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.
Australian Cup 2023 Schedule
|Age||No Age Restrictions|
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
See more Australian Cup results and replays here.
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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).
Click here to see our Top 5 Australian Cup Winners.
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.
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Watch the 2023 Australian Cup with TAB.
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 Winnings, Cash 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.