Australian Cup

Australian Cup

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday March 11, 2023
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,500,000
Distance: 2000m

The Group 1 Australian Cup is one of the oldest races to be run and won over the years in Australia. First run in 1863, the race’s honour roll hosts several hall-of-famers, showing the class that is required to take out the staying event over 2000m.

The race was held over a variety of distances up to two miles until it was set at 2000m in 1973, which is where it has remained ever since. It was granted Group 1 status in 1979.

Held on the same day as the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington, the Australian Cup brings together some of the countries best stayers who are on track to compete in the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

2023 Australian Cup Betting Odds

Markets for the 2023 Australian Cup are currently unavailable.

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With the Australian Cup being one of the more time-honoured races in the country, it always attracts a quality field that punters can bet on with confidence.

Not only will Australian Cup betting markets go up earlier than previously anticipated, but the winner of the race will no doubt shorten for the Sydney Cup the following month.

The bookmakers below offer markets on the Australian Cup:

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Australian Cup Betting Guide

The Australian Cup dates all the way back to 1863, when Barwon took out the inaugural running.

Over the years, the strongest form reference looks to be from the Group 3 Carlyon Cup, held three weeks prior to the Australian Cup.

The race has been run over five different distances. From 1863-1942 it was held over two-and-a-quarter miles, and between 1943-1962 it was held at 3500m. In 1963 the race was held at one-and-three-quarter miles, and between 1964-1972 it moved to one-and-a-quarter miles. Since 1973, however, the race has been run over 2000m.

Since 1979 the Australian Cup has been run at Group 1 level, and the race in 2007 was the only time the Australian Cup was held away from Flemington, when Caulfield hosted the prestigious event.

It is no surprises to see that the late great Bart Cummings has the most Australian Cups to his name with an impressive thirteen under his belt.

The Australian Cup has produced plenty of eventual Melbourne Cup winners, so it is always a good idea to keep the winner in mind for that first Tuesday in November.

2022 Australian Cup result

1stDuais ($7.00)
2ndThink It Over ($1.50)
3rdSpanish Mission ($1.60)

Recent Australian Cup results

  • Having finished off strongly in the Chipping Norton Stakes the start prior, the Ed Cummings-trained
    The veteran that is Homesman wore down a brave Best Of Days in the shadows of the winning post to claim an emotion-charged Australian Cup. One of the part owners of Homesman was the music icon Michael Gudinski who passed away in the days leading up to the race, so the win was made extra special and was recognised right around the world. It was summed up perfectly by Matt Hill who called him across the line with “Homesman, with the music man cheering above.”
  • It was a barnstorming finish that saw Fifty Stars take out the Australian Cup. At the clock tower Fifty Stars still had four to five lengths to make up on the leaders, but produced a barnstorming run to finish over the top of his rivals. The win handed trainers Tom Dabernig, Ben Hayes and David Hayes their third successive Australian Cup success. It was a handy field that Fifty Stars managed to beat with All Star Mile winner Regal Power having to settle for second and the former Melbourne Cup winner Vow and Declare in for third.
  • Having been guided by an A-grade steer by Jamie Kah it was Harlem who sprung another surprise at big odds to take out the Australian Cup. Having sat just off the leaders heels the entirety of the race, Kah gave Harlem every conceivable chance to get the job done. Having been headed by the eventual runner up Shillelagh, Harlem needed to lift himself of the canvas to score. He did just that, doing the better over the final 100m to get up in a driving finish and score by the barest possible margin.
  • In a field consisting of the likes of Galio Chop, Almandin and Hartnell it was the Dabernig and Hayes trained Harlem, who as the rank outsider of the field took out his first Australian Cup. Having been held up until the 300m just off the leaders’ heels, a patient ride paid off for Michael Walker when the gap appeared and Harlem responded underneath him. When he was held up it looked like the back markers would have been able to sail past him, but it was the $61 chance who did his best work late to win going away from his rivals.
  • Having finished second in both the Group 3 Carlyon Cup and Group 2 Peter Young Stakes it was the former kiwi Humidor who charged home late to take out the Australian Cup.The race had been set up as a match race between Humidor and the Caulfield Cup winner Jameka, but it was Humidor who hit lead over the final 100m and went on to claim his first win in Australia.
  • Having sat outside the leader throughout the running Preferment looked to have just fallen short in his quest to take out the Australian Cup. Despite crossing the line in second place behind Awesome Rock, Hugh Bowman and Chris Waller took the result into the stewards roopm alleging interferance in the home straight. To the joy of some punters on course, the decision was overturned and Preferment was handed his third Group 1 success.

Previous winners of the Australian Cup

Australian Cup Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2022 Duais Joshua Parr Edward Cummings
2021 Homesman Jye McNeil Anthony & Sam Freedman
2020 Fifty Stars John Allen David and Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2019 Harlem Jamie Kah David and Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2018 Harlem Michael Walker David and Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2017 Humidor Damian Lane Darren Weir
2016 Preferment Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2015 Spillway Michael Walker David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2014 Fiorente Damien Oliver Gai Waterhouse
2013 Super Cool Michael Rodd Mark Kavanagh
2012 Manighar Luke Nolen Peter Moody
2011 Shocking Corey Brown Mark Kavanagh
2010 Zipping Nicholas Hall Robert Hickmott
2009 Niconero Craig Williams David Hayes
2008 Sirmione Peter Mertens Bart Cummings
2007 Pompeii Ruler Craig Newitt Mick Price
2006 Roman Arch Craig Newitt Robbie Laing
2005 Maykbe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman
2004 Lonhro Darren Beadman John Hawkes
2003 Northerly Patrick Payne Fred Kersley
2002 Old Comrade Paul Harvey Noel Lamey
2001 Northerly Greg Childs Fred Kersley
2000 Intergaze Craig Carmody Rod Craig

Australian Cup Past Winners Pre 2000

Australian Cup Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Istidaad
1998 Dane Ripper
1997 Octagonal
1996 Saintly
1995 Starstruck
1994 Durbridge
1993 Veandercross
1992 Let’s Elope
1991 Better Loosen Up
1990 Vo Rogue
1989 Vo Rogue
1988 Dandy Andy
1987 Bonecrusher
1986 Playful Princess
1985 Noble Peer
1984 Admiral Lincoln
1983 Spectrum
1982 Kip
1981 Hyperno
1980 Ming Dynasty
1979 Dulcify
1978 Ming Dynasty
1977 Ngawyni
1976 Lord Dudley
1975 Leilani
1974 Bush Win
1973 Gladman
1972 Jan’s Beau
1971 Gay Icarus
1970 Crewman
1969 Yootha/Cyron
1968 Arcitc Coast
1967 Bore Head
1966 Craftsman
1965 Craftsman
1964 Grand Print
1963 Welkin Prince
1962 Welkin Prince
1961 Dream King
1960 Illoura
1959 Gaybao
1958 Dream Son
1957 Miss High Caste
1956 Pushover
1955 Hellion
1954 Sunish
1953 Arbroath
1952 Murray Glen
1951 Bold Belle
1950 Bold John
1949 New Cashmere
1948 Bannerette
1947 Sydney James
1946 Knockarlow
1945 Spectre
1944 Similar
1943 Taramoa
1942 Wise Counsel
1941 Saul
1940 Indignity
1939 Pageant
1938 Marauder
1937 Mutable
1936 Amalia
1935 Sylvandale
1934 Heroic Prince
1933 Topical
1932 Madstar
1931 Carry On
1930 Nadean
1929 Some Quality
1928 Sea Money
1927 Spearfelt
1926 Pilliewinkie
1925 Answer
1924 Accarak
1923 Prince Cox
1922 Harvest King
1921 The Rover
1920 Macadam
1919 New Tipperary
1918 Defence
1917 Harriet Graham
1916 Cherubini
1915 Lempriere
1914 Wallalo
1913 Almissa
1912 LSaxonite/Prizefighter
1911 The Parisian
1910 Orline
1909 Pendil
1908 Peru
1907 Realm
1906 Tartan
1905 Lord Ullin’s Daughter
1904 Marmont
1903 Great Scot
1902 Blue Metal
1901 Dreamland
1900 La Carabine
1899 Bobadil
1898 Ayrshire
1897 Coil
1896 Idolator
1895 Havoc
1894 Broken Hill
1893 Portsea
1892 Highborn
1891 Vengeance
1890 Dreadnought
1889 Lochiel
1888 Carlyon
1887 Trident
1886 Malua
1885 Ringwood
1884 Morpeth
1883 Navigator
1882 Pollio
1881 Firstwater
1880 Columbus
1879 Savanaka
1878 Hirst King
1877 Sybil
1876 Richmond
1875 Lurline
1874 Protos
1873 Warrior
1872 Saladin
1871 Nimblefoot
1870 Norma
1869 Gasworks
1868 Shenandoah
1867 Tim Whiffler
1866 Woodman
1865 Woodman
1864 Nathalie
1863 Spectrum

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