Held each year on CF Orr Stakes Day in mid-February, the Carlyon Cup is a Group 3 Open Race held at Melbourne’s prestigious Caulfield Racecourse. The race itself is run over the mile (1600m) under set weight and penalty conditions, and is usually used as a lead up race for successful gallopers. The Group 2 Blamey Stakes, held at Flemington Racecourse on Australian Cup Day, may be the next target selected by owners and trainers, while the Group 2 St George Stakes, held at the same venue on Blue Diamond Stakes Day, is also an option.
In 2017 the Carlyon was taken out by the Darren Weir trained Burning Front, making it successive victories in the race for the chestnut, adding to his 2016 victory. Offering $150,000 in prizemoney, over the years it has been won by a number of classy gallopers such as Super Impose (1989), Veandercross (1993), Northerly (2001) and Apache Cat (2007). The event has quite a history with its inauguration as a Principal Race coming in 1977. However, it was run as a Group 2 between 1980 to 2002, before dropping back to Group 3 in 2003.
|2016||BURNING FRONT||BRAD RAWILLER||DARREN WEIR||01.36.0|
|2016||BURNING FRONT||BRAD RAWILLER||DARREN WEIR||01:36.9|
|2015||SMOKIN' JOEY||CHRIS PARNHAM||WEZ HUNTER||01:35.6|
|2014||CHASE THE RAINBOW||CRAIG WILLIAMS||RICK HORE-LAY||01:37.7|
|2013||BUDRIGUEZ||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DAVID JOLLY||01:36.1|
|2012||MANIGHAR||LUKE NOLEN||CHRISTOPHE CLEMENT||01:37.1|
|2011||LORD PYRUS||CRAIG WILLIAMS||WENDY BANNEROT||01:22.5|
|2010||RIGHTFULLY YOURS||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||01:23.0|
|2009||TIME MATTERS||STEVE ARNOLD||DARREN WEIR||01:23.6|
|2008||PUBLISHING||STEVE ARNOLD||PETER MORGAN||01:23.7|
|2007||APACHE CAT||GLEN BOSS||GREG EURELL||01:22.2|
|2006||LIVE IN VAIN||LUKE NOLEN||NICOLE BUGGERMANN||01:22.3|