Australian Cup 2023 Tips, Field & Race Guide

The Group 1 Australian Cup is worth $1.5 million in prizemoney and will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Flemington Racecourse.

The prestigious event is run at weight-for-age conditions over 2000m and attracts the country’s best middle distance and staying types.

Our Australian Cup guide provides expert tips as well as an in depth previews into the runners, horses, final field, live streams, barrier draw, betting odds and other information.

CONTENTS: Schedule | Live Stream | Bonus Bets | Tips | Nominations | Field & Barrier Draw | Results & Replays | Odds | History | Winners | Top 5 Winners

Australian Cup

Australian Cup 2023 Schedule

Date March 11
Track  Flemington
Distance 2000m
Class  Group 1
Race Type Weight-for-age
Prizemoney $1.5 million
Age No Age Restrictions

Australian Cup Tips

Some champions of the turf have gone on to win the Australian Cup but it’s also been taken out by many that were underrated.

Despite winning the race as a $61 chance in 2018, Harlem claimed back to back wins the following year and went around at $31.

Our experts dig deep into the form of all Australian Cup runners to help find an edge in the market and hopefully find the next Australian Cup winner.

Our 2023 Australian Cup Tips will be available following the barrier draw.

Australian Cup Nominations

The first round of nominations for the 2023 Australian Cup will be taken at 12pm on January 30, and followed by a second round of nominations on February 21.

Australian Cup Field & Barrier Draw

The final field and barrier draw for the 2023 Australian Cup will be announced at 9:30am March 8, 2023.

Below are last year’s field & barrier draw results.

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 2 59kg
2 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 4 59kg
3 SPANISH MISSION (USA) Peter G Moody James McDonald 10 59kg
4 HO HO KHAN (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Ms Tahlia Hope (a) 12 59kg
5 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 7 59kg
6 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Gavin Bedggood Dean Holland 6 59kg
7 YONKERS (USA) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5 59kg
8 CALLSIGN MAV (NZ) Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 11 59kg
9 DELPHI (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 1 59kg
10 MAXIMAL (GB) John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 3 58.5kg
11 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Ms Jamie Kah 9 57kg
12 DUAIS Edward Cummings Joshua Parr 8 57kg

2022 Australian Cup Results & Replay

Finish Horse Jockey Trainer Barrier Weight SP
1st Duais Joshua Parr Edward Cummings 8 57kg $7
2nd Think It Over Nash Rawiller Kerry Parker 4 59kg $3.10F
3rd Spanish Mission James McDonald Peter G Moody 10 59kg $3.70
4th Ho Ho Khan Ms Tahlia Hope (A) Mitchell Freedman 12 59kg $61
5 Cascadian Damien Oliver James Cummings 2 59kg $7
6 Yonkers Kerrin McEvoy Chris Waller 5 59kg $31
7 Surprise Baby Dean Holland Gavin Bedggood 6 59kg $41
8 Callsign Mav Jamie Mott Danny O’Brien 11 59kg $16
9 Steel Prince Jye McNeil Anthony & Sam Freedman 7 59kg $71
10 She’s Ideel Ms Jamie Kah Bjorn Baker 9 57kg $17
11 Maximal Hugh Bowman John O’Shea 3 58.5kg $26
12 Delphi Mark Zahra 1 59kg $26

See more Australian Cup results and replays here.

Australian Cup Odds

Leading bookmakers Sportsbet, Ladbrokes, Neds, bet365 & Palmerbet have the latest 2023 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.

Australian Cup History

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).

Australian Cup Winners (Since 2000)

2022 Duais
2021 Homesman
2020 Fifty Stars
2019 Harlem
2018 Harlem
2017 Humidor
2016 Preferment
2015 Spillway
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

Top 5 Australian Cup Winners

Click here to see our Top 5 Australian Cup Winners.

Australian Cup Live Stream

Australia’s largest bookmaker TAB gives you the chance to stream the 2023 Australian Cup free of charge courtesy of their Sky Racing vision.

TAB will be streaming the action from every Australian thoroughbred, greyhound and harness race live after linking up with Sky Racing to broadcast Sky Racing 1, Sky Racing 2 and Sky Thoroughbred Central.

As well as watching every race in all three racing codes, you can also check the form and bet on them too at TAB via Desktop or the impressive App.

T&Cs Apply. Vision available for all three Sky Racing channels. Data charges may apply.

Watch the 2023 Australian Cup with TAB.

Australian Cup Bonus Bets

Australia’s leading bookmakers offer horse racing promotions and bonus bets every day of the week and the offers really ramp up on Saturday covering most races.

From Double Your WinningsCash Back offers and Bonus Bet Back for finishing 2nd, 3rd and even 4th, there are plenty of promos to sink your teeth into.

Racingbase hunts down all the daily bookmaker promos and bonus bets and displays them on one page with their T&C’s so you can see what is on offer.

Flemington Racecourse: Everything You Need To Know

To read all about Flemington Racecourse, including the history of the track and which Group 1 races will be held at Flemington, click the button below.