A race that has been tinkered with multiple times in the history of the event, in 2016 the race will be held at its usual home of Flemington. Run over 2000m, it is held under weight-for-age conditions and is one of six races on the Australian G1 calendar held under the same conditions and distance.
In 2016 the race will offer $1.5 million in total stakes with the winner to receive a cheque for $900,000. The race received G1 staus in 1979 and since that time has been won by the likes of Lonhro, Northerly, Octagonal, Better Loosen Up and Bonecrusher.
The Australian Cup forms a part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
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|Australian Cup Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 12th March 2016|
|Race Time:||15:30 AEST|
|Race Type:||Weight For Age|
|2016 Australian Cup Odds|
|8||AWESOME ROCK||2ND||$5.40 (pl)|
|9||RISING ROMANCE||3RD||$3.00 (pl)|
MOURINHO should lead with FENWAY sitting just off him. AWESOME ROCK raced forward in the spring and may come across from barrier nine to settle in the first few. SUAVITO is likely to be just off them.
BOW CREEK overcame a checkered passage in the straight to impressively claim the Peter Young Stakes second up. He had no luck fresh. The wide alley means he is likely to settle worse than midfield, but it should also ensure he gets a clear run in the straight.
PREFERMENT won the Turnbull Stakes in the spring at his only run over this course and distance. He worked to the line well first up when four lengths from Winx. He is likely to be making his run with Bow Creek.
OUR IVANHOWE ran out of room late and could have finished second to Bow Creek when resuming. The rise to 2000m suits. The three mares have claims but also convictions.
RISING ROMANCE ran well second up, but hasn’t won in 13 Australian runs since claiming the 2014 ATC Oaks.
SUAVITO is racing well, has won over this course and distance but jumps from 1400m to 2000m.
FENWAY finished runner-up to Bow Creek in a good on-pace effort. However, a few of those behind her and the winner may have her covered this time.
Tasting success in Australia for the first time last start at Caulfield in the G2 Peter Young Stakes, Bow Creek has now had 4 starts in Australia for 1 win and 1 2nd. Arriving in 2015 to target the Spring Carnival, the 5YO entire had his 1st race start in the G2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley and finished a half-length 2nd behind Turn Me Loose. Next start was in the G1 Emirates Stakes where he finished down the track, never really getting into the race. His Autumn opened when 3.3 lengths from the winner in a bunched Orr Stakes finish and followed with his 2nd up win in the Young Stakes He has been well supported both at the all-in market and since the final field was declared to be the dominant favourite.
The 5YO mare has developed a strong record since turning 4 with the Spring carnival of 2014 signalling her arrival as a quality race mare. That campaign netted a 3rd in the G3 Ladys Day Vase and wins in the G3 Tesio Stakes and G2 Matriarch Stakes. Returning in the Autumn she won 1st up in the G1 Futurity, scored again in the G2 Blamey Stakes and at her 3rd and last run for the year she finished 7th in the G1 Doncaster. Returning in 2016 she landed the 2nd G1 of her career with a win in the C F Orr Stakes and at her latest run she was 3rd to Turn Me Loose in the Futurity. One from one at the track and distance, she will be hoping for a good track where her record is 15: 7-3-4.
Breaking his maiden status in the 2014 VRC Derby, Preferment has only recorded 3 wins in his career, however 2 of them are at G1 level with the other at G2 and since his Derby win he has never competed in anything less than Group 2 status. He resumed with a 4 length 4th behind top mare Winx in the G1 Chipping Norton and gets out to 2000m here which is ideal. He likes the spacious Flemington surface and from 3 starts there has recorded 2 wins. From his only run at 2000m on the track he was successful in the G1 Turnbull Stakes last Spring with a strong finishing burst and boasts the powerful Waller/Bowman combination.
A proven G1 winner over 2000m, Fenway finished just 1 ½ lengths from Bow Creek in the Peter Young Stakes when finishing 2nd. That run was her 2nd up run after finishing mid-field in the C F Orr, coming into that without a trial, she should be nearing a peak. In the Spring she was a winner of the G2 Stocks Stakes and then closed out her campaign with a three-quarter length 2nd to Politeness in the G1 Myer Classic. Drawing a nice alley here she should be able to settle handy to the lead, the way she likes to race.
The Australian Cup is a Group 1 weight-for-age race that takes place during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. Held at the first-class Flemington Racecourse, it is part of Australian Cup Day, alongside other prominent feature events, including the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap and the Group 2 VRC Sires Produce Stakes. It covers a distance of 2000m and offers $1 million in prize money, attracting some of the best stayers in the country. From its inception in 1863 to 1962, the race was contested over 3600m, as Australia’s premier distance race, given it was longer than the Melbourne Cup. It was reduced to 3200m in 1963 and one year later it was run over the current distance of 2000m. Originally a Handicap Race, the Australian Cup became a Group 1 in 1979. It’s been that way ever since, except for 1982-86 when it temporarily reverted back to a handicap.
The glamour staying event has been won by many great horses over the years including; Fiorente (2014), Zipping (2010), Lonhro (2004), Northerly (2001/03), Octagonal (1997), Saintly (1996), Let’s Elope (1992), Better Loosen Up (1991), Vo Rogue (1989/90), Bonecrusher (1987), Hyperno (1981), Ming Dynasty (1978/80) and Leilani (1975). But triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva overshadowed them all in 2005 by not only winning the race, but stopping the clock at 1:58:73 seconds, beating Northerly’s previous course record in the event. The Australian Cup is the autumn equivalent of the weight-for-age championship, the Group 1 Cox Plate, run over 2040m at Moonee Valley in the spring.
|2016||PREFERMENT||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||02:03.9|
|2015||SPILLWAY||MICHAEL WALKER||DAVID HAYES||02:00.0|
|2014||FIORENTE||DAMIEN OLIVER||GAI WATERHOUSE||02:03.6|
|2013||SUPER COOL||MICHAEL RODD||MARK KAVANAGH||02:00.9|
|2012||MANIGHAR||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||02:01.2|
|2011||SHOCKING||COREY BROWN||MARK KAVANAGH||02:00.9|
|2010||ZIPPING||NICHOLAS HALL||ROBERT HICKMOTT||02:03.6|
|2009||NICONERO||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DAVID HAYES||02:03.1|
|2008||SIRMIONE||PETER MERTENS||BART CUMMINGS||02:00.8|
|2007||POMPEII RULER||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||02:01.5|
|2006||ROMAN ARCH||CRAIG NEWITT||ROBBIE LAING||02:02.8|