2021 Australian Cup Betting Odds at Flemington racecourse

Saturday, 06 March 2021

The Australian Cup is one of the most historic horse races in Australia, with this Victoria Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race having been in operation since 1867 and the purse is considerable, with A$1,500,000 on the table as far as total prize money is concerned for a race which is run at Flemington Racecourse.

The Australian Cup is one of the biggest races at the VRC Autumn Racing Carnival, with the race originally being a long-distance affair which was run over 2.25 miles although it has been increasingly shortened over the years.

2021 Australian Cup Betting Tips

By 1963, the distance of the Australian Cup had been reduced to under two miles, while it has been run over 2,000 metres since 1973 and it has been a Weight For Age contest since 1987 where there have been some spectacular renewals.

Fifty Stars Among Australian Cup Favourites for 2021.

Fifty Stars won the 2020 Australian Cup and the Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes-trained horse will be back at Flemington for another shot at glory, although the six-year-old is yet to return to the winners’ enclosure in the past four races and it’s clearly a concern for connections.

Last season, Fifty Stars won a Group 2 race a Flemington before obliging as the 6/1 winner of the Australian Cup, although his return to the track was a disappointing eighth place in a six-furlong encounter and the horse has since failed at Caulfield before missing out at Flemington twice more.

It was a decent run in the Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes when finishing second, although Arcadia Queen was the winner on that occasion on 7 November and perhaps the latter is the one to watch this time around.

Arcadia Queen Could Be the Value Bet for Australian Cup

Perhaps the value is with Arcadia Queen who obliged as the 29/20 favourite in early November and looks every inch like the horse with the right profile to win this showdown on the Flemington race card, with the five-year-old having previously won the Neds Stakes at Caulfield back in mid-October.

Arcadia Queen also ran a decent race in the Ladbrokes Cox Plate at Mooney Valley and the Grant & Alana Williams-trained horse could once again lower the colours of Fifty Stars and become the latest Australian Cup champion.

Sir Dragonet was the winner of that particular race and the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained horse surely has claims this time around, with the horse having previously enjoyed a stellar career in the Aidan O’Brien stable before then switching to horse racing in Australia.