The Warrnambool Cup is a group 2 race run over the 450m trip, with the event growing to be a highly sought after country cup title in Victoria in recent years.
The Warrnambool Cup was worth $47,000 to the winner in 2017, with the final taken out by Leo’s Gift on May 3.
Betting on the Warrnambool Cup
Being a group 2 event, some of the best one turn sprinters converge on Warrnambool for a crack at the Cup each and every year – meaning there is always plenty of betting interest on the high quality event.
Markets are opened up in the weeks leading up to the final, with many of our recommended online bookmakers offering fixed odds betting on the heats as well as the final, with some even opening markets for the winner of the series once the box draw for the heats has been conducted, known as the all-in market.
There is currently no markets available for the 2017 Warrnambool Cup, but be sure to check this page in the weeks leading up to the race for all the top odds and best bookie sign-up deals.
Warrnambool Cup Bookmakers
Warrnambool Cup history
While the records do not accurately show the first running of the Warrnambool Cup, it is believed the event was held as far back as 1961 on the old Warrnambool track.
The first edition on record is in the year 1972, with the race won by Tien Shan. Since that time it has grown to become one of the most highly sought after events on the provincial circuit and has been won by some of the best sprinters to have graced the track.
Notable greyhounds to have won the Warrnambool Cup include Tempix, Bomber Gleeson, Kantarn Bale, El Galo and Black Magic Opal, with Kantarn Bale the only greyhound to have won the race twice, taking out the 2000 & 2002 runnings.
Former leading conditioner Graeme Bate has trained five winners of the Warrnambool Cup, winning in 1992 with Bomber Gleeson, in 2000 with Kantarn Bale, in 2001 with Sweet Silkab, in 2002 with Kantarn Bale and in 2003 with Francesca Bale.
Jason Thompson also has a rich history in the feature, training four of the last eight winners – El Galo in 2008, Hanify’s Impact in 2009, Ronan Izmir in 2013 and Black Magic Opal in 2014.
The recent years of the Group 2 Warrnambool Cup
The most recent edition of the feature was won by outsider Leo’s Gift. The fawn dog, trained by Rob Britton, exploded from box five and was too good for his opponents despite scouting wide – defeating Group 1 Golden Easter Egg winner Striker Light in a fast 25.08.
Zambora Brockie stamped himself as one of the most brilliant chasers in training with a determined victory in the Cup’s 2016 running. Stepping flawlessly from box six, the Anthony Azzopardi-trained sprinter was able to roll straight to the front in the early stages. Pressure was mounted on the bend when the black dog was headed by star Victorian Aston Bolero, but the son of Nitro Burst and Flying Liddy was able to rally, re-claiming the lead in the run to the line to score in 24.92.
The 2015 edition of the Warrnambool Cup was taken out by Ronray Sprit for Victorian trainer Terry Reid. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Ronray Disco defeated a high class field including the likes of Kayda Shae, Azza Azza Azza and Dyna Villa to take home the $45,000 winner’s cheque.
Superstar sprinter Black Magic Opal captured the 2014 Warrnambool Cup for Jason Thompson with a stunning 24.96 effort, defeating kennel mates Innocent Til and Ronan Izmir to give Thompson the trifecta in the event.
Top chaser Ronan Izmir collected top honours in the 2013 Cup, with the son of Elite State and Adhara Izmir regarded at the time as one of the finest one turn sprinters in Australia. Ronan Izmir retired with wins in the Warrnambool Cup, the Ballarat Cup, the Bendigo Cup and the Traralgon Puppy Classic.
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