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 on the second Saturday in March, 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 major autumn assignment for many of the Australian Cup graduates each autumn is the season’s richest race, the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) over the same distance the following month in Sydney.
The latest edition of the Australian Cup ran on March 11, 2017.
2017 Australian Cup Results
- 1st: Humidor
- 2nd: Jameka
- 3rd: Exospheric
Australian Cup Race Info
- Date: March 11, 2017
- Track: Flemington Racecourse
- Distance: 2000m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $1.5 million
- First Run: 1863
Australian Cup Field
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.
2017 Australian Cup Field
The official 2017 Australian Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below on Wednesday March 8, 2017 so stay tuned.
Final Field: On Wednesday March 8, 2017 Racing Victoria announced a 13 horse Australian Cup 2017 field led by the likes of last start Peter Young Stakes winner Stratum Star and the fellow Darren Weir-trained Humidor who is an early favourite in Australian Cup betting.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||33×8502111||STRATUM STAR||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||2||59kg||112|
|2||x015551x70||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||6||59kg||113|
|3||212x6145x3||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Ben Melham||4||59kg||111|
|4||10x703x808||MOURINHO||Peter Gelagotis||Anthony Darmanin||9||59kg||108|
|5||06116×1133||ECUADOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||5||59kg||109|
|6||3x183538x6||EXOSPHERIC (GB)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Damien Oliver||10||59kg||112|
|7||3x02303x37||TALLY||John O’Shea||Joao Moreira||1||59kg||104|
|8||x266223x69||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Glen Boss||3||59kg||98|
|9||x44x311151||BOOM TIME||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||8||59kg||100|
|10||x31129x422||HUMIDOR (NZ)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||7||59kg||105|
|11||x471210x44||JAMEKA||Ciaron Maher||Hugh Bowman||11||57kg||113|
|12||x27156x555||REAL LOVE||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||12||57kg||107|
First Acceptances: On Tuesday February 21, 2017 Racing Victoria took 27 Australian Cup 2017 first acceptances featuring unlikely runner Winx and the reigning Australian Cup winner Preferment also prepared by Sydney’s best Chris Waller.
Nominations: On Monday January 23, 2017 Racing Victoria received 61 Australian Cup 2017 nominations led by Melbourne Cup winner Almandin and Caulfield Cup champ Jameka who is one of our Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Featured Horses.
Australian Cup Odds & 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 one saluting in the past decade when Fiorente got the job done in 2014. 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.
2017 Australian Cup Betting
The Australian Cup 2017 odds will be listed right here once markets on the Group 1 autumn feature at Flemington are released.
Australian Cup Tips
Australian Cup betting tips are dominated by the best runners coming out of the Peter Young Stakes that produced three of the winners from 2012 – 2015 including Fiorente (2014) and Super Cool (2013) who both completed 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.
2017 Australian Cup Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Australian Cup 2017 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) is the only Australian Cup betting favourite 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 009), Zipping (12 of 14 in 2010) and Shocking (12 of 15 in 2011)
- 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)
Australian Cup Results
Australian Cup results rarely favour the shortest-priced in betting with upsets from double figure roughies common place in the race.
TThe longest priced Australian Cup winner in recent years was Roman Arch who saluted at 50/1 back in 2006 for trainer Robbie Laing. Notable Australian Cup winners in recent years include Fiorente (2014), Shocking (2011), Zipping (2010), Makybe Diva (2005), Lonhro (2004) and Northerly (2003).
2017 Australian Cup Results
The 2017 Australian Cup results and finishing order will be known on March 11, 2017 and released below.
|1||10||HUMIDOR (NZ)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||–||7||59kg||$4.20EF|
|2||11||JAMEKA||Ciaron Maher||Hugh Bowman||0.4L||11||57kg||$4.20EF|
|3||6||EXOSPHERIC (GB)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Damien Oliver||1.65L||10||59kg||$10|
|4||1||STRATUM STAR||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||1.85L||2||59kg||$11|
|5||3||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Ben Melham||2.35L||4||59kg||$5.50|
|6||9||BOOM TIME||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||5.35L||8||59kg||$41|
|7||7||TALLY||John O’Shea||Joao Moreira||5.85L||1||59kg||$21|
|8||5||ECUADOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||7.85L||5||59kg||$11|
|9||2||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||8.05L||6||59kg||$21|
|10||8||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Glen Boss||20.05L||3||59kg||$16|
|11||4||MOURINHO||Peter Gelagotis||Anthony Darmanin||28.05L||9||59kg||$101|
|–||12||REAL LOVE||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||–||0||–||–|
Australian Cup Winners
|2016||Preferment||Awesome Rock||Rising Romance||2:03.9|
|2015||Spillway||Extra Zero||Happy Trails||2:00.0|
|2008||Sirmione||Princess Coup||Casino Prince||2:00.8|
|2006||Roman Arch||Candy Vale||Our Smoking Joe||2:02.8|
|2005||Makybe Diva||Winning Belle||Lad Of The Manor||1:58.7|
|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|