Melbourne Cup 2022

Tuesday November 1, 2022

Ladbrokes Tip: Favourites have a poor record in the Melbourne Cup over the past 30 years or so

The Melbourne Cup is the biggest race run in Australia each year and the two mile classic takes place on the first Tuesday of November as Flemington Race 7 each spring. The highlight of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the Group 1 staying showdown attracts a field of genuine turf stars including a host of international raiders.

Offering an incredible $7.43 million in prize money, the Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap race in the world and is second in prize money only to the $15 million The Everest held in Sydney in October when it comes to flat racing in Australia.

Melbourne Cup Winners & History -

Cross Counter (2018) continued the recent dominance of internationals in the Melbourne Cup results. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Key lead-up races into the Melbourne Cup field each season include the Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) and the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m).

Makybe Diva (2005) was the last horse to take out the Cox Plate – Melbourne Cup double without a run between the two spring majors. She also saluted in the 2003 and 2004 Melbourne Cup results and is the sole triple champion of the ‘race that stops a nation’.

In 2021 Verry Elleegant became the 14th overall mare and 12th individual female galloper to win the Lexus Melbourne Cup improving on a lead-up third in the Cox Plate.

The Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup double meanwhile was last completed by Dunaden (2011) who was the second French raider in as many years to take out the latter after Americain won the same two races the previous spring.

Held on Turnbull Stakes Day in early October, the Group 3 $750,000 The Bart Cummings also offers a Melbourne cup ballot exemption.

The Melbourne Cup race runs over 3200m and is one of the few events still contested over this traditional Cups’ distance in Australia. The Melbourne Cup prize money has increased dramatically over the years since the race was first sponsored in 1985 and stakes went up to $1 million.

International horses are making more and more of an impact in the Melbourne Cup results. The first Northern hemisphere-trained Melbourne Cup winners was the Dermot Weld-trained Vintage Crop (1993), while from 2014 – 2020 five of the seven Melbourne Cup winners were from overseas including in 2020 when Twilight Payment defeated fellow raiders Tiger Moth and Prince Of Arran in an all-international Melbourne Cup trifecta.

Shocking (2009) meanwhile was the last Australian-bred Melbourne Cup winner before Vow And Declare (2019) broke the drought saluting for Australia in the 2019 Melbourne Cup Results.

In 2021 the internationals were again in the Melbourne Cup trifecta with Spanish Mission from the UK running third behind Verry Elleegant and the beaten favourite Incentivise.

There have been many dual Melbourne Cup champions since the first, inaugural winner Archer going back-to-back in 1861-62, but Makybe Diva (2003-05) remains the only triple Melbourne Cup winner in history.

The Melbourne Cup training record is held by former champion horseman Bart Cummings dubbed the “Cup King”. Cummings celebrated his 12th Melbourne Cup victory in 2008 with Viewed.

The closest ever finish in Melbourne Cup history occurred in 2011 when the French-trained Dunaden narrowly held off Red Cadeuax. Dunaden was also the second French galloper in as many years to win top prize after Americain became the first in 2010 for the 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Cup.

From 2022, Sydney will run the $2 million The Big Dance (1600m) race at Royal Randwick on Melbourne Cup Day each year.

The next edition of the Melbourne Cup runs on Tuesday November 1, 2022. 

2022 Melbourne Cup Results

Verry Elleegant (Photo: Steve Hart) |

Verry Elleegant made history as a mare carrying 57kg from barrier 18 to a four length win in the 2021 Melbourne Cup results. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD
  • 4th: TBD

The official Melbourne Cup 2022 results revealing the 2022 Melbourne Cup winner will be published right here once the race is run and won on Tuesday November 1, 2022.

Melbourne Cup Race Info

  • Date: Tuesday November 1, 2022
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 3200m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $8 million
  • First Run: 1861

Melbourne Cup Betting

Melbourne Cup betting markets are available months in advance of the race and these pre-field odds are also known as ante-post or futures markets.

The Melbourne Cup is not only the biggest race in Australian horse racing, but is arguably the most popular event in the country every single year. Even non-racing fans are looking frantically for the best Melbourne Cup odds come race day, with sweeps also occurring in workplaces across the country.

Pre-post betting markets for the Melbourne Cup are available all year round, but the real money is invested in the three days prior to the race. The Melbourne Cup is easily the most popular betting event in Australia and the staggering amount of money wagered on the race means that there is generally great value available for every single runner in the field.

Melbourne Cup favourites have a poor record in the race with the only one to salute for the punters since Makybe Diva (2005) being Fiorente ($7 in 2013). Roughie hopes in Melbourne Cup betting have had plenty of success including most famously in recent years Prince Of Penzance ($101) who scored the upset at triple figures for trainer Darren Weir in 2015.

There were big Melbourne Cup odds on offer for the 2020 winner Twilight Payment who won at 25/1.

The 2021 Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant won at odds of $18 improving on her seventh the year before.

2022 Melbourne Cup Odds

The latest Melbourne Cup 2022 odds will be updated below as the count down to the iconic two-mile handicap continues.

Melbourne Cup Field

The Melbourne Cup field has a capacity of 24 horses with no emergencies allowed for the iconic Flemington Race 7 on the first Tuesday of November annually.

In 2020 the Melbourne Cup field ran with just 23 starters following the race day scratching of King Of Leogrance.

There were also 23 horses in the Melbourne Cup 2021 field after the race morning withdrawal of Future Score.

Prior to that, he last time the Melbourne Cup field ran under the capacity was in 2017 when Rekindling beat 22 rivals after an early scratching from the field a few days before.

A host of lead-up races off a ballot exemption for the winners into the Melbourne Cup final field including the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup. Runners may also come into the Melbourne Cup field via a start in a race like the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup or Group 3 Geelong Cup.

Melbourne Cup final acceptances close on Victoria Derby Day the Saturday prior, which is the first meeting of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, while the early Melbourne Cup nominations are taken way bay in August.

2022 Melbourne Cup Acceptance Dates

  • 2022 Melbourne Cup Nominations: Close on Tuesday August 2, 2022
  • 2022 Melbourne Cup First Declarations: Close on Tuesday September 6, 2022
  • 2022 Melbourne Cup Second Declarations: Close on Tuesday September 27, 2022
  • 2022 Melbourne Cup Third Declarations: Close on Tuesday October 11, 2022  
  • 2022 Melbourne Cup Fourth Declarations: Close on Monday October 24, 2022 
  • 2022 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Announced Saturday October 29, 2022 at 4:30pm (local time)
  • 2022 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: Takes place Saturday October 29, 2022 at 7:00pm (local time)

2022 Melbourne Cup Field

The Melbourne Cup 2022 Field & Barriers will be out the Saturday prior to the big $8 million classic and will be detailed in the section below when it’s made available by Racing Victoria following the VRC Derby Day races.

2022 Melbourne Cup Nominations

Early Melbourne Cup 2022 Nominations featuring a huge list of potential runners in the two mile classic close in late August and will be detailed in full below as soon as released.

The official 2022 Melbourne Cup Nominations close on Tuesday August 2, 2022.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 AIKHAL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
2 9x12310x1x ALCYONE G 5 James Cummings
3 432x80314x ALEGRON G 4 James Cummings
4 2500x3350x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
5 x30412721x ARAPAHO (FR) G 6 Bjorn Baker
6 6080537x6x ATTORNEY (FR) G 8 Matthew Smith
7 x92332117x AURORA’S SYMPHONY G 6 Symon Wilde
8 x3253x527x AWAY HE GOES (IRE) G 7 Ismail Mohammed
9 21x13x187x AYRTON (NZ) G 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
10 1x0111546x BANKERS CHOICE (NZ) G 5 Michael Moroney
11 x115x36x3x BARON SAMEDI (GB) G 6 Joseph O’Brien
12 1x BEL ARISTO (FR) G 5 Fabrice Chappet
13 57041x144x BENAUD (IRE) G 5 Joseph O’Brien
14 1125x1201x BERMADEZ (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney 92
15 714800x48x BLUE CUP (FR) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 80
16 BLUEGRASS (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
17 1x33x BRILLIANT LIGHT (GB) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor
18 x216570x5x BUCKHURST (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 102
19 x9x153515x BUMP’N’RUN G 4 Gerard Betros
20 995312527x BUSKER’S BALLAD G 8 Ryan Balfour 65
21 1016x4x CACOFONIX H 4 Kris Lees
22 x3217x551x CAMORRA (IRE) G 6 Ben & JD Hayes
23 x83309719x CANFORD G 8 Ryan Balfour
24 53x11x CAP DE JOIE (GB) M 4 Nick Ryan 68
25 CHAIRMAN (FR) H 4 Freddie & Martyn Meade
26 41112x730x CHALK STREAM (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
28 3590x0036x CHAPADA G 7 Michael Moroney 104
29 CHICAGO BEAR (IRE) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
30 1x2x CLEVELAND (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien
31 36x613132x COLOUR SERGEANT (IRE) G 5 Matthew Smith
32 111x32711x CORNCRAKE (GB) G 7 Matthew Smith 74
33 54x211119x CRYSTAL PEGASUS (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
34 0x7794230x DADOOZDART (GB) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
35 501111213x DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) G 5 Phillip Stokes
36 3511x7214x DARK DESTROYER (NZ) G 4 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
37 027221564x DARK DREAM G 8 Ben & JD Hayes
38 16x2x00x9x DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 101
39 DEAUVILLE LEGEND (IRE) G 4 James Ferguson
40 x42107x40x DELPHI (IRE) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 105
41 64x067560x DICK WHITTINGTON (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith 70
42 6242x0223x DR DRILL (GB) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
43 610x96117x DUAIS M 5 Edward Cummings
44 DUBAI FUTURE (GB) G 7 Saeed Bin Suroor
45 3x8x4x1x7x DURSTON (GB) G 7 Chris Waller
46 x131416x1x EARLSWOOD (GB) H 5 Maddie Raymond 106
47 21x EL BODEGON (IRE) H 4 James Ferguson
48 ELDAR ELDAROV (GB) H 4 Roger Varian
49 1x2753x35x EMISSARY (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney
50 1x ENEMY (GB) G 6 Ian Williams
51 x00x77529x ENGLISH KING (FR) G 6 Michael Moroney 79
52 3123x7067x ENTENTE G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
53 1x2x3x FALCON EIGHT (IRE) G 8 Dermot K Weld
54 3x2x FANCY MAN (IRE) H 5 Richard Hannon
55 55133x FEARENTLESS M 4 Paul Preusker 66
56 x572x1711x FENGARADA G 5 John Leek (Jnr) 71
57 x71112231x FERAGO G 6 Patrick F Ryan Jnr 73
58 171x50x03x FIRST LIGHT (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
59 1615x4430x FORGOT YOU (NZ) H 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
60 4221x6112x FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
61 x79371211x FRENCH MOON G 5 Symon Wilde 76
62 2x GEAR UP (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien
63 056x12111x GET SHIRTY (IRE) G 7 David O’Meara
64 327x12310x GLINT OF HOPE (JPN) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
65 214x6x611x GLYCON (FR) G 7 Jean-Claude Rouget
66 34x52x3x3x GOLD TRIP (FR) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
67 550x41101x GONE WEST (NZ) G 6 Emma-Lee & David Browne
68 330324474x GOOD IDEA G 8 Phillip Stokes
69 GRAND ALLIANCE (IRE) H 4 Charlie Fellowes
70 2112516x7x GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 104
71 10x438240x GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
72 4x1310x GUNSTOCK (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 80
73 6x42547x5x HARMYSIAN (GB) G 6 Clayton Douglas 73
74 222112x13x HE’S OUR BONNEVAL (GB) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 82
75 x796x1321x HEZASHOCKA (NZ) G 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 92
76 4829x25x3x HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 88
77 026x71324x HINGED M 4 Chris Waller
78 312x322x HOO YA MAL (GB) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
79 x45253131x HORRIFYING (NZ) G 5 Mark & Levi Kavanagh 89
80 311x55226x I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) G 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
81 81x101x IMPULSAR (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 75
82 12x5x6160x INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) M 7 Danny O’Brien
83 4x11144x6x INTERPRETATION (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 95
84 11x IRESINE (FR) G 6 Jean-Pierre Gauvin
85 x30066x05x IRISH FLAME (NZ) G 8 Brett Scott 93
86 7638849x3x IRISH HOMIE (IRE) G 6 Bevan Laming
87 12x515711x IRISH SEQUEL (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
88 8195x0x ITHACAN G 5 Kevin Corstens 60
89 014262116x JEKYLL’N’HYDE G 6 Simon Morrish
90 431x00900x JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 5 Denis Pagan 100
91 4x142x18x KALAPOUR (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees
92 45x432164x KING OF THE CASTLE (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 80
93 0970x3521x KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 8 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
94 057x61306x KUKERACHA (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
95 641123x62x LA DRAGONTEA (GB) M 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 97
96 x5054x101x LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
97 31156753x LE VILLI (NZ) M 4 Kris Lees
98 3x2x LOFT (GER) G 5 Marcel Weiss
99 2111x4125x LONE EAGLE (IRE) H 5 Freddie & Martyn Meade
100 0086583x9x LONG ARM (IRE) G 7 Peter Gelagotis 84
101 712123x21x LORD ARDMORE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
102 9221156x4x LUNAR FLARE M 7 Grahame Begg 101
103 82x529302x LUNCIES (GB) G 6 Kris Lees 94
104 522121x01x MAKRAM (IRE) G 6 Ben & JD Hayes 93
105 22214x112x MANKAYAN (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 100
106 MASTER GATSBY (FR) H 4 Fabrice Chappet
107 1x0x25x10x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 8 Joseph O’Brien
108 341105x89x MEMPHIS (GER) M 6 Michael Moroney 92
109 233x41431x MIDNIGHT BLUE G 6 Danny O’Brien
110 x078x5311x MILFORD (NZ) G 5 Michael Moroney 99
111 2x2x MOJO STAR (IRE) H 5 Richard Hannon
112 x3214x718x MONTEFILIA M 5 David Payne
113 x088x9213x MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
114 1114x3441x MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 108
115 124x51460x MUGATOO (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees
116 1x1x NAGANO (GB) G 5 Roger Varian
117 x72251212x NERVE NOT VERVE (NZ) M 7 Michael Moroney 99
118 NIGHT ENDEAVOR (FR) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
119 36x332510x NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller
120 1253x5211x NOBEL HEIGHTS H 5 Matt Cumani
121 13x NORTHERN RULER (GER) H 5 Andreas Wohler
122 8x7x60211x NUMERIAN (IRE) G 7 Annabel Neasham
123 3x23x OKITA SOUSHI (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien
124 113x06313x OLYMPIC THEATRE (GB) G 5 Richard & Will Freedman
125 562756847x PACKING WALTHAM (FR) G 6 Ben & JD Hayes
126 x08x45743x PALE KING (FR) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 70
127 21x11x PASSION AND GLORY (IRE) G 7 Saeed Bin Suroor
128 1310422x PATERNAL (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
129 44x3730x9x PERSAN G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 105
130 POINT GELLIBRAND (IRE) G 4 Joseph O’Brien
131 POINT KING (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
132 POINT LONSDALE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
133 17x7x2111x POINT NEPEAN (IRE) H 5 Robert Hickmott 96
134 121x04x PROFONDO H 4 Richard Litt
135 3x3x1x RAISE YOU (IRE) H 7 Joseph O’Brien
136 62251x006x REALM OF FLOWERS M 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 100
137 431557320x REGAL LION (NZ) G 4 Annabel Neasham
138 90x9x4411x REGAL POWER G 7 Danny O’Brien 112
139 11x213224x RODRIGO DIAZ (GB) G 6 David Simcock
140 2360x6160x SACRAMENTO G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 98
141 513883x28x SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 7 Matt Cumani 105
142 7x3346x81x SCHABAU (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott 98
143 x44x786x0x SERPENTINE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 107
144 2124x SHARP ’N’ SMART (NZ) G 3 Graeme Rogerson
145 21x0x6472x SHERAZ (FR) G 6 Chris Waller
146 2029x1450x SKY LAB G 5 Paul Perry
147 SKY OUT (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
148 45x01x SKYPHIOS G 3 Rob Blacker
149 1112219x9x SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 95
150 x97321763x SOUND (GER) H 10 Michael Moroney
151 9x6332410x SOUND OF CANNONS (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 67
152 x77885x78x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) G 8 Matthew Smith 97
153 x161645x5x SOUTHERN STOCK (NZ) G 4 Chris Munce
154 x2x34x339x SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 7 Peter G Moody
155 1x510x STAR OF INDIA (IRE) H 4 Annabel Neasham
156 0244x0127x STOCKMAN (NZ) G 6 Joseph Pride
157 6x2026x43x SUPERNOVA (GB) G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
158 1x211x120x SUREFIRE (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
159 009842396x SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 11 Matthew Smith 87
160 1x1x2x TASHKHAN (IRE) G 5 Brian Ellison
161 2x0071113x TEAM CAPTAIN (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani 89
162 33x807x41x TEEWATERS G 4 Archie Alexander 90
163 TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
164 31013x321x THE AMAZONIAN M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
165 1851447x0x THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 8 Michael Moroney 94
166 5x5832322x THROUGH IRISH EYES (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 89
167 121117220x TIGERTIGER (NZ) G 7 Rob Blacker
168 TIMOUR (FR) H 5 Chris Waller
169 x17123426x TING TONG G 4 Kris Lees
170 417x9x170x TOKORANGI (NZ) M 5 Michael Moroney 89
171 114x33219x TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 6 Symon Wilde 106
172 1x8481351x UAREASTAR (NZ) M 6 Fraser Auret
173 30x16x316x UNCLE BRYN (GB) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 87
174 UNITED NATIONS (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
175 3x1x VALLEY FORGE (GB) G 5 Andrew Balding
176 514051141x VARDANI (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander
177 9000x8x00x VOW AND DECLARE G 7 Danny O’Brien 104
178 WATERVILLE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
179 31111x112x WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ) G 5 Danny O’Brien
180 WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE) G 6 Simon & Ed Crisford
181 18x454160x WYCLIF (GB) G 6 Danny O’Brien 82
182 291x24142x YAPHET G 4 Cliff Brown
183 1111114x YONCE (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
184 75232x528x YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 5 Danny O’Brien
185 ZECHARIAH (IRE) H 4 Freddie & Martyn Meade
186 6443x4147x ZEYREK (FR) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

The official Melbourne Cup 2022 first acceptances close on Tuesday September 6, 2022.

2022 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

The Lexus Melbourne Cup 2022 second acceptances are taken on Tuesday September 27, 2022.

2022 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances

The Lexus Melbourne Cup 2022 third acceptances are taken on Tuesday October 11, 2022.

2022 Melbourne Cup Fourth Acceptances

The Melbourne Cup 2022 fourth acceptances are taken the Monday leading-up to Victoria Derby Day, eight days prior to the ‘race that stops a nation’.

Melbourne Cup Facts & Statistics

Below we have a look at some of the key Melbourne Cup facts and statistics ahead of the next edition of the ‘race that stops a nation’.


  • The three of the past six Melbourne Cup winners all carried under 53kg to victory
  • The most successful weight with eight wins overall is 54.5kg
  • Makybe Diva (2005) is the only Melbourne Cup winner to carry 58kgs or more to victory in the past 35 years
  • Verry Elleegant (2021) carried 57kg to victory; the first winner since Makybe Diva (58kg in 2005) to successfully carry more than 56.5kg


  • Since 1924 only 10 Melbourne Cup winners had a first name beginning with a vowel (A = 4, E = 5 and 0 = 1)
  • Since 1924 only four Melbourne Cup winners had a name starting with ‘A’ (Almandin, Americain, Arwon and At Talaq)
  • The only Melbourne Cup winner in history to have a name starting with ‘O’ was Old Rowley (1940)
  • The five Melbourne Cup winners since 1924 to have a name starting with ‘E’ are: Efficient, Ethereal, Empire Rose, Even Stevens and Evening Deal


  • Only 34 Melbourne Cup favourites have won throughout history for a strike rate of just under 21%


  • Four-year-olds have the best strike rate (46 wins) followed by five-year-olds (44 wins)


  • Saddlecloth numbers 4 has produced 12 Melbourne Cup winners following Verry Elleegant in 2021
  • No. 12 is the next best with 11 Melbourne Cup winners
  • The most successful Melbourne Cup saddlecloth number in the last 35 years with 6 wins in Number 6 – most recently carried to victory by Twilight Payment in 2020


  • 11 of the past 15 Melbourne Cup winners were coloured bay most recently Twilight Payment (2020)


  • There has only been 17 female Melbourne Cup winners with Makybe Diva (2003-2005) accounting for three and Verry Elleegant (2021) the latest

2022 Melbourne Cup Horses: As The Field Takes Shape

Click here for our full Melbourne Cup Horses 2022 Profiles

Melbourne Cup Horses |

The Melbourne Cup 2022 horses will be detailed on the dedicated Melbourne Cup Horses page accessible above as we draw closer to the great race.

Melbourne Cup Favourites

  • From 2006 – 2021 just one favourite in Melbourne Cup betting saluted for the punters with Fiorente ($7 in 2013)
  • Makybe Diva (2004-05) was the last back-to-back Melbourne Cup favourite to salute; she also won her first ‘Loving Trophy’ as an $8 chance in 2003
  • Before Makybe Diva the last time Melbourne Cup favourites won back-to-back was Might And Power (1997) and Jezabeel (1998)
  • Since 2006 the worst result from a beaten Melbourne Cup favourite was the ill-fated Admire Rakti (22nd of 22 horses) in 2014
  • Since 2006 only three Melbourne Cup favourites have finished in the money: So You Think (3rd in 2010), Fiorente (1st in 2013) and Hartnell (3rd in 2016)

Melbourne Cup Tips

General Melbourne Cup betting tips include looking for international performers, proven two mile horses and gallopers coming off a top four run last start.

From 2009 – 2021 all but one of the Melbourne Cup winners finished first four in their lead-up run including four coming off a victory.

Melbourne Cup tips can be found everywhere in the lead-up to the race, but the big field, handicap conditions and distance of the race make it very difficult to back the winner. The presence of a number of international horses and a variety of different form lines make it even more difficult to back the winner of the Melbourne Cup, which his why upsets Melbourne Cup results are not uncommon.

Other tips for Melbourne Cup punters is to look at several key lead up races that are considered good guides for Melbourne Cup performance. Pay attention to strong runs in races like the Cox Plate and the Caulfield Cup. Fiorente (2013) followed by Verry Elleegant (2021) are the latest Melbourne Cup winners to back-up off a Cox Plate run both having finished 3rd at The Valley, while Vow And Declare (2nd) was the last Melbourne Cup winner out of the Caulfield Cup.

Another tip for people who are looking to have some fun with different bets on the day need not fear the exotics. Picking the Melbourne Cup trifecta pays extremely well along with other exotic bets including the quinella and first four. For instance this year there is plenty of value in horses that have genuine chances at double figure odds.

2022 Melbourne Cup Tips

Our expert team of tipsters will provide the 2022 Melbourne Cup betting tips below closer to Melbourne Cup Day so stay tuned for the stayers to back and sack for the two mile classic this spring.

Once the final field has been accepted and finalised we will be placing our top tips and selections for the Melbourne Cup here.

The Favourite: TBD

The Danger: TBD 

The Each Way Value: TBD

The Best Roughie: TBD

What Time Does The Melbourne Cup Run?

All times are for the first Tuesday of November and are local.

  • Queensland: 2:00pm
  • New South Wales: 3:00pm
  • Victoria: 3:00pm
  • Tasmania: 3:00pm
  • Northern Territory: 1:30pm
  • ACT: 3:00pm
  • Western Australia: 12:00pm
  • UK & Ireland: 4:00am
  • New Zealand: 5:00pm
  • Japan: 1:00pm
  • Hong Kong: 12:00pm
  • Dubai: 8:00am

Melbourne Cup Form Guide

The Melbourne Cup form guide is poured over by punters right around Australia and the world in the lead-up to the race. The Caulfield Cup is generally considered the major lead-up race to the Melbourne Cup, but no horse has completed the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup double since Ethereal in 2001.

The Cox Plate continues to grow as a Melbourne Cup form guide despite the notable difference in distances between the two spring features. Other races that have produced the Melbourne Cup winner in recent years include the Herbert Power Stakes, the Geelong Cup and the Lexus Stakes.

The Melbourne Cup each year attracts an incredible amount of betting activity and people are always looking out for the best tips to give them the winning edge. The Ladbrokes blog provides in depth racing tips and analysis on a daily basis.

Melbourne Cup Form Facts

  • From 2010 – 2021 six internationally-trained raiders saluted in the Melbourne Cup most recently Twilight Payment (2021)
  • Trainer Robert Hickmott for prolific owner Lloyd Williams prepared three Melbourne Cup winners between 2012 – 2019
  • In 2020 Lloyd Williams celebrated his record seventh Melbourne Cup success as a trainer
  • Fiorente ($7 in 2013) was the last favourite in Melbourne Cup betting to salute
  • Upset Melbourne Cup results are common with blow-out odds on offer for the likes of Viewed ($41 in 2008), Prince Of Penzance ($101 in 2015) and Twilight Payment ($26 in 2020)
  • Barrier 11 has been the most successful Melbourne Cup gate in the past 30 years
  • Triple champion Makybe Diva (2003-05) followed by Verry Elleegant (2021) are the last mares to win the Melbourne Cup
  • Six-year-olds have an outstanding recent record in the Melbourne Cup results with six winning between 2010 – 2021 most recently Verry Elleegant (2021)

2022 Melbourne Cup Form Guide

A link to the official Melbourne Cup 2022 Form Guide will be provided below as soon as the final Melbourne Cup field is announced on the Saturday before the race.

Melbourne Cup Bet Types

Win – The most basic type of bet. Put your money straight up on the runner that you think will win the Melbourne Cup.

Place – Pick the horse that you think will finish in the top three positions but at lower odds.

Each-Way – Put equal amounts on a horse for the win and a place, the equivalent of two bets and you get paid out for both if it wins.

Quinella – Bet on the horses you think will finish first and second in either order. You can also pick for example one horse to finish 1st and then a combination The fewer horses you pick the greater the dividend.

Exacta – An exacta also involves choosing horses that you think will finish first and second but it differs from a quinella in that it has to be the exact order you specify in the bet.

Trifecta – Very similar to an Exacta, but for the first, second and third placings in the correct finishing order. You can also Box Trifecta to finish in any of the first 3 combinations.

First Four – A First Four bet works the same as an Exacta and Trifecta but for the first four runners in finishing order.

Prince of Penzance won the the 2015 Melbourne Cup at a staggering 100 to 1 odds.

Prince of Penzance winning the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos

Melbourne Cup Results

The Melbourne Cup results will be available at just after 3pm (AEDT) on the first Tuesday of November every year. The first three horses across the line draw the largest amount of interest from most punters, but due to the popularity of sweeps there is always interest in the final finishing position of all 24 runners.

Notable Past Melbourne Cup Results

1862: Archer became a back-to-back Melbourne Cup winner defending his title from the inaugural Melbourne Cup of 1861

1930: Phar Lap won the Melbourne Cup – the shortest priced favourite to salute at 8/11 ($1.70)

1941: Skipton saluted in the Melbourne Cup as a three-year-old

1990: Kingston Town set the current Melbourne Cup record time of 3:16.3

1993: Vintage Crop prepared in Ireland by Dermot Weld became the first Northern hemisphere-trained Melbourne Cup winner

2005: Makybe Diva became the first three-time Melbourne Cup winner

2011: Dunaden won in the closest Melbourne Cup result in history defeating fellow international Red Cadeaux

2017: Rekindling became the first international Melbourne Cup winner to salute first-up without a lead-up run in Australia since Vintage Crop (1993)

2019: Vow And Declare (Danny O’Brien) became the first Australian-bred Melbourne Cup winner since Shocking in 2009

2020: Twilight Payment (Joseph O’Brien) handed owner Lloyd Williams with his seventh success

2021: Verry Elleegant (Chris Waller) won the Melbourne Cup as a mare with 57kg from barrier 18 – the first in history from that gate – with a four length success

Melbourne Cup Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Race Time
2021 Verry Elleegant James McDonald Chris Waller 3:17.43
2020 Twilight Payment Jye McNeil Joseph O’Brien 3:17.34
2019 Vow And Declare Craig Williams Danny O’Brien 3:24.76
2018 Cross Counter Kerrin McEvoy Charlie Appleby 3:21.17
2017 Rekindling Corey Brown Joseph O’Brien 3:21.19
2016 Almandin Kerrin McEvoy Robert Hickmott 3:20.58
2015 Prince of Penzance Michelle Payne Darren Weir 3.23.15
2014 Protectionist Ryan Moore Andreas Wohler 3.17.71
2013 Fiorente Damien Oliver Gai Waterhouse 3.20.84
2012 Green Moon Brett Prebble Robert Hickmott 3.20.45
2011 Dunaden Christophe Lemaire Mikel Delzangles 3.20.84
2010 Americain Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer Dupre 3.26.87
2009 Shocking Corey Brown Mark Kavanagh 3.23.87
2008 Viewed Blake Shinn Bart Cummings 3.20.40
2007 Efficient Michael Rodd Graeme Rogerson 3.23.34
2006 Delta Blues Yasunari Iwata Katsuhiko Sumii 3.21.47
2005 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman 3.19.17
2004 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman 3.28.55
2003 Makybe Diva Glen Boss David Hall 3.19.90
2002 Media Puzzle Damien Oliver Dermot K. Weld 3.16.97
2001 Ethereal Scott Seamer Sheila Laxon 3.21.08
2000 Brew Kerrin McEvoy Mike Moroney 3.18.68

Melbourne Cup Quick Facts

Makybe Diva started one of the all-time shortest odds in Melbourne cup betting.

Makybe Diva has recorded a record 3 consecutive Melbourne Cup wins.

  • The Melbourne Cup was first contested in 1861 and was won by the Etienne de Mestre-trained Archer, who successfully defended his crown the following year.
  • Alongside Archer, only four other horses have won the Melbourne Cup more than once; Peter Pan (1932,34), Rain Lover (1968,69), Think Big (1974,75) and Makybe Diva (2003,04,05).
  • The Melbourne Cup was originally contested over a distance of two miles (3219m) but was shortened to 3200m in 1972 when Australia adopted the metric system.
  • Kingston Rule holds the record for the fastest time in Melbourne Cup; taking out the race’s 1990 edition in 3:16.30.
  • The 2015 edition of the Melbourne Cup was won by the Darren Weir-trained Prince Of Penzance; a rank outsider having left at odds of $101 for success. The race also figured as the first time a female jockey was triumphant, in the form of Michelle Payne.

Melbourne Cup Trainer Profiles

Several trainers from around the world have enjoyed success in the Melbourne Cup throughout its rich history and their names have been etched into Australian race history and folklore as a result.

Bart Cummings has trained multiple past winners of the melbourne cup in melbourne cup betting markets.

Bart Cummings is the most successful Melbourne Cup trainer.

Bart Cummings

Undoubtedly the name most synonymous with the Melbourne Cup is that of the late, great Bart Cummings, who secured a record and incredible 12 wins in the race over a long and illustrious career. Cummings saddled his first Cup winner through Light Fingers in 1964 and it fast became clear the trainer was on his way to stardom when defending his crown with Galilee and Red Handed in 1965 and 1966 respectively. Cummings’ record will likely never been eclipsed and he will always be the toast of the Race That Stops a Nation.

Lee Freedman

Prominent Australian trainer Lee Freedman has won the second-most amount of Melbourne Cups having so-far saddled five winners. The trainer’s first triumph came when Tawriffic won in 1989, but his biggest impact on the race undoubtedly came in preparing equine superstar Makybe Diva to two of her three-consecutive successes in 2004 and 2005. Freedman currently trains in partnership with brother Anthony and the pair prepared Our Ivanhowe in the 2015 edition of the race, who was unlucky to be hampered for a run in the final straight.

Dermot Weld

A number of international trainers have made their mark in Australia on the first Tuesday of November, but perhaps none more than two-time winner Dermot Weld. Weld claimed his first Melbourne Cup success via popular stayer Vintage Crop in 1993 but is most famous for preparing Media Puzzle in 2002; partnered by champion hoop Damien Oliver in the wake of his brother Jason’s sudden passing from a fall in track work.

Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Undoubtedly considered Australia’s major series, the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival as the name suggests runs through the season of spring each year; officially beginning in early August and concluding in the late stages of November.

The Melbourne Spring Carnival boasts black type racing each weekend and often through the week and is headlined by the Group 1 races that take place over four days during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

There are also what are known as the ‘Big 3’ Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival races or majors.

The Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) is the first of these contested over a mile-and-a-half (2400m) in mid-October. Won by some of the country’s best staying horses, the Caulfield Cup often figures as the final turning point for horses both local and international ahead of the Melbourne Cup.

The Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) is the country’s premiere weight-for-age race and boasts an impressive $5 million purse. Contested just over a week prior to the Melbourne Cup, the Cox Plate has been won by everything from locals to internationals and even three-year-olds since the turn of the century. Winx is the most famous Cox Plate champion winning a record four straight editions of the WFA feature from 2015-18.

The ‘Big 3’ spring majors finish with the Melbourne Cup over the two miles run as Flemington Race 7 on the first Tuesday of November annually.