It’s Super Saturday at Flemington this weekend and in the lead up to a great day of racing we thought it would be interesting to run through some of the most memorable wins in the two feature races on the program.
Today we look at the time honoured Australian Cup ,which has produced many memorable wins from many champion horses.
The race has never carried the same aura about it as the Cox Plate in the Spring but many of the same champions appear on the winners list.
Here are seven of the Most Memorable Australian Cups of all time.
2017 – Humidor
It was the Oaks winning filly Jameka who hit the front at the top of the straight in last year’s edition of the Australian Cup before Humidor stormed over the top from last.
He would go on to push the great mare Winx to within half a length in the 2017 Ladbrokes Cox Plate, to prove that he is one hell of a horse.
1988 – Dandy Andy
Bruce McAvaney calls the race.
A champion in Vo Rogue hitting the straight 4 lengths in front.
The perfect recipe for a memorable call.
“300 hundred to go, They’re not going to get this superstar.”
Dandy Andy must have not been given the script as the 125-1 outsider become the biggest priced winner to take out the race.
1989 – Vo Rogue
The champion Queenslander would get his redemption a year later by leading from start to finish.
He beat off Super Impose with Dandy Andy finishing a credible 4th.
The big hearted front runner would go on to win back-to-back Australian Cups a year later and then complete one of the better records in the race after he ran second to Better Loosen Up in 1991.
1987 – Bonecrusher
The 1987 Australian Cup was a race in two as Melbourne Cup winner At Talaq went head to head with ‘Big Red’.
Bonecrusher won the Cox Plate in a titanic battle with Our Waverley Star in 1986 and had only recently returned from a trip to Japan that almost cost him his life.
The race will be remembered as much by the duel down the home straight as it will by the incredible call by Bill Collins.
2016 – Preferment
The first horse past the post was not the winner of the 2016 Australian Cup – Awesome Rock was stripped of his win after a protest was lodged by jockey Hugh Bowman.
The fact that Stephen Baster on Awesome Rock shifted out from the 300m to the 200m and the short half head margin was enough for the stewards to uphold the protest in one of the most controversial Australian Cup finishes in history.
1979 – Dulcify
The 1979 Australian Cup turned out to be a race between the two best three year-olds in the country at the time, Dulcify and Manikato.
Although Manikato would race predominantly over the shorter distances he was versatile enough to match it with the best over more ground.
He got a soft lead in front but was over run late by the champion Dulcify in one of the greatest Australian Cups of all time.
2004 – Lonhro
The 2004 Australian Cup was Lonhro’s last race in Melbourne and the crowd was awaiting a fairytale finish for the popular son of Octagonal.
The cheering audibly turned to groans as jockey Darren Beadman had the champ in a bad pocket at the 300m mark and in awful trouble.
He eventually got him to the outside where Lonhro surged over the top in a thrilling finish with a deafening Flemington crowd cheering him home.
1996 – Saintly
Saintly had quite an incredible year in 1996.
He won the Australian Cup as a 3 year old in the Autumn before returning in the Spring and winning the Cox Plate/Melbourne Cup double.
Here is the ‘Horse From Heaven’ winning the 1996 Australian Cup.