Australian Cup 2023

The Australian Cup 2023 will take place on Saturday, March 25, at the Flemington Racecourse. Here we have the Australian Cup Day live coverage, streaming details, race day schedule, field, and more.

Raceday Overview

Date March 25, 2023
Time 4:20 PM
Racecourse Flemington Racecourse
Race Distance 2000m
Conditions WFA. 3YOs & Upwards
Prize Money $1,500,000

Australian Cup 2023 Race Day Schedule

The 2023 Australian Cup Race Day Schedule will be found below when available:

  • Race 1 – 12:25 pm – Good Friday Appeal Trophy (1100 METRES)
  • Race 2 – 1:00 pm – G3 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200 METRES)
  • Race 3 – 1:40 pm – Rubaroc Grand Handicap Classic (2000 METRES)
  • Race 4 – 2:20 pm – LR ATA/Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000 METRES)
  • Race 5 – 3:00 pm – LR Lexus Roy Higgins (2600 METRES)
  • Race 6 – 3:40 pm – LR Sunlight Classic (1100 METRES)
  • Race 7 – 4:20 pm – G1 TAB Australian Cup (2000 METRES)
  • Race 8 – 5:00 pm – Choices Flooring Handicap (1400 METRES)
  • Race 9 – 5:40 pm – TAB Bets Friends Sprint (1200 METRES)

How to Watch the Australian Cup Live

You can watch the Australian Cup live stream online in multiple ways. This is split among free-to-air broadcasters, pay TV, and streaming services:

Channel 7 has been the free-to-air home of Spring Carnival Racing for almost the last 20 years. You can also watch horse racing events aired by Channel 7 on the 7plus app.

In terms of Pay TV, one of the following channels: Sky Racing 1, Sky Racing 2, and Sky Thoroughbred Central, will broadcast the Australian Cup, most likely Sky Racing 1.

People also have the option to stream Sky Racing through their TAB accounts or Sportsbet accounts. TAB account holders can also use their login with the Sky Racing Active app to watch live racing.

You can also watch the race through the website & app. Registration is required but is 100% free.

People can also stream the races (Racing.Com) coverage through KAYO.

Lastly, most Pubs in Australia will be showing live horse racing, but arguably the best place to watch any Group 1 race is trackside!

Australian Cup 2023 Prize Money Breakdown

The total Prize Money is $3,000,000.

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

Australian Cup Field 2023

Check out the final field:

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Ben Melham 11 59kg 113
2 REGAL POWER John Leek (Jnr) Craig Newitt 10 59kg 109
3 MO’UNGA (NZ) – Scratched Annabel Neasham Daniel Moor 15 59kg 112
4 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 14 59kg 107
5 EMISSARY (GB) Michael Moroney Blake Shinn 19 59kg 104
6 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Beau Mertens 5 59kg 109
7 NUMERIAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Jamie Mott 1 59kg 109
8 MAROCCHINO – Scratched Lou Luciani Troy Turner 13 59kg 103
9 RIGHT YOU ARE – Scratched Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 8 59kg 104
10 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damien Oliver 3 59kg 104
11 POUNDING Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 9 59kg 104
12 LUNAR FLARE Grahame Begg Michael Dee 16 57kg 105
13 EL PATRONESS Danny O’Brien Patrick Moloney 6 57kg 105
14 STEINEM (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 12 57kg 105
15 BANK MAUR Richard Laming Jye McNeil 7 54.5kg 95
16 VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ) Liam Howley Blaike McDougall 2 54.5kg 82
17 YAPHET Cliff Brown   18 59kg 84
18 CAMPIONESSA (NZ) Mark Walker Opie Bosson 4 57kg 103
19 BEAR STORY (IRE) Clinton McDonald Daniel Stackhouse 17 59kg 100

Australian Cup History

The Australian Cup (2000m) is a Group 1 race for open-class WFA horses conducted by the Victoria Racing Club at Flemington.

The time-honored Australian Cup is one of the oldest races in the country, having first been run in 1863 and won by Barwon. Originally a true staying test, the race was run over 2¼ miles until the 1940s.

In 1943 it was slightly reduced in distance so it could start at the top of the Flemington straight and comprise an initial run down to the post, followed by a full lap of the course proper.

The most significant change to the race came in 1964 when it was reduced dramatically to 1¼ miles (now 2000 meters), a move taken by the VRC in order to include more middle-distance stars.

In 2022, Racing Victoria announced the Australian Cup had been pushed back two weeks and would be held on the last weekend in March. Prize money was also doubled to $3 million.

It is the headlining event on the Flemington card, which is now scheduled a week after the All-Star Mile and two weeks later in 2024. Meanwhile, on the same date in Sydney, the Group 1 Tancred Stake and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes will be contested at Rosehill Gardens.

The Australian Cup is Flemington’s final Group 1 event held during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival.

The move worked, with the winners list including such names as Dulcify, Ming Dynasty, Hyperno, Bonecrusher, Vo Rogue, Better Loosen Up, Let’s Elope, Saintly, Octagonal, Northerly, Lonhro, and Makybe Diva.

The leading Australian Cup trainer of all time? The Cups King himself, Bart Cummings.

The legendary trainer won the race an incredible thirteen times with Arctic Coast (1968), Gladman (1973), Leilani (1975), Lord Dudley (1976), Ngawyni (1977), Ming Dynasty (1978 and 1980), Hyperno (1981), Noble Peer (1985), Let’s Elope (1992), Saintly (1996), Dane Ripper (1998) and Saintly (2008).


When is the 2023 Australian Cup?

The Australian Cup will take place on Saturday, 25th March 2023. This Group 1 race is one of 3 on the day, with one in Melbourne and also another row racing in Sydney.

How long is the Australian Cup?

The Australian Cup is a lengthy race of 2000 meters. This length is almost a whole lap of the Flemington Racecourse. Horses tend to run this distance in approximately 2 minutes.

Where is the 2023 Australian Cup?

The race will take place at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. This race is the headlining Group 1 event for the day at Flemington Racecourse.

What time is the 2023 Australian Cup?

The Australian Cup is race 7 of 9 races at Flemington Racecourse. The race will run at 4:20 pm (AEDT) and only last 2 minutes.

What is the prize money for the Australian Cup?

The prize money for the Australian Cup is a share of $3,000,000. Only the Queen Elizabeth Stakes offers more prize money over this distance.

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