Australian Cup 2018

Saturday March 10, 2018

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 10, 2018 .

2018 Australian Cup Results

  • 1st: #7 Harlem
  • 2nd: #4 Gailo Chop
  • 3rd: #5 Ventura Storm

Australian Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 10, 2018
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million
  • First Run: 1863

2018 Australian Cup Results

The 2018 Australian Cup results and finishing order will be known on Saturday March 10, 2018 and released below.

The official Australian Cup 2018 Results saw a blowout win by the $61 Lindsay Park-trained roughie Harlem who defeated the race favourite Gailo Chop on way to the Tancred Stakes at Rosehill.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 7 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 4 59kg $61
2 4 GAILO CHOP (FR) Darren Weir Mark Zahra 0.5L 10 59kg $2.60F
3 5 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 1.25L 2 59kg $31
4 2 ALMANDIN (GER) Liam Howley Damien Oliver 1.45L 11 59kg $4.40
5 11 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 1.85L 5 57kg $9
6 10 HOMESMAN (USA) Liam Howley Michael Dee 2.25L 3 58.5kg $21
7 8 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander Jordan Childs 2.35L 1 59kg $71
8 9 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley Ben Melham 2.85L 7 58.5kg $9
9 3 AMBITIOUS (JPN) Anthony Freedman Damian Lane 4.1L 12 59kg $21
10 1 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Craig Williams 4.85L 6 59kg $9.50
11 6 SUPPLY AND DEMAND Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 11.85L 9 59kg $41
12 12 DEVISE (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Chad Schofield 21.85L 8 57kg $31

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 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.

2018 Australian Cup Betting

The Australian Cup 2018 odds are now released and can be seen below along with the rest of the Flemington card for Super Saturday.

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.

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.

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.

2018 Australian Cup Field

The official 2018 Australian Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw is now published and be seen in the table below.

A dozen horses make-up the Australian Cup 2018 Final Field including last start Peter Young Stakes winner Gailo Chop for last year’s winning trainer Darren Weir. Gun mare Single Gaze shapes-up as the danger coming off two brave seconds this autumn and getting the run of the race on Saturday from barrier five.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2x12290x13 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Craig Williams 6 59kg 114
2 11x21402x2 ALMANDIN (GER) Liam Howley Damien Oliver 11 59kg 110
3 0x24x45x0x AMBITIOUS (JPN) Anthony Freedman Damian Lane 12 59kg 109
4 0143150×11 GAILO CHOP (FR) Darren Weir Mark Zahra 10 59kg 115
5 x5x76200x4 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 2 59kg 106
6 11×2203422 SUPPLY AND DEMAND Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 9 59kg 104
7 x515867x28 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 4 59kg 104
8 15x2114x39 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander Jordan Childs 1 59kg 102
9 446925041x THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley Ben Melham 7 58.5kg 107
10 2x412153x1 HOMESMAN (USA) Liam Howley Michael Dee 3 58.5kg 105
11 x054420x22 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 5 57kg 110
12 3328×13421 DEVISE (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Chad Schofield 8 57kg 102

2018 Australian Cup First Acceptances

The official Australian Cup 2018 First Acceptances narrowing down the list of potential horses in the $1.5 million weight-for-age clash on Super Saturday close on February 20, 2018.

The 2018 Australian Cup First Acceptances attracted 26 horses including a bumper six for owner Lloyd Williams including the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling and runner-up Joannes Vermeer, both previously O’Brien-trained in Ireland. Darren Weir has the early favourite Gailo Chop, with futures markets to be updated post the Peter Young Stakes on Blue Diamond Day (February 24).

2018 Australian Cup Nominations

The Australian Cup 2018 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.

The official 2018 Australian Cup Nominations attracted 53 hopefuls led by the Darren Weir-trained trio of last year’s winner Humidor, the early favourite Tosen Stardom who won the Emirates Stakes back in November and talented French expat Gailo Chop.

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.

2018 Australian Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Australian Cup 2018 betting tips will be detailed right here the week of the race so return to this page for the Australian Cup best bets.

  • 1st: #11 SINGLE GAZE ($8)
  • 2nd: #10 HOMESMAN ($11)
  • 3rd: #4 GAILO CHOP ($3.40)

SINGLE GAZE ($8) has run second in three of her past four, including the Caulfield Cup in the spring so she’s no cat. Her first-up in the CF Orr Stakes was luckless and devastatingly close over 1400m before the Peter Young placing behind today’s favourite. That form looks the one to follow, she gets a gun run from the gate and there’s money for her. Mares haven’t got a great record in this, but she’s a good one. HOMESMAN ($11) is on the drift for the Lloyd Williams stable who saddle up three. Import that debuted down under with a victory over ALMANDIN in the Ladbrokes Mornington Cup Prelude. Worse in the weights for the rematch, but has more upside and a better barrier. Darren Weir-trained favourite GAILO CHOP ($3.40) could just come out and hand Weir back-to-back wins. Yet to lose this prep and the Peter Young Stakes win was good. The deserving top fancy.

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)

2018 Australian Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Australian Cup 2018 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
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