Australian Cup Betting

Hecton Bale
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 12, 19 and 26.

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 2021 was won by Steve Withers superstar Western Australian greyhound Tommy Shelby.

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 Sportsbet (Sportsbet 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.

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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.

Fanta Bale
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).

Group 1 Australian Cup – the recent years

  • Tommy Shelby put the opposition to the sword to win a second group 1 race in the Australian Cup in February 2021, after being heavily backed, following his Hobart Thousand victory. The Western Australian star just pipped Fernando Bluey down the straight at the Meadows to further enhance his burgeoning reputation. The Steve Withers-trained Tommy Shelby overcame box four and charged home late at around the $3 quote. “I’m very proud of the dog,” Withers said. “He’s just an awesome dog. He’s a dog we’ve bred from home, he’s been on the journey, he’s been everywhere, he’s done the job everywhere and he’s really put an exclamation mark on his career. I think he deserves it.”
  • Fernando’s Riot stunned everyone, including trainer Anthony Azzopardi. He not only took down his $2.70 favourite brother Whiskey Riot, who was gunning for his third Group 1 win, but also made history as the first greyhound to take the win from Box 6 since superstar Brett Lee in 2001.

    Fernando’s Riot secured second place coming around the last corner and managed to tackle down Hardaway Winnie to win the cup by a quarter of a length.

    2020 Australian Cup results

    When February 29, 2020
    Where The Meadows
    First Prize $300,000
    Winner Fernando’s Riot
    Trainer Anthony Azzoparid
    Born 28/01/2017 Black Dog
    Owner Annalise Roberts
    Margin 1.54
    Time: 29.72
    Others in finishing order
    Hardaway Winnie, Whiskey Riot, Mister Harlewood, Scatterbox, Aston Cade, Hard Style Rico, and Last Hurrah

  • A never been seen record has been set Andrea Dailly as she lands her fifth Australian Cup win in 9 years with $3.90 favourite Dyna Patty. Jumping straight out of Box 1 Dyna Patty managed to find the lead alongside Black Opium however the class of the daughter of superstar Fernando Bale was too much for Black Opium as she was able to leave a gap of 2 lengths flying past the post at a staggering 29.58.
    2019 Australian Cup Results

    When March 02, 2019
    Where The Meadows
    First Prize $250,000
    Winner Dyna Patty
    Trainer Andrea Dailly
    Born 01/03/2016 Dark Brindle Bitch
    Owner Brendan Wheeler
    Margin 2.75
    Time: 29.58
    Others in finishing order
    Black Opium, Deliver, Bago Bye Bye, Miss Splendamiro, My Redeemer, Dyna Oscar, Shima Breeze

  • Hecton Bale overcame a seemingly unsuitable box eight draw to salute in the most recent edition of the Australian Cup. The black powerhouse wasn’t brilliantly away, but managed to work his way to the front of the pack to win by five and a half lengths in a blistering 29.54.

    2018 Australian Cup results

    When March 03, 2018
    Where The Meadows
    First Prize $250,000
    Winner Hecton Bale
    Trainer Andrea Dailly
    Born 18/09/2015 Black Dog
    Owner Ten Eighty (SYN)
    Margin 1.60
    Time: 29.53
    Others in finishing order
    Hasten Slowly, Opal Nera, Zipping Inglis, Raw Ability, Dyna Forrest, Slick, Chasin’ Crackers

  • Having already won the Group 1 Hume Cup and Rookie Rebel at The Meadows, Fanta Bale dropped back to the sprint trip to record a sensational win in the 2017 Australian Cup. The daughter of David Bale and Ucme Typhoon overcame an awkward draw in box eight and was far too classy for her rivals when stopping the clock in 30.01.

    2017 Australian Cup results

    When March 04, 2017
    Where The Meadows
    First Prize $250,000
    Winner Fanta Bale
    Trainer Robert Britton
    Born 14/08/2014 Black Bitch
    Owner Brendan Wheeler
    Margin 1.40
    Time: 30.01
    Others in finishing order
    Eminent Reality, Aeroplane Bob, Aston Bolero, Matt Machine, Monaro Monelli, Blazin Bomber, Lightning Frank

  • Dyna Double One became the second greyhound in world history to accumulate more than $1M in prize money when taking out the 2016 Australian Cup. The black dog settled in behind Black Frenzy before unleashing a powerful finishing burst, hitting the lead and charging clear to score in 29.75. The win was also monumental in the sense that Dyna Double One was just the third greyhound to achieve the Melbourne Cup – Australian Cup double, joining former champions Tangaloa and Rookie Rebel.

    2016 Australian Cup results

    When March 05, 2016
    Where The Meadows
    First Prize $250,000
    Winner Dyna Double One
    Trainer Andrea Dailly
    Born 14/03/2013 Black Dog
    Owner Brendan Wheeler
    Margin 3.51
    Time: 29.75
    Others in finishing order
    Black Frenzy, Diego Bale, Moreira, Ernest Bale, Aston Bolero, Pop The Cork, Xtreme Knocka

  • Gerry Kleeven celebrated the biggest success in 50 years of training when winning the 2015 Australian Cup with his home bred sprinter Luca Neveelk. The blue dog was poorly away but mustered plenty of pace to draw level with Lamia Bale around the first turn before hitting top gear and sprinting clear to record victory by three-quarters-of-a-length over Quartz Bale in 29.97.

    2015 Australian Cup results

    When March 07, 2015
    Where The Meadows
    First Prize $250,000
    Winner Luca Neveelk
    Trainer Gerald Kleevan
    Born 01/05/2012 Blue Dog
    Owner Paul Kleevan
    Margin 4.46
    Time: 29.968
    Others in finishing order
    Quartz Bale, Hostile, Sisco Rage, Emrys, Samus Allen, Recruitment, Lamia Bale

  • Tasmanian superstar Buckle Up Wes gave nothing else a chance in the 2014 Australian Cup, leading all the way from box seven to score in 29.74. The son of Collision and Everlong Bale defeated a star studded field including Keybow (second), Dyna Nalin (third), Kiss Me Ketut (seventh) and Marcus Joe (eighth).

    2014 Australian Cup results

    When March 01, 2014
    Where The Meadows
    First Prize $250,000
    Winner Buckle Up Wes
    Trainer Edward Medhurst
    Born 06/06/2011 Blaxk Dog
    Owner Johnson Sutton (SYN)
    Margin 5.24
    Time: 29.74
    Others in finishing order
    Keybow, Dyna Nalin, Hallelujay Henry, Musquin Bale, Marcus Joe, Kiss Me Ketut, Innocent Til

Group 1 Australian Cup honour roll

Australian Cup Past Winners
Year Winner Trainer Time : 525m
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