Australian Cup 2019

Saturday March 9, 2019

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 9, 2019.

2019 Australian Cup Results

  • 1st: Harlem
  • 2nd: Shillelagh
  • 3rd: Trap for Fools

Australian Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 9, 2019
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million
  • First Run: 1863

2019 Australian Cup Results

The 2019 Australian Cup results and finishing order will be known on Saturday March 9, 2019 and released below.


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.
Australian Cup Odds & Betting

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. 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.

2019 Australian Cup Betting

The Australian Cup 2019 odds are now released and can be seen below along with the rest of the Flemington card for Super Saturday.

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.

2019 Australian Cup Field

The official 2019 Australian Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw can be found here when it is finalised.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1402x2418x ALMANDIN (GER) Liam Howley Damien Oliver 2 59kg 113
2 0x1401241x REKINDLING (GB) Liam Howley Ben Melham 9 59kg 113
3 x024100x63 ACE HIGH David Payne Dwayne Dunn 8 59kg 109
4 1175216×52 TRAP FOR FOOLS Jarrod McLean John Allen 6 59kg 110
5 x7940105x5 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 5 59kg 104
6 67x0069x47 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 4 59kg 104
7 x111140x11 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1 59kg 112
8 8x791591x8 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley Brett Prebble 3 59kg 108
9 96x4341x9x MUNTAHAA (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 12 59kg 110
10 x2263071x1 YOGI (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie 15 59kg 104
11 x538641292 SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig William Pike 11 59kg 99
12 x213160x34 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 7 59kg 105
13 113435×421 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jordan Childs 14 59kg 103
14 4x1132x00x SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 13 59kg 108
15 2x44415x06 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Williams 10 57kg 110

2019 Australian Cup Nominations

The Australian Cup 2019 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 Emirates Stakes.

Australian Cup Tips

Australian Cup betting tips are dominated by the best runners coming out of the Peter Young Stakes that produced four of the winners from 2014 – 20178 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.

2019 Australian Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Australian Cup 2019 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 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)

2019 Australian Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Australian Cup 2019 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). 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
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