The prize money for the race is approximately AU $300,000. The Geelong Cup is held on a Wednesday in late October. The Geelong Cup is held in the lead up to the Race That Stops The Nation - The Melbourne Cup. Both events are part of the Spring Racing Season.
The Geelong Racecourse is a major regional horse racing venue. The annual Geelong Cup is held at the course every October. There are also a number of other race meets held at the Geelong Racecourse throughout the year.
Racing at Geelong Cup
The Geelong Cup is run thirteen days before the Melbourne Cup. The Geelong Cup has been run on this Wednesday (in late October) since 1947. Generally the Race is a public holiday for most workers in the city of Geelong. (I say generally as public holidays change, and some workers take other public holidays instead of Geelong Cup.)
The Geelong Cup is one of the premier country cups held outside the city of Melbourne during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
A General Admission ticket to the William Hill Geelong Cup 2015 is Adults $30.00, Concession $20.00 and children under 16 Free. Check out the web page for more information about Marquee tickets.
If you head over to the Geelong Racecourse website you can find out more information about the Marquees that are still available, and what they offer. Some of the Marquees have already sold out.
A lot of people head to the Geelong Cup dressed up in their finery, and spend most of the day at one of the Marquees, being waited on, shaded from the sun, enjoying a tipple and betting on the races.
I had a look at the Roseview Marquee to find out what it costs and what you get for your money.
Dining in a Marquee
The Roseview Marquee tickets are $120.00 per person.
Roseview Marquee (BYO Food) - William Hill Geelong Cup
William Hill Geelong Cup 2015 - Geelong Racing Club
The Ticket price Includes:
Racecourse admission, a race book, a beverage package beer, wine, sparkling and soft drinks), private bar and bar staff, a TV in the Marquee, TAB facilities close by and toilets close by and live music.
Dress Code is Racewear for the ladies and Jacket and Tie for the Gentlement. You will need to wear your wrist band to allow you to enter the racecourse and the Roseview Marquee Village.
The Geelong Cup Race History
In 1841, the first race meet was held in Geelong at Corio. Three races were held on that day. The next race meet was held at "Airey's Flat" on the banks of the Moorabool River near Fyansford.
In 1849, work was started on a proper racecourse on 727 acres of land beside the Barwon River at Marshalltown. This land was close to Lake Connewarre and was prone to flooding.
In 1866 the Geelong Racing Club was formed. The Club held their first meet on January 18th and 19th 1866. The first Geelong Cup was held at the Marshalltown course in February 23rd, 1872. A new grandstand was opened at that time. In 1878 a railway branch line was built out to the course.
In 1873, when Leo won the first Geelong Cup, the race was run over 16 furlongs. This race structure didn't change until Australia converted to the metric system. The race format officially changed to 2400 metres in 1972. The Geelong Cup was regarded as a Listed race in 1979, until it was listed as a Group Three status in 2002.
In 1907 the Geelong Racecourse and the Geelong Showgrounds were relocated to the site on Breakwater Road, East Geelong, where both places are currently located. In March 1908, the first race meet was held at the Breakwater Road location. The first Geelong Racing Club meet was held there on December 12th 1908. The Geelong Racecourse railway station was also provided at this time.
The Geelong Racing Club
In March 1865 the Geelong Racing Club was founded at a public meeting at the British Hotel.
The first Geelong Cup was held in 1872 over a distance of two miles and was won by Flying Scud. In 1903 the racecourse was transferred to the present site at Breakwater Road where the Geelong Racing Club hosted more than 45 race meetings in the 2013/14 racing season.
Interesting Facts about the Geelong Cup
The following thorougbred horses have won the Geelon Cup and the Melbourne Cup in the same year.
Media Puzzle in 2002
Americain in 20110
Dunaden in 2011
Make sure you get trackside Wednesday 21st October to watch an amazing display of horses and jockeys racing to the finish line to take out the Geelong Cup.