTE||Simone Ferchie||Stan Tsaikos||4||54kg||86|
|12||532×21122||SPANISH REEF||Ken Keys||Luke Currie||7||54kg||72|
|13||2x10x3x823||KILMACURRAGH (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||6||54kg||68|
2017 JRA Cup Nominations
The 2017 JRA Cup nominations are expected to feature a higher number of horses than usual. The 2015 JRA Cup nominations will be uploaded here on Monday, September 26th.
JRA Cup Winners & Results
JRA Cup results and winning times since the year 2006 are displayed below.
|2017||1 Jon Snow||2 Ecuador||3 Boom Time||2:07.1|
|2016||1 Real Love||2 Sir John Hawkwood||3 Volkhere||2:00.9|
|2015||1 Escado||2 Magnapal||3 Velox||2:05.9|
|2014||1 The Cleaner||2 Sangster||3 Mourinho||2:05.9|
|2013||1 Mourinho||2 Gris Caro||3 The Great Snowman||2:06.1|
|2012||1 Bianmick||2 Dance With Her||3 Ironstein||2:06.7|
|2011||1 Dream Pedlar||2 Carnero||3 Domesky||2:08.7|
|2010||1 Precedence||2 Rainbow Styling||3 Linton||2:05.3|
|2009||1 Alcopop||2 Field Hunter||3 Shocking||2:08.4|
|2008||1 Cefalu||2 Majestical||3 Devil Moon||2:05.9|
|2007||1 Maldivian||2 Pacino||3 Master O’Reilly||2:05.8|
|2006||1 Pavlova||2 Spinney||3 Delvecchio||2:07.0|