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Australian Cup

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.

Australian Cup info

Date: Saturday 7th March 2020
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2000 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,500,000
2019 Winner: Harlem

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).

2019 Australian Cup result

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

then followed
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
Time: 2:01.50

Super Saturday of Racing at Flemington also features the Group 2 Kewney Stakes, Group 2 VRC Sires Produce Stakes, and Group 3 Matron Stakes.

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Australian Cup winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Harlem Shillelagh Trap For Fools 2:01.5
2018 Harlem Gailo Chop Ventura Storm 2:00.4
2017 Humidor Jameka Exospheric 2:01.0
2016 Preferment Awesome Rock Rising Romance 2:03.9
2015 Spillway Extra Zero Happy Trails 2:00.0
2014 Fiorente Green Moon Foreteller 2:03.6
2013 Super Cool Fiveandahalfstar Tanby 2:00.9
2012 Manighar Southern Speed Americain 2:01.2
2011 Shocking Linton Playing God 2:00.9
2010 Zipping Sirmione Moatize 2:03.6
2009 Niconero Theseo Zagreb 2:03.1
2008 Sirmione Princess Coup Casino Prince 2:00.8
2007 Pompeii Ruler Marasco Tawqeet 2:01.5
2006 Roman Arch Candy Vale Our Smoking Joe 2:02.8
2005 Makybe Diva Winning Belle Lad Of The Manor 1:58.7
2004 Lonhro Delzao Elvstroem 2:01.6
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
2000 Intergaze Arena Streak 2:00.9
1999 Istidaad Intergaze Thackeray 1:59.4
1998 Dane Ripper Delinquent Marble Halls 2:02.4
1997 Octagonal Gold City Juggler 2:01.0
1996 Saintly Vialli Peep On The Sky 2:02.1
1995 Starstruck Jeune Station Hand 2:00.4
1994 Durbridge Station Hand Mahogany 2:02.2
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