The 2017 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, which offers a six Group stakes races including the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) for the sprinters.
The race is a 2000m event ideal for strong staying horses. The most recent lead-up race to the Australian Cup is the Group 2 St George Stakes (1800m).
The 2017 Australian Cup will be run on 11th of March, 2017.
|Date:||11th of March, 2017|
2017 Australian Cup Field
The 2017 Australian Cup field and barriers will be published below as soon as released by Racing Victoria.
2017 Australian Cup Nominations
The 2017 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.
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
|1st||Preferment||2 minutes 3.9 seconds|
|1st||Spillway||2 minutes 00.09 seconds|
|1st||Fiorente||2 minutes 03.64 seconds|
|1st||Super Cool||2 minutes 0.93 seconds|
|1st||Manighar||2 minutes 01.2 seconds|
|1st||Shocking||2 minutes 0.9 seconds|
|1st||Zipping||2 minutes 3.69 seconds|
|1st||Niconero||2 minutes 3.1 seconds|
|1st||Sirmione||2 minutes 0.8 seconds|
|1st||Pompeii Ruler||2 minutes 1.5 seconds|
|1st||Roman Arch||2 minutes 2.8 seconds|
|3rd||Our Smoking Joe|
|1st||Makybe Diva||1 minute 58.7 seconds|
|3rd||Lad Of The Manor|
|1st||Lonhro||2 minutes 1.6 seconds|
|1st||Northerly||2 minutes 1.4 seconds|
|1st||Old Comrade||1 minute 59.8 seconds|
|1st||Northerly||1 minute 59.4 seconds|
|2nd||Hit The Roof|
|1st||Intergaze||2 minutes 0.9 seconds|