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Australian Cup

Worth more than $1.5 million, the 2018 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’.

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).

2018 Australian Cup Field

The 2018 Australian Cup field is provided below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2x12290x13 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Craig Williams 6 59kg 114
2 11x21402x2 ALMANDIN (GER) Liam Howley Damien Oliver 11 59kg 110
3 0x24x45x0x AMBITIOUS (JPN) Anthony Freedman Damian Lane 12 59kg 109
4 0143150×11 GAILO CHOP (FR) Darren Weir Mark Zahra 10 59kg 115
5 x5x76200x4 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 2 59kg 106
6 11×2203422 SUPPLY AND DEMAND Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 9 59kg 104
7 x515867x28 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 4 59kg 104
8 15x2114x39 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander Jordan Childs 1 59kg 102
9 446925041x THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley Ben Melham 7 58.5kg 107
10 2x412153x1 HOMESMAN (USA) Liam Howley Michael Dee 3 58.5kg 105
11 x054420x22 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 5 57kg 110
12 3328×13421 DEVISE (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Chad Schofield 8 57kg 102

2018 Australian Cup Nominations

The 2018 Australian Cup nominations will be published here.

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 2x12290x13 HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings 1 59kg
2 11x21402x2 ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Liam Howley 2 59kg
3 0x1401241x REKINDLING (GB) H 4 Liam Howley 3 58.5kg
4 0x24x45x0x AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 6 Anthony Freedman 4 59kg
5 0143150×11 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 5 59kg
6 x054420x22 SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive 6 57kg
7 45712x232x JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 7 59kg
8 6202720×24 PRIZED ICON H 4 Kris Lees 8 59kg
9 x5x76200x4 VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 9 59kg
10 11×2203422 SUPPLY AND DEMAND G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 10 59kg
11 446925041x THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 4 Liam Howley 11 58.5kg
12 0x72586x65 ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent 12 57kg
13 15x2114x39 LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 5 Archie Alexander 13 59kg
14 x515867x28 HARLEM (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 14 59kg
15 23x11432x8 SULLY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 15 54.5kg
16 2x412153x1 HOMESMAN (USA) G 4 Liam Howley 16 58.5kg
17 822063×349 WYNDSPELLE (NZ) H 4 Michael Kent 17 59kg
18 059x1153x6 WHEAL LEISURE M 4 Archie Alexander 18 57kg
19 3328×13421 DEVISE (NZ) M 4 Shaune Ritchie 19 57kg
20 1x1661x5 LEVENDI C 3 Peter Gelagotis 20 54.5kg
21 9x431x1621 VALIANT SPIRIT G 3 Daniel Williams 21 54.5kg
22 090×561110 SINGING (FR) H 8 Kris Lees 22 59kg
23 9x12x1397x ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley 23 59kg
24 3x212135x4 MAIN STAGE (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 24 54.5kg
25 3393322156 JACQUINOT BAY G 10 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 25 59kg
26 04x77x52x7 SPIRITJIM (FR) H 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 26 59kg

Australian Cup Winners & Results

Below are the Australian Cup winners and results since 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2018 1 Harlem 2 Gailo Chop 3 Ventura Storm 2:00.4
2017 1 Humidor 2 Jameka 3 Exospheric 2:01.0
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

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