Australian Cup

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

2022 Australian Cup Results

  • 1st: #12 Duais
  • 2nd: #2 Think It Over
  • 3rd: #3 Spanish Mission




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 2022 Australian Cup ran on Saturday March 12, 2022 and saw the Edward Cummings-trained Duais ($7) return to form with a dominant victory third-up. 

Australian Cup 2022
Date: Saturday March 12, 2022
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,500,000

2022 Australian Cup Results

  • 1st: #12 Duais ($7)
  • 2nd: #2 Think It Over
  • 3rd: #3 Spanish Mission

Given a lovely ride by a confident Josh Parr, Edward Cummings’ former Queensland Oaks winner Duais ($7) returned to form third-up in Melbourne relishing the 2000m in the Australian Cup 2022 results when holding off the beaten favourite Think It Over and Melbourne Cup place-getter Spanish Mission.

Click here to read more on the dominant win by Duais in the 2022 Australian Cup at Flemington.

2022 Australian Cup Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 12 DUAIS Edward Cummings Joshua Parr 8 57kg $7
2 2 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 2L 4 59kg $3.10F
3 3 SPANISH MISSION (USA) Peter G Moody James McDonald 2.75L 10 59kg $3.70
4 4 HO HO KHAN (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Ms Tahlia Hope (a) 2.95L 12 59kg $61
5 1 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 4.7L 2 59kg $7
6 7 YONKERS (USA) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5.7L 5 59kg $31
7 6 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Gavin Bedggood Dean Holland 7.45L 6 59kg $41
8 8 CALLSIGN MAV (NZ) Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 7.85L 11 59kg $16
9 5 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 8.35L 7 59kg $71
10 11 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Ms Jamie Kah 9.1L 9 57kg $17
11 10 MAXIMAL (GB) John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 9.3L 3 58.5kg $26
12 9 DELPHI (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 10.05L 1 59kg $26

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Australian Cup Betting Odds

The current Australian Cup 2022 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).

2022 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 2022 Australian Cup field and barriers will be published below on Wednesday March 9, 2022 as soon as released by Racing Victoria.

The Australian Cup 2022 final field features a dozen weight-for-age stars including Godolphin’s last start Peter Young Stakes winner Cascadian, the super-consistent Think It Over leading the markets and Melbourne Cup place-getter from the spring Spanish Mission.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2022 Australian Cup field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x545432x31 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 2 59kg 112
2 x613111x14 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 4 59kg 116
3 513x2x34x3 SPANISH MISSION (USA) Peter G Moody James McDonald 10 59kg 115
4 8850×38112 HO HO KHAN (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Ms Tahlia Hope (a) 12 59kg 98
5 03310x49x5 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 7 59kg 103
6 15x290x9x4 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Gavin Bedggood Dean Holland 6 59kg 103
7 15x1682x52 YONKERS (USA) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5 59kg 103
8 1223x117x2 CALLSIGN MAV (NZ) Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 11 59kg 106
9 x6x42107x4 DELPHI (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 1 59kg 106
10 8x2242x6x0 MAXIMAL (GB) John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 3 58.5kg 95
11 x371970x02 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Ms Jamie Kah 9 57kg 106
12 21x3610x96 DUAIS Edward Cummings Joshua Parr 8 57kg 104

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Australian Cup First Acceptances

The 2022 Australian Cup first acceptances are taken on Tuesday February 22, 2022 three 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 2022 first acceptances drew 32 hopefuls led in early betting by the now Peter Moody-trained Melbourne Cup third placegetter Spanish Mission, The All-Star Mile-bound Godolphin star Cascadian and Kerry Parker’s first-up Group 2 Apollo Stakes winner Think It Over.

2022 Australian Cup Nominations

The 2022 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 2022 nominations close on Monday January 31, 2022. 

The 2022 Australian Cup nominations attracted 56 weight-for-age autumn hopefuls including Godolphin’s Cox Plate runner-up Anamoe, Victoria Derby winning colt Hitotsu, Melbourne Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant and the super-consistent Think It Over.

Click here to view the full list of Australian Cup 2022 nominations for this autumn.

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
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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