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Adelaide Cup

The Adelaide Cup is a Group 2 open handicap race held annually on a Monday afternoon in March at Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia.

This race is run over a distance of 3200 metres during the Adelaide autumn racing carnival offering prize money of $400,000.

King Of Leogrance won the 2020 Adelaide Cup from Good Idea second and Chouxting The Mob third.

Adelaide Cup race day is held on the Labour Day public holiday in South Australia, and is a huge social event in South Australia.

The cup field runs over the same 3200m (2 miles) distance as Australia's most famous race, the Melbourne Cup.

Adelaide Cup info

Date: Monday 8th March 2021
Track: Morphettville racecourse, Adelaide
Distance: 3200 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $400,000
2020 Winner: King Of Leogrance

The Adelaide Cup is the premier distance race of the South Australian autumn racing carnival in Adelaide, although it's an average quality affair for this time of year. Local stayers and any interstate horses suited by the handicap conditions assemble for this event.

Unfortunately, despite being over 3200 metres, it hasn't proven a great guide to the Melbourne Cup in recent years. Grand grey Subzero (1992) is the last horse to win the Adelaide Cup & Melbourne Cup double.

Of late, the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes has proven the best guide to Adelaide Cup aspirants. Any gallopers who place or finish on the heels of the placegetters tend to run well in the Adelaide Cup.

Both Capecover (2010) and Lacey Underall (2008) ran solid races in the Lord Reims Stakes on their way to success in this race.

Surprise Baby (2019) ran fourth in a BM84 race over 2000m at Flemington in Melbourne before trekking to Adelaide to win this event in comfortable style for Horsham trainer Paul Preusker.

Recent Adelaide Cup winners include Fanatic (2018) and Annus Mirabilis (2017).

2020 Adelaide Cup result

1. $2.20 King Of Leogrance 54.0 Damian Lane
2. $17.00 Good Idea 53.0 Ben Thompson
3. $31.00 Chouxting The Mob 53.0 Beau Mertens

then followed
4. $10.00 Dark Alley 53.0 Declan Bates
5. $15.00 Yulong Rising 53.0 Dean Holland
6. $101.00 Knight Star 53.0 Jason Holder
7. $21.00 Heart Of Grace 53.0 Damien Thornton
8. $151.00 Turf Man 53.0 Sairyn Fawke
9. $5.50 Dabiyr 54.0 Jye McNeil
10. $10.00 Naval Warfare 53.0 Dwayne Dunn
11. $31.00 Eperdument 53.0 Ms Kayla Crowther
12. $13.00 Home By Midnight 58.5 Billy Egan
13. $91.00 Rock On 53.0 Anthony Darmanin
14. $101.00 Alienated 53.0 Ms Georgina Cartwright

Margins: 2.3 len, 0.9 len
Time: 3:24.76

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Adelaide Cup winners & placegetters

Below are recent winners and placegetters for the Adelaide Cup.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 King Of Leogrance Good Idea Chouxting The Mob 3:24.7
2019 Surprise Baby Top Of The Range Naval Warfare 3:25.9
2018 Fanatic Ormito Poppiholla 3:25.2
2017 Annus Mirabilis Double Bluff Master Of Arts 3:24.2
2016 Purple Smile Tunes Real Love 3:24.1
2015 Tanby Taiyoo Renew 3:25.5
2014 Outback Joe Black Tycoon Base 3:22.0
2013 Norsqui Waratone Dame Claire 3:24.4
2012 Rialya Drunken Sailor Norsqui 3:23.3
2011 Muir Saddler's Story Macedonian 3:23.4
2010 Capecover Kerdem Itstheone 3:28.8
2009 Zavite Kerdem Banana Man 3:22.7
2008 Lacey Underall Cefalu Tails Of Triomphe 3:22.0
2007 Gallic Lacey Underall Exalted Time 3:20.9
2006 Exalted Time Tubular Bells Ista Kareem 3:25.1
2005 Demerger Envoy Intriguing 3:21.9
2004 Pantani Danestorm Bel Air 3:27.5
2003 Pilage N Plunder Nautilism Odysseus 3:28.4
2002 The A Train Homewrecker Silver Baron 3:29.3
2001 Apache King Native Jazz Bel Air 3:29.7
2000 Bohemiath Karasi Oxford Dollar 3:24.6
1999 Sheer Kingston Skybeau Kingston Way 3:23.8
1998 The Hind Bohemiath Kristalero 3:22.4
1997 Cronus Lord Ted Rover 3:29.4
1996 French Resort Skybeau Gaekwar 3:22.6
1995 Scrupulous Ice Doctor Storm 3:23.8
1994 Our Pompeii Sweet Glory Top Rating 3:21.1
1993 Our Pompeii Check That Style Headcutter 3:22.6
1992 Subzero Big Barron Mystery Adventure 3:22.3
1991 Ideal Centreman Shivas Revenge Te Akau Pearl 3:22.0
1990 Water Boatman Double Gin Ideal Centreman 3:22.3
1989 Lord Reims True Finish The Brotherhood 3:27.0
1988 Lord Reims Foxseal Saratov 3:28.5