Australian Cup 2020

Saturday March 8, 2020

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 8, 2020 and was won by Fifty Stars for now 10-time winning trainers Lindsay Park. 

Australian Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 8, 2020
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million
  • First Run: 1863

2020 Australian Cup Results

The 2020 Australian Cup results and finishing order will be known on Saturday March 8, 2020 and released below.

  • 1st: #7 Fifty Stars
  • 2nd: #6 Regal Power
  • 3rd: #1 Vow And Declare

Fifty Stars backed-up from a Blamey Stakes win at the track seven days earlier to dominate the 2020 Australian Cup results, running down Railway Stakes winning Perth star Regal Power (2nd) to hand Lindsay Park with their 10th success. Resuming Melbourne Cup champ Vow And Declare also caught the eye running third to round out the Australian Cup 2020 trifecta.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 7 FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig John Allen 13 59kg $7
2 6 REGAL POWER Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 0.5L 12 59kg $6
3 1 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 1.25L 10 59kg $14
4 4 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 3.5L 2 59kg $19
5 2 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Dwayne Dunn 4.25L 9 59kg $3.20F
6 8 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 5L 6 59kg $13
7 9 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 6L 14 59kg $21
8 14 MISS SISKA Grahame Begg Damian Lane 6.5L 7 57kg $16
9 3 SUZUKA DEVIOUS (JPN) Mitsuru Hashida Dean Yendall 6.6L 8 59kg $101
10 5 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 6.8L 1 59kg $8
11 10 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brad Rawiller 7.55L 11 59kg $41
12 13 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Glen Boss 14.55L 4 58.5kg $26
13 12 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 15.55L 5 58.5kg $41
14 11 VENICE BEACH (IRE) Danny O’Brien Fred W Kersley (a) 15.75L 3 59kg $151

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.

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.

2020 Australian Cup Betting

The Australian Cup 2020 odds will be available for punters below as soon as markets are available on the Group 1 weight-for-age feature.


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 Tuesday before the race.

2020 Australian Cup Field

The official 2020 Australian Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published in full below once released on March 4, 2020.

Avilius chasing his first win since the George Main Stakes last September is narrow favourite in the 14-horse 2020 Australian Cup final field for Saturday that also features the likes of resuming Melbourne Cup hero Vow And Declare and two-time defending champion Harlem.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 36621x421x VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 10 59kg 113
2 1x42147x54 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Dwayne Dunn 9 59kg 116
3 0x10x870x7 SUZUKA DEVIOUS (JPN) Mitsuru Hashida Dean Yendall 8 59kg 103
4 x006380x45 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 2 59kg 108
5 Px58166x32 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 1 59kg 110
6 211x2161x4 REGAL POWER Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 12 59kg 110
7 6768256×41 FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig John Allen 13 59kg 107
8 1322x30x03 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 6 59kg 110
9 326441301x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 14 59kg 110
10 16621816×7 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brad Rawiller 11 59kg 103
11 0328x277x6 VENICE BEACH (IRE) Danny O’Brien Fred W Kersley (a) 3 59kg 98
12 4083x100x8 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 5 58.5kg 110
13 x2122240x9 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Glen Boss 4 58.5kg 109
14 x278822x11 MISS SISKA Grahame Begg Damian Lane 7 57kg 98

2020 Australian Cup First Acceptances

The line-up of potential runners narrows down with the 2020 Australian Cup first acceptances closing towards the end of February, about a fortnight out from the race.

The Australian Cup 2020 first acceptances closed on February 18 and attracted 29 weight-for-age hopefuls including Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare, Lindsay Park’s two-time defending champion Harlem, Caulfield Guineas champ Super Seth and the VRC Oaks winning filly Miami Bound.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 36621x421x VOW AND DECLARE G 4 Danny O’Brien 1 59kg
2 11x42147x5 AVILIUS (GB) G 6 James Cummings 2 59kg
3 80x10x870x SUZUKA DEVIOUS (JPN) H 9 Mitsuru Hashida 3 59kg
4 9x006380x4 HARLEM (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 59kg
5 6720x211x2 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 6 Matthew Smith 5 59kg
6 2172x1260x HOMESMAN (USA) G 6 Anthony Freedman 6 59kg
7 113x1651x1 SUPER SETH C 3 Anthony Freedman 7 54.5kg
8 1x7235160x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 7 Kris Lees 8 59kg
9 6Px58166x3 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 9 59kg
10 1211x2161x REGAL POWER G 4 Grant & Alana Williams 10 59kg
11 14083x100x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 11 58.5kg
12 x6768256x4 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 12 59kg
13 0x125040x8 SO SI BON G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 13 59kg
14 3x113411x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien 14 52.5kg
15 214x3115x SHADOW HERO G 3 Mark Newnham 15 54.5kg
16 x1170x540x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 16 59kg
17 x1322x30x0 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 17 59kg
18 326441301x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 18 59kg
19 16621816×7 HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 19 59kg
20 00x59260x0 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 20 59kg
21 7x278822x1 MISS SISKA M 6 Grahame Begg 21 57kg
22 99440490×5 STARS OF CARRUM G 4 Michael Kent 22 59kg
23 1x2122240x CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 23 58.5kg
24 4x13141x0x DANCETERIA (FR) G 5 Kris Lees 24 59kg
25 4424×52142 ODEON (NZ) G 6 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 25 59kg
26 x322x2311x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 26 59kg
27 430×225012 MUSHAIREB (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 27 59kg
28 0328x277x6 VENICE BEACH (IRE) H 6 Danny O’Brien 28 59kg
29 41x33240x7 BEAU BALMAIN (GER) G 5 Jim Conlan 29 59kg

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2020 Australian Cup Nominations

The Australian Cup 2020 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.

Sixty-seven gallopers feature in the 2020 Australian Cup nominations including Avilius who ran fifth as the beaten favourite last year and Harlem who chases a third straight win.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 71115x ACTING (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
2 512×72 ANTAGONISER C 3 Mark Kavanagh
3 306x75720x ARISTIA M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
4 45x143276x ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 5 Kris Lees
5 511x42147x AVILIUS (GB) G 6 James Cummings
6 x41x33240x BEAU BALMAIN (GER) G 5 Jim Conlan
7 69x37112x BLANDFORD LAD (NZ) G 4 Peter Gelagotis
8 14083x100x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
9 6x3206620x CLIFF’S EDGE H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
10 x14236421x CONQUEROR C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
11 1x2122240x CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
12 4x13141x0x DANCETERIA (FR) G 5 Kris Lees
13 5237x5955x DANZDANZDANCE M 5 Chris Waller
14 1x114x870x DEBT AGENT (NZ) G 7 Jim Conlan
15 212182115x DR DRILL (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
16 55521850×6 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) G 8 James Cummings
17 x6720x211x FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 6 Matthew Smith
18 0x6768256x FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
19 16x042874x GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 7 Archie Alexander
20 009x02514x GREYSFUL GLAMOUR M 4 Mark Newnham
21 4x1333x GROUNDSWELL C 3 Anthony Freedman
22 19x006380x HARLEM (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
23 113x HEART OF PUISSANCE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
24 2172x1260x HOMESMAN (USA) G 6 Anthony Freedman
25 x16621816x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
26 771471108x INVERLOCH (IRE) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
27 14x000x846 JACK REGAN (GB) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
28 36Px58166x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
29 112x4501x KUBRICK C 3 Chris Waller
30 1x50211x8x LEVENDI H 5 Peter Gelagotis
31 0x3246077x MASK OF TIME (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
32 x322x2311x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
33 3x113411x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien
34 0x1322x30x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
35 47x278822x MISS SISKA M 6 Grahame Begg
36 71x3x156x MUGATOO (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees
37 430x22501x MUSHAIREB (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman
38 1x7235160x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 7 Kris Lees
39 0x8070903x NEUFBOSC (FR) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
40 000x59260x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller
41 54424×5214 ODEON (NZ) G 6 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
42 4x3512113x OUR CANDIDATE (IRE) H 5 Kris Lees
43 138x11230x PLATOON G 4 Neville Parnham
44 x44x23960x RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees
45 x1170x540x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees
46 1211x2161x REGAL POWER G 4 Grant & Alana Williams
47 123x RELOADED C 3 Chris Waller
48 31x2206x83 RISING RED (NZ) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
49 2211x SAVVY LAD (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
50 214x3115x SHADOW HERO G 3 Mark Newnham
51 611x111x SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 4 Chris Waller
52 425×685113 SKELM G 5 Terry Kelly
53 50x125040x SO SI BON G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
54 048x07005x SOUND (GER) H 7 Michael Moroney
55 326441301x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
56 899440490x STARS OF CARRUM G 4 Michael Kent
57 113x1651x SUPER SETH C 3 Anthony Freedman
58 01141x THE HOLY ONE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
59 7313027x VEGAS KNIGHT G 3 Colin Little
60 903x71502x VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 8 Michael Moroney
61 10328x277x VENICE BEACH (IRE) H 6 Danny O’Brien
62 2111x9410x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
63 36621x421x VOW AND DECLARE G 4 Danny O’Brien
64 74x34121x WARNING G 3 Anthony Freedman
65 1x1850x23x YOGI (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
66 59x878730x YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller
67 23111x7L0x YOURDEEL (NZ) G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig

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Australian Cup Tips

Australian Cup betting tips are dominated by the best runners coming out of the Peter Young Stakes that produced five of the winners from 2014 – 2020 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.

2020 Australian Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Australian Cup 2020 betting tips will be detailed right here the week of the race so return to this page for the Australian Cup best bets.

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) and Fifty Stars (13 of 14 in 2020)
  • 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)

2020 Australian Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Australian Cup 2020 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
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