Australian Cup 2021

Saturday March 6, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Peter Young Stakes has produced more Australian Cup winners than any other lead-up in recent history

The Australian Cup is one of two Group 1 races held at Flemington Racecourse on ‘Super Saturday’ in March during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

Run alongside the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) for the sprinters at the meeting, the Australian Cup is for staying types and takes place over 2000m. Contested under weight-for-age conditions it offers $1.5 million in prize money and is known as the Cox Plate of the autumn races.

The Australian Cup field usually attracts horses coming out of the previous month’s Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield Racecourse, the double most recently completed by Fiorente (2014).

The major autumn assignment for many of the Australian Cup graduates each autumn is the season’s richest race, the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) over the same distance the following month in Sydney.

The latest edition of the Australian Cup ran on Saturday March 6, 2021 and was won in an upset by Homesman at 25/1. 

Australian Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 6, 2021
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million
  • First Run: 1863

2021 Australian Cup Results

The 2021 Australian Cup results and finishing order will be known on Saturday March 6, 2021 and released below.

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

The upsets on ‘Super Saturday’ continued with the Godolphin-raced Homesman ($26) holding off a thrilling late challenge by Best Of Days ($26) to salute in the Australian Cup 2021 results, with the trifecta completed by 40/1 roughie Chapada. 

Australian Cup Betting

Australian Cup betting is open in futures markets months out from ‘Super Saturday’ providing punters with plenty of chances to lock in generous early odds on their favourite weight-for-age runners of the season.

Once the Australian Cup field is released the odds firm and the favourites are revealed.

Favourites have a poor record in the race however with just two saluting in the past decade when Fiorente got the job done in 2014 and Humidor saluted as the equal favourite in Australian Cup betting in 2017.

One of the most notable recent upsets was the second win by Harlem who successfully defended his title in 2019 as a $31 roughie in Australian Cup betting after his blowout win at $61 in 2018.

In 2021 Homesman (1st) and Best Of Days (2nd) ran the quinella both as 25/1 shots, while 40/1 outsider Chapada ran third. 

Top of the Australian Cup odds are horses coming out of the Peter Young Stakes, those with previous experience at the famous Flemington track and seasoned performers that have proven weight-for-age form.

2021 Australian Cup Betting

The Australian Cup 2021 odds will be available for punters below as soon as markets are available on the Group 1 weight-for-age feature.

Australian Cup 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Australian Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Australian Cup Field
Fiorente is the only favourite in Australian Cup odds to win in the past decade.

Fiorente (2014) is one of the few favourites in Australian Cup betting to salute for the punters in the past 20 years. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Australian Cup field features a capacity of 16 starters and attracts the season’s best middle-distance weight-for-age runners. The bulk of the Australian Cup horses have their final lead-up in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes over 200m shorter the month before at Caulfield.

While the age of horses in the Australian Cup varies, older gallopers with more weight-for-age experience boast the most success in the race.

The Australian Cup nominations close in late January with over a month between the taking of early entries and the release of the final field of acceptances the Wednesday before the race.

2021 Australian Cup Field

The official 2021 Australian Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published in full below once released on March 3, 2021.

The Australian Cup 2021 final field features 17 WFA hopefuls led in betting by the reigning champion Fifty Stars

2021 Australian Cup First Acceptances

The line-up of potential runners narrows down with the 2021 Australian Cup first acceptances closing towards the end of February, about a fortnight out from the race.

The Australian Cup 2021 first acceptances close on Tuesday February 16, 2021 and will be published in full below once confirmed.

The 2021 Australian Cup first acceptances drew 35 entries led by Chris Waller’s Caulfield Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant and the defending champion Fifty Stars the Lindsay Park.

  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 Australian Cup 2021 Nominations are first taken by Racing Victoria in late January and attract many of the previous spring’s most talented horses out of races including the Melbourne Cup and Mackinnon Stakes.

The 2021 Australian Cup nominations close on Monday the 18th of January, 2021 and will be announced in full below. 

The Australian Cup 2021 nominations are now out featuring 61 early entries including the past two champions – Harlem (2018, 2019) and Fifty Stars (2020) – from the Lindsay Park stable.

Australian Cup Tips

Australian Cup betting tips are dominated by the best runners coming out of the Peter Young Stakes that produced six of the winners from 2014 – 2021 including Fiorente (2014) who did the double.

Looking for horses with previous weight-for-age winning form and laying the favourite are other top Australian Cup tips.

The spread of Australian Cup winners from across barriers 2 – 14 is very even but no winner has jumped from the inside alley in over 30 years making it a good tip to avoid the rails-drawn runner in the race.

2021 Australian Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Australian Cup 2021 betting tips will be detailed right here the week of the race so return to this page for the Australian Cup best bets.

  • To Win: #17 Paradee ($6.50 at time of publish) 

An open edition of the Australian Cup and love the lead-up form of Danny O’Brien’s progressive mare Paradee. This four-year-old daughter of Epaulette has gone from strength-to-strength this prep putting together three wins on the trot. Last time out she was impressive carrying 57kg to victory in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield. That race has been the proven form line to follow into the Australian Cup and always hard to knock a mare in form, especially one drawn the rails here. 

Australian Cup Form Guide

The Australian Cup form guide reveals all the crucial information on the runners so you know who to back and who to sack in your Australian Cup tipping each season.

While barriers haven’t proven helpful Australian Cup form guides in recent years, looking for gallopers that come out of the Peter Young Stakes (previously the St George Stakes) is a key indicator. That race has produced more Australian Cup winners than any other race and is a lead-up run every smart punter should look for in the form on the weight-for-age classic.

Also avoiding the favourites in betting and steering clear of horses listed as three-years-old in the Australian Cup form guide are other good indicators as the favourites have a poor record in the past decade and the only three-year-old to win since Saintly (1996) was Super Cool (2013).

Mares rarely end up on top in the Australian Cup results either as the only female galloper to take out the event since Dane Ripper (1998) was the mighty Makybe Diva (2005).

Australian Cup Form Facts

  • Fiorente (2014) and Humidor (2017) are the only Australian Cup betting favourites to salute since Lonhro (2004)
  • Wide barriers have produced a number of recent Australian Cup winners in the past decade including Niconero (10 of 12 in 2009), Zipping (12 of 14 in 2010), Shocking (12 of 15 in 2011), Fifty Stars (13 of 14 in 2020) and Homesman (14 of 17 in 2021)
  • The only three-year-old to head the Australian Cup results since 1996 (Saintly) is Super Cool (2013)
  • Makybe Diva (2005) is the only mare to win the Australian Cup since Dane Ripper (1998)

2021 Australian Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Australian Cup 2021 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

Australian Cup Results

Australian Cup results rarely favour the shortest-priced in betting with upsets from double figure roughies common place in the race.

The longest priced Australian Cup winners in recent years were Roman Arch who saluted at 50/1 back in 2006 for trainer Robbie Laing and the Lindsay Park-trained Harlem ($61 in 2018 and $31 in 2019).

Notable Australian Cup winners in recent years include Fiorente (2014), Shocking (2011), Zipping (2010), Makybe Diva (2005), Lonhro (2004) and Northerly (2003).

Australian Cup Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Homesman Best Of Days Chapada 2:01.4
2020 Fifty Stars Regal Power Vow And Declare 2:02.1
2019 Harlem Shillelagh Trap for Fools 2:01.5
2018 Harlem Gailo Chop Ventura Storm 2:00.4
2017 Humidor Jameka Exospheric 2:01.0
2016 Preferment Awesome Rock Rising Romance 2:03.9
2015 Spillway Extra Zero Happy Trails 2:00.0
2014 Fiorente Green Moon Foreteller 2:03.6
2013 Super Cool Fiveandahalfstar Tanby 2:00.9
2012 Manighar Southern Speed Americain 2:01.2
2011 Shocking Linton Playing God 2:00.9
2010 Zipping Sirmione Moatize 2:03.6
2009 Niconero Theseo Zagreb 2:03.1
2008 Sirmione Princess Coup Casino Prince 2:00.8
2007 Pompeii Ruler Marasco Tawqeet 2:01.5
2006 Roman Arch Candy Vale Our Smoking Joe 2:02.8
2005 Makybe Diva Winning Belle Lad Of The Manor 1:58.7
2004 Lonhro Delzao Elvstroem 2:01.6
2003 Northerly Natural Blitz Don Eduardo 2:01.4
2002 Old Comrade Northerly Rain Gauge 1:59.8
2001 Northerly Hit The Roof Kaapstad Way 1:59.4
2000 Intergaze Arena Streak 2:00.9