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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 during the Adelaide autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 3200 metres with prizemoney of $400,000. The 2019 Adelaide Cup was won by Surprise Baby from Top Of The Range with Naval Warfare third.

Held on the Labour Day holiday in South Australia, the Adelaide Cup is run over the same 3200m (2 miles) distance as Australia's most famous race, the Melbourne Cup.

Adelaide Cup info

Date: Monday 11th March 2019
Track: Morphettville racecourse, Adelaide
Distance: 3200 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $400,000
2019 Winner: Surprise Baby

The Adelaide Cup is the premier distance race of the autumn racing carnival in Adelaide and is typically not a high quality affair. It generally attracts the best available local stayers and any interstate horses suited by the handicap conditions. It has not been a great guide to the Melbourne Cup and the last horse to win the Adelaide Cup & Melbourne Cup double was Subzero in 1992.

In recent years the Gr3 Lord Reims Stakes has proven to be the the best guide to horses contesting the Adelaide Cup and those 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).

2019 Adelaide Cup result

1. $4.80 Surprise Baby 53.0 Dean Holland
2. $10.00 Top Of The Range 53.0 William Pike
3. $4.60 Naval Warfare 54.0 Corey Brown

then followed
4. $4.80 Bondeiger 54.0 James Winks
5. $6.00 Lamborghini 53.0 Michael Dee
6. $71.00 Double Bluff 53.0 Fred W Kersley (a/50kg)
7. $101.00 Aagas 53.0 Cory Parish
8. $51.00 Khezerabad 53.0 Jye McNeil
9. $201.00 Exalted Lightning 53.0 Ms Georgina Cartwright
10. $16.00 Franked 53.0 Jamie Kah
11. $151.00 Azurite 53.0 Chris Caserta
12. $41.00 Sylpheed 53.0 Dom Tourneur
13. $13.00 Fabrizio 58.0 Stephen Baster
14. $31.00 Aloft 53.0 Jason Holder
15. $201.00 Bon Equus 53.0 Patrick Moloney
16. $61.00 Olympic Academy 53.0 Raquel Clark
17. $61.00 October Date 53.0 Ms Kayla Crowther
18. $201.00 Henry The Dolphin 53.0 Sairyn Fawke
19. $101.00 Dawn Raid 53.0 Dean Yendall

Margins: 1.7 len, 0.7 len
Time: 3:25.94

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Adelaide Cup winners & placegetters

Below are recent winners and placegetters for the Adelaide Cup.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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