Australian Cup

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Not to be confused with Australia Cup.
Australian Cup
Group I race
Location Flemington Racecourse
Melbourne, Australia
Inaugurated 1863
Race type ThoroughbredFlat racing
Sponsor Darley (2013)
Website Flemington Racecourse
Race information
Distance 2,000 metres
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Weight Weight for Age
Purse A$1,005,000 (2013)

The Australian Cup is a Group 1 Weight for Age race for Thoroughbred racehorses run over 2000 metres, at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia in March. Total prize money for the race is A$1,005,000.

Makybe Diva won this race in 2005 in the Australian record time of 1:58:73, which beat Northerly's previous record.

Race history[edit]

The race was once Australia's premier long distance race, raced at a distance longer than the Melbourne Cup. In 1943 the race was shorten to 17 furlongs 110 yards to allow the race to be started from the top of Flemington's famous Straight Six, to have bigger fields.[1]

The VRC in the early 1960s shortened the distance to 1 14 miles to attract classier middle distance gallopers.[1]

The most successful trainer has been Bart Cummings with thirteen wins[1] – 1968, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2008.[2]

The most successful jockey is Tom Hales who won the Australian Cup eight times[3] – Lurline (1875), Richmond (1876), Savanaka (1879), Navigator (1883), Morpeth (1884), Trident (1887), Carlyon (1888), Dreadnought (1890).[4]

In 2007 race was run at Caulfield Racecourse.[1]

Race distance[edit]

  • 1863–1942 - 2 14 miles (~3627m)
  • 1943–1962 – 2 miles 1 12 furlongs (~3528m)
  • 1963 - 1 34 miles (~2821m)
  • 1964–1972 - 1 14 miles (~2015m)
  • 1973 onwards - 2000 metres

Race conditions[edit]

  • 1863–1978 - Handicap
  • 1978–1981 - Weight for Age
  • 1982–1986 - Handicap
  • 1987 onwards - Weight for Age

Race grade[edit]

  • 1863–1979 - Principal Race[5]
  • 1979 onwards - Group 1

The winners[edit]

  • 2014 - Fiorente[6]
  • 2013 - Super Cool[7]
  • 2012 - Manighar[8]
  • 2011 - Shocking[9]
  • 2010 - Zipping[10]
  • 2009 - Niconero[11]
  • 2008 - Sirmione[12]
  • 2007 - Pompeii Ruler[13]
  • 2006 - Roman Arch[14]
  • 2005 - Makybe Diva[15]
  • 2004 - Lonhro
  • 2003 - Northerly
  • 2002 - Old Comrade
  • 2001 - Northerly
  • 2000 - Intergaze
  • 1999 - Istidaad
  • 1998 - Dane Ripper
  • 1997 - Octagonal
  • 1996 - Saintly
  • 1995 - Starstruck
  • 1994 - Durbridge
  • 1993 - Veandercross[16]
  • 1992 - Let's Elope
  • 1991 - Better Loosen Up
  • 1990 - Vo Rogue
  • 1989 - Vo Rogue
  • 1988 - Dandy Andy
  • 1987 - Bonecrusher
  • 1986 - Playful Princess
  • 1985 - Noble Peer
  • 1984 - Admiral Lincoln
  • 1983 - Spectrum
  • 1982 - Kip
  • 1981 - Hyperno
  • 1980 - Ming Dynasty
  • 1979 - Dulcify
  • 1978 - Ming Dynasty
  • 1977 - Ngawyni
  • 1976 - Lord Dudley
  • 1975 - Leilani
  • 1974 - Bush Win
  • 1973 - Gladman
  • 1972 - Jan's Beau
  • 1971 - Gay Icarus
  • 1970 - Crewman
  • 1969 - †Yootha / Cyron[17]
  • 1968 - Arctic Coast
  • 1967 - Bore Head
  • 1966 - Craftsman
  • 1965 - Craftsman
  • 1964 - Grand Print
  • 1963 - Welkin Prince
  • 1962 - Welkin Prince
  • 1961 - Dream King
  • 1960 - Illoura
  • 1959 - Gaybao
  • 1958 - Dream Son
  • 1957 - Miss High Caste
  • 1956 - Pushover
  • 1955 - Hellion
  • 1954 - Sunish
  • 1953 - Arbroath
  • 1952 - Murray Glen
  • 1951 - Bold Belle
  • 1950 - Bold John
  • 1949 - New Cashmere
  • 1948 - Bannerette
  • 1947 - Sydney James
  • 1946 - Knockarlow
  • 1945 - Spectre
  • 1944 - Similar
  • 1943 - Taramoa
  • 1942 - Wise Counsel
  • 1941 - Saul
  • 1940 - Indignity
  • 1939 - Pageant
  • 1938 - Marauder
  • 1937 - Mutable
  • 1936 - Amalia
  • 1935 - Sylvandale
  • 1934 - Heroic Prince
  • 1933 - Topical
  • 1932 - Madstar
  • 1931 - Carry On
  • 1930 - Nadean
  • 1929 - Some Quality
  • 1928 - Sea Money
  • 1927 - Spearfelt
  • 1926 - Pilliewinkie
  • 1925 - Answer
  • 1924 - Accarak
  • 1923 - Prince Cox
  • 1922 - Harvest King
  • 1921 - The Rover
  • 1920 - Macadam
  • 1919 - New Tipperary
  • 1918 - Defence
  • 1917 - Harriet Graham
  • 1916 - Cherubini
  • 1915 - Lempriere
  • 1914 - Wallalo
  • 1913 - Almissa
  • 1912 - †Saxonite / Prizefighter[18]
  • 1911 - The Parisian
  • 1910 - Orline
  • 1909 - Pendil
  • 1908 - Peru
  • 1907 - Realm
  • 1906 - Tartan
  • 1905 - Lord Ullin's Daughter
  • 1904 - Marmont
  • 1903 - Great Scot
  • 1902 - Blue Metal
  • 1901 - Dreamland
  • 1900 - La Carabine
  • 1899 - Bobadil
  • 1898 - Ayrshire
  • 1897 - Coil
  • 1896 - Idolator
  • 1895 - Havoc
  • 1894 - Broken Hill
  • 1893 - Portsea
  • 1892 - Highborn
  • 1891 - Vengeance
  • 1890 - Dreadnought
  • 1889 - Lochiel
  • 1888 - Carlyon
  • 1887 - Trident
  • 1886 - Malua
  • 1885 - Ringwood
  • 1884 - Morpeth
  • 1883 - Navigator
  • 1882 - Pollio
  • 1881 - Firstwater
  • 1880 - Columbus
  • 1879 - Savanaka
  • 1878 - First King
  • 1877 - Sybil
  • 1876 - Richmond
  • 1875 - Lurline
  • 1874 - Protos
  • 1873 - Warrior
  • 1872 - ‡Saladin
  • 1871 - Nimblefoot
  • 1870 - Norma
  • 1869 - Gasworks
  • 1868 - Shenandoah
  • 1867 - Tim Whiffler
  • 1866 - Woodman
  • 1865 - Woodman
  • 1864 - Nathalie
  • 1863 - Barwon

† Dead heat
‡ Saladin and Flying Dutchman deadheated. After a re-run they deadheated again. On a second rerun Saladin was victorious.[17][19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "The changing face of Australia’s Cup". Racing Victoria. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bart Cummings - Training Career". Bart Cummings official website. 2013. 
  3. ^ "Thomas Hales - Horse Racing". South Australia Hall of Fame Sportsmen (inducted 9 Dec 1986). Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Facts about the Australian Cup". Australian Associated Press. justhorseracing.com. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Winners and Past Results for the Australian Cup". Pro Group Racing Australia. 2012. 
  6. ^ 2014 result
  7. ^ 2013 result
  8. ^ 2012 result
  9. ^ 2011 result
  10. ^ 2010 result
  11. ^ 2009 result
  12. ^ 2008 result
  13. ^ 2007 result
  14. ^ 2006 result
  15. ^ 2005 result
  16. ^ 1993 result
  17. ^ a b Kennedy, Tony (11 March 1969). "Great Ride by Moore got Cyron Dead-Heat". The Age, Melbourne (Google News Archive (Digitize)). p. 26. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  18. ^ Tatiara (6 March 1912). "V.R.C AUTUMN MEETING. THE AUSTRALIAN CUP. A DEAD HEAT.". The Advertiser, Adelaide (Trove Digitized Newspapers). p. 6. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "Australian Cup (Official result and commentary)". The Age, Melbourne (Google News Archive (Digitize)). 9 March 1872. p. 4 (column 3). Retrieved 5 March 2013. Third heat – Even betting. The pair ran locked together until close home, when the Dutchman failed, and Saladin won by half a neck.