Australian Cup

  • Date: Saturday March 12, 2016
  • Racecourse: Flemington
  • Race Distance: 2,000m
  • Conditions: Open weight for age
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million

2016 Australian Cup News

Bow Creek draws wide barrier in Champions Mile

Bow Creek draws wide barrier in Champions Mile

Trainer John O’Shea is more worried about a rain affected track then a bad barrier for Bow Creek in the  Group 1 HK$14m Champions Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin in Hong Kong on Sunday.

Bow Creek, above, has drawn a wide barrier in the Champions Mile at Sha Tin in Hong Kong. Photo by Ultimate …

Worth more than $1.5 million, the 2016 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 Victorian 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).

2016 Australian Cup Field

The 2016 Australian Cup field is provided below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 6050208×07 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Dwayne Dunn 8 59kg 110
2 8x011907x4 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10 59kg 112
3 2545977063 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Mark Zahra 3 59kg 102
4 0x1610x703 MOURINHO Peter Gelagotis Craig Newitt 2 59kg 112
5 6x7x9230x5 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 1 59kg 112
6 x6x6x20x01 BOW CREEK (IRE) John O’Shea Damien Oliver 11 59kg 112
7 x5067101x9 ALMOONQITH (USA) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 7 59kg 107
8 4x30721x04 AWESOME ROCK Leon & Troy Corstens Stephen Baster 9 59kg 98
9 x620027x06 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Craig Williams 6 57kg 108
10 311x117x13 SUAVITO (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Luke Currie 5 57kg 112
11 12x9102x92 FENWAY Lee & Shannon Hope Blake Shinn 4 57kg 108

2016 Australian Cup Nominations

The 2016 Australian Cup nominations will be published here.

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 20x1266x00 FAWKNER G 8 Robert Hickmott 1 59kg
2 6050208×07 HAPPY TRAILS G 8 Paul Beshara 2 59kg
3 x620027x06 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 3 57kg
4 2545977063 EXTRA ZERO G 9 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 4 59kg
5 8x011907x4 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 5 59kg
6 0x1610x703 MOURINHO G 8 Peter Gelagotis 6 59kg
7 311x117x13 SUAVITO (NZ) M 5 Nigel Blackiston 7 57kg
8 311731×4 TARZINO (NZ) C 3 Mick Price 8 54.5kg
9 6x7x9230x5 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 9 59kg
10 11111×3 PERFECT REFLECTION F 3 Darren Weir 10 52.5kg
11 10x09936x5 LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 11 59kg
12 x143121x79 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 12 59kg
13 60x900x2x0 LIDARI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 13 59kg
14 12x9102x92 FENWAY M 4 Lee & Shannon Hope 14 57kg
15 x5067101x9 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 15 59kg
16 60x2357x09 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 16 59kg
17 x6x6x20x01 BOW CREEK (IRE) H 5 John O’Shea 17 59kg
18 1×8311141 XTRAVAGANT (NZ) C 3 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 18 54.5kg
19 2x61211x1 RISQUE (NZ) F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 19 52.5kg
20 4x30721x04 AWESOME ROCK H 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 20 59kg
21 17148×65 SOVEREIGN NATION C 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 21 54.5kg
22 211×72 PALENTINO C 3 Darren Weir 22 54.5kg
23 2x31703x81 ARAB DAWN (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 23 59kg
24 3432161124 TASHBEEH H 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 24 59kg
25 8x52415x20 HE OR SHE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 25 59kg
26 21x11x62 DODGING BULLETS G 4 Symon Wilde 26 59kg
27 8140×630 HIERARCHAL C 3 Anthony Cummings 27 54.5kg

Australian Cup Winners & Results

Below are the Australian Cup winners and results since 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2016 1 Preferment 2 Awesome Rock 3 Rising Romance 2:03.9
2015 1 Spillway 2 Extra Zero 3 Happy Trails 2:00.1
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