Australian Cup betting 2024

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Group 1 Australian Cup winner Hecton Bale. PIC: Paul Munt.

Welcome to our Australian Cup betting guide, including the latest odds, tips and history for the revered group 1 greyhound race, due to be next held at the Meadows on February 10, 17 and 24.

The Australian Cup has undoubtedly been one of the most-revered events on the annual greyhound racing calendar since its inception almost six decades ago.

The race is held over 525m at The Meadows and offered a staggering winner’s cheque of $250,000, which has now be boosted up to $300,000 as of 2020.

The most recent edition of the race in 2023 was won by David Geall’s consistent chaser Fernando Mick at start 101.

Below we’ll run you through everything you need to know about this great race, including Australian Cup news, tips, latest odds and more.

Australian Cup odds 2024

The Australian Cup odds for 2024 are as follows:

Greyhound Win Odds Place Odds
Big Energy 7.00 2.50
Alpha Zulu 8.00 2.80
Flying Zulu 9.00 3.00
Cain Bale 10.00 3.20
Pass The Buck 12.00 3.50
Tim Zoo 12.00 3.50
Explicit 16.00 4.60
Make No Promise 16.00 4.60
Morton 16.00 4.60
Rocket Riot 16.00 4.60
Transponder 16.00 4.60
Here Comes Milli 21.00 6.00
Schillaci 21.00 6.00
Zipping Caleb 26.00 7.20
Zipping Megatron 26.00 7.20

Australian Cup field

The Australian Cup field will be released after the running of the heats on February 17, 2024. You can view the fields for the heats and semi finals in our greyhound racing fields section.

Betting on the Group 1 Australian Cup

Being one of the flagship races within the sport, there is always enormous betting interest throughout the entire Australian Cup series.

All of our best online bookmakers provide fixed odds betting on both the heats and final, with odds released during the week once the final fields and box draws have been announced.

By opening markets so early, punters are able to study the form and shop around between bookies in order to secure the best prices for their chosen runners.

Some bookmakers, such as Bet365 (bet365 review) and Neds (Neds review), also release ‘all-in’ markets, which allows to bet on the winner of the final prior to the heats being run and won.

This can provide terrific value, with inflated odds generally available for several leading contenders and even outsiders you think could play a bold part in the series.

United States Best bookmakers for Australian Cup betting

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Australian Cup news

The Meadows 525m 2024 Group 1 Australian Cup Semi Final 1 170224 Race 5 Morton 29.53
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Albion Park 520m 2024 Group 1 Gold Bullion Final 010224 Race 8 Morton 29.91
Witness the heart-stopping triumph of Morton in the Gold Bullion, a testament to his exceptional talent and unwavering determination. As ...
Postman Pat
Champion greyhound Postman Pat suffers Achilles injury, missing Australian Cup Carnival. Rising stars Tim Zoo and Explicit emerge as contenders ...
The Meadows greyhound tips
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Wentworth Park betting tips
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Top trainer David Geall hits back at greyhound racing detractors
Last month’s Australian Cup-winning trainer with Fernando Mick, David Geall, has time for everyone – except the greyhound racing detractors ...
Ariarne Bale wins Fanta Bale Super Stayers
Daniel Gibbons admits he wasn’t confident when Ariarne Bale was third after going around the post for the first time ...
Fernando Mick after winning Australian Cup
David Geall was not short of reasons why his Australian Cup triumph with Fernando Mick ranks as highly as his ...
Victa Damian
In an ominous sign for rivals, Tony Rasmussen has promised Victa Damian will be even better for the Australian Cup ...
Mepunga Ruby at Albion Park
Trainer Jeff Britton says he was proud of Mepunga Ruby's Albion Park Gold Cup heat win last week after a ...

History of the Australian Cup

The inaugural running of the Australian Cup took place in 1958 when it was run as a handicap event over 675 yards at the old North Melbourne track. The winner was the mighty Rookie Revel, which claimed the feature as the backmarker coming off an eight-yard handicap. Despite finding interference throughout the race, Rookie Rebel came home like a train to defeat Magic Babe by three lengths on the line, earning trainer Wally Hooper £800 for the win.

The event was held over the 675-yard distance at North Melbourne until 1962, with no race held the following year whilst the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association made the move to a new track at Olympic Park. In 1964 the race was run and won over 560 yards, remaining a handicap race until 1965.

The Australian Cup was held at Olympic Park until the closure of the track in 1998. In 1999 it was held for the first time at The Meadows where it was run over 518m until 2001. Since that time it has been held over the 525m trip and has become one of the best Group 1 greyhound races in Australia.

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Fanta Bale winning the Group 1 Australian Cup. PIC Paul Munt

The Australian Cup was the richest race in Australia between the years 1960 and 1962 when it was worth £1,400 to the winner and again from 1964 to 1978. In 1979 it was equal with the Melbourne Cup, with both races being worth a substantial $30,000. In 1983 the prize money was bolstered to $50,000 which saw it once again become the most lucrative event until 1989.

Interestingly, the Australian Cup is a rare feature event on the calendar to have featured a dead heat, with the 2003 running resulting in the judge being unable to split Most Awesome and Blackjack Tom.

Since its inception the race has been won by some of the best greyhounds the sport has seen, with the honor roll boasting names such as Benjamin John (1969), Tangaloa (1980), Eaglehawk Star (1985), Ginger (1989), China Trip (1992 & 1993), Mancunian Girl (1994), Brett Lee (2001), Bogie Leigh (2004), Velocette (2009), Buckle Up Wes (2014), Dyna Double One (2016), Fanta Bale (2017) and West Aussie Tommy Shelby (2021).

Remarkably, the Dailly kennel has won six Australian Cups since 2010, with Lala Kiwi (2022) the latest victorious dog from the training powerhouse.

Group 1 Australian Cup – the recent years

Group 1 Australian Cup honour roll

Australian Cup Past Winners
Year Winner Trainer Time : 525m
2023 Fernando Mick David Geall 29.80
2022 Lala Kiwi Andrea Dailly 29.63
2021 Tommy Shelby Steve Withers 29.86
2020 Fernando’s Riot Anthony Azzoparidi 29.72
2019 Dyna Patty Andrea Dailly 29.58 Race Record
2018 Hecton Bale Andrea Dailly 29.53
2017 Fanta Bale Robert Britton 30.01
2016 Dyna Double One Andrea Dailly 29.75
2015 Luca Neveelk Gerald Kleevan 29.968
2014 Buckle up Wes Edward Medhurst 29.74
2013 Spud Regis Andrea Dailly 29.630
2012 Zara Zulu Rosalyn Hume 30.140
2011 St. Pierre Debbie Cannan 29.90
2010 Dyna Lachlan Andrea Dailly 29.84
2009 Velocette Graeme Bate 29.77
2008 Tasman Queen Robert Britton 29.97
2007 Pete’s Conquest Darren Murray 29.77
2006 Miss Spicy Troy Murray 30.11
2005 Pure Octane Darren McDonald 29.70
2004 Bogie Leigh Leslie Bein 29.92
2003 Most Awesome / Blackjack Tom Dead Heat Max Burdekin | Graeme Bate 30.16
2002 Isa Brown Robert Britton 30.33
Year Winner Trainer Time : 518m
2001 Brett Lee Darren McDonald 29.75
2000 Arvo’s Express Tina Womann 29.92
1999 Mandatario Graeme Jolly 30.23
1998 Fibba Stanley Ralph 30.10
1997 Smooth Rumble Stephen Kavanagh 30.00
1996 Tenthill Doll Harry Sarkis 29.74
Year Winner Trainer Time : 511m
1995 Bonjase Desmond Moodie 30.02
1994 Mancunian Girl Peter Wardle 29.58
1993 China Trip Gary Ball 29.71
1992 China Trip Gary Ball 29.96
1991 Franklin Deano George Bryant 29.74
1990 Spread Eagled Joseph Pearl 29.88
1989 Ginger Salvatore Condo 29.70
1988 Golden Blessing Raymond Rounds 29.59
1987 Regal Post William Salter 29.91
1986 Bright Judge Cesare Costa 30.37
1985 Eaglehawk Star Ronald Gilchrist 29.93
1984 Tangairn D. Fitzgerald 30.22
1983 Drop Of Wine J Hellingman 30.23
1982 Royal Rumpus Albert Smedts N/A
1981 Pete’s Advice J. Thompson 30.3
1980 Tangaloa Joe Hili 30.12
1979 Boundless J. Lew-Fatt 30.51
1978 Count D’Argent R. Johnston 30.19
1977 Listowel Sue W A Fairllie 30.41
1976 Odious J P Coleman 30.69
1975 Ungwilla Lad J Coleman 30.75
1974 Kim’s Monaro R W Doak 30.34
1973 Half Your Luck E J Redpath 30.32
1972 Blackamoor Lad C.Pavli 30.625
1971 Black Diro T W Bleazby 30.50
1970 The Smoother N J Kay 30.375
1969 Benjamin John G S Cleverely 30.063
1968 Swanston Lass E J Turner 30.225
1967 Fawn Nulla L R Price 30.125
1966 Billy Vee J M Tomblin 30.375
1965 Worthing A R Davey 29.938
1964 Old Tops F. McSweeney 30.938
1963 “Not Held” N/A N/A
Year Winner Trainer Time : 675m
1962 Take A Bow P H Thompson 36.408
1961 Copeland S. Barrett 36.688
1960 Meadow Val P. Reid 36.50
1959 Rocky Ros J. Trotman 36.50
1958 Rookie Rebel W. Hooper 36.125