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 prizemoney of $1,500,000. The 2018 Australian Cup was won by Harlem from Gailo Chop with Ventura Storm 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 10th March 2018|
|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 Gr2 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) finished unplaced in the St George Stakes over 1800m at Caulfield before scoring in this event at huge odds recent Australian Cup winners include Humidor (2017) and Preferment (2016).
1. $61.00 Harlem 59.0 Mr Michael Walker
2. $2.60 Gailo Chop 59.0 Mark Zahra
3. $31.00 Ventura Storm 59.0 Regan Bayliss
4. $4.40 Almandin 59.0 Damien Oliver
5. $9.00 Single Gaze 57.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
6. $21.00 Homesman 58.5 Michael Dee
7. $71.00 Lord Fandango 59.0 Jordan Childs
8. $9.00 The Taj Mahal 58.5 Ben Melham
9. $21.00 Ambitious 59.0 Damian Lane
10. $9.50 Hartnell 59.0 Craig Williams
11. $41.00 Supply And Demand 59.0 Stephen Baster
12. $31.00 Devise 57.0 Chad Schofield
Margins: 0.5 len, 0.75 len
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|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|