2011 Geelong Cup Results – Dunaden Emerges as Melbourne Cup Chance

October 19th, 2011

Today, Wednesday October 19, Dunaden became the second French-trained galloper in as many years to win the Geelong Cup, racing away with a commanding win and emerging as a genuine contender for the upcoming 2011 Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

Emulating last year’s Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup winner Americain, the Mikel Delzangles-trained Dunaden made their Australian race debut as the 58kg topweight in the $225,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) and easily accounted for their rivals.

Given a well-timed ride by jockey Craig Williams, who only days ago saluted aboard Southern Speed in the Caulfield Cup, Nicobar six-year-old Dunaden was able to run down and defeat the favourite Tanby for the 2011 Geelong Cup win.

Storming home strongly on the outside, Dunaden ($6) finished three-quarters of a length clear of the Robert Hickmott-trained Tanby ($3.10F) while Luca Cumani’s gallant old grey Bauer ($5.50) charged home late to snare third the same margin back again.

It was a significant Geelong Cup result as Dunaden has now firmed dramatically in the Luxbet markets for the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.

The third place finish by 2008 Geelong Cup winner and Melbourne Cup runner-up Bauer also saw the popular grey qualify for this year’s edition of the ‘race that stops a nation’, but they are still well down the order of entry and far from assured of a start.

Bauer was rated a $51 chance in the Melbourne Cup odds at Luxbet prior to the 2011 Geelong Cup results but has since been slashed into $21.

Williams warned that Dunaden would only improve once they get to Flemington over the two-miles of the iconic Melbourne Cup.

“His best distance is 3000 (metres) and above,” Williams said.

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2011 Geelong Cup Results

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 1 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles Craig Williams 8 58kg $6
2 4 TANBY Robert Hickmott Steven King 0.75L 6 53kg $3.10F
3 2 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani Damien Oliver 1.5L 9 56kg $5.50
4 3 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie Luke Nolen 1.9L 13 53.5kg $13
5 13 PERFECT PECS Rick Hore-Lacy Dean Yendall 2L 7 53kg $31
6 7 BACK IN BLACK (NZ) John Steffert Craig Newitt 2.3L 5 53kg $31
7 8 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens Michael Walker 3.05L 10 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $31
8 6 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake & David Feek Dwayne Dunn 4.05L 1 53kg $9
9 10 HUME (NZ) David Brideoake & David Feek Stephen Baster 4.8L 12 53kg $41
10 11 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings Chris Symons 11.8L 2 53kg $12
11 5 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Anthony Freedman Ms Lisa Cropp 13.8L 11 53kg $10
12 12 DIYARAKA (FR) Michael Moroney Kerrin McEvoy 14L 4 53kg $101
FF 9 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes James Winks 3 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $71