The Australian Cup (2000m) is one of the highlights of the Melbourne autumn. Who does history suggest will win the feature?
Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2020 Australian Cup. The race will take place on Saturday, 7 March, 2020 at Flemington Racecourse.
We provide you with Australian Cup tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live stream to watch the race unfold.
When trying to find the winner of the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington, keeping some important factors on your side can help you.
Our experts assess all the Australian Cup runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2020 tips to help you back the winner.
Tipster Aaron Hamilton will provide his 2020 Australian Cup tips and selections once the final field has been declared.
Leading bookmakers Sportsbet and BetEasy have the latest 2020 Australian Cup betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the Australian Cup betting markets in the days leading up to the race. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.
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Australia’s leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Australian Cup (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Flemington races including the Australian Cup streamed live online at Ladbrokes, BetEasy or Sportsbet. To find out how to stream the Australian Cup live, see our guide to watch the race.
The premier middle-distance contest held during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, the Australian Cup is a weight-for-age race staged over a mile and a quarter.
Taking place on ‘Super Saturday,’ the Australian Cup is run on the same program as the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) which is the biggest sprint race in Melbourne for the autumn.
Other races on Super Saturday include the Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m), Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m), Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m).
Carrying $1.5 million in prizemoney, the Australian Cup attracts the country’s best middle distance/staying horses.
The late, great, Bart Cummings holds the record for most victories by a trainer in the race with an outstanding 13 wins; a record which will never be surpassed.
One jockey stands at the top of the tree when it comes to Australian Cups; Tom Hales won the prestigious event on eight occasions in the 1800s.
The best form race coming into the Australian Cup is the Group 2 St George Stakes (1800m) held at Caulfield two weeks earlier, with 11 of the past 15 winners coming through the St George.
When assessing the chances of each runner in the Australian Cup, a strong guide is the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) held at Caulfield Racecourse two weeks earlier – the race is registered as the St George Stakes.
The winner of the Australian Cup has come through the Peter Young in 14 of the past 19 years, with six of them winning the lead-in run and then capturing the Group 1.
Preferment bucked the trend in 2016 when claiming the Australian Cup after a fourth-placing in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) in Sydney.
He didn’t win the race initially with Awesome Rock causing an upset at $26 (or so it seemed); Preferment would be handed the race on protest after an incident in the home straight cost the runner first past the post.
First run in 1863, the Australian Cup was won by Barwon when the race was a Principal race and run over a gruelling 3627m.
The long and illustrious honour roll lists the who’s who of Australian racing.
Other famous winners of the Australian Cup include Malua (1886), Marauder (1938), Bore Head (1967), Leilani (1975), Ming Dynasty (1978 & 1980), Dulcify (1979), Hyperno (1981), Bonecrusher (1987), Vo Rogue (1989-90), Better Loosen Up (1991), Let’s Elope (1992), Veandercross (1993), Saintly (1996), Octagonal (1997), Dane Ripper (1998), Northerly (2001 & 2003), Lonhro (2004), Makybe Diva (2005), Zipping (2010), Shocking (2011), Manighar (2012), Fiorente (2014) and Humidor (2017).
Flemington first opened in 1840 and was known originally known as Melbourne Racecourse. The original approach road to the racecourse passed through a property owned by James Watson.
He named his property Flemington after his wife’s hometown of Flemington in Morayshire, Scotland and it is believed that this is how the racecourse’s name was first introduced.
Since then, the track has become the centre-point of Australian thoroughbred horse racing. It was added to the Australian National Heritage list in November 2006 and the site is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
The land in which Flemington racecourse now stands was owned by Robert Fleming who intended to use the area for farming cattle and sheep, along with running a butchery in the early 1800’s.
In 1864, the Victoria Racing Club was introduced to Flemington and up until 2001 acted as the principal authority responsible for managing the racing at the track and across Victoria, Australia.
Flemington hosts a total of 14 Group 1s throughout the Australian racing year, headed by the Melbourne Cup and Victoria Derby in the Spring Carnival in October and November.
The Melbourne Cup has been the centrepiece throughout the history of Flemington Racecourse. The two-mile handicap contest is the richest in the Australian racing calendar and routinely draws hundred of thousands of racegoers to the course each November.
Since its first running in 1861, the Melbourne Cup has produced a vast variety of longing memories at Flemington, both on and off of the track. The blend of over 100,000 attendees and world class thoroughbred racing adds further gloss to Flemington’s already rich history.
In 1875, the Melbourne Cup was awarded public holiday status due to the demand for Australian citizens to witness the unparalleled experience that the raceday provides.
Flemington racecourse boasts a large pear shaped course with a circumference of 2,400 metres. It also has a straight six-furlong home-straight known as ‘The Straight Six’ which hosts many of Australia’s most valuable sprint contests including the Darley Classic.
Racing at Flemington is run in an anticlockwise direction making it a left-handed track with a long, sweeping final turn before the straight.
The track itself underwent a number of improvements during the early 21st century, including a new $45 million grandstand which opened in 2000.
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