Australian Cup

The Australian Cup is the weight-for-age Group 1 feature held at Flemington Racecourse on 'Super Saturday' in March each autumn.

2018 Australian Cup Results

  • 1st: #7 Harlem
  • 2nd: #4 Gailo Chop
  • 3rd: #5 Ventura Storm



The Australian Cup is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held in early to mid March during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

The $1.5 million Australian Cup is one of many races held on Flemington’s Super Saturday, including also the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) for the sprinters.

The race is a 2000m event ideal for strong staying horses. The most successful recent lead-up race to the Australian Cup is the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m), a double last completed by Fiorente (2014).

The 2018 Australian Cup ran on Saturday March 10, 2018 and was won in a huge upset by Harlem ($61).

Australian Cup 2018
Date: Saturday March 10, 2018
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,500,000

2018 Australian Cup Results

  • 1st: #7 Harlem
  • 2nd: #4 Gailo Chop
  • 3rd: #5 Ventura Storm

See below for the official Australian Cup 2018 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the upset win by the Lindsay Park-trained $61 roughie Harlem who beat home the Darren Weir-trained favourite Gailo Chop and stablemate Ventura Storm. Both Harlem and Ventura Storm now head towards the Tancred Stakes and Sydney Cup.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 7 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 4 59kg $61
2 4 GAILO CHOP (FR) Darren Weir Mark Zahra 0.5L 10 59kg $2.60F
3 5 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 1.25L 2 59kg $31
4 2 ALMANDIN (GER) Liam Howley Damien Oliver 1.45L 11 59kg $4.40
5 11 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 1.85L 5 57kg $9
6 10 HOMESMAN (USA) Liam Howley Michael Dee 2.25L 3 58.5kg $21
7 8 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander Jordan Childs 2.35L 1 59kg $71
8 9 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley Ben Melham 2.85L 7 58.5kg $9
9 3 AMBITIOUS (JPN) Anthony Freedman Damian Lane 4.1L 12 59kg $21
10 1 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Craig Williams 4.85L 6 59kg $9.50
11 6 SUPPLY AND DEMAND Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 11.85L 9 59kg $41
12 12 DEVISE (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Chad Schofield 21.85L 8 57kg $31

2018 Australian Cup Tips

  • 1st: #11 Single Gaze
  • 2nd: #10 Homesman
  • 3rd: #4 Gailo Chop

Read our full Australian Cup 2018 Betting Tips & Exotic Selections.

2018 Australian Cup Form Guide

Check out our comprehensive Australian Cup 2018 Form Guide & Betting Preview.

2018 Australian Cup Betting Odds

The current Australian Cup 2018 odds and market links will be provided below as soon as betting on the Group 1 ‘Super Saturday’ feature is open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 Australian Cup Field

The Australian Cup field attracts a line-up of the season’s best weight-for-age stayers, many of which ran in the previous season’s spring features like the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup, and is released the Tuesday before ‘Super Saturday’.

The 2018 Australian Cup field and barriers will be published below on Tuesday March 6, 2018 as soon as released by Racing Victoria.

The official Australian Cup 2018 Field attracted just a dozen final acceptors including the Darren Weir-trained favourite Gailo Chop in barrier 10 looking for a third straight win following his latest in the Peter Young Stakes. Single Gaze (2nd) and Hartnell (3rd) are the other best out of that race looking to turn the tables on their last start conqueror drawn in gates five and six respectively for the rematch.

Read more on the 12-horse 2018 Australian Cup Final Field.

# Form (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 First Acceptances

The 2018 Australian Cup first acceptances are taken in late February two weeks out from the Group 1 weight-for-age feature and will be released below as soon as announced by Racing Victoria.

The official Australian Cup 2018 First Acceptances feature 26 weight-for-age stars including the Darren Weir-trained early favourite Gailo Chop and Godolphin’s first-up CF Orr Stakes winner Hartnell who do battle in the Peter Young Stakes in the lead-up on February 24.

View the full 26 Australian Cup First Acceptances for 2018.

2018 Australian Cup Nominations

The 2018 Australian Cup nominations close in late January over a month out from ‘Super Saturday’ at Flemington Racecourse and will be provided below as soon as released, followed by Australian Cup first acceptances in late February.

The official Australian Cup 2018 Nominations attracted 53 weight-for-age hopefuls including the reigning champion Humidor for Darren Weir who is out to win successive editions of the race for the first time since Vo Rogue (1989-1990). Weir has also nominated for fellow Group 1 winners Gailo Chop and Tosen Stardom, the latter leading all-in Australian Cup betting.

View the full Australian Cup 2018 Nominated Horses by following the link.

Australian Cup History

First won by Barwon in 1861, the Australian Cup was originally a 3600m test of endurance until 1943 when the distance was decreased to 3500m. Twenty years later the distance was further decreased to 3200m, however the following year in 1964 the race became a 2000m event.

The fastest finishing time for the Australian Cup is held by the legendary Makybe Diva. In 2005, the mare finished the race in 1 minute 58.7 seconds. In 2007 the Australian Cup changed locations by being temporarily raced at Caulfield Racecourse.

Recent Australian Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Australian Cup
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Australian Cup
1st Harlem 2 minutes 0.46 seconds
2nd Gailo Chop
3rd Ventura Storm
2017
Australian Cup
1st Humidor 2 minutes 1.07 seconds
2nd Jameka
3rd Exospheric
2016
Australian Cup
1st Preferment 2 minutes 3.9 seconds
2nd Awesome Rock
3rd Rising Romance
2015
Australian Cup
1st Spillway 2 minutes 00.09 seconds
2nd Extra Zero
3rd Happy Trails
2014
Australian Cup
1st Fiorente 2 minutes 03.64 seconds
2nd Green Moon
3rd Foreteller
2013
Australian Cup
1st Super Cool 2 minutes 0.93 seconds
2nd Fiveandahalfstar
3rd Tanby
2012
Australian Cup
1st Manighar 2 minutes 01.2 seconds
2nd Southern Speed
3rd Americain
2011
Australian Cup
1st Shocking 2 minutes 0.9 seconds
2nd Linton
3rd Playing God
2010
Australian Cup
1st Zipping 2 minutes 3.69 seconds
2nd Sirmione
3rd Moatize
2009
Australian Cup
1st Niconero 2 minutes 3.1 seconds
2nd Theseo
3rd Zagreb
2008
Australian Cup
1st Sirmione 2 minutes 0.8 seconds
2nd Princess Coup
3rd Casino Prince
2007
Australian Cup
1st Pompeii Ruler 2 minutes 1.5 seconds
2nd Marasco
3rd Tawqeet
2006
Australian Cup
1st Roman Arch 2 minutes 2.8 seconds
2nd Candy Vale
3rd Our Smoking Joe
2005
Australian Cup
1st Makybe Diva 1 minute 58.7 seconds
2nd Winning Belle
3rd Lad Of The Manor
2004
Australian Cup
1st Lonhro 2 minutes 1.6 seconds
2nd Delzao
3rd Elvstroem
2003
Australian Cup
1st Northerly 2 minutes 1.4 seconds
2nd Natural Blitz
3rd Don Eduardo
2002
Australian Cup
1st Old Comrade 1 minute 59.8 seconds
2nd Northerly
3rd Rain Gauge
2001
Australian Cup
1st Northerly 1 minute 59.4 seconds
2nd Hit The Roof
3rd Kaapstad Way
2000
Australian Cup
1st Intergaze 2 minutes 0.9 seconds
2nd Arena
3rd Streak

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