Australian Cup

  • Date: Saturday March 7, 2015
  • Racecourse: Flemington
  • Race Distance: 2,000m
  • Conditions: Open weight for age
  • Prize Money: $1 million

2014 Australian Cup News

Happy Trails To Return To Racing In Futurity Stakes

Happy Trails To Return To Racing In Futurity Stakes

Trainer Paul Beshara has confirmed that popular gelding Happy Trails will start his autumn campaign in the 2015 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield on February 28.

Happy Trails finished over the top of He’s Your Man and Farraaj to win the 2014 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day. Photo by: Sarah Ebbett

Happy Trails …

Worth more than $1 million, the 2015 Australian Cup is a Group 1 race held in March each year. The Australian Cup is run over 2000 metres and is a weight for age race. It is a feature race in Melbourne’s Autumn Racing Carnival and is part of Flemington’s ‘Super Saturday’.

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The Australian Cup, which is run at Melbourne’s Flemington racecourse, was first run in 1861 when it was won by Barwon. The Australian Cup is one of the Victoria Racing Club’s oldest races, with the first one being run thirty eight years before Federation. Until 1978, the Australian Cup was a handicap race and first changed to weight-for-age conditions in 1979. The race was then returned back to handicap conditions from 1983 until 1987 when the Cup was once again made a weight-for-age race. The decision to revert back to handicap racing for four years was made due to a lack of quality race horses entering the competition.

After 1987, a concerted effort was made by the Victoria Racing Club to upgrade the Australian Cup’s quality and greater prize money was introduced to lure higher class race horses into the field. The upgrade was a success and the Australian Cup is now one of the most lucrative Group races in Australia.

The Australian Cup has varied in distance since its inaugural running. The race was originally 3,600 metres in length until 1943 when it was reduced to 3,500 metres. The Cup was again decreased in distance to 3,200m in 1963 and was finally changed to today’s length of 2000 metres in 1964. While the Australian cup is run at Flemington racecourse each year, it was hosted by Caulfield Racecourse in 2007 due to a total reconstruction of the Flemington track.

The Australian Cup is the perfect race for horses that are strong stayers. Makybe Diva holds the record for the fastest time in the Australia Cup with 1 minute and 58.7 seconds in 2005. Other prominent horses to have won the event include Northerly (2001 and 2003), Lonhro (2004) and Zipping (2010).

Australian Cup Winners & Results

Below are the Australian Cup winners and results since 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2015 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2014 1 Fiorente 2 Green Moon 3 Foreteller 2:03.6
2013 1 Super Cool 2 Fiveandahalfstar 3 Tanby 2:00.9
2012 1 Manighar 2 Southern Speed 3 Americain 2:01.2
2011 1 Shocking 2 Linton 3 Playing God 2:00.9
2010 1 Zipping 2 Sirmione 3 Moatize 2:03.6
2009 1 Niconero 2 Theseo 3 Zagreb 2:03.1
2008 1 Sirmione 2 Princess Coup 3 Casino Prince 2:00.8
2007 1 Pompeii Ruler 2 Marasco 3 Tawqeet 2:01.5
2006 1 Roman Arch 2 Candy Vale 3 Our Smoking Joe 2:02.8
2005 1 Makybe Diva 2 Winning Belle 3 Lad Of The Manor 1:58.7
2004 1 Lonhro 2 Delzao 3 Elvstroem 2:01.6
2003 1 Northerly 2 Natural Blitz 3 Don Eduardo 2:01.4
2002 1 Old Comrade 2 Northerly 3 Rain Gauge 1:59.8
2001 1 Northerly 2 Hit The Roof 3 Kaapstad Way 1:59.4
2000 1 Intergaze 2 Arena 3 Streak 2:00.9