Adelaide Cup

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

2024 Adelaide Cup Results

  • 1st: #3 Excelleration
  • 2nd: #4 The Map
  • 3rd: #5 Skelm



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 just over $350,000 in prize money, and the event 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 2022 Adelaide Cup form was franked with the winner Daqiansweet Junior running a next-up third in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick. Future Score meanwhile ran third in that year’s Adelaide Cup results and then fourth in the Sydney Cup.

The 2024 Adelaide Cup ran on Monday March 11, 2024 at Morphettville Racecourse in South Australia and was won in a narrow thriller by the in-form Launceston Cup champ Excelleration ($4.40). 

Adelaide Cup 2024
Date: Monday March 11, 2024
Track: Morphettville Racecourse
Distance: 3,200m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $350,000

2024 Adelaide Cup Results

  • 1st: #3 Excelleration ($4.40)
  • 2nd: #4 The Map
  • 3rd: #4 Skelm

Richard Cully’s flying seven-year-old Excelleration ($4.40) made it a hat-trick with the last start Launceston Cup champ narrowly nudging out the favourite The Map, ridden by hometown hero Jamie Kah, thanks to a gun ride by Harry Coffey to salute by a nose in the 2024 Adelaide Cup results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 EXCELLERATION Richard Cully Harry Coffey 12 53.5kg $4.40
2 4 THE MAP Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray Ms Jamie Kah 0.1L 3 53kg $3.80F
3 5 SKELM Terry Kelly Michael Poy 2.9L 1 53kg $31
4 1 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Zac Spain 3.2L 14 58kg $8
5 15 ROARING ENGINE (NZ) Danny O’Brien Ms Kayla Crowther 4.3L 13 53kg $26
6 11 ONE LAST KISS Dan O’Sullivan Luke Currie 6.2L 9 53kg $17
7 7 YELLOWBRICK ROAD (IRE) Patrick Kearney Jye McNeil 6.6L 10 53kg $5.50
8 12 SANDASTAN Garret Lynch Sairyn Fawke 10.6L 8 53kg $41
9 2 ALHAMBRA LAD (NZ) Patrick Payne Dean Yendall 13.3L 15 53.5kg $12
10 8 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Jason Holder 15.4L 4 53kg $51
11 16 EIGHT ON THE DOT (NZ) Scott Whittle Ben Price 18.8L 16 53kg $201
12 9 LINCOLN KING (NZ) Kathryn Durden Dom Tourneur 20.2L 11 53kg $61
13 17 TULLAGHAN (NZ) Trevor Day Jeffrey Maund 20.9L 2 53kg $201
14 14 RAPINOE (NZ) Peter Chow Ms Alana Kelly 27.5L 7 53kg $101
15 13 OCEANIC FLASH (NZ) Andrew J Payne Kerrin McEvoy 33.8L 6 53kg $31
16 6 GRAND PIERRO Jason Warren Craig Williams 46.9L 5 53kg $11
10 TEAM CAPTAIN (IRE) Matt Cumani Ms Jaylah Kennedy (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Adelaide Cup Betting Odds

The season’s latest Adelaide Cup 2024 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below leading up to the 3200m feature so stay tuned.

Daqiansweet Junior ($4.20 in 2022) was the last favourite in Adelaide Cup betting to salute for the punters.

There was a notable upset in 2023 with Rebel Racer winning at Adelaide Cup odds of 25/1.

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

2024 Adelaide Cup Form

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2024 Adelaide Cup Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Adelaide Cup 2024 Tips and best bets on the Group 2 staying showdown this March.

  • To Win: #7 Yellowbrick Road ($7.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

While punters are favouring The Map, I’m backing the in-form Yellowbrick Road to continue its winning streak and make it three victories in a row. Fresh off a dominant victory over rivals including The Map in the Group 3 Lord Reims here at Adelaide, Yellowbrick Road appears to be peaking at the right time. While achieving the Lord Reims – Adelaide Cup double is a rare feat (last accomplished by Apache King in 2001), Yellowbrick Road’s nearly one-length win in the 2800m lead-up suggests it has the stamina to handle the two-mile distance of the Cup. The horse benefits from a weight drop from 56kg to 53kg and seems to be flying under the radar once again. Drawing a wider barrier might pose a challenge initially, but jockey Jye McNeil’s experience should allow them to overcome it. At these odds, Yellowbrick Road represents excellent value for punters.

2024 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 2024 final field and barriers are announced on Thursday March 7, 2024 and will be published in full below.

The 2024 Adelaide Cup field features a bumper line-up of in-form stayers including the progressive mare The Map to be ridden by Jamie Kah and her last start conqueror in the Lord Reims, Yellowbrick Road.

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

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 00×9515423 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Zac Spain 15 58kg 101
2 122×762182 ALHAMBRA LAD (NZ) Patrick Payne Dean Yendall 16 53.5kg 92
3 41x22x5511 EXCELLERATION Richard Cully Harry Coffey 13 53.5kg 92
4 3641014×12 THE MAP Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray Ms Jamie Kah 3 53kg 93
5 2818×75554 SKELM Terry Kelly Michael Poy 1 53kg 88
6 4621464333 GRAND PIERRO Jason Warren Craig Williams 6 53kg 87
7 0x1325x711 YELLOWBRICK ROAD (IRE) Patrick Kearney Jye McNeil 11 53kg 86
8 364185×579 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Jason Holder 4 53kg 85
9 5054475×66 LINCOLN KING (NZ) Kathryn Durden Dom Tourneur 12 53kg 81
10 x78x458985 TEAM CAPTAIN (IRE) Matt Cumani Ms Jaylah Kennedy (a) 5 53kg 79
11 4×21242510 ONE LAST KISS Dan O’Sullivan Luke Currie 10 53kg 75
12 4513311151 SANDASTAN Garret Lynch Sairyn Fawke 9 53kg 73
13 72325×8524 OCEANIC FLASH (NZ) Andrew J Payne Kerrin McEvoy 7 53kg 69
14 1056471614 RAPINOE (NZ) Peter Chow Ms Alana Kelly 8 53kg 69
15 65×4364121 ROARING ENGINE (NZ) Danny O’Brien Ms Kayla Crowther 14 53kg 68
16 5332425173 EIGHT ON THE DOT (NZ) Scott Whittle Ben Price 17 53kg 57
17 0233225558 TULLAGHAN (NZ) Trevor Day Jeffrey Maund 2 53kg 56

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2024 Adelaide Cup Nominations

Early nominations for the Adelaide Cup in 2024 close on Thursday February 29, 2024 with the full list of entries to be confirmed below.

The 2024 Adelaide Cup nominations attracted 31 stayers with the latest all-in markets led by the Phillip Stokes-trained Amade who ran third in the race last year and talented mare The Map last seen running second in the Group 3 Lord Reims.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x04778x930 ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 8 Ciaron Maher 84
2 122×762182 ALHAMBRA LAD (NZ) G 6 Patrick Payne 94
3 00×9515423 AMADE (IRE) G 10 Phillip Stokes 101
4 1280×70116 AURORA’S SYMPHONY G 7 Symon Wilde 103
5 0497×41131 BORDER LEICESTER (NZ) G 7 Emma-Lee & David Browne 74
6 x881x63615 DON’T DOUBT DORY G 7 Julien Welsh 92
7 5533242517 EIGHT ON THE DOT (NZ) G 5 Scott Whittle 57
8 41x22x5511 EXCELLERATION G 7 Richard Cully 88
9 x657695433 FLAMBEUR (USA) G 8 Matthew Smith 65
10 4621464333 GRAND PIERRO G 4 Jason Warren 87
11 x2421x5213 HAALAND (NZ) G 5 Robert Hickmott 67
12 3309×63217 HERMAN HESSE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher 89
13 3×91574113 HOT SUSPECT G 7 Paul Preusker 72
14 5054475×66 LINCOLN KING (NZ) G 9 Kathryn Durden 81
15 74940×2223 NIGHTSUN G 4 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 61
16 72325×8524 OCEANIC FLASH (NZ) G 6 Andrew J Payne 69
17 4×21242510 ONE LAST KISS M 4 Dan O’Sullivan 75
18 73363×0332 PIRAEUS G 4 Richard & Will Freedman 68
19 364185×579 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 85
20 1056471614 RAPINOE (NZ) M 6 Peter Chow 69
21 65×4364121 ROARING ENGINE (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien 68
22 4513311151 SANDASTAN G 5 Garret Lynch 73
23 2818×75554 SKELM G 9 Terry Kelly 88
24 29171337×3 SPACE EQUITY G 9 Lindsay Cadzow 60
25 5231221416 SPERANZOSO (GB) G 5 Clayton Douglas 70
26 x78x458985 TEAM CAPTAIN (IRE) G 8 Matt Cumani 79
27 3641014×12 THE MAP M 5 Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray 93
28 x000x86312 THINK ’N’ FLY G 7 David Noonan 73
29 0233225558 TULLAGHAN (NZ) G 6 Trevor Day 56
30 4227×71311 YARRAWONGA (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 75
31 0x1325x711 YELLOWBRICK ROAD (IRE) G 5 Patrick Kearney 86

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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
2024
Adelaide Cup
1st Excelleration 3 minutes 23.49 seconds
2nd The Map
3rd Skelm
2023
Adelaide Cup
1st Rebel Racer 3 minutes 23.85 seconds
2nd Aurora’s Symphony
3rd Amade
2022
Adelaide Cup
1st Daqiansweet Junior 3 minutes 28.80 seconds
2nd Tigertiger
3rd Future Score
2021
Adelaide Cup
1st Good Idea 3 minutes 22.00 seconds
2nd Eperdument
3rd Long Arm
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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