Canberra Cup 2024

The Canberra Cup is a popular autumn event run and won in the nation’s capital in early to mid March annually.

Canberra Cup Day was previously contested on a Monday, which was a public holiday in the ACT, but has moved to a Sunday in 2024.

2022 Canberra Cup Winner Sacramento
2022 Canberra Cup winner Sacramento (pictured in Sydney). Photo: Steve Hart.

The event is run by the Canberra Racing Club at Thoroughbred Park in Canberra and was first held back in 1926.

It once ran at Acton in the spring up until its current venue opened in 1962.

Canberra Cup Day – dubbed ‘Super Sunday’ – now once again features the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes for Golden Slipper-bound two-year-olds and typically attracts of field of mainly local and Sydney-trained horses.

In South Australia the following day punters are tuning into the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) run over the two miles at Morphettville on the Monday.

The Black-Type event holds Listed status as of 1984 and is currently contested over 2000m having been held over a variety of distances over its history.

A number of good horses have won the Canberra Cup over the years with Super Impose (1992) the most famous. Super Impose won eight Group 1 races over his illustrious career including two editions of the Doncaster Mile, Epsom Handicap and the iconic Cox Plate.

The Canberra Cup is a quality handicap race and offers $250,000 in total prize money.

In 2023 Arapaho won the Canberra Cup before victory in Sydney’s Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) at his next start.  

The latest edition of the Canberra Cup ran on Sunday March 10, 2024 which is known as ‘Super Sunday’ in the ACT and was won by Kris Lees’ veteran eight-year-old Almania ($3.50).

2024 Canberra Cup Results

The official 2024 Canberra Cup Results & Finishing Order will be published in full below once the Listed event takes place in Canberra on Sunday March 10, 2024.

  • 1st: #7 Almania
  • 2nd: #8 Red Stone Well
  • 3rd: #3 So United

Kris Lees’ Australia eight-year-old, Almania ($3.50), was back in winning form improving on a lead-up placing in the Parramatta Cup to salute in the Canberra Cup 2024 results by 1.25 length margin.

2024 Canberra Cup Odds

The autumn’s leading Canberra Cup 2024 betting odds will be available below the week of the race complete with links to our markets on the popular Canberra feature so stay tuned.

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

Canberra Cup Race Info

  • Date: Sunday March 10, 2024
  • Track: Canberra Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Listed
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1926


Canberra Cup Odds 2024Canberra Cup Betting

Canberra Cup betting markets are traditionally led by local gallopers with previous experience at the track and distance. 

Any gallopers that contested the previous spring’s iconic Melbourne Cup race that are down in grade and distance often sit high up the Canberra Cup markets. 

Arapaho ran 11th in the 2022 Melbourne Cup and returned the following autumn to take out the 2023 Canberra Cup. 

Mr Mugatoo ($1.90 in 2020) was the last favourite in the Canberra Cup odds to salute for the punters. 

Canberra Cup Field

The Canberra Cup race field attracts a quality line-up of middle-distance and staying types that could potentially be eyeing a tougher run in Sydney later in the autumn. 

Good next-up targets for horses out of the Canberra Cup field include the Listed Albury Cup (2000m) a fortnight later and the Listed Wagga Wagga Cup (2000m) in May. 

Canberra Cup nominations are taken the Tuesday before the race with the final field of acceptances and barrier draw released on the Thursday.

2024 Canberra Cup Field

The official Canberra Cup 2024 final field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 6, 2024 and will be published in full below so bookmark this page to see what runners make the starting line-up

The 2024 Canberra Cup field features a smart line-up of in-form autumn staying types led in betting by the Kris Lees-trained Almania at time of publish. 

2024 Canberra Cup Nominations

The early Canberra Cup 2024 nominations are announced on Monday the 4th of March, 2024 and will be available below.

Canberra Cup Tips

The best Canberra Cup tips are to look for a single-figure chance with previous winning form over the 2000m distance and runners with a past Group performance in Sydney on their record. 

A good Canberra Cup betting tip is to look for any Gai Waterhouse-trained horses as she has prepared six recent winners with Sacramento (2022), Dark Eyes (2017), Hippopus (2016), So Assertive (2004), Regal Touch (2000), and Jay Cee Bee (1995). 

Waterhouse co-holds the record of number of Canberra Cup wins with her late father TJ Smith. 

2024 Canberra Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Canberra Cup 2024 betting tips online will be available right here a day or so out from the Canberra autumn showdown so stay tuned for the horses to back and sack in the race this season.

  • To Win: #3 So United ($5.50 at time of publish) –  BET NOW

Wide open edition of the Canberra Cup and a tough one for the punters, but have landed on So United for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott. The six-year-old son of So You Think won back-to-back summer races including the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy (1800m) at the Gold Coast in January. Failed to make it a hat-trick at Rosehill in the Listed Parramatta Cup last time out when sixth to More Felons, but under a length beaten there in a blanket finish. Can return to his best. 

Canberra Cup Form Guide

The Canberra Cup form guide has all of the need-to-know information on the horses in the field including jockeys, trainers, barriers and any lead-up summer / autumn racing form.

The Canberra Cup form has gone on to hold-up in tougher grade races a number of times over the years including in 2019 when the winning mare Samadoubt returned in the spring to take out both the Group 1 Winx Stakes and Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes. 

The following year in 2020 the Canberra Cup winner Mugatoo won both the Premier’s Cup and Newcastle Cup. He also finished second in that year’s Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m), fourth in the Cox Plate and then won The All-Star Mile the following March in 2021.

The Canberra Cup 2023 form was firmly franked with the winner Arapaho taking out the Group 1 Tancred Stakes next run before a fourth in that year’s Group 1 Sydney Cup over the two miles which was won by the Canberra Cup runner-up Explosive Jack

2024 Canberra Cup Form Guide

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

Canberra Cup Results

There have been four dual Canberra Cup winners over the years with Macknuckle (2009-10), (Reingard (1985-86), Crazy Notion (1961-62), and Spec (1926-27). 

Other notable Canberra Cup winners throughout history include Iron Horse (1998), Regal Touch (2000), So Assertive (2004), and Jacquinot Bay (2014). 

Recent Canberra Cup Winners

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

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Almania Redstone Well So United
2023 Arapaho Explosive Jack Athabascan
2022 Sacramento Dadoozdart Five Kingdom
2021 Mr Marathon Man Dadoozdart Aussie Nugget
2020 Mugatoo Fun Fact Maid Of Ore
2019 Samadoubt Taikomochi Almost Court
2018 Almost Court Admiral Jello Get On The Grange
2017 Dark Eyes Cool Chap Coolcat Dancer
2016 Hippopus Off The Rails Centre Pivot
2015 Faust Burbero World Wide
2014 Jacquinot Bay Honourable Aussie Extra Zero
2013 Court Connection Coliseo Sindarin
2012 Fill The Page World Wide Coliseo
2011 *race not held    
2010 Macknuckle Rock Kingdom Fast Future
2009 Macknuckle Spinney Vintage Rock
2008 Blutigeroo Imvula Vintage Rock
2007 Testa Grande Step Forward Red Robert
2006 (event was cancelled)    
2005 Beat The Tide Beau Bush Honey
2004 So Assertive Prime Century (NZ) Red Robert
2003 Mooring’s Melody Spading Rocksinga
2002 Benmanang Bedouin The Man
2001 Padfoot Charlie Velsontas (NZ) Yippyio
2000 Regal Touch (NZ) Padfoot Charlie Splendid Retreat