Looking for this year’s Australian Cup betting odds, field and form guide? The tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

2024 Australian Cup winner Cascadian
Cascadian successfully defended his title in the 2024 Australian Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Run over 2,000 metres each March at Flemington Racecourse, the Australian Cup is a Group 1 classic run and won since 1863. 

It was previously held on ‘Super Saturday’ at headquarters alongside the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) but was moved to its own feature race meeting later in the month ahead of the 2023 edition.

The Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) held earlier during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival is the key lead-up into the Australian Cup and Fiorente (2014) was the last galloper to complete the double. 

The weight-for-age feature currently offers $3 million in prize money after having its stakes increased for 2023, and many turf greats have taken out the event including in recent times Northerly (2001, 2003) and current race record holder Makybe Diva (2005) best known for her historic Melbourne Cup three-peat.

The late, great ‘Cups’ King’ Bart Cummings famously won the Australian Cup on 13 occasions with his last success being in 2008 with Sirmione.

In 2022 Duais won the Australian Cup before a next-up victory in Sydney’s Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m), while the form was also franked by the runner-up Think It Over who won the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick during April’s The Championships.

The All-Star Mile race currently serves as a key lead-up into the Australian Cup.

Cascadian went back-to-back winning the Australian Cup in 2023 and 2024 and came via the All-Star Mile on both occasions (2nd at The Valley in 2023 and 3rd at Caulfield in 2024).

Australian Cup 2024 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, March 30th, 2024
  • Track Location: Flemington Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,000 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Weight for age
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over (maidens ineligible)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Victoria Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $3,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1863
  • 2024 Australian Cup Winner: Cascadian

australian cup 2024 RESULTS

The official 2024 Australian Cup results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday March 30, 2024. 

  1. #2 Cascadian
  2. #7 Pride Of Jenni
  3. #8 Atishu

The James Cummings-trained nine-year-old Cascadian ($7.50) charged home late to wear down All-Star Mile winning mare Pride Of Jenni and win the 2024 Australian Cup for the second year in a row.

Australian Cup Betting 2024

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Australian Cup, and we have included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Australian Cup
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Australian Cup.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Australian Cup. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Australian 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 Australian 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 Australian Cup to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Australian Cup to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Australian 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 Australian Cup, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Australian Cup in 2024

  1. Login at neds.com.au
  2. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  3. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Australian Cup Betting above).
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Australian Cup 2024 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Australian Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

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Timezone: all times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time

Which Horse Will Win The Australian Cup in 2024

The best way to pick which horse will win the Australian Cup in 2024 is to take into account their lead-up autumn racing form, assess the barriers, look for the proven WFA performers and those with previous wins at the Flemington track.

Additional factors to consider when picking the Australian Cup winner include:

  • Peter Young Lead-Up: From 2014 – 2024 six Australian Cup winners came via the Peter Young Stakes.
  • Lay The Favourites: The favourites in Australian Cup betting have a poor record in the past decade with Humidor (2017) and Cascadian (2023) the last to salute for the punters.
  • Boys’ Club: Since Dane Ripper (1998) the great Makybe Diva (2005) and Duais (2022) are the only mares to have beaten home the boys in the Australian Cup results.
  • Experience Over Youth: The only three-year-old Australian Cup winner since Saintly (1996) was Super Cool (2013).

Australian Cup Favourites 2024

Early favourites in 2024 Australian Cup betting include Lindsay Park’s WFA star Mr Brightside, the mare who beat home home by two lengths last start in the All-Star Mile Pride Of Jenni, and the defending champion Cascadian

Humidor ($4.20 in 2017) followed by Cascadian ($4 in 2023) are the last Australian Cup favourites to win.

Australian Cup 2024 Field

The official 2024 Australian Cup field of final acceptances will be announced the Wednesday of race week and published in full below. 

The Australian Cup 2024 final field features a stellar line-up of autumn stars including Group 1 winner at the track and distance Atishu, Ciaron Maher’s All-Star Mile winning mare Pride Of Jenni, last year’s champ Cascadian, and current favourite Mr Brightside looking to add to his outstanding Group 1 WFA record.

Australian Cup 2024 Tips

Favourite: #1 Mr Brightside ($2.30 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Bet: #7 Pride Of Jenni ($3 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Roughie: #9 Legarto ($14 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Our exclusive Australian Cup 2024 tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview published on the Neds Blog.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR COMPLETE 2024 AUSTRALIAN CUP PREVIEW & TIPS

Australian Cup Race Day 2024

The 2024 Australian Cup takes place at Flemington on Saturday March 30, 2024 as the sole Group 1 race on Australian Cup Day

The key support race at the meeting is the Group 3 $200,000 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m).

Australian Cup Barrier Draw 2024

The 2024 Australian Cup barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above Australian Cup Field section. 

Australian Cup Nominations 2024

2024 Australian Cup nominations close at midday on Monday the 25th of March, 2024 and will be updated below once announced. 

The Australian Cup 2024 nominations are now out led by the three horses that ran the All-Star Mile trifecta last start: Pride Of Jenni, Mr Brightside, and Cascadian.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111222×112 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 1 59kg 118
2 8x62611x21 PRIDE OF JENNI M 6 Ciaron Maher 2 57kg 118
3 Px52021x81 ATISHU (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 3 57kg 114
4 5213x7x943 CASCADIAN (GB) G 9 James Cummings 4 59kg 114
5 1x310x1212 LEGARTO (NZ) M 4 Ken & Bev Kelso 5 57kg 112
6 x12121x131 RIFF ROCKET G 3 Chris Waller 6 54.5kg 110
7 23x2319x46 DOM TO SHOOT G 6 Sean & Jake Casey 7 59kg 109
8 0311632×31 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 6 Danny O’Brien 8 59kg 106
9 60x02295x2 VOW AND DECLARE G 8 Danny O’Brien 9 59kg 106
10 00x1116x84 MURAMASA G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 10 59kg 101
11 7x228x2636 FOXY CLEOPATRA M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 11 57kg 95
12 8x48109x03 ESTI FENY (HUN) G 9 Matthew Smith 12 59kg 91

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Australian Cup Weights 2024

Standard weight for age conditions apply to this race. 2024 Australian Cup weights are announced at midday on Monday the 25th of March, 2024 with weights final acceptances to be published in our above Australian Cup Field section. 

Australian Cup Acceptances 2024

Final 2024 Australian Cup acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 27th of March, 2024 and will be published in our above Australian Cup Field section. 

Australian Cup Jockeys 2024

The final riders announcement is at 1 PM on Wednesday, the 27th of March, 2024 with the official 2024 Australian Cup jockeys to be published in our above Australian Cup Field section. 

Australian Cup Scratchings 2024

2024 Australian Cup scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 30th of March, 2024.  

Australian Cup Prize Money 2024

The 2024 Australian Cup prize purse is worth $3,000,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $1,800,000
2nd $540,000
3rd $270,000
4th $135,000
5th $75,000
6th $60,000
7th $60,000
8th $60,000

Australian Cup Race Number 2024

The 2024 Australian Cup race number is scheduled as Flemington Race 8 at 4:15pm (AEDT) on Saturday the 30th of March, 2024. There are ten races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.

Australian Cup Form Guide 2024

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2024 Australian Cup Form Guide following final acceptances. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2024 AUSTRALIAN CUP FORM GUIDE

Australian Cup Live 2024

You can watch or listen to the 2024 Australian Cup live, across the following mediums.

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

Free to air television: Channels 78 (and 68 in regional areas)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: Racing.com 

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Australian Cup Winners

Winners of the Australian Cup going back to the year 2000 are displayed in the table below. You can find a full list of winners, going back to 1863, right here on our winners page.

Year Winner Trainer/s Jockey Weight Time
2024 Cascadian James Cummings Ben Melham 59 kgs 2:00.05
2023 Cascadian James Cummings Ben Melham 59 kgs 2:01.43
2022 Duais Edward Cummings Joshua Parr 57 kgs 2:00.82
2021 Homesman James Cummings Jye McNeil 59 kgs 2:01.47
2020 Fifty Stars David & B Hayes & T Dabernig John Allen 59 kgs 2:02.18
2019 Harlem David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 59 kgs 2:01.50
2018 Harlem David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 59 kgs 2:00.46
2017 Humidor Darren Weir Damian Lane 59 kgs 2:01.07
2016 Preferment Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 59 kgs 2:03.96
2015 Spillway David Hayes Michael Walker 59 kgs 2:00.09
2014 Fiorente Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 59 kgs 2:03.64
2013 Super Cool Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 54.5 kgs 2:00.93
2012 Manighar Peter Moody Luke Nolen 59 kgs 2:01.22
2011 Shocking Mark Kavanagh Corey Brown 59 kgs 2:00.95
2010 Zipping Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 59 kgs 2:03.69
2009 Niconero David Hayes Craig Williams 59 kgs 2:03.14
2008 Sirmione Bart Cummings Peter Mertens 59 kgs 2:00.82
2007 Pompeii Ruler Mick Price Craig Newitt 59 kgs 2:01.53
2006 Roman Arch Robbie Laing Craig Newitt 58 kgs 2:02.87
2005 Makybe Diva Lee Freedman Glen Boss 55.5 kgs 1:58.73
2004 Lonhro John Hawkes Darren Beadman 58 kgs 2:01.67
2003 Northerly Fred Kersley Patrick Payne 58 kgs 2:01.47
2002 Old Comrade Lindsey Smith Paul Harvey 58 kgs 1:59.89
2001 Northerly Fred Kersley Greg Childs 58 kgs 1:59.46
2000 Intergaze Rod Craig Craig Carmody 58 kgs 2:00.98