Flemington Racecourse hosts the 2,000 metre Australian Cup for thoroughbred horses every March. The Australian Cup is a weight for age race, which means the weight carried by the horse varies depending on the horse’s age, its sex, the race distance and the month of the year.
- Race Type: Group 1
- Distance: 2,000 metres
- Track: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday 12 March 2016
The Australian Cup has seen a lot of changes since the race was first contested in 1863. Over the years the length of the race has varied. From 1863 to 1942 the Australian Cup was run over 18 furlongs, which is approximately 3600 meters. From 1943 to 1962 it was shortened to 17 furlongs and 110 yards or about 3500 meters. In 1963 the length was cut back to two miles or 3200 meters and since 1964 it has been contested over 10 furlongs or about 2000m.
Australian Cup Final Field & Odds 2016
See below for early markets on this years Australian Cup.‘Odds not currently available’
Australian Cup Preview & Tips 2016
Track: Good Weather: Fine
Following the early scratching of Mourinho, there will be 10 starters for the $1.5 million 2016 Australian Cup. The clear favourite is Bow Creek following his impressive win in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes last start. Vying for second favouritism are Preferment, who won the Turnbull Stakes at this track and distance in the spring, and Our Ivanhowe, who resumed for 5th in the Peter Young after being held up.
Suavito resumed from a long break with a win in the Orr Stakes and 3rd in the Futurity Stakes, and should be in the finish again. Rising Romance was a luckless 6th in the Peter Young last start. Fenway was 2nd in that race and could go well again. Happy Trails has won twice at this trip and was 3rd in this race last year. All other runners are currently at 25 to 1 or longer, including Extra Zero who was 2nd in this race last year.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|6 Bow Creek||2 Preferment||6 Bow Creek|
|2 Preferment||6 Bow Creek||2 Preferment|
|5 Our Ivanhowe||10 Suavito||5 Our Ivanhowe|
|10 Suavito||5 Our Ivanhowe||10 Suavito|
Past winners of the Australian Cup:
In 2014 Fiorente and Green Moon became the first two Melbourne Cup winners to quinella a race since 1873. Trainer Bart Cummings has seen three of his horses win the cup in the last 15 years. Let’s Elope won in 1992, Durbridge in 1994 and Dane Ripper in 1998. John Hawkes and Freedman both have had two winners in that stretch.
Jockey Darren Beadman has ridden three Australian Cup champions, Let’s Elope in 1992, Saintly in 1996 and Lonhro in 2004. Other recent winners were Northerly, 2003 and 2001; Old Comnrade, 2002; Intergaze, 2000; Istidaad, 1999; Dane Ripper, 1998; Octagonal, 1997; Starstruck, 1995; Durbridge, 1994; Veandercross, 1993; Better Loosen Up, 1991 and Vo Rogue, 1990 and 1989.
|2016||Preferment||Awesome Rock||Rising Romance|
|2015||Spillway||Extra Zero||Happy Trails|
|2008||Sirmione||Princess Coup||Casino Prince|
|2006||Roman Arch||Candy Vale||Our Smoking Joe|
|2005||Makybe Diva||Winning Belle||Lad Of The Manor|
|2003||Northerly||Natural Blitz||Don Eduardo|
|2002||Old Comrade||Northerly||Rain Gauge|
|2001||Northerly||Hit The Roof||Kaapstad Way|