Australian Cup

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 14 March 2015

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 2015

See below for early markets on this years Australian Cup.

‘Odds not currently available’

Australian Cup Preview & Tips 2015

Track: Good    Weather: Fine

There is a field of 16 runners for the $1 million 2015 Australian Cup. The betting is fairly open but the early favourite is Mackinnon Stakes winner Happy Trails, who was 2nd in the Group 2 Peter Young last start. Second favourite is 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist who resumed with 6th in the Peter Young. There are 3 horses on the 3rd line of betting with Foreteller who ran 3rd in this race last year, Akzar and Spillway who were 3rd and 4th respectively in the Peter Young.

Mourinho won the Peter Young last start and is in great form. Red Cadeaux has had one start since 2nd in the 2014 Melbourne Cup for 6th in the Hong Kong Vase in Shatin, but loves this track. The Cleaner also goes well here. Au Revoir won the Group 2 Zipping Classic last campaign and resumed with 5th in the Peter Young – he usually improves second-up. Greatwood won the 1900m Parramatta Cup last start. All other runners are currently at 25 to 1 or longer.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
Mick’s Picks
Ed’s Choice
3 Happy Trails  2 Protectionist  3 Happy Trails
2 Protectionist  3 Happy Trails  4 Foreteller
6 Mourinho  15 Spillway  15 Spillway
10 Akzar  4 Foreteller  7 The Cleaner

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.

Year Winner Second Third
2015 Spillway Extra Zero Happy Trails
2014 Fiorente Green Moon Foreteller
2013 Super Cool Fiveandahalfstar Tanby
2012 Manighar Southern Speed Americain
2011 Shocking Linton Playing God
2010 Zipping Sirmione Moatize
2009 Niconero Theseo Zagreb
2008 Sirmione Princess Coup Casino Prince
2007 Pompeii Ruler Marasco Tawqeet
2006 Roman Arch Candy Vale Our Smoking Joe
2005 Makybe Diva Winning Belle Lad Of The Manor
2004 Lonhro Delzao Elvstroem
2003 Northerly Natural Blitz Don Eduardo
2002 Old Comrade Northerly Rain Gauge
2001 Northerly Hit The Roof Kaapstad Way
2000 Intergaze Arena Streak