AUSTRALIAN CUP 2022 RACE GUIDE
The Group 1 Australian Cup is worth $1.5 million in prizemoney and will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2022 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.
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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 2022 Australian Cup Tips will be available following the barrier draw.
One by one we preview each runner’s most recent form and peak patterns and give you the heads up on each of the 2022 Australian Cup horses.
2021 Australian Cup Horses
1. HUMIDOR $18
The old-timer rises sharply in trip after running 4th in the Orr Stakes (1400m) and was placed behind the likes of Russian Camelot and Arcadia Queen at his second and third runs last time, while he won this race in 2017. He is a chance with the right run.
2. HARLEM $26
Harlem appears to be outclassed but managed to win this race at $61 in 2018 and $31 in 2019. He will settle handy and must be respected on his runs from those years but his best might be behind him.
3. FIFTY STARS $4.40
The race favourite profiles perfectly for this and appreciated the solid tempo last weekend when runner-up behind Star Of The Seas in the Blamey Stakes (1600m). Will be peaking at his third run back and won this race last year after winning the Blamey the week prior, while he also ran well when runner-up to Arcadia Queen in the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m). Expect him to be fighting out the finish. Went 13.7 lengths faster than standard last week and 15.2 lengths faster than standard in the Mackinnon last year. On those figures at this time of his preparation, he shapes as the one to beat.
The first round of nominations for the 2022 Australian Cup will be taken at 12pm on January 17, 2021 and followed by a second round of nominations on February 15.
The final field and barrier draw for the 2022 Australian Cup will be announced at 9:30am March 2, 2022.
Below is the final field and barrier draw from 2021.
|1||HUMIDOR (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damian Lane||12||59kg|
|2||HARLEM (GB)||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Michael Walker||7||59kg|
|3||FIFTY STARS (IRE)||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||John Allen||3||59kg|
|4||HOMESMAN (USA)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Jye McNeil||14||59kg|
|5||WARNING||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Damien Oliver||15||59kg|
|6||ANGEL OF TRUTH||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||William Pike||13||59kg|
|7||BEST OF DAYS (GB)||James Cummings||Luke Nolen||17||59kg|
|8||STEEL PRINCE (IRE)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Ms Jamie Kah||11||59kg|
|9||CHAPADA||Michael Moroney||Daniel Stackhouse||9||59kg|
|10||PLATOON||Neville Parnham||Brad Parnham||10||59kg|
|11||SHARED AMBITION (IRE)||Chris Waller||Mark Zahra||2||59kg|
|12||DEFIBRILLATE (NZ)||Patrick Payne||Billy Egan||4||59kg|
|13||SAN HUBERTO (IRE)||Matt Cumani||Dean Yendall||6||59kg|
|14||NONCONFORMIST||Grahame Begg||Luke Currie||16||59kg|
|15||MIAMI BOUND (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Daniel Moor||8||57kg|
|16||MISS SISKA||Matthew Smith||Michael Dee||5||57kg|
|17||PARADEE||Danny O’Brien||Craig Williams||1||57kg|
|1st||Homesman||Jye McNeil||Anthony and Sam Freedman||14||59kg||$26|
|2nd||Best Of Days||Luke Nolen||James Cummings||17||59kg||$26|
|3rd||Chapada||Daniel Stackhouse||Michael Moroney||9||59kg||$41|
|4th||Paradee||Craig Williams||Danny O’Brien||1||57kg||$8|
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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).
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