Australian Cup Race Information

Flemington Racecourse hosts the 2000 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: 2000 metres
  • Conditions: Weights for age
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $1,500,000
  • Date: Saturday 6 March 2021

Australian Cup Race History

See the 2021 Australian Cup Preview and Results.

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.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Makybe Diva (2005)

Last 3YO to win: C&G – Super Cool (2013); Filly – none since it was run over 2000m

Multiple winners: Harlem (2018 & 2019); Northerly (2001 & 2003); Vo Rogue (1989 & 1990); Ming Dynasty (1978 & 1980); Craftsman (1965 & 1966); Welkin ( 1962 & 1963); Woodman (1865 & 1866).

Fastest time (2000m): Makybe Diva (2005) 1:58:73

Interesting trivia: In 1969 Yootha and Cyron dead-heated for first. In 1912 Prizefighter and Saxonite dead-heated for first.

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.

Year Winner Second Third
2021 Homesman Best Of Days Chapada
2020 Fifty Stars Regal Power Vow And Declare
2019 Harlem Shillelagh Trap For Fools
2018 Harlem Gailo Chop Ventura Storm
2017 Humidor Jameka Exospheric
2016 Preferment Awesome Rock Rising Romance
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

From the archives:

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.

Jo’s Tips
1 Hartnell
4 Gailo Chop
11 Single Gaze
2 Almandin