Geelong Cup 2014
Wed, 22 October 2014
The 2014 Geelong Cup, is a Group 3 race run at Geelong
Racecourse over 2,400 metres. The Geelong Cup is an open race which
means horses of any age or sex can run and has total prize money of $300,000.
The race is set to run thirteen days before the running of the Melbourne
Cup and recent results have shown that is one of the better guides for determining
the winner of the prestigious race run on the first Tuesday in November.
Last year's winner was Ibicenco trained by Peter Moody
and ridden by Brad Rawiller. It was the only place
getter to start in the Melbourne Cup almost two weeks later however it didn't
make a great impression finishing 12 lengths behind in 16th place.
A strong guide for the Melbourne Cup
In recent times the Geelong Cup has proven to be a strong guide for the Melbourne
Cup with two Melbourne Cup winners coming from the race over the past four years.
In 2010 the French horse Americain won the race and then backed
up to win the Cup, and again in 2011 French horse Dunaden did
the same. Prior to that Bauer won the Geelong Cup in 2008 and
then was beaten by a whisker to Viewed in the Melbourne Cup
and in 2002 Media Puzzle won the two cups with Damien
Oliver on board in a memorable year for him and connections.
Over the 141 year history of the Geelong Cup there has been three dead heats. Zambesi
and Columbus in 1880, Viol d'Amour
& Highway in 1934 and Sea Legend and Pacific
Mirage in 1989.