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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 are a huge number of options for horses passing through this race including the Lexus Stakes, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup just to name a few of the big ones.

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.

Year Results Winning Time
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

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