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Australian Cup

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HARLEM winning the Australian Cup.
HARLEM winning the Australian Cup. Picture: Racing and Sports

The Australian Cup is a Group 1 race for open class WFA horses conducted by the Victoria Racing Club at Flemington.
The Australian Cup is run over 2000m and was introduced in 1863. It is run under Weight For Age conditions now but was a handicap until 1979. The first running was taken out by Barwon.
It was run at Caulfield in 2007 when Flemington was under reconstruction and won by Pompeii Ruler.
The Australian Cup is an outstanding race through history, mostly since it became WFA. 3yos haven't had a great record during that period. Super Cool won in 2013 but it was back to Saintly before that in 1996.
Even since that WFA change, Melbourne Cup winners have subsequently run well in the race including Let's Elope, Makybe Diva, Shocking and Fiorente plus others who ran very well in November.
One of the greatest upsets in Australian racing history came in 1988 when two elite horses Bonecrusher and Vo Rogue were expected to fight the race out.
However despite Vo Rogue kicking clear inside the 400m, Dandy Andy flashed home at 125-1 prompting caller Bill Collins to say "Goodness Gracious Me". Vo Rogue would get revenge winning the next two editions.
Mares have not been to the fore with the last winner being Makybe Diva in 2005. There have only been four in the last 31 years.
Almost every winner in the last decade ran in both the Orr Stakes and the St George (Peter Young) Stakes. Those that didn't run in both, invariably at least ran in one and won the Cup.
Bart Cummings had an incredible record taking the Australian Cup 13 times.
Tom Hales rode the winner on eight occasions in the 1800s.
Harlem won at 60-1 in 2018. He did not win another race until the 2019 running when he won at 30-1.
The 2019 Australian Cup was worth $1.5million in prizemoney.
Previous winners of the Australian Cup include Malua (1886), Spearfelt (1927), Gay Icarus (1971), Leilani (1975), Ming Dynasty (1978, 1980), Dulcify (1979), Hyperno (1981), Bonecrusher (1987), Vo Rogue (1989, 1990), Better Loosen Up (1991), Let's Elope (1992), Veandercross (1993), Saintly (1996), Octagonal (1997), Northerly (2001, 2003), Lonhro (2004), Makybe Diva (2005), Shocking (2011), Fiorente (2014) and Harlem (2018/2019).
The 2019 Australian Cup was won by Harlem from Shillelagh and Trap For Fools.
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Previous Australian Cup Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
HARLEM (GB) 7G
CHAMPS ELYSEES (GB) - CASUAL (GB) NAYEF (USA)
JAMIE KAH59.0D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG4
HARLEM (GB) 6G
CHAMPS ELYSEES (GB) - CASUAL (GB) NAYEF (USA)
M J WALKER59.0D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG4
HUMIDOR (NZ) 4G
TEOFILO (IRE) - ZALIKA (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
DAMIAN LANE59.0DARREN WEIR7
PREFERMENT (NZ) 4H
ZABEEL (NZ) - BETTER ALTERNATIVE (AUS) FLYING SPUR (AUS)
J BOWMAN59.0CHRIS WALLER9
SPILLWAY (GB) 5H
RAIL LINK (GB) - FLOWER MARKET (GB) CADEAUX GENEREUX (GB)
M J WALKER59.0DAVID HAYES & TOM DABERNIG8
FIORENTE (IRE) 6H
MONSUN (GER) - DESERT BLOOM (IRE) PILSUDSKI (IRE)
D OLIVER59.0MS G WATERHOUSE8
SUPER COOL (AUS) 3G
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - QUEEN MOTHER (USA) KINGMAMBO (USA)
M RODD54.5MARK KAVANAGH2
MANIGHAR (FR) 6G
LINAMIX (FR) - MINTLY FRESH (USA) RUBIANO (USA)
L NOLEN59.0PETER MOODY5
SHOCKING (AUS) 5H
STREET CRY (IRE) - MARIA DI CASTIGLIA (GB) DANEHILL (USA)
C W BROWN59.0MARK KAVANAGH12
ZIPPING (AUS) 8G
DANEHILL (USA) - SOCIAL SCENE (IRE) GRAND LODGE (USA)
NICHOLAS HALL59.0ROBERT HICKMOTT12
NICONERO (AUS) 7G
DANZERO (AUS) - NICOLA LASS (AUS) SCENIC (GB)
C WILLIAMS59.0D A HAYES10
SIRMIONE (AUS) 4G
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - WORLD GUIDE (NZ) DEFENSIVE PLAY (USA)
P MERTENS59.0BART CUMMINGS8
POMPEII RULER (AUS) 4G
GENUINE (JPN) - WEST WITH NIGHT (NZ) POMPEII COURT (USA)
C NEWITT59.0MICK PRICE2
ROMAN ARCH (AUS) 7G
ARCHWAY (IRE) - CELESTIAL OPTION (AUS) CLEAR CHOICE (USA)
C NEWITT58.0ROBBIE LAING4
MAKYBE DIVA (GB) 6M
DESERT KING (IRE) - TUGELA (USA) RIVERMAN (USA)
G BOSS55.5D L FREEDMAN5
LONHRO (AUS) 5H
OCTAGONAL (NZ) - SHADEA (NZ) STRAIGHT STRIKE (USA)
D BEADMAN58.0JOHN HAWKES5
NORTHERLY (AUS) 6G
SERHEED (USA) - NORTH BELL (AUS) BELLWATER (FR)
P PAYNE58.0FRED KERSLEY7
OLD COMRADE (AUS) 4G
OLD SPICE (AUS) - BELGRAVIA (AUS) KSAR (GB)
P J HARVEY58.0LINDSEY SMITH10
NORTHERLY (AUS) 4G
SERHEED (USA) - NORTH BELL (AUS) BELLWATER (FR)
G CHILDS58.0FRED KERSLEY9
INTERGAZE (AUS) 6H
INTEGRA (AUS) - TEMPERGAZE (USA) TEMPERENCE HILL (USA)
C CARMODY58.0ROD CRAIG13

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