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 2017 Australian Cup was won by Humidor from Jameka with Exospheric 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|
|2018 Australian Cup odds|
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 been 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.
Humidor (2017) ran second in the Gr2 St George Stakes over 188m at Caulfield before his fast-finishing victory in this event and recent Australian Cup winners include Preferment (2016) and Spillway (2015).
1. $4.20 Humidor 59.0 Damian Lane
2. $4.20 Jameka 57.0 Hugh Bowman
3. $10.00 Exospheric 59.0 Damien Oliver
4. $11.00 Stratum Star 59.0 Mark Zahra
5. $5.50 The United States 59.0 Ben Melham
6. $41.00 Boom Time 59.0 Regan Bayliss
7. $21.00 Tally 59.0 Joao Moreira
8. $11.00 Ecuador 59.0 Adam Hyeronimus
9. $21.00 Awesome Rock 59.0 Stephen Baster
10. $16.00 Tom Melbourne 59.0 Glen Boss
11. $101.00 Mourinho 59.0 Anthony Darmanin
Margins: 0.4 len, 1.25 len
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|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|