Australian Cup 2017 – Melbourne Racing Carnival
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Group 1 $1.50 million Australian Cup – Flemington, Saturday 11 March 2017
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The Australian Cup is a Group 1 Weight-for-age race held at Flemington racecourse in the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival and is held over 2000m and worth prizemoney of $1.5 million.
The 2014 Australian Cup was won by Fiorente, with 2015 Spillway and the 2016 winner Preferment.
The Australian Cup is a race for elite gallopers and has a long history of producing winners who quite often go on to be stars 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).
The St George Stakes held at Caulfield on Blue Diamond day 28th February is a great guide in recent years with Fiorente (2014), Lonhro (2004), Northerly (2001), Dane Ripper (1998), Let’s Elope (1992) & Vo Rogue (1989) all taking out the St George Stakes & Australian Cup double.
From Melbourne the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival beckons with the 2000m Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick worth $4 million in prize money high on the agenda for the winner or placegetters.