Australian Cup

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

2021 Australian Cup Results

  • 1st: #4 Homesman
  • 2nd: #7 Best Of Days
  • 3rd: #9 Chapada




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 2021 Australian Cup ran on Saturday March 6, 2021 and was won in an upset by the Godolphin-raced Homesman. 

Australian Cup 2021
Date: Saturday March 6, 2021
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,500,000

2021 Australian Cup Results

  • 1st: #4 Homesman
  • 2nd: #7 Best Of Days
  • 3rd: #9 Chapada

It was a thrilling late battle to the line in an upset Australian Cup 2021 result with fellow $26 outsiders Homesman and Best Of Days going stride for stride. Eventually Homesman won for the powerhouse Godolphin stable in a photo, while the trifecta was completed by $41 roughie Chapada.

Click here to read more on the narrow 2021 Australian Cup win by Homesman.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 14 59kg $26
2 7 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Luke Nolen 0.1L 17 59kg $26
3 9 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 1.1L 9 59kg $41
4 17 PARADEE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 1.3L 1 57kg $8
5 6 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 1.6L 13 59kg $17
6 12 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) Patrick Payne Billy Egan 1.7L 4 59kg $12
7 15 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 1.8L 8 57kg $151
8 13 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 1.9L 6 59kg $19
9 8 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ms Jamie Kah 2.1L 11 59kg $9.50
10 3 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 2.3L 3 59kg $3.50F
11 11 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 2.4L 2 59kg $11
12 2 HARLEM (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Michael Walker 3.9L 7 59kg $41
13 10 PLATOON Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 4.4L 10 59kg $51
14 1 HUMIDOR (NZ) Chris Waller Damian Lane 5.4L 12 59kg $15
15 14 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Luke Currie 6.65L 16 59kg $15
16 5 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 10.15L 15 59kg $21
17 16 MISS SISKA Matthew Smith Michael Dee 12.65L 5 57kg $91

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Australian Cup Betting Odds

The current Australian Cup 2021 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.

The last favourite in Australian Cup betting to win was Humidor ($4.20 in 2017).

2021 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 ‘Super Saturday’.

The 2021 Australian Cup field and barriers will be published below on Wednesday March 3, 2021 as soon as released by Racing Victoria.

The Australian Cup 2021 final field features a class line-up of 17 proven WFA stars including dual champion Harlem (2018, 2019) and the defending winner Fifty Stars (2020).

Click here to read more on the key horses in the 2021 Australian Cup field & betting market.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 085x1230x4 HUMIDOR (NZ) Chris Waller Damian Lane 12 59kg 109
2 x768254x78 HARLEM (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Michael Walker 7 59kg 107
3 11x8352x72 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 3 59kg 112
4 0x70x173x3 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 14 59kg 108
5 5633x7600x WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 15 59kg 103
6 56x2593x66 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 13 59kg 101
7 4×30092214 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Luke Nolen 17 59kg 105
8 79x03310x4 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ms Jamie Kah 11 59kg 105
9 125x2193x7 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 9 59kg 102
10 5×26963513 PLATOON Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 10 59kg 99
11 x092527x12 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 2 59kg 105
12 1212×51111 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) Patrick Payne Billy Egan 4 59kg 104
13 8x513883x2 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 6 59kg 106
14 21x3719x35 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Luke Currie 16 59kg 101
15 x4066107x8 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 8 57kg 105
16 180x07x0x2 MISS SISKA Matthew Smith Michael Dee 5 57kg 104
17 6×45322111 PARADEE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 1 57kg 105

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Australian Cup First Acceptances

The 2021 Australian Cup first acceptances are taken on Tuesday February 16, 2021 two weeks out from the Group 1 weight-for-age feature and will be released below as soon as announced by Racing Victoria.

The Australian Cup 2021 fist acceptances drew 35 hopefuls with the top three on the latest ballot coming from the Chris Waller stable including Caulfield Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 12x14117x3 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 1 57kg
2 8x02110x22 KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 2 59kg
3 085x1230x4 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 3 59kg
4 61x421x90x REGAL POWER G 5 Grant & Alana Williams 4 59kg
5 2x222x16x7 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 59kg
6 9x768254x7 HARLEM (GB) G 9 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 6 59kg
7 411x8352x7 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 6 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 7 59kg
8 5633x7600x WARNING G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 8 59kg
9 756x2593x6 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 9 59kg
10 34×3009221 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 10 59kg
11 643x74108x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 11 59kg
12 x4066107x8 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 12 57kg
13 679x03310x STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 13 59kg
14 3125x2193x CHAPADA G 5 Michael Moroney 14 59kg
15 441301x79x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 15 59kg
16 6×45102119 NEUFBOSC (FR) G 6 Neville Parnham 16 59kg
17 180x07x0x2 MISS SISKA M 7 Matthew Smith 17 57kg
18 075100×285 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 7 Archie Alexander 18 59kg
19 35×2696351 PLATOON G 5 Neville Parnham 19 59kg
20 21x58203x6 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 20 57kg
21 3x092527x1 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 21 59kg
22 0x39x0x422 WOLFE (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 22 59kg
23 121x3719x3 NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg 23 59kg
24 140x21121x CONCERT HALL (NZ) M 6 Roger James & Robert Wellwood 24 57kg
25 38x513883x SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani 25 59kg
26 3x0011455x PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 26 59kg
27 123×7 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 3 Danny O’Brien 27 54.5kg
28 517x4230x8 GRANDSLAM C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 28 54.5kg
29 16526×5126 VASSILATOR (NZ) G 5 Colin Little 29 59kg
30 11212×5111 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 6 Patrick Payne 30 59kg
31 19x17x780x YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander 31 59kg
32 x313x21x5x PAPPALINO (FR) H 5 Archie Alexander 32 59kg
33 113x40x3 HEART OF PUISSANCE H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 33 59kg
34 6133×4 JET PROPULSION C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 34 54.5kg
35 x2114x09x1 IRONCLAD (GB) G 5 Will Clarken 35 59kg
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Australian Cup Nominations

The 2021 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 Australian Cup 2021 nominations close on Monday January 18, 2021. 

Sixty-one gallopers make-up the early 2021 Australian Cup nominations including champion WA-trained mare Arcadia Queen and last year’s Ladbrokes Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet.

Click here to read more on the key 2021 Australian Cup nominees.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 413x226x82 AMISH BOY C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2 5756x2593x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
3 05x523151x ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams
4 04x241441x ATTORNEY (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith
5 33x462605x AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings
6 x410x5284x BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
7 34x300922x BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 7 James Cummings
8 19x440825x CASCADIAN (GB) G 6 James Cummings
9 11x1348x CHAILLOT M 4 Archie Alexander
10 3125x2193x CHAPADA G 5 Michael Moroney
11 312x131x0 COGNAC (IRE) H 4 Richard & Michael Freedman
12 1111x0561x COLETTE M 4 James Cummings
13 x4x1x1736x COLLIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees
14 140x21121x CONCERT HALL (NZ) M 6 Roger James & Robert Wellwood
15 x1x00x044x DADOOZDART (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
16 111212×511 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 6 Patrick Payne
17 x411x8352x FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 6 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
18 1257x3359x FINCHE (GB) G 7 Chris Waller
19 2142x6220x FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller
20 1253x6133x FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 6 Matt Cumani
21 517x4230x GRANDSLAM C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
22 x40280115x GREYSFUL GLAMOUR M 5 Mark Newnham
23 49x768254x HARLEM (GB) G 9 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
24 113x40x HEART OF PUISSANCE H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
25 x085x1230x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller
26 5x2114x09x IRONCLAD (GB) G 5 Will Clarken
27 6133x JET PROPULSION C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
28 37x311918x JUNIPAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
29 13124x KINGSHEIR (GB) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
30 778x02110x KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
31 10x443125x LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman
32 114x04508x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
33 4x4066107x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien
34 643x74108x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
35 1180x07x0x MISS SISKA M 7 Matthew Smith
36 4123x6525x MOONLIGHT MAID M 4 Mitchell Freedman
37 232213x41x MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
38 6x4510211x NEUFBOSC (FR) G 6 Neville Parnham
39 075100x28x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 7 Archie Alexander
40 1121x3719x NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg
41 x313x21x5x PAPPALINO (FR) H 5 Archie Alexander
42 3x0011455x PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman
43 35x269635x PLATOON G 5 Neville Parnham
44 61x421x90x REGAL POWER G 5 Grant & Alana Williams
45 0x11251x31 SACRAMENTO G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
46 38x513883x SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani
47 03x092527x SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
48 11210x110x SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
49 x2x222x16x SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
50 32x522621x SOUND (GER) H 8 Michael Moroney
51 441301x79x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
52 679x03310x STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman
53 221x58203x TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
54 x522x1132x TOSCANINI C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
55 416526×512 VASSILATOR (NZ) G 5 Colin Little
56 65x532210x VEGAS KNIGHT G 4 Colin Little
57 212x14117x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller
58 5633x7600x WARNING G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman
59 10x39x0x42 WOLFE (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
60 19x17x780x YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander
61 123x YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 3 Danny O’Brien
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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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.

Recent Australian Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Australian Cup
1st Homesman 2 minutes 01.47
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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