Melbourne Cup 2019

Tuesday November 5, 2019

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 $8 million in prize money, the Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap race in the world and is second in prize money only to the $14 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’.

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.

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 – 2018 four of the five Melbourne Cup winners were from overseas.

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.

The next edition of the Melbourne Cup runs on Tuesday November 5, 2019. 

Melbourne Cup Race Info

  • Date: Tuesday November 5, 2019
  • 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.

2019 Melbourne Cup Odds

Early 2019 Melbourne Cup Betting markets on the potential stayers to contest the next edition of the two mile classic were released straight after the 2018 Melbourne Cup results with last years winner of the race Cross Counter the early favourite in betting. Success by the Godolphin-raced international would see the horse become the first back-to-back Melbourne Cup champion since three-time hero Makybe Diva (2003-05).

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. The 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.

2019 Melbourne Cup Acceptance Dates

  • 2019 Melbourne Cup Nominations: Closed on Thursday August 29, 2019 attracting 152 entries
  • 2019 Melbourne Cup Late Nominations: Close on Tuesday September 3, 2019
  • 2019 Melbourne Cup Weights: Are announced on Tuesday September 10, 2019
  • 2019 Melbourne Cup First Declarations: Close on Tuesday October 8, 2019
  • 2019 Melbourne Cup Second Declarations: Close on Monday October 28, 2019
  • 2019 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Announced Saturday November 2, 2019 at 6:30pm (local time)
  • 2019 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: Takes place Saturday November 2, 2019 at 7:00pm (local time)
  • 2019 Melbourne Cup Field

    The Melbourne Cup 2019 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.

    2019 Melbourne Cup Nominations

    Early Melbourne Cup 2019 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 2019 Melbourne Cup Nominations attracted 152 early entries including the first seven over the line in last year’s Melbourne Cup results.

    Updated Melbourne Cup 2019 odds on the nominated horses are led by the dfending champion Cross Counter prepared by English horseman Charlie Appleby.

    # Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
    1 20x4614x9x ALFARRIS (FR) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
    2 461214253x ALIFEROUS M 4 Kris Lees
    3 834x68x90x AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 8 Anthony Freedman
    4 11x351424x ANGEL OF HEAVEN M 4 Kris Lees
    5 x11x16511x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 4 Gwenda Markwell
    6 53145x143x ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 5 Kris Lees
    7 0x11511x4x AVILIUS (GB) G 6 James Cummings
    8 2x8830611x AZURO (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    9 322x1x2x3x BARSANTI (IRE) G 8 Roger Varian
    10 058x255x2x BASS (JPN) G 6 Liam Howley
    11 1x41x3324x BEAU BALMAIN (GER) H 5 Jim Conlan
    12 622008326x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees
    13 1x1x13x BIN BATTUTA (GB) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor
    14 2x0105110x BIZZWINKLE (NZ) G 6 Patrick Payne
    15 3647623x1x BLUE BREEZE (NZ) G 6 Allan Morley
    16 1x8341469x BONDEIGER H 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    17 2x87400x0x BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
    18 1521x BUCKHURST (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
    19 CALIBURN (IRE) H 5 Jamie Richards
    20 2x3x14093x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
    21 5147225x5x CARIF H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
    22 121x128x5x CASCADIAN (GB) G 5 James Cummings
    23 1x CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
    24 12x1x1x43x CROSS COUNTER (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby
    25 63318919x CROWN PROSECUTOR H 4 Stephen Marsh
    26 210x8131x DABIYR (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
    27 0x2468223x DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    28 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) H 4 Andrew Balding
    29 9x32964x3x DESERT SKYLINE (IRE) G 6 David Elsworth
    30 12x3123x DIVANATION M 5 Tony McEvoy
    31 112x122x DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) H 4 Robert Hickmott
    32 x217549x8x DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
    33 2x DOWNDRAFT (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien
    34 5x53314x0x DURETTO (GB) G 8 Matt Cumani
    35 543140x ECHO LAD G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    36 EMINENCE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
    37 ENTENTE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    38 3111890x8x ETYMOLOGY G 7 James Cummings
    39 86x2x0x69x EXEMPLAR (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
    40 110x51437x FAIRLIGHT (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees
    41 x655x1x34x FINCHE (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
    42 4840x5516x GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 7 Archie Alexander
    43 8888123x1x GIRL TUESDAY M 5 Chris Waller
    44 1102113x5x GLORY DAYS (NZ) M 7 Bill Thurlow
    45 546884x12x GOLD MOUNT (GB) G 7 Ian Williams
    46 4201x6112x GREY LION (IRE) G 8 Matthew Smith
    47 218825616x GUNDOWN G 5 Michael Moroney
    48 x8112x513x HAKY (IRE) G 6 John Hammond
    49 113x12619x HANG MAN (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney
    50 79x818328x HARIPOUR (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
    51 21x4520x4x HARRISON (GB) G 7 Liam Howley
    52 16184x HEART OF GRACE (JPN) M 5 Frank Pangallo
    53 3x16x2172x HOMESMAN (USA) G 6 Liam Howley
    54 84x817333x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    55 x33444658x HUNTING HORN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
    56 x9239x166x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    57 1x IL PARADISO (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
    58 235x55121x ILWENDO (GER) H 6 Matthew Smith
    59 247402255x IN A TWINKLING G 4 Jamie Richards
    60 244x21124x ISPOLINI (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby
    61 712x232x4x JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 7 Liam Howley
    62 73x1x JUST THINKIN’ G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    63 x931911x7x KENEDNA M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    64 911317x22x KEW GARDENS (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
    65 12x141x3x KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 5 Liam Howley
    66 x43236Px5x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
    67 11027x LADY YOUNG M 4 Tony McEvoy
    68 220x34421x LATROBE (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien
    69 3237x4121x LOOKS LIKE ELVIS G 5 Bryan Dais
    70 70x364408x LORD FANDANGO (GER) G 7 Archie Alexander
    71 8x212x231x LYS GRACIEUX (JPN) M 6 Yoshito Yahagi
    72 x2x532202x MAGIC WAND (IRE) M 5 Aidan O’Brien
    73 2x2x15521x MARMELO (GB) H 7 Hughie Morrison
    74 7250x1433x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien
    75 6x192x322x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
    76 4x72x21x2x MEINER WUNSCH (JPN) H 6 Takahiro Mizuno
    77 x211x11x1x MER DE GLACE (JPN) H 5 Hisashi Shimizu
    78 x0254x319x MIDTERM (GB) G 7 Michael & Luke Cerchi
    79 12x0x1322x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
    80 1x1x3x1x1x MORANDO (FR) G 7 Andrew Balding
    81 x131111x5x MOSH MUSIC M 5 Archie Alexander
    82 6212x MOUNT EVEREST (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
    83 0x5110x78x MOUNTAIN HUNTER (USA) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor
    84 11x112131x MR QUICKIE G 4 Phillip Stokes
    85 4341x9x00x MUNTAHAA (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
    86 4x1x72351x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 7 Kris Lees
    87 2x1635678x NELSON (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley
    88 2112x30x8x NEUFBOSC (FR) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
    89 160x34000x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller
    90 3x NORWAY (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
    91 ONCE WERE LOST (IRE) G 4 Lindsey Smith
    92 64x351211x OUR CANDIDATE (IRE) H 5 Kris Lees
    93 4x013x121x OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 9 Kim Waugh
    94 10328x277x OUR VENICE BEACH (IRE) H 6 Liam Howley
    95 1x46797x9x PATRICK ERIN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller
    96 12x332x70x POUNAMU G 8 Michael Kent
    97 138x49x58x PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 7 Charlie Fellowes
    98 425x14941x QAFILA M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
    99 54x44x239x RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 6 William Haggas
    100 1x6x237x4x RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) H 5 Richard Hannon
    101 153x16639x RE EDIT M 4 Chris Waller
    102 0300x1170x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees
    103 x3x3222x2x RED GALILEO (GB) G 9 Saeed Bin Suroor
    104 500x15610x RED VERDON (USA) H 7 Ed Dunlop
    105 192251557x ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
    106 11x RULE THE WORLD G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    107 34100x040x RUNAWAY R 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    108 1953x4554x SAUNTER BOY (FR) G 7 Kris Lees
    109 211x23727x SCARLET DREAM M 4 Mark Newnham
    110 9711575x8x SELF SENSE G 9 David Brideoake
    111 2x1x92321x SHRAAOH (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
    112 5x42170x4x SIKANDARABAD (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
    113 x444740x7x SIR CHARLES ROAD G 6 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
    114 x310x3321x SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees
    115 32x00x048x SOUND (GER) H 7 Michael Moroney
    116 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
    117 12x3x3x41x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    118 622x013x3x SPANISH POINT (GB) G 5 Liam Howley
    119 122x11111x STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 6 Anthony Freedman
    120 x26x536x1x STELLAR IMPACT (JPN) M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    121 3219155x9x STEPS (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
    122 STIVERS (ARG) H 6 Dermot K Weld
    123 x80x56252x SULLY (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
    124 38414x0x3x SUPER TITUS (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
    125 112x216x2x SUPERNOVA (GB) H 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
    126 11514132x SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 5 Paul Preusker
    127 143013215x SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 8 Matthew Smith
    128 1x211x TARWIN G 4 Michael Kent
    129 11x94x TAVISTOCK DANCER (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
    130 TECHNICIAN (IRE) H 4 Martyn Meade
    131 x22470141x THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
    132 1921249x1x THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 5 Shaune Ritchie
    133 453531320x TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney
    134 2x01327x5x TORCEDOR (IRE) G 8 Andreas Wohler
    135 6x0332169x TRANSACT G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    136 16x5233x9x TRAP FOR FOOLS G 6 Jarrod McLean
    137 2x1x TRUE SELF (IRE) M 7 William Mullins
    138 2423x2411x TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) H 7 Joseph O’Brien
    139 03860x7x0x US ARMY RANGER (IRE) G 7 Liam Howley
    140 14x772231x VALAC (IRE) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
    141 431x52390x VERNANME (NZ) H 4 Stephen Marsh
    142 57x2111x9x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
    143 211x36621x VOW AND DECLARE G 4 Danny O’Brien
    144 x220x0404x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    145 13x WESTERN AUSTRALIA (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
    146 11x211x1x WOLFE (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    147 x33x2x6x6x WREN’S DAY (USA) H 6 James Cummings
    148 1x1850x23x YOGI (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    149 276x059x8x YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller
    150 436013x10x YUCATAN (IRE) H 6 Liam Howley
    151 2221x00x7x YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 5 Chris Waller
    152 0x6200013x ZACADA (NZ) G 7 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman

    2019 Melbourne Cup Horses: As The Field Takes Shape

    Read more on the 2019 Melbourne Cup Horses.

    The Melbourne Cup 2019 horses will be detailed both here and on the dedicated Melbourne Cup Horses page accessible above as we draw closer to the great race.

    Melbourne Cup Horses 2019 Update: This is yet to be announced but specific updates on runners will be placed here.

    Melbourne Cup 2019 Field Update: Updates on the field will be detailed here including size and depth.

    Melbourne Cup 2019 Jockey Update: Any information changes on rides for the Melbourne Cup will be placed here once we get closer to Cup Week.

    Melbourne Cup 2019 Update on Horses Out: Any runners that are being scratched whether early or later scratchings will be shown here.

    Melbourne Cup Favourites

    • From 2006 – 2018 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 – 2018 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) was the last Melbourne Cup winner to back-up off a Cox Plate run (3rd).

      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.

      2019 Melbourne Cup Tips

      Our expert team of tipsters will provide the 2019 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.

      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 – 2018 five internationally-trained raiders saluted in the Melbourne Cup most recently Cross Counter (2018) from Godolphin
      • Trainer Robert Hickmott for prolific owner Lloyd Williams prepared three Melbourne Cup winners between 2012 – 2018
      • 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) and Prince Of Penzance ($101 in 2015)
      • Barrier 11 has been the most successful Melbourne Cup gate in the past 30 years
      • Triple champion Makybe Diva (2003-05) was the last mare to win the Melbourne Cup
      • Six-year-olds have an outstanding recent record in the Melbourne Cup results with five winning between 2010 – 2018

      2019 Melbourne Cup Form Guide

      A link to the official Melbourne Cup 2019 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)

      Melbourne Cup Winners

      Year Winner Jockey Trainer Race Time
      2019 TBD TBD TBD TBD
      2018 Cross Counter Marmelo A Prince Of Arran 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.

      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.