Australian Cup Horse Race

Last Updated 3 Nov 2021 | Commercial content | 18+

We have all the information you need about the Australian Cup race. Part of the Autumn Carnival at Flemington Racecourse, the Australian Cup is one of the top stakes events in racing. See other horse races in Flemington.

Race History

This race is all about tradition. The Australian Cup is one of the oldest events in horse racing, first staged way back in 1863.

Initially, the race was put on to be a real test of stamina. It was run over two-and-a-half miles from its inception right up to the 1940s. In 1964, the race was reduced to the then imperial measure of 1¼ miles and is now registered at 2000 meters.

These days the Australian Cup is the last Group 1 race during the Autumn Carnival. It has attracted some of the best middle-distance horses around since moving to this position on the schedule, and this trip.

The greatest trainer in the history of the race is the legendary Bart Cummings. The great man has taken this race no less than 13 times in his and the event’s incredible history.

Australian Cup Results 2021

Homesman landed an excellent half-length win in the 2021 Australian Cup race. Here’s how the first four went past the post:

  1. Homesman (J: Jye McNeil, T: Anthony Freedman)
  2. Best Of Days (J: Luke Nolen, T: James Cummings)
  3. Chapada (J: Daniel Stackhouse, T: Michael Moronev)
  4. Paradee (J: Craig Williams, T: Danny O’Brien)

Past Winners

All previous Australian Cup winners have proven to be high quality. Here are the last ten:

  • 2021 – Homesman
  • 2020 – Fifty Stars
  • 2019 – Harlem
  • 2018 – Harlem
  • 2017 – Humidor
  • 2016 – Preferment
  • 2015 – Spillway
  • 2014 – Fiorente
  • 2013 – Super Cool
  • 2012 – Manighar

Australian Cup Race

Barrier Draw Statistics

As always in horse racing, the final field barrier draw can prove to be all-important in the Australian Cup.

Australian Cup Winners by Barrier

Barrier Wins
2 4
3 3
4 2
5 4
6 3
7 5
8 5
9 4
10 2
12 2
13 2
14 2

There is a fair spread here. However, 30 of the 38 runnings since 1983 (79%) have come from barriers 2-10. Those drawn wider than that have generally struggled.

How to Live Stream the Australian Cup

As well as the Spring Racing Carnival which features the Melbourne Cup, races at the Autumn Carnival in Australia can be live-streamed by many top online bookmakers.
You may need to have a funded account or place a small bet on the race to watch live.


The most popular questions about the Australian Cup race answered.

How Do I Bet On the Australian Cup?

The TAB and all major online bookmakers list betting odds for this race.

When Will the Australian Cup 2022 Take Place?

The 2022 Australian Cup will take place on Saturday, March 5 at Flemington in Melbourne.

How Long is the Australian Cup?

The Australian Cup is run over a distance of 2000 meters.

Learn more about other Group 1 races in Flemington, Melbourne

If you are looking for other group 1 horse races in Flemington racecourse, read the pages listed below to get more information.

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