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Australian Cup

Winners and Past Results for the Australian Cup

Australian Cup

The Australian Cup, hosted by the Victoria Racing Club, is a Group 1 open race held under weight for age conditions.

The race has elite gallopers from across the country head to Flemington Racecourse during the autumn racing carnival to compete in the premier staying event run over a distance of 2000 meters.

The Australian Cup has a long and proud history with $1,000,000 at stake for the lucky winner on Super Saturday. The event has produced many stars that have stamped their authority on the Australian turf over the years. These include the likes of Lonhro, Makybe Diva, Northerly, Octagonal, and Durbridge in recent times.

The first Australian Cup was held in 1863 as a principal race over 18 furlongs. The inaugural event was won by Barwon. A horse named Woodman won two consecutive cups in 1865 and 1866, a feat repeated by Welkin Prince in 1962 and 1963, Craftsman in 1965-66, and Vo Rogue in 1989-90. Other champion thoroughbreds to win the premier staying event include Better Loosen Up, Dulcify, and Leilani.

Over the years the distance in the Australian Cup has varied from 3600 meters to its current 2000 meters since 1964.

Jockey Darren Beadman has the distinction of steering 3 horses to victory in the Cup. These include Let's Elope in 1992, Saintly in 1996, and Lonhro in 2004. The unbeatable Makybe Diva holds the record time of 1:58.73, not surprising for the triple Melbourne Cup champion, who eclipsed Northerly's timing of 1:59.40.

The Australian Cup is held on a day of stakes races which includes the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap, leaving punters with much to look forward to. The Group 2 St. George Stakes has proved to be a great lead up to the Australian Cup with many winners scoring a St. George Stakes / Australian Cup double. Recent successful gallopers to achieve the feat include Dane Ripper in 1998, Istidaad in 1999, Northerly in 2001, Lonhro in 2004, and Pompeii Ruler in 2007. Thesio came close to winning in 2009 after lifting the St. George Stakes earlier in the autumn.

The Victoria Racing Club has made great efforts to make the Australian Cup one of the most prestigious and lucrative events in its racing calendar.

Every year the strongest of stayers continue to blaze the tracks at Flemington with their eye on the million dollar prize money and the opportunity to become the champion horse of the year.

2014 Australian Cup

Damien Oliver settled Fiorente last after a poor start, while Shamus Award set the early pace. Shamus Award went along nicely, opening a gap on the field with Green Moon in second and Fiorente slowly improving as they came to the turn. Shamus Award led into the straight but was struggling to go on with it allowing Fiorente, under a hard ride from Oliver , to storm down the outside with Green Moon still up there. Fiorente and Green Moon fought it out as they neared the post with Fiorente doing enough to take a narrow win while Foreteller rattled home late for third. 

2014 Australian Cup result

1. Fiorente
2. Green Moon
3. Foreteller

Then came:

4. Mourayan
5. Voleuse De Coeurs
6. Shamus Award
7. Let's Make Adeal
8. Thunder Fantasy
9. Star Rolling

Year Australian Cup Winners
2014 Fiorente
2013 Super Cool
2012 Manighar
2011 Shocking
2010 Zipping
2009 Niconero
2008 Sirmione
2007 Pompeii Ruler
2006 Roman Arch
2005 Makybe Diva
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
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
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
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
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