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 11 March 2017
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 2017
See below for early markets on this years Australian Cup.‘Odds not currently available’
Australian Cup Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There will be 12 starters for the $1.5 million 2017 Australian Cup and ten of them had their last start in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes. Early favouritism is shared between 2016 Caulfield Cup winner Jameka, and Humidor. They came 4th and 2nd respectively in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes. Next in the betting is Stratum Star who won that race, and has now won his last three starts.
The United States goes well over this distance and was 3rd in the Peter Young. Exospheric was 6th in that race. Ecuador was 3rd in the Futurity Stakes last start. Awesome Rock ran 2nd in this race last year but only beat one runner home in the Peter Young, while Tally and Tom Melbourne ran 7th and 9th. The other runners are currently at 25 to 1 or longer, including Boom Time who won the Mornington Cup last outing.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Stratum Star||11 Jameka||10 Humidor|
|10 Humidor||10 Humidor||3 The United States|
|2 Awesome Rock||6 Exospheric||1 Stratum Star|
|9 Boom Time||3 The United States||11 Jameka|
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|