Adelaide Cup

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

2021 Adelaide Cup Results

  • 1st: #10 Good Idea
  • 2nd: #9 Eperdument
  • 3rd: #6 Long Arm



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 $300,000 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 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 2021 Adelaide Cup ran on Monday March 8, 2021 and was won by last year’s runner-up Good Idea.

Adelaide Cup 2021
Date: Monday March 8, 2021
Track: Morphettville Racecourse
Distance: 3,200m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2021 Adelaide Cup Results

  • 1st: #10 Good Idea
  • 2nd: #9 Eperdument
  • 3rd: #6 Long Arm

Phillip Stokes’ 2020 runner-up Good Idea went one better in the 2021 Adelaide Cup results charging home in the two-mile classic for a 3.5 length victory over 80/1 shot Eperdument in the quickest winning time since 2008.

Click here to read more on the runaway Adelaide Cup 2021 win by Good Idea.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 GOOD IDEA Phillip Stokes Ben Thompson 1 53kg $17
2 9 EPERDUMENT Shane Oxlade Ms Kayla Crowther 3.5L 2 53kg $81
3 6 LONG ARM (IRE) Peter Gelagotis Kerrin McEvoy 3.7L 14 53.5kg $6.50
4 4 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) Symon Wilde Jason Holder 4.7L 4 55.5kg $1.85F
5 5 BARADE (FR) Archie Alexander Ms Jessica Eaton (a) 4.9L 5 54kg $26
6 2 MOSH MUSIC Archie Alexander Mark Zahra 6.1L 12 58kg 1.0kg $17
7 7 STARCASTER (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ms Jamie Kah 6.3L 3 53.5kg $9
8 8 STARS OF CARRUM Peter G Moody Jason Benbow 7.9L 9 53.5kg $21
9 15 VIVIDREDSKY (NZ) Paul Preusker Dean Holland 11L 13 53kg $101
10 11 WHITE HAWK Angela Brakey Stan Tsaikos 21.7L 8 53kg $101
11 13 DARVIN (IRE) Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 24L 6 53kg $11
12 14 RIPCORD (NZ) Paul Preusker Declan Bates 31.4L 10 53kg $101
13 12 CLASSIC WEIWEI Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 46.9L 7 53kg $41
14 17 TABLE OF WISDOM Dennis O’Leary Ms Anna Jordsjo 57.9L 11 53kg $201
SB 3 SIN TO WIN (NZ) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 0 55.5kg
1 DOUBLE YOU TEE Patrick Payne Todd Pannell 0
16 OURKHANI Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jeffrey Maund 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Adelaide Cup Odds

The season’s latest Adelaide Cup 2021 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below leading up to the 3200m feature so stay tuned.

2021 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 2021 final field and barriers are announced on Tuesday March 2, 2021 and will be published in full below.

The 2021 Adelaide Cup field features 17 stayers including recent Hobart Cup champ Double You Tee allocated the 59kg top weight and the widely-drawn Archie Alexander-trained mare Mosh Music backing-up from a win in the Listed Roy Higgins Quality in Melbourne.

  • Scratchings Update: #1 Double You Tee (9)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2253662218 DOUBLE YOU TEE Patrick Payne 9 59kg 97
2 513×765171 MOSH MUSIC Archie Alexander Mark Zahra 15 58kg 1.0kg 99
3 342×471822 SIN TO WIN (NZ) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 4 55.5kg 90
4 224×111211 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) Symon Wilde Jason Holder 5 55.5kg 96
5 9123912134 BARADE (FR) Archie Alexander Ms Jessica Eaton (a) 6 54kg 87
6 1x1x4x1612 LONG ARM (IRE) Peter Gelagotis Kerrin McEvoy 17 53.5kg 86
7 50×3078511 STARCASTER (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ms Jamie Kah 3 53.5kg 86
8 5445×74423 STARS OF CARRUM Peter G Moody Jason Benbow 11 53.5kg 86
9 9×94447123 EPERDUMENT Shane Oxlade Ms Kayla Crowther 2 53kg 87
10 x06027x855 GOOD IDEA Phillip Stokes Ben Thompson 1 53kg 82
11 x462981033 WHITE HAWK Angela Brakey Stan Tsaikos 10 53kg 82
12 0x39651426 CLASSIC WEIWEI Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 8 53kg 81
13 0x00x52411 DARVIN (IRE) Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 7 53kg 75
14 7×32797617 RIPCORD (NZ) Paul Preusker Declan Bates 13 53kg 70
15 1110x254x1 VIVIDREDSKY (NZ) Paul Preusker Dean Holland 16 53kg 70
16 84152×3732 OURKHANI Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jeffrey Maund 12 53kg 64
17 009759×235 TABLE OF WISDOM Dennis O’Leary Ms Anna Jordsjo 14 53kg 62
   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
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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