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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

The 2017 Australian Cup nominations will be published here.

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 11x1111x11 WINX M 5 Chris Waller 1 57kg
2 x471210x44 JAMEKA M 4 Ciaron Maher 2 57kg
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
10 10x703x808 MOURINHO G 9 Peter Gelagotis 10 59kg
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
16 3x02303x37 TALLY G 4 John O’Shea 16 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.

Year Results Winning Time
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

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