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Australian Cup 2019 – Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival

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Melbourne Racing tips on Super Saturday in the middle of march takes us to the Australian Cup, a major feature Group 1 weight-for-age race held at Flemington racecourse in the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. Our Saturday Racing tips will feature this classic 2000m race and our expert Melbourne Racing tips analyst will ensure major coverage in this race worth prize money of $1.5 million.

Melbourne Racing tips Australian Cup past winners

The Australian Cup is a race for the very best middle distance gallopers in Australia and has a long history of producing winners regularly become the superstars of the Australian turf.  Some of those gallopers that have won the Australian Cup include Zipping (2010), Makybe Diva (2005), Lonhro (2004), Northerly (2003 & 2001), Octagonal (1997), Saintly (1996), Better Loosen Up (1991) and Vo Rogue (1990-89). Now that’s a group of serious racehorses.

Melbourne Racing tips Australian Cup – the key stats

The Australian Cup is the “Autumn Cox Plate” and the best weight for age horses in the land contest this group 1 feature over 2000m at Flemington. History suggests the race has a winner profile of being won by an older seasoned weight for age horse. There have only been three 3 year olds win in the last 35 years to win one of those, Saintly. It’s a real stretch for the youngsters to compete.

The winner most commonly (12 of last 18) comes through the Group 2 St George Stakes  (now called the Peter Young) which is run a couple of weeks earlier at Caulfield which was won by Avilius, a short price fav this year. The other lead up races are generally The Futurity and the CF orr stakes. It is worth noting that mares are generally tested as well with only one mare winning in the last 19 years, Makybe Diva.

Avilius is the short priced favourite and destroyed them really in the Peter Young Stakes I guess the fact to consider is only 4 horses have completed the Peter Young/Australian cup double they are Fioriente (2014)  Pompeii Ruler (2007)  Lohnro (2004) and Northerly (2003) have completed the double, an interesting point to ponder whether Avilius is at the level of the others to have done it.

The winner and placegetters from the Australian Cup will then look to head north to Sydney for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival typically for the 2000m Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick worth $4 million.

However that situation is problematic as it will be mighty mare WInx last race and she will start a short priced favourite for this event so Australian Cup horses may choose to go around this event or conversely accept that they are running for second and third place that still has handy prizemoney.

The Australian Cup is race 8 on the big Super Saturday card at Flemington racecourse and the Melbourne Racing tips Australian Cup market for 2019 is as follows:

$1.85 Avilius
$12.00 Rekindling
$11.00 Nights Watch
$14.00 Ace High, Trap for Fools
$17.00 Almandin
$20.00 Sikandarabad
$21.00 Shillelagh
$23.00 The Taj Mahal, Muntahaa
$30.00+ all other runners

 


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