The Adelaide Cup is a Group 2 open handicap race held annually on a Monday afternoon in March at Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia during the Adelaide autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 3200 metres with prizemoney of $400,000. The 2019 Adelaide Cup was won by Surprise Baby from Top Of The Range with Naval Warfare third.
Held on the Labour Day holiday in South Australia, the Adelaide Cup is run over the same 3200m (2 miles) distance as Australia's most famous race, the Melbourne Cup.
|Date:||Monday 11th March 2019|
|Track:||Morphettville racecourse, Adelaide|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2019 Winner:||Surprise Baby|
The Adelaide Cup is the premier distance race of the autumn racing carnival in Adelaide and is typically not a high quality affair. It generally attracts the best available local stayers and any interstate horses suited by the handicap conditions. It has not been a great guide to the Melbourne Cup and the last horse to win the Adelaide Cup & Melbourne Cup double was Subzero in 1992.
In recent years the Gr3 Lord Reims Stakes has proven to be the the best guide to horses contesting the Adelaide Cup and those gallopers who place or finish on the heels of the placegetters tend to run well in the Adelaide Cup. Both Capecover (2010) and Lacey Underall (2008) ran solid races in the Lord Reims Stakes on their way to success in this race.
Surprise Baby (2019) ran fourth in a BM84 race over 2000m at Flemington in Melbourne before trekking to Adelaide to win this event in comfortable style for Horsham trainer Paul Preusker.
Recent Adelaide Cup winners include Fanatic (2018) and Annus Mirabilis (2017).
1. $4.80 Surprise Baby 53.0 Dean Holland
2. $10.00 Top Of The Range 53.0 William Pike
3. $4.60 Naval Warfare 54.0 Corey Brown
4. $4.80 Bondeiger 54.0 James Winks
5. $6.00 Lamborghini 53.0 Michael Dee
6. $71.00 Double Bluff 53.0 Fred W Kersley (a/50kg)
7. $101.00 Aagas 53.0 Cory Parish
8. $51.00 Khezerabad 53.0 Jye McNeil
9. $201.00 Exalted Lightning 53.0 Ms Georgina Cartwright
10. $16.00 Franked 53.0 Jamie Kah
11. $151.00 Azurite 53.0 Chris Caserta
12. $41.00 Sylpheed 53.0 Dom Tourneur
13. $13.00 Fabrizio 58.0 Stephen Baster
14. $31.00 Aloft 53.0 Jason Holder
15. $201.00 Bon Equus 53.0 Patrick Moloney
16. $61.00 Olympic Academy 53.0 Raquel Clark
17. $61.00 October Date 53.0 Ms Kayla Crowther
18. $201.00 Henry The Dolphin 53.0 Sairyn Fawke
19. $101.00 Dawn Raid 53.0 Dean Yendall
Margins: 1.7 len, 0.7 len
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Below are recent winners and placegetters for the Adelaide Cup.
|2019||Surprise Baby||Top Of The Range||Naval Warfare||3:25.9|
|2017||Annus Mirabilis||Double Bluff||Master Of Arts||3:24.2|
|2016||Purple Smile||Tunes||Real Love||3:24.1|
|2014||Outback Joe||Black Tycoon||Base||3:22.0|
|2008||Lacey Underall||Cefalu||Tails Of Triomphe||3:22.0|
|2007||Gallic||Lacey Underall||Exalted Time||3:20.9|
|2006||Exalted Time||Tubular Bells||Ista Kareem||3:25.1|
|2003||Pilage N Plunder||Nautilism||Odysseus||3:28.4|
|2002||The A Train||Homewrecker||Silver Baron||3:29.3|
|2001||Apache King||Native Jazz||Bel Air||3:29.7|
|1999||Sheer Kingston||Skybeau||Kingston Way||3:23.8|
|1994||Our Pompeii||Sweet Glory||Top Rating||3:21.1|
|1993||Our Pompeii||Check That Style||Headcutter||3:22.6|
|1992||Subzero||Big Barron||Mystery Adventure||3:22.3|
|1991||Ideal Centreman||Shivas Revenge||Te Akau Pearl||3:22.0|
|1990||Water Boatman||Double Gin||Ideal Centreman||3:22.3|
|1989||Lord Reims||True Finish||The Brotherhood||3:27.0|