Of all the feature greyhound races held across Victoria each year, none have quite the same level of prestige as the Australian Cup. First run in 1958, the first Australian Cup winner was the now much heralded champion Rookie Rebel (1958). The race was run and won at the Arden Street Oval track in North Melbourne. First prize was 1600 pounds. The race now carries a $300,000 winner’s purse. Ever since 'Rebels' victory this race has been held in high regard by owners and trainers across the nation, sitting amongst the 'one to win' set of greyhound races.
Notable winners include race record holder Brett Lee (2001), Blackamoor Lad (1972), Tangaloa (1980) Royal Rumpus (1982) back to back winner China Trip (1992-93), Fanta Bale (2017) and 2023 winner Fernando Mick (in his 100th career start).