The Australian Cup is the major staying event of the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. Held annually in March at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, it is run over a distance of 2000 metres and carries a prize purse of $1,000,000 making it one of the richest autumn races in the autumn.
It is a Group 1 race that is run under weight-for-age conditions and it will always attract an above average field of quality runners. Since 2000 names such as Northerly (twice), Lonhro and Super Cool, along with Melbourne Cup champions Makybe Diva and Shocking to have won the Australian Cup.
Flemington is the setting for what is known as Super Saturday and along with the $1 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap and five other Group 2 and 3 races, it makes up one of the richest days on the Australian racing calendar.
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Picking an Australia Cup Winner
You can be pretty confident a horse in the top line of betting will win the Australian Cup going by past results. Since 1991 just four horses have won at odds of double digits, with Roman Arch the only abnormality winning at the juicy odds of $51 in 2006. However it is interesting to note that only three favourites have won since 1994.
Be sure to stick with horses carrying weight between 57kg and 59kg as they have won this race 78% of the time since 1987. The best barrier to be in is an inside lane as barriers 1 to 8 have produced 71% of winners.
Look at horses aged either 4yo, 5yo or 6yo as they have won 75% of races dating back to 1983 and during this same period 84% of races have been won by a male horse. The best indicator of form come via lead up races such as the St George Stakes and Autumn Classic, both Group 2 races held earlier in the autumn.
- Bet on horses in single digit odds, but steer clear of the favourite
- Stick with horses carrying between 57.0kg and 59.0kg (78% of winners)
- Go with horses jumping between barriers 1 and 8 (71% of winners)
- Back 4yo, 5yo and 6yo horses to win (84% of winners)
- Place your money on male horses to win (84% of winners)
- Pay close attention to the St George Stakes and Autumn Classic form