Adelaide Cup

Adelaide Cup, Morphetville

Looking for early info on this year’s Adelaide Cup? The tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Run over 3,200 metres every March, the Adelaide Cup is a Group 2 race, held during the Autumn racing season. With a $400,000 prize purse, it attracts South Australia’s best stayers, with some of nationwide talent thrown in.

If you’re looking for a nice lead in to this race, look no further than the 2600 metre Lord Reims Stakes.

For over a hundred years, the race had been held as a Principal Race, followed by a few decades at Group 1. Since 2007, it has been a Group 2 race.

Adelaide Cup 2021 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Monday, March 8th, 2021
  • Track Location: Morphettville Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 3,200 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Handicap
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 2
  • Operator: South Australian Jockey Club
  • Prize Purse: $400,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1864

Adelaide Cup Betting

There are many different ways to bet on the Adelaide Cup, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Adelaide Cup
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Adelaide Cup.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Adelaide Cup. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Adelaide Cup, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Adelaide Cup, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Adelaide Cup to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Adelaide Cup to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Adelaide Cup to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Adelaide Cup, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Adelaide Cup

  1. Login at
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Adelaide Cup Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Adelaide Cup 2018 results

Place No. Barrier Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Weight Spread
1 4 3 Fanatic David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 57.5 kgs $4.40
2 11 4 Ormito Darren Weir Craig Williams 0.3 lengths 53 kgs $5.50
3 18 9 Poppiholla Darren Weir Dean Yendall 2.1 lengths 53 kgs $21
4 3 6 Double Bluff Robbie Laing Mark Zahra 2.9 lengths 58.5 kgs $11
5 9 14 O’lonera Cindy Alderson Dwayne Dunn 4.6 lengths 54 kgs $10
6 7 2 Exalted Lightning Grant Young Todd Pannell 5.3 lengths 54.5 kgs $9.50
7 17 13 Cuban Fighter Robbie Laing Ben Thompson 6.4 lengths 53 kgs $51
8 6 8 Jim’s Journey Peter Blanch Paul Gatt 6.9 lengths 56 kgs $51
9 1 15 Benzini James Bull Ms Rosie Myers 6.9 lengths 59 kgs $21
10 8 1 Like A Carousel Ken Keys Stephen Baster 9.4 lengths 54 kgs $26
11 10 12 Al Haram David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 10.4 lengths 53 kgs $17
12 15 11 Raindrops On Roses David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 11.5 lengths 53 kgs $12
13 12 5 Tunes Grant Young Clare Lindop 12.7 lengths 53 kgs $31
14 5 7 Pretty Punk Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 14.3 lengths 57 kgs $10
15 14 10 Flying Casino John Hickmott Dom Tourneur 14.4 lengths 53 kgs $101
SCR 13 0 Khezerabad Aaron Purcell Chris Symons
SCR 2 0 Master Of Arts Darren Weir Brad Rawiller
SCR 16 0 Diamond Grace Michael Kent Beau Mertens


Adelaide Cup 2021 Odds

Early market odds are displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2018 edition of the Adelaide Cup here.

All In Win Odds Place Odds

Which Horse Will Win The Adelaide Cup

The best way to pick who will win the Adelaide Cup is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.

Additional factors to take into considerations are as follows:

  • Local Legends – South Australian stayers love to clinch the top prize in this one.
  • Interstate Connection – Don’t discount the out of state visitors entirely though, they have been increasing their win rate over the past ten years.
  • Length Lovers – Experience at distances 3200m and above is essential.

Adelaide Cup Favourites

Early favourites include TBA #1, TBA #2, TBA #3 and TBA #4.

Adelaide Cup 2021 Field

The field limit is 20. Once nominations have been released, we will display the most likely runners in the table below.

Horse Age Sex Past Winnings Trainer

Adelaide Cup 2021 Tips

Favourite: TBC.

Best Bet: TBC.

Best Roughie: TBC.

Adelaide Cup Race Day

Race day takes place on Monday, the 8th of March, 2021.

Adelaide Cup Barrier Draw

The 2021 Adelaide Cup barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race.

Adelaide Cup Nominations

Nominations close at TBA on TBC, 2019.

Adelaide Cup Weights

A handicap applies to this race. Final weights are announced at TBA on TBC, 2021.

Adelaide Cup Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before TBA on TBC, 2021.

Adelaide Cup Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at TBA on TBC, 2021.

Adelaide Cup Scratchings

Scratchings close at TBA AM on TBC, 2021.

Adelaide Cup Prize Money

The Adelaide Cup prize purse is worth $400,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $256,000
2nd $68,000
3rd $32,000
4th $16,000
5th $8,000
6th $4,000
7th $4,000
8th $4,000
9th $4,000
10th $4,000

Adelaide Cup Race Number

The Adelaide Cup is race number TBA on the 8th of March, 2021. There are TBC races in total that day at Morphettville Racecourse.

Adelaide Cup Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2021’s Adelaide Cup has been released.

Adelaide Cup Live

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Adelaide Cup live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Adelaide Cup Winners

Winners of the Adelaide Cup for the past nineteen years are displayed in the table below. For a full list of winners going back to 1979, please check our Adelaide Cup winners page.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2020 King Of Leogrance Gelding 5 years 54 kg 3:24.76
2019 Surprise Baby Gelding 4 years 53 kg 3:25.94
2018 Fanatic Mare 5 years 57.5 kg 3:25.28
2017 Annus Mirabilis Gelding 6 years 55.5 kg 3:24.25
2016 Purple Smile Gelding 5 years 53 kg 3:24.19
2015 Tanby Gelding 8 years 53 kg 3:25.51
2014 Outback Joe Gelding 6 years 54 kg 3:22.09
2013 Norsqui Gelding 6 years 56 kg 3:24.43
2012 Rialya Gelding 4 years 54 kg 3:23.35
2011 Muir Gelding 5 years 54 kg 3:23.46
2010 Capecover Gelding 7 years 57 kg 3:28.8
2009 Zavite Gelding 6 years 57.5 kg 3:22.7
2008 Lacey Underall Mare 5 years 53 kg 3:22.0
2007 Gallic Gelding 7 years 58 kg 3:20.9
2006 Exalted Gelding 6 years 52.5 kg 3:25.1
2005 Demerger Mare 4 years 57 kg 3:21.92
2004 Pantani Gelding 5 years 51 kg 3:27.58
2003 Pillage “n Plunder Gelding 5 years 53.5 kg 3:28.43
2002 The A Train Gelding 5 years 50.5 kg 3:29.37
2001 Apache King Gelding 5 years 51 kg 3:29.70
2000 Bohemiath Gelding 5 years 51 kg 3:24.68