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Australian Cup 2021 Betting Tips, Best Bets & Odds

  • The Australian Cup will be run on Saturday, March 6
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Australian Cup Betting Tips
Fifty Stars is looking for back-to-back victories in the Australian Cup. (Getty)
Justin Darcy 03 Mar 2021
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Despite falling just short of victory in last Saturday's Blamey Stakes, Fifty Stars will be following a familiar pattern which saw him take out the 2020 edition of this race.

This is a much weaker race than what he faced and won last year, so he is the deserved favourite in the event.

Paradee keeps on running well while Steel Prince and Chapada were both very good behind that Mare last start and look to improve again second-up.

2021 Australian Cup Odds

1Humidor (NZ)Chris WallerDamian Lane12$18
2Harlem (GB)Tom Dabernig & Ben HayesMichael Walker7$31
3Fifty Stars (IRE)Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen3$4.60
4Homesman (USA)Anthony & Sam FreedmanJye McNeil14$15
5WarningAnthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver15$41
6Angel Of TruthMichael, Wayne & John HawkesWilliam Pike13$19
7Best Of Days (GB)James CummingsLuke Nolen17$26
8Steel Prince (IRE)Anthony & Sam Freedman Jamie Kah11$12
9ChapadaMichael MoroneyDaniel Stackhouse9$21
10PlatoonNeville ParnhamBrad Parnham10$31
11Shared Ambition (IRE)Chris WallerMark Zahra2$10
12Defibrillate (NZ)Patrick PayneBilly Egan4$13
13San Huberto (IRE)Matt CumaniDean Yendall6$26
14NonconformistGrahame BeggLuke Currie16$10
15Miami Bound (NZ)Danny O'BrienDaniel Moor8$51
16Miss SiskaMatthew SmithMichael Dee5$31
17ParadeeDanny O'Brien Craig Williams1$6
Odds courtesy of bet365 & correct at 9.45pm on 03/03/2021.

2021 Australian Cup Tips

Australian Cup 2021 Best Bet - Fifty Stars

I do not see him being beaten in this race to be honest, as a very good horse that is facing opposition who have been okay in weak WFA races and Handicaps.

Fifty Stars was the winner of this last year in a much stronger edition off the back of a Blamey win and was second in that race this year in what was a stronger edition, so arguably that runner-up was better than the win last year heading into this.

Barrier three is the slight concern as he can get buried away in the run and will need a good ride to find the galloping room to finish over the top.

The last time he saw 2000m at Flemington was when he finished second to Arcadia Queen, beating home Melody Belle in a Mackinnon Stakes, so we are talking Australia's best WFA horses here.

Australian Cup 2021 Next Best Bet - Paradee

Is the main danger if she can hold her form for just one more run, as she was simply too good in the Peter Young Stakes and I only see two horses (Steel Prince and Chapada) possibly turning the tables on her here if she turns up again.

Paradee  has come on in leaps and bounds all prep, running well at Stakes level through the spring and summer before heading up to Queensland to win two Magic Millions races.

Barrier one could not be anymore perfect for this Mare who will lead them up and try to hold off the late charger, saving the energy and being able to dictate the race to be run her way.

I do feel she will drift closer to jump time (make use of the bet365 Ods Drift Protector)  but based on her form alone and not looking too much into how long this prep has been, she is the main danger.

Australian Cup 2021 Value Bet - Steel Prince

I was very impressed with the run of this gelding in the Peter Young Stakes where he held on well when sitting near the pace.

He nearly took out the Naturalism second-up last prep off the back of an average effort first-up, so he looks much fitter this time around and possibly ready to perform like his third-up run last prep when he was incredibly stiff not to beat Persan in the Bart Cummings.

We know when Jamie Kah hops on a Freedman horse it means business, the strike rate is through the roof, so again this is a positive lead.

Steel Prince will likely have to settle a little further back than last start due to the wide gate, but he is quite versatile and if timed to perfection, can be in the charging brigade.

Australian Cup 2021 FAQs

When is the 2021 Australian Cup?

The 2021 Australian Cup is scheduled to start at 4.45pm (AEDT) on Saturday, March 6.

It will run as Race 8 on the Flemington program.

How can I live stream the Australian Cup?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Australian Cup and all other Australian horse races.

Who won the 2020 Australian Cup?

Fifty Stars won the 2020 Australian Cup.

What distance is the Australian Cup?

The Australian Cup is run over a distance of 2000 metres.

What is the Australian Cup worth?

The Australian Cup is worth a total of $1,500,000.

$900,000 of that goes to the winner.



We want to be on the proven Group One WFA horse in the race and that is Fifty Stars.

Best Bet: Fifty Stars To Win @300.00 at BetMGM - 10 Units

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