Worth more than $1.5 million, the 2017 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).
2017 Australian Cup Field
The 2017 Australian Cup field is provided below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||33×8502111||STRATUM STAR||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||2||59kg||112|
|2||x015551x70||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||6||59kg||113|
|3||212x6145x3||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Ben Melham||4||59kg||111|
|4||10x703x808||MOURINHO||Peter Gelagotis||Anthony Darmanin||9||59kg||108|
|5||06116×1133||ECUADOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||5||59kg||109|
|6||3x183538x6||EXOSPHERIC (GB)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Damien Oliver||10||59kg||112|
|7||3x02303x37||TALLY||John O’Shea||Joao Moreira||1||59kg||104|
|8||x266223x69||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Glen Boss||3||59kg||98|
|9||x44x311151||BOOM TIME||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||8||59kg||100|
|10||x31129x422||HUMIDOR (NZ)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||7||59kg||105|
|11||x471210x44||JAMEKA||Ciaron Maher||Hugh Bowman||11||57kg||113|
|12||x27156x555||REAL LOVE||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||12||57kg||107|
2017 Australian Cup Nominations
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|3||10x4540x60||PREFERMENT (NZ)||H||5||Chris Waller||3||59kg|
|4||x211123x28||HARTNELL (GB)||G||6||John O’Shea||4||59kg|
|5||33×8502111||STRATUM STAR||H||5||Darren Weir||5||59kg|
|6||x015551x70||AWESOME ROCK||H||5||Leon & Troy Corstens||6||59kg|
|7||212x6145x3||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||H||7||Robert Hickmott||7||59kg|
|8||160x88x728||TURN ME LOOSE (NZ)||H||5||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||8||59kg|
|9||x27156x555||REAL LOVE||M||6||Darren Weir||9||57kg|
|11||x808462x00||ALMOONQITH (USA)||H||7||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||11||59kg|
|12||06116×1133||ECUADOR (NZ)||G||7||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||12||59kg|
|13||11x1110x87||HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)||G||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||13||59kg|
|14||x454282x06||SEABURGE||C||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||14||54.5kg|
|15||3x183538x6||EXOSPHERIC (GB)||H||5||Lee & Anthony Freedman||15||59kg|
|17||153x9210x7||ASSIGN (IRE)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||17||59kg|
|18||2252911×93||PILOTE D’ESSAI (GB)||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||18||59kg|
|19||x266223x69||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||G||6||Lee & Anthony Freedman||19||59kg|
|20||111×84||ABBEY MARIE||M||4||Michael Kent||20||57kg|
|21||12x1x7x39x||ALOFT (IRE)||G||5||Robert Hickmott||21||59kg|
|22||x44x311151||BOOM TIME||H||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||22||59kg|
|23||x3915x0x36||ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE)||H||5||Chris Waller||23||59kg|
|24||117x8x00x4||HANS HOLBEIN (GB)||G||5||Robert Hickmott||24||59kg|
|25||45x52482x5||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||G||5||Michael Moroney||25||59kg|
|26||x31129x422||HUMIDOR (NZ)||G||4||Darren Weir||26||59kg|
|27||x42x513x41||OUR CENTURY (IRE)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||27||59kg|
Australian Cup Winners & Results
Below are the Australian Cup winners and results since 2000.
|2018||1 TBD||2 TBD||3 TBD||TBD|
|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|