The Australian Cup is a Group 1 Weight-for-age race held annually each March at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and has prize money of $1,500,000. The 2019 Australian Cup was won by Harlem from Shillelagh with Trap For Fools third.
The Australian Cup takes place on the Victoria Racing Club's feature race day of the autumn, Super Saturday of Racing at Flemington, alongside the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap.
|Date:||Saturday 7th March 2020|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
The Australian Cup is the premier staying event held at Flemington during the autumn racing carnival and one of the highlights of Super Saturday race day in March. The race is a time honoured event and many of Australia's finest gallopers have been victorious in this race.
The Australian Cup is generally a race for elite gallopers and has a long and proud history of producing winners who quite often go on to be stars of the Australian turf.
Many of Australia's best gallopers have their name etched on the Australian Cup honour roll including Zipping (2010), Makybe Diva (2005), Lonhro (2004), Northerly (2003 & 2001), Octagonal (1997), Saintly (1996), Better Loosen Up (1991) and Vo Rogue (1990-89) amongst others.
The Group 2 St George Stakes held earlier in the autumn has proven the best guide to this race in recent years with Fiorente (2014), Pompeii Ruler (2007), Lonhro (2004), Northerly (2001), Istidaad (1999), Dane Ripper (1998), Durbridge (1994), Let's Elope (1992) & Vo Rogue (1989) all taking out the St George Stakes & Australian Cup double. Thesio (2nd in 2009) won the St George Stakes before finishing runner-up here as an odds-on favourite.
Harlem (2018-2019) ran seventh in the St George Stakes over 1800m at Caulfield before winning this race for the second year in a row at big odds for the David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig stable at Euroa.
Recent Australian Cup winners include Humidor (2017) and Preferment (2016).
1. $31.00 Harlem 59.0 Jamie Kah
2. $18.00 Shillelagh 57.0 Craig Williams
3. $15.00 Trap For Fools 59.0 John Allen
4. $31.00 So Si Bon 59.0 William Pike
5. $1.65 Avilius 59.0 Corey Brown
6. $19.00 Ace High 59.0 Dwayne Dunn
7. $31.00 Sikandarabad 59.0 Jordan Childs
8. $41.00 Yogi 59.0 Luke Currie
9. $31.00 The Taj Mahal 59.0 Brett Prebble
10. $17.00 Night 's Watch 59.0 Damian Lane
11. $31.00 Muntahaa 59.0 Mark Zahra
12. $61.00 Ventura Storm 59.0 Luke Nolen
13. $21.00 Almandin 59.0 Damien Oliver
14. $91.00 Sound 59.0 Jamie Mott
15. $16.00 Rekindling 59.0 Ben Melham
Margins: 0.1 len, 1 len
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|2019||Harlem||Shillelagh||Trap For Fools||2:01.5|
|2018||Harlem||Gailo Chop||Ventura Storm||2:00.4|
|2016||Preferment||Awesome Rock||Rising Romance||2:03.9|
|2015||Spillway||Extra Zero||Happy Trails||2:00.0|
|2008||Sirmione||Princess Coup||Casino Prince||2:00.8|
|2006||Roman Arch||Candy Vale||Our Smoking Joe||2:02.8|
|2005||Makybe Diva||Winning Belle||Lad Of The Manor||1:58.7|
|2003||Northerly||Natural Blitz||Don Eduardo||2:01.4|
|2002||Old Comrade||Northerly||Rain Gauge||1:59.8|
|2001||Northerly||Hit The Roof||Kaapstad Way||1:59.4|
|1998||Dane Ripper||Delinquent||Marble Halls||2:02.4|
|1996||Saintly||Vialli||Peep On The Sky||2:02.1|
|1993||Veandercross||Star Of The Realm||Fraar||2:01.3|
|1992||Lets Elope||Shivas Revenge||Prince Salieri||2:00.0|
|1991||Better Loosen Up||Vo Rogue||Prince Salieri||2:01.6|
|1990||Vo Rogue||Better Loosen Up||Super Impose||2:00.9|
|1989||Vo Rogue||Super Impose||Our Poetic Prince||2:01.6|
|1988||Dandy Andy||Vo Rogue||Bonecrusher||2:01.5|