Werribee Cup News

Trainer Mick Price has revealed that The Chairman is a good chance of progressing to the Listed Werribee Cup (2600m) on December 11th, following a smart performance for third in the Kilmore Cup over the weekend. The Chairman has returned to racing in particularly slick form this time and laid…


Werribee Cup

The 2017 Werribee Cup is a true staying race for gallopers held at Werribee Racecourse in December each year and is one of the richest races on the provincial cups circuit in Victoria.

The 2017 Werribee Cup will be held on Thursday, November 10th, 2017. Werribee Cup

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Worth $120,000 in stakes the Werribee Cup holds BM78 status and is run over 2000 metres. It was previously a listed race.

Every year Werribee Cup Day is a huge event attracting a quality field of Victorian, and sometimes even interstate, stayers.

The Werribee Race Club is located approximately 32km south-west of the Melbourne CBD and as such is a handy location for both country and metro horses and their trainers.

Werribee Cup Facts

  • Date: December
  • Status: BM78
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Prize Money: $120,000
  • Conditions: Handicap
Upcoming Races

Group 1

BTC Cup

(1200m)

Doomben

$400,000

WFA

Group 1

The Goodwood

(1200m)

Morphettville

$400,000

WFA

Group 1

Doomben Cup

(2020m)

Doomben

$500,000

3YO & Up WFA

Group 1

Queensland Oaks

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$400,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Queensland Derby

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Stradbroke Handicap

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$1,000,000

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Werribee Cup History

In recent years the Werribee Cup has had an interesting and interrupted history.

The 2008 Werribee Cup, won by Mandela, was held at Geelong while the 2009 edition was held at Bendigo with Werribee Racecourse unavailable for racing those years.

The race was not held in 2010 but returned to its home track in 2011 for Michael Kent’s Cranbourne mare Montahlia to win.

In 2012 the Werribee Cup, won by the Tony Vasil-trained Apprehend, was run on January 29 for the Australia Day long weekend which proved a great success.

The event was previously held in late October during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival on the Wednesday leading up to the country’s most famous cup showdown, the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.

In 2014 the race again moved, this time to mid November with the Werribee Cup set to run on Thursday 20 December 2015.

Werribee Cup Winners

The Werribee Cup may be one of the country’s lesser-known cup showdowns but it has been won by a number of handy types.

Of course the most famous Werribee Cup winners of all time was the great Makybe Diva.

Before the mighty mare went on to win her 10 Group 1 titles, including three editions of the Melbourne Cup, Makybe Diva won the 2002 Werribee Cup when it was run over 2000m.

Makybe Diva’s Werribee Cup victory was important in that it qualified her for the following year’s Melbourne Cup, initiating the legend.

Werribee Cup Betting

Werribee Cup betting isn’t the wildest betting in Australia, but it certainly makes a good account of itself. The punters at Werribee Racecourse, largely locals, make a good go of betting on the race.

As it’s the biggest event hosted there during the year, the Werribee Cup draws attention from serious punters, race fans, and people who have only turned out for that meet and probably won’t bet for another twelve months.

In order to bet on the Werribee Cup, a bit of prior knowledge is required. It’s worth getting a very good look at the form guide first, as this will of course direct much of your betting action. Keep an eye out for horses who have had decent success over 2600m before, particularly at Werribee Racecourse.

While local stayers can make for a good bet, trainers rarely make the effort to transport and interstate or metro horse unless they think it’s a very good chance. As a result, try and incldue a mixture of locals and out-of-town horses in your boxed trifecta or quinella.