While the Australian Cup has been won by a long line of legendary racehorses, we look back at three of the greatest winners: Bonecrusher, Vo Rogue and Lonhro.
The move from handicap to weight-for-age in 1979 (except between 1983 and 1986) re-invigorated the Australian Cup, which has had a glittering ‘who’s who’ of the best racehorses in recent years. It’s impossible to narrow down its greatest winners, and greatest clashes, without omitting a worthy top-three contender.
Makybe Diva, Northerly, Octagonal, Saintly, Better Loosen Up and Dulcify – who ran down Manikato in an epic race – were legendary modern-era winners.
Standouts, arguably, were Bonecrusher, Vo Rogue and Lonhro.
The most memorable aspect of Bonecrusher’s lunging win over At Talaq in 1987 was the great Bill Collins's call. He was indeed the accurate one, labelling Bonecrusher, who dived late, the winner despite most punters fearing the champion had been nosed out.
No horse has stamped themselves on the Australian Cup like Vo Rogue, who won back-to-back in 1989 and 1990 and was second in the Dandy Andy ‘boilover’ in 1988, and also to Better Loosen Up in 1991. His relentless front-running wins, staving off the likes of Better Loosen Up and Super Impose, made him an immortal.
Lonhro’s win in 2004 was one of the most courageous, picking himself off the canvas at the 200-metre mark after a bad check to run down three-year-old Delzao.The racecourse was a sea of cerise flags and banners, with the reception for the Ingham brothers-owned champion among the warmest in Australian Cup history.
Join us for Super Saturday on Saturday 6th March to see who will win the 2021 $1,500,000 Group 1 TAB Australian Cup (2000m). Find out more about the race day here.