Australian Cup 2024

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

The Australian Cup was one of two Group 1 races held at Flemington Racecourse on ‘Super Saturday’ in March during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival before being moved to its own feature race card later in the month ahead of the 2023 edition.

2022 Australian Cup Winner Duais

2022 Australian Cup winner Duais. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Formerly run alongside the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) for the sprinters at the meeting, the Australian Cup is now the sole Group 1 on Australian Cup Day a fortnight after the famous sprint.

A race for staying types it takes place over 2000m and is contested under weight-for-age conditions. After a notable prize money increase, the Australian Cup now offers $3 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 $5 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) over the same distance the following month in Sydney. In 2022 Think It Over ran second in the Australian Cup before a win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes later that prep.

The latest edition of the Australian Cup ran on Saturday March 30, 2024 offering $3 million in prize money and saw the James Cummings-trained Cascadian ($7.50) celebrate dual wins in the Flemington feature with a successful title defence. 

2024 Australian Cup Results

The 2024 Australian Cup results and finishing order will be known on Saturday March 30, 2024 and released below.

2024 Australian Cup winner Cascadian

Cascadian was excellent late to go back-to-back in the Australian Cup 2024 results. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #2 Cascadian 
  • 2nd: #7 Pride Of Jenni
  • 3rd: #8 Atishu

All-Star Mile winning mare Pride Of Jenni had a four length lead with 300m to go but in a big late run the James Cummings-trained reigning champion Cascadian ($7.50) wore her down and charged past to post a narrow victory in the 2024 Australian Cup results going back-to-back in the feature for the first time since Harlem (2018-19).

2024 Australian Cup Odds

The Australian Cup 2024 odds will be available for punters below as soon as markets are available on the Group 1 weight-for-age feature.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Australian Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

Australian Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 30, 2024
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $3 million
  • First Run: 1863

Australian Cup Betting

Australian Cup betting is open in futures markets months out from the race 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 three saluting in the past decade when eight-year-old Cascadian won at $4 in 2023 for the Godolphin stable, Fiorente got the job done in 2014, and Humidor saluted as the equal favourite in Australian Cup betting in 2017.

Cascadian returned in 2024 and successfully defended his title at Australian Cup odds of $7.50

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.

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 race 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.

Earlier, Australian Cup hopefuls may contest the Group 3 TS Carlyon Cup (1600m) on CF Orr Stakes Day and Manighar (2012) was the last to do the double.

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.

In 2023 Cascadian won the Australian Cup on the back of a lead-up second in The All-Star Mile (1600m) held that year at Moonee Valley.

Cascadian won the 2024 Australian Cup going back-to-back after a lead-up third in the All-Star Mile results that autumn at Caulfield. The 2024 All-Star Mile winner Pride Of Jenni ran second in the Australian Cup quinella.

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.

2024 Australian Cup Field

The official 2024 Australian Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published in full below once released on March 27, 2024.

It is a star-studded line-up in the Australian Cup 2024 field at Flemington this weekend with All-Star Mile winning mare Pride Of Jenni, the horse she beat home by two lengths in his failed title defence there Mr Brightside, reigning champ Cascadian, and talented Kiwi visitor Legarto all in the mix.

2024 Australian Cup Nominations

The Australian Cup 2024 Nominations are first taken by Racing Victoria the Monday of race week and attract many of the previous spring’s most talented horses out of races including the Melbourne Cup and VRC Champions Stakes.

The 2024 Australian Cup nominations close on Monday the 25th of March, 2024 and will be announced in full below. 

The Australian Cup 2024 nominations feature a dozen weight-for-age autumn stars including the past two All-Star Mile champions Pride Of Jenni and Mr Brightside.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111222×112 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 1 59kg 118
2 8x62611x21 PRIDE OF JENNI M 6 Ciaron Maher 2 57kg 118
3 Px52021x81 ATISHU (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 3 57kg 114
4 5213x7x943 CASCADIAN (GB) G 9 James Cummings 4 59kg 114
5 1x310x1212 LEGARTO (NZ) M 4 Ken & Bev Kelso 5 57kg 112
6 x12121x131 RIFF ROCKET G 3 Chris Waller 6 54.5kg 110
7 23x2319x46 DOM TO SHOOT G 6 Sean & Jake Casey 7 59kg 109
8 0311632×31 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 6 Danny O’Brien 8 59kg 106
9 60x02295x2 VOW AND DECLARE G 8 Danny O’Brien 9 59kg 106
10 00x1116x84 MURAMASA G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 10 59kg 101
11 7x228x2636 FOXY CLEOPATRA M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 11 57kg 95
12 8x48109x03 ESTI FENY (HUN) G 9 Matthew Smith 12 59kg 91

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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 – 2024 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.

2024 Australian Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Australian Cup 2024 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: #7 Pride Of Jenni ($3 at time of publish) – BET NOW

What a great edition of the Australian Cup! The rivalry between Mr Brightside and Pride Of Jenni continues, and despite the former sitting top of the markets to turn the tables after his two-length loss in the All-Star Mile last time out, have to stick with the winning mare from that here at the better price. Ciaron Maher’s flying daughter of Pride Of Dubai was dominant over the mile at The Valley suggesting she can run the 2000m of the Australian Cup. She has previous good form at Flemington having won the Group 1 Empire Rose – Champions Mile double at headquarters last spring. Options from the gate, fit now third-up, going so well, and just needs to stretch out in distance to salute again. Can win.

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 gallopers to take out the event since Dane Ripper (1998) were the mighty Makybe Diva (2005) and Duais (2022).

Winning mare Duais franked the Australian Cup 2022 form winning the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) next-up in Sydney. The second-placed Think It Over further franked the form winning that year’s Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) during ‘The Championships’ at Randwick.

Australian Cup Form Facts

  • Fiorente (2014), Humidor (2017) and Cascadian (2023) 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), Homesman (14 of 17 in 2021), and Cascadian (10 of 16 in 2023).
  • The only three-year-old to head the Australian Cup results since 1996 (Saintly) is Super Cool (2013).
  • Makybe Diva (2005) and Duais (2022) are the only mares to win the Australian Cup since Dane Ripper (1998).

2024 Australian Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Australian Cup 2024 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

Australian Cup Results

Australian Cup race 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 the latest two-time champ Cascadian (2023-24), Duais (2022), Fiorente (2014), Shocking (2011), Zipping (2010), Makybe Diva (2005), Lonhro (2004), and Northerly (2003).

Duais (2022) was the last Australian Cup winning mare.

Super Cool (2013) was the last three-year-old Australian Cup winner.

Makybe Diva holds the current 2000m Australian Cup race record winning in 2005 in a time of 1 minute 58:73 seconds.

Recent Australian Cup Winners

Past Australian Cup winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2024 Cascadian Pride Of Jenni Atishu 2:00.05
2023 Cascadian Numerian Pounding 2:01.4
2022 Duais Think It Over Spanish Mission 2:00.8
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