Australian Cup

The $3 million Australian Cup is a weight-for-age Group 1 feature held at Flemington Racecourse in March each autumn.

2024 Australian Cup Results

  • 1st: #2 Cascadian
  • 2nd: #7 Pride Of Jenni
  • 3rd: #8 Atishu




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

The event was previously held on Flemington’s Super Saturday alongside the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) for the sprinters in mid-March.

Ahead of the 2023 edition the Australian Cup was moved to its own feature race meeting later in the month with prize money boosted to $3 million.

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 2022 Australian Cup form was franked with the winning mare Duais winning Sydney’s Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) next-up. The runner-up Think It Over further franked the form with a win in that year’s Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) during ‘The Championships’ at Randwick.

The $4 million All-Star Mile (1600m) held at various Melbourne tracks is the key lead-up to the Australian Cup.

Cascadian (2nd at The Valley in 2023 and 3rd at Caulfield in 2024) was the last All-Star Mile graduate to win the Australian Cup.

Cascadian (2023-24) became the latest dual Australian Cup champion since Harlem (2018-19).

The 2024 Australian Cup ran on Saturday March 30, 2024 at Flemington Racecourse and was narrowly won by back-to-back champion Cascadian ($7.50) for the Godolphin stable. 

Australian Cup 2024
Date: Saturday March 30, 2024
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $3,000,000

2024 Australian Cup Results

  • 1st: #2 Cascadian ($7.50)
  • 2nd: #7 Pride Of Jenni
  • 3rd: #8 Atishu

The veteran James Cummings-trained WFA star Cascadian ($7.50) went back-to-back in the 2024 Australian Cup results when wearing down the front-runner Pride Of Jenni – last start All-Star Mile winner – to turn the tables in a successful title defence at Flemington.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Ben Melham 8 59kg $7.50
2 7 PRIDE OF JENNI Ciaron Maher Declan Bates 0.25L 7 57kg $3.60
3 8 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 2L 5 57kg $4.80
4 3 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 2.02L 9 59kg $26
5 1 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 4.77L 1 59kg $3.10F
6 9 LEGARTO (NZ) Ken & Bev Kelso Michael Dee 6.02L 2 57kg $8
7 5 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 10.77L 3 59kg $21
8 6 ESTI FENY (HUN) Matthew Smith Jamie Mott 13.27L 4 59kg $151
9 4 DOM TO SHOOT Sean & Jake Casey Mark Zahra 16.02L 6 59kg $61

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Australian Cup Betting Odds

The current Australian Cup 2024 odds and market links will be provided below as soon as betting on the Group 1 feature is open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

The latest favourites in Australian Cup betting to win were Humidor ($4.20 in 2017) and Cascadian ($4 in 2023).

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 AUSTRALIAN CUP ODDS (Final Field)

2024 Australian Cup Form

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2024 Australian Cup Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Australian Cup 2024 Tips on the now $3 million showdown this autumn.

  • To Win: #7 Pride Of Jenni ($3 at time of publish) – BET NOW

The Australian Cup promises another thrilling chapter in the Mr Brightside vs. Pride Of Jenni rivalry! While Mr Brightside is favoured to avenge his All-Star Mile defeat, the value lies with the race winner herself. Ciaron Maher’s six-year-old mare looked unstoppable over the mile at Moonee Valley, and her past Flemington triumphs (Empire Rose, Champions Mile) suggest she can handle the 2000m at this track. With a good draw, peak fitness after two good lead-up runs, and current form on fire, all she needs to conquer again is stretching her brilliance over a little more distance. This mare is a strong contender for victory.

2024 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 Wednesday before Australian Cup Day.

The 2024 Australian Cup field and barriers will be published below on Wednesday March 27, 2024 as soon as released by Racing Victoria.

The Australian Cup 2024 final field features a star-studded line-up led by Mr Brightside out to turn the tables on his two-length conqueror in the All-Star Mile last time out, Pride Of Jenni, as they renew rivalries again in a sure to be thriller.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2024 Australian Cup field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111222×112 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 1 59kg 118
2 5213x7x943 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Ben Melham 8 59kg 114
3 60x02295x2 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 9 59kg 106
4 23x2319x46 DOM TO SHOOT Sean & Jake Casey Mark Zahra 6 59kg 109
5 0311632×31 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 3 59kg 106
6 8x48109x03 ESTI FENY (HUN) Matthew Smith Jamie Mott 4 59kg 91
7 8x62611x21 PRIDE OF JENNI Ciaron Maher Declan Bates 7 57kg 118
8 Px52021x81 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 5 57kg 114
9 1x310x1212 LEGARTO (NZ) Ken & Bev Kelso Michael Dee 2 57kg 112

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2024 Australian Cup Nominations

The 2024 Australian Cup nominations close the Monday before race day.

The Australian Cup 2024 nominations close on Monday March 25, 2024.  

Regular rivals Pride Of Jenni and Mr Brightside head the dozen 2024 Australian Cup nominations for this weekend after finishing one-two respectively in the All-Star Mile last time out.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111222×112 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 1 59kg 118
2 8x62611x21 PRIDE OF JENNI M 6 Ciaron Maher 2 57kg 118
3 Px52021x81 ATISHU (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 3 57kg 114
4 5213x7x943 CASCADIAN (GB) G 9 James Cummings 4 59kg 114
5 1x310x1212 LEGARTO (NZ) M 4 Ken & Bev Kelso 5 57kg 112
6 x12121x131 RIFF ROCKET G 3 Chris Waller 6 54.5kg 110
7 23x2319x46 DOM TO SHOOT G 6 Sean & Jake Casey 7 59kg 109
8 0311632×31 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 6 Danny O’Brien 8 59kg 106
9 60x02295x2 VOW AND DECLARE G 8 Danny O’Brien 9 59kg 106
10 00x1116x84 MURAMASA G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 10 59kg 101
11 7x228x2636 FOXY CLEOPATRA M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 11 57kg 95
12 8x48109x03 ESTI FENY (HUN) G 9 Matthew Smith 12 59kg 91

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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.

In 2020 the Lindsay Park training operation celebrated their 10th Australian Cup success with Fifty Stars.

Ahead of the 2023 race the Australian Cup date was moved to late March and prize money increased from $1.5 million to $3 million.

Cascadian went back-to-back in the Australian Cup results in 2023 and 2024.

Recent Australian Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Australian Cup
1st Cascadian 2 minutes 00.05 seconds
2nd Pride Of Jenni
3rd Atishu
2023
Australian Cup
1st Cascadian 2 minutes 01.43 seconds
2nd Numerian
3rd Pounding
2022
Australian Cup
1st Duais 2 minutes 00.82 seconds
2nd Think It Over
3rd Spanish Mission
2021
Australian Cup
1st Homesman 2 minutes 01.47 seconds
2nd Best Of Days
3rd Chapada
2020
Australian Cup
1st Fifty Stars 2 minutes 02.18 seconds
2nd Regal Power
3rd Vow And Declare
2019
Australian Cup
1st Harlem 2 minutes 01.50 seconds
2nd Shillelagh
3rd Trap For Fools
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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