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 10 March 2018
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 metres. From 1943 to 1962 it was shortened to 17 furlongs and 110 yards or about 3500 metres. In 1963 the length was cut back to two miles or 3200 metres and since 1964 it has been contested over 10 furlongs or about 2000m.
Australian Cup Final Field & Odds 2018
See below for early markets on this years Australian Cup.‘Odds not currently available’
Australian Cup Preview & Tips 2018
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There will be 12 starters for the $1.5 million 2018 Australian Cup and six of them had their last start in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes. The favourite is Gailo Chop who won the Peter Young by 1.25 lengths. Second favourite is 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who resumed for a close 2nd in the Mornington Cup Prelude. Third favourite is The Taj Mahal who hasn’t started since his 3.5 length win in the Group 2 Zipping Classic last November.
Hartnell was 3rd in the Peter Young after an impressive first-up win in the Orr Stakes, while Single Gaze was 2nd in both of those races. Homesman held on to win the Mornington Cup Prelude first-up. Devise is a talented New Zealand mare who won the Group 1 Haunui Farm over 1600m last start. The other runners are currently at 20 to 1 or longer, including Japanese horse Ambitious who is having his first Australian start here.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|4 Gailo Chop|
|11 Single Gaze|
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 won this race 13 times with the first win on 1968 and the last in 2008. Let’s Elope won in 1992, Durbridge in 1994 and Dane Ripper in 1998.
Jockey Darren Beadman has ridden three Australian Cup champions, Let’s Elope in 1992, Saintly in 1996 and Lonhro in 2004. When Makybe Diva won in 2005 she set the race record time of 1:58:73 which beat the previous record set by Northerly who won in 2003 and 2001. Other winners include Istidaad, 1999; Dane Ripper, 1998; Octagonal, 1997; Starstruck, 1995; Durbridge, 1994; Veandercross, 1993; Better Loosen Up, 1991 and Vo Rogue, 1990 and 1989.
|2018||Harlem||Gailo Chop||Ventura Storm|
|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|