Adelaide Cup

The Adelaide Cup runs over the two miles (3200m) on a Monday in mid-March attracting a host of top stayers each autumn.

2020 Adelaide Cup Results

  • 1st: #4 King Of Leogrance
  • 2nd: #10 Good Idea
  • 3rd: #5 Chouxting The Mob



The Group 2 Adelaide Cup is an open handicap race held at Adelaide’s Morphettville Racecourse in early to mid-March each year during the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.

Raced over 3200m, the Adelaide Cup is the same distance as the prestigious Melbourne Cup held on the first Tuesday of November each spring at Flemington Racecourse in Victoria. Back in 1992 the great grey Subzero completed the rare Adelaide Cup – Melbourne Cup double.

Run on a Monday afternoon each year on the Labour Day public holiday in SA, the always popular staying event offers $400,000 in prize money and attracts a host of local stayers as well as a few interstate horses chasing the lucrative prize money in the classic.

The key lead-up into the Adelaide Cup field is Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) held roughly two weeks prior at the same track. Melbourne raiders in the Adelaide Cup field may come off a Flemington run in the Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) on Australian Guineas Day. The latest Adelaide Cup winners to back-up out of the Roy Higgins were the Lindsay Park-trained mare Fanatic (2nd in 2018) and the Danny O’Brien-trained King Of Leogrance (2020) who did the double.

The 2020 Adelaide Cup ran on Monday March 9, 2020 and was won by the Danny O’Brien-trained King Of Leogrance. 

Adelaide Cup 2020
Date: Monday March 9, 2020
Track: Morphettville Racecourse
Distance: 3,200m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $400,000

2020 Adelaide Cup Results

  • 1st: #4 King Of Leogrance
  • 2nd: #10 Good Idea
  • 3rd: #5 Chouxting The Mob

The Adelaide Cup 2020 results saw Melbourne Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien unearth another potential runner in the ‘race that stops a nation’ withe King Of Leogrance ($2.20F) – raced by six-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams – easily accounting for his rivals on way to a likely Sydney Cup bid this autumn.

Click here to read more on the impressive 2020 Adelaide Cup winner King Of Leogrance.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 4 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 14 54kg $2.20F
2 10 GOOD IDEA Phillip Stokes Ben Thompson 2.3L 12 53kg $17
3 5 CHOUXTING THE MOB (NZ) Simon Morrish Beau Mertens 3.2L 1 53kg $31
4 15 DARK ALLEY Paul Preusker Declan Bates 6.7L 8 53kg $10
5 9 YULONG RISING (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dean Holland 8L 6 53kg $15
6 14 KNIGHT STAR (IRE) Jeremy Gask Jason Holder 8.9L 5 53kg $101
7 11 HEART OF GRACE (JPN) Anthony Freedman Damien Thornton 9L 10 53kg $21
8 16 TURF MAN John Hickmott Sairyn Fawke 9.5L 3 53kg $151
9 3 DABIYR (IRE) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 9.8L 9 54kg $5.50
10 6 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) Chris Waller Dwayne Dunn 10.4L 7 53kg $10
11 8 EPERDUMENT Shane Oxlade Ms Kayla Crowther (a) 10.7L 2 53kg $31
12 1 HOME BY MIDNIGHT (NZ) Patrick Payne Billy Egan 13.7L 4 58.5kg $13
13 7 ROCK ON (NZ) Peter Gelagotis Anthony Darmanin 17.4L 11 53kg $91
14 13 ALIENATED Cliff Murray Ms Georgina Cartwright (a) 38.8L 13 53kg $101
SB 2 YOGI (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 0 57.5kg
12 AZURITE (IRE) Michael Hickmott Ms Anna Jordsjo (a) 0

2020 Adelaide Cup Odds

The season’s latest Adelaide Cup 2020 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below leading up to the 3200m feature so stay tuned.

2020 Adelaide Cup Field

The Adelaide Cup field features an ever increasing quality of both local and visiting autumn stayers coming out of lead-up races including Flemington’s Roy Higgins Quality that produced the 2017 champ Annus Mirabilis (5th), 2018 winner Fanatic (2nd) and 2020 champ King Of Leogrance (1st); Tasmania’s Launceston Cup (2400m) the month before and the Lord Reims Stakes that is the key local lead-up.

The official Adelaide Cup 2020 final field and barriers are announced on Tuesday March 3, 2020 and will be published in full below.

The 2020 Adelaide Cup field features 16 smart stayers including last start Launceston Cup winner Home By Midnight carrying the 58.5kg topweight. The Danny O’Brien-trained King Of Leogrance is the clear favourite in Adelaide Cup betting despite a wide draw (15), the French-bred five-year-old coming off the Roy Higgins Quality win at Flemington.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 49×0892261 HOME BY MIDNIGHT (NZ) Patrick Payne Billy Egan 4 58.5kg 103
2 1850x23x78 YOGI (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 6 57.5kg 101
3 3124×61512 DABIYR (IRE) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 10 54kg 94
4 41x3349x21 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 15 54kg (inc. 1.0kg penalty) 94
5 11158×8045 CHOUXTING THE MOB (NZ) Simon Morrish Beau Mertens 1 53kg 89
6 4364754223 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) Chris Waller Dwayne Dunn 8 53kg 89
7 208×734466 ROCK ON (NZ) Peter Gelagotis TBA 12 53kg 87
8 x451952411 EPERDUMENT Shane Oxlade Ms Kayla Crowther (a) 2 53kg 84
9 45×5627212 YULONG RISING (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dean Holland 7 53kg 81
10 6226×95771 GOOD IDEA Phillip Stokes Ben Thompson 13 53kg 74
11 x036544123 HEART OF GRACE (JPN) Anthony Freedman Damien Thornton 11 53kg 74
12 61473×0042 AZURITE (IRE) Michael Hickmott Ms Anna Jordsjo (a) 16 53kg 73
13 0450759114 ALIENATED Cliff Murray Ms Georgina Cartwright (a) 14 53kg 70
14 8144×74191 KNIGHT STAR (IRE) Jeremy Gask Jason Holder 5 53kg 67
15 465×211 DARK ALLEY Paul Preusker Declan Bates 9 53kg 65
16 0656×70334 TURF MAN John Hickmott Sairyn Fawke 3 53kg 63

Adelaide Cup History

Originally run in May, the Adelaide Cup was moved to March in 2005. The Morphettville Racecourse has been home to the Cup since 1876 and was previously held at the Old Course where it was first won by Falcon in 1864. Over the years the event has switched between being a two mile and one mile five furlong race, however in the years 1870-71 and 1886-88, the race was not held.

The Adelaide Cup is not used as a guide to the Melbourne Cup as the last Cup double winner was Subzero in 1992. In 2007 the event was downgraded from Group 1 status to Group 2, a decision made by the Australian Pattern Committee.

The Adelaide Cup has one triple winner which is Lord Reims which won the event three consecutive times from 1987-1989. The race’s double winners include Cowra in 1866-67, Eyeglass in 1911-12, Peerless Fox in 1950-51 and Our Pompeii in 1993-94.

The 2019 Adelaide Cup winner Surprise Baby went on to run an eye-catching fifth under a length beaten by Vow And Declare in that spring’s Melbourne Cup results.

Recent Adelaide Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Adelaide Cup
1st King Of Leogrance 3 minutes 24.76 seconds
2nd Good Idea
3rd Chouxting The Mob
2019
Adelaide Cup
1st Surprise Baby 3 minutes 25.94 seconds
2nd Top Of The Range
3rd Navel Warfare
2018
Adelaide Cup
1st Fanatic 3 minutes 25.28 seconds
2nd Ormito
3rd Poppiholla
2017
Adelaide Cup
1st Annus Mirabilis 3 minutes 24.25 seconds
2nd Double Bluff
3rd Master Of Arts
2016
Adelaide Cup
1st Purple Smile 3 minutes 24.1 seconds
2nd Tunes
3rd Real Love
2015
Adelaide Cup
1st Tanby 3 minutes 25.51 seconds
2nd Taiyoo
3rd Renew
2014
Adelaide Cup
1st Outback Joe 3 minutes 22.09 seconds
2nd Black Tycoon
3rd Base
2013
Adelaide Cup
1st Norsqui 3 minutes 24.4 seconds
2nd Waratone
3rd Dame Claire
2012
Adelaide Cup
1st Rialya 3 minutes 23.3 seconds
2nd Drunken Sailor
3rd Norsqui
2011
Adelaide Cup
1st Muir 3 minutes 23.4 seconds
2nd Saddler’s Story
3rd Macedonian
2010
Adelaide Cup
1st Capecover 3 minutes 28.81 seconds
2nd Kerdem
3rd Itstheone
2009
Adelaide Cup
1st Zavite 3 minutes 22.7 seconds
2nd Kerdem
3rd Banana Man
2008
Adelaide Cup
1st Lacey Underall 3 minutes 22 seconds
2nd Cefalu
3rd Tails Of Triomphe
2007
Adelaide Cup
1st Gallic 3 minutes 20.9 seconds
2nd Lacey Underall
3rd Exalted Time
2006
Adelaide Cup
1st Exalted Time 3 minutes 25.1 seconds
2nd Tubular Bells
3rd Ista Kareem
2005
Adelaide Cup
1st Demerger 3 minutes 21.9 seconds
2nd Envoy
3rd Intriguing
2004
Adelaide Cup
1st Pantani 3 minutes 27.5 seconds
2nd Danestorm
3rd Bel Air
2003
Adelaide Cup
1st Pillage N Plunder 3 minutes 28.4 seconds
2nd Nautilism
3rd Odysseus
2002
Adelaide Cup
1st The A Train 3 minutes 29.7 seconds
2nd Homewrecker
3rd Silver Baron
2001
Adelaide Cup
1st Apache King 3 minutes 29.7 seconds
2nd Native Jazz
3rd Bel Air
2000
Adelaide Cup
1st Bohemiath 3 minutes 24.6 seconds
2nd Karasi
3rd Oxford Dollar

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