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

2018 Adelaide Cup Results

  • 1st: #4 Fanatic
  • 2nd: #11 Ormito
  • 3rd: #18 Poppiholla



The Group 2 Adelaide Cup is an open handicap race held at Adelaide’s Morphettville Racecourse in 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 last Adelaide Cup winner to back-up out of the Roy Higgins was the Lindsay Park-trained mare Fanatic (2nd in 2018).

The 2018 Adelaide Cup ran on Monday March 12, 2018 and was won by proven two-miler Fanatic.

Adelaide Cup 2018
Date: Monday March 12, 2018
Track: Morphettville Racecourse
Distance: 3,200m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $400,000

2018 Adelaide Cup Results

  • 1st: #4 Fanatic
  • 2nd: #11 Ormito
  • 3rd: #18 Poppiholla

Check out the official Adelaide Cup 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, the race won by Lindsay Park’s Sandown Cup winning mare Fanatic who saluted for the punters on way to another likely two mile test in the Group 1 Sydney Cup in April at Royal Randwick.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 4 FANATIC (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 3 57.5kg $4.40F
2 11 ORMITO (GER) Darren Weir Craig Williams 0.3L 4 53kg $5.50
3 18 POPPIHOLLA (NZ) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 2.1L 9 53kg $21
4 3 DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE) Robbie Laing Mark Zahra 2.9L 6 58.5kg $11
5 9 O’LONERA Cindy Alderson Dwayne Dunn 4.6L 14 54kg $10
6 7 EXALTED LIGHTNING Grant Young Todd Pannell 5.3L 2 54.5kg $9.50
7 17 CUBAN FIGHTER Robbie Laing Ben Thompson 6.4L 13 53kg $51
8 6 JIM’S JOURNEY Peter Blanch Paul Gatt 6.9L 8 56kg $51
9 1 BENZINI James Bull Ms Rosie Myers 6.9L 15 59kg $21
10 8 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys Stephen Baster 9.4L 1 54kg $26
11 10 AL HARAM (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 10.4L 12 53kg $17
12 15 RAINDROPS ON ROSES David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 11.5L 11 53kg $12
13 12 TUNES Grant Young Clare Lindop 12.7L 5 53kg $31
14 5 PRETTY PUNK Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 14.3L 7 57kg $10
15 14 FLYING CASINO John Hickmott Dom Tourneur 14.4L 10 53kg $101
13 KHEZERABAD (FR) Aaron Purcell Chris Symons 0
2 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 0
16 DIAMOND GRACE Michael Kent Beau Mertens 0

2018 Adelaide Cup Odds

The season’s latest Adelaide Cup 2018 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below leading up to the 3200m feature so stay tuned.

2018 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) and the 2018 winner Fanatic (2nd), Tasmania’s Launceston Cup (2400m) the month before and the Lord Reims Stakes that is the key local lead-up.

The 2018 Adelaide Cup final field and barrier draw will be published below on Tuesday March 6, 2018.

The official Adelaide Cup 2018 Field attracted 18 stayers led by the Lindsay Park-trained mare Fanatic coming off a second in last Saturday’s Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m). The James Bull-trained veteran Kiwi raider Benzini heads the Adelaide Cup weights carrying 59kg and is out to improve on the Lord Reims Stakes third here from March 3. The Lord Reims winner Etah James is a notable omission from the Adelaide Cup field, but the Darren Weir-trained runner-up Master Of Arts backs up looking to improve on his third in the two mile classic last year.

Read more on the 2018 Adelaide Cup Final Field Featuring Fanatic.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x474583833 BENZINI James Bull Ms Rosie Myers 18 59kg 98
2 4813×56672 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 16 59kg 98
3 023×099115 DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE) Robbie Laing Mark Zahra 7 58.5kg 97
4 046811×752 FANATIC (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 3 57.5kg 99
5 4×43211413 PRETTY PUNK Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 8 57kg 98
6 x3270x3426 JIM’S JOURNEY Peter Blanch Paul Gatt 10 56kg 92
7 1611221214 EXALTED LIGHTNING Grant Young Todd Pannell 2 54.5kg 89
8 73166×5108 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys Jye McNeil 1 54kg 88
9 58×6916122 O’LONERA Cindy Alderson Dwayne Dunn 17 54kg 88
10 x277x84332 AL HARAM (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 14 53kg 84
11 x054572333 ORMITO (GER) Darren Weir Craig Williams 5 53kg 82
12 2028725622 TUNES Grant Young Clare Lindop 6 53kg 78
13 02041×8446 KHEZERABAD (FR) Aaron Purcell Chris Symons 9 53kg 76
14 3715973319 FLYING CASINO John Hickmott Dom Tourneur 12 53kg 75
15 26×4103521 RAINDROPS ON ROSES David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 13 53kg 75
16 x26113x315 DIAMOND GRACE Michael Kent Beau Mertens 4 53kg 74
17 8018692015 CUBAN FIGHTER Robbie Laing Ben Thompson (a) 15 53kg 67
18 7667325223 POPPIHOLLA (NZ) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 11 53kg 67

2018 Adelaide Cup Nominations

The Adelaide Cup nominations attract the best local staying talent from South Australian stables as well as a host of interstate gallopers chasing a two mile run.

The 2018 Adelaide Cup nominations will be published below once announced.

The official Adelaide Cup 2018 Nominations attracted a bumper 28 early entries including Lindsay Park’s Roy Higgins Quality runner-up Fanatic who won the Sandown Cup over the distance and who carries the 57.5kg top weight if accepted. Fellow gun mare Pretty Punk is the other highest up the Adelaide Cup ballot after a lead-up win in the Hobart Cup and third in the Launceston Cup in February.

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.

Recent Adelaide Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Adelaide Cup
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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