Melbourne Cup 2021

Tuesday November 2, 2021

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’.

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.

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 2, 2021. 

2021 Melbourne Cup Results

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

The official Melbourne Cup 2021 results revealing the 2021 Melbourne Cup winner will be published right here once the race is run and won on Tuesday November 2, 2021.

Melbourne Cup Race Info

  • Date: Tuesday November 2, 2021
  • 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.

2021 Melbourne Cup Odds

The latest Melbourne Cup 2021 odds will be updated below as the count down to the iconic two-mile handicap continues.

Melbourne Cup 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Melbourne Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

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.

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.

2021 Melbourne Cup Acceptance Dates

  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations: Closed on Tuesday August 3, 2021 – attracted 174 early entries
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup First Declarations: Closed on Tuesday September 7, 2021 – drew 124 stayers
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Second Declarations: Closed on Tuesday September 28, 2021
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Third Declarations: Closed on Tuesday October 12, 2021 – 60 stayers remaining
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Announced Saturday October 30, 2021 at 4:30pm (local time)
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: Takes place Saturday October 30, 2021 at 7:00pm (local time)

2021 Melbourne Cup Field

The Melbourne Cup 2021 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.

2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations

Early Melbourne Cup 2021 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 2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations close on Tuesday August 3, 2021.

The 2021 Melbourne Cup nominations attracted 174 stayers – the exact same number as last season – including the defending champion Twilight Payment who is one of four for last year’s winning trainer Joseph O’Brien.

2021 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances

The Lexus Melbourne Cup 2021 third acceptances were taken on Tuesday October 12, 2021 with 60 stayers still in the mix including three international raiders led by the reigning champion Twilight Payment for Joseph O’Brien.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x62251x006 REALM OF FLOWERS M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 1 51kg 102
2 x221211251 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 52kg 1.0kg 99
3 7x3112x214 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 3 57kg 1
4 1131×33912 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 9 Joseph O’Brien 4 58kg 1.5
5 x794159x36 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 57.5kg 116
6 0x34x52x3x GOLD TRIP (FR) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 57kg 2.5
7 17x2513x2x SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 6 Andrew Balding 7 57kg 2.5
8 1132113×95 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 54kg 108
9 8111111×11 INCENTIVISE G 5 Peter G Moody 9 55.5kg 112
10 3x6345x321 MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne 10 52kg 1.0kg 4.5
11 329431×009 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 11 53kg 105
12 x3253x527x AWAY HE GOES (IRE) G 6 Ismail Mohammed 12 54.5kg 5
13 4x2606x342 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 13 54kg 107
14 2821121×36 DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings 14 51kg 5.5
15 x86541x084 SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 15 53.5kg 6
16 878333×009 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 16 52kg 105
17 308×826845 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 17 53.5kg 104
18 3x75232x52 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien 18 52kg 100
19 32324×3719 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 19 52kg 6
20 71x610x505 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 20 53.5kg 6
21 1111x6x421 DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 21 53.5kg 1.0kg 103
22 75810×0520 QUICK THINKER H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 22 53kg 6.5
23 15x1244x37 PERSAN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 23 53kg 104
24 43x8511x90 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 24 53kg 103
25 211x2x03x6 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 7 Robert Hickmott 25 53kg 104
26 13616x2x00 DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 26 53kg 103
27 112114×332 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 5 Symon Wilde 27 51kg 100
28 1x07422x47 CARIF G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 28 52.5kg 7
29 241441×060 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 29 52.5kg 7
30 5x57170x50 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 30 52.5kg 103
31 x73590x003 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 31 52.5kg 102
32 0x22x722x5 PONDUS (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 32 52.5kg 103
33 8x663x0003 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 33 52.5kg 7
34 1x1510x060 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 34 52kg 101
35 622x32x057 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 35 50kg 8
36 53x6133x08 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani 36 51.5kg 100
37 34100×6673 FUN FACT G 6 Bjorn Baker 37 51.5kg 8
38 8x0x574x08 SHERWOOD FOREST G 5 Tony Pike 38 51kg 97
39 x855167x03 GOOD IDEA G 7 Phillip Stokes 39 51kg 95
40 x41x81x248 SIR LUCAN (IRE) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 40 50kg 8.5
41 51716×8078 MOSH MUSIC M 7 Archie Alexander 41 50kg 99
42 780x9x5992 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 7 Richard & Michael Freedman 42 50.5kg 9
43 2×54151163 HARPO MARX (IRE) G 6 Bjorn Baker 43 50.5kg 9
44 34×1327515 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 44 50kg 9.5
45 211131×482 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 45 50kg 90
46 122x05x644 ZEYREK (FR) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 46 50kg 84
47 2x547x7713 HASTA LA WAR G 6 Sue Murphy 47 50kg 9.5
48 x121x41x80 AMADE (IRE) G 8 Phillip Stokes 48 52.5kg 102
49 11166×8244 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne 49 52kg 103
50 0x31851447 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney 50 50.5kg 98
51 x0x0558x96 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 6 Aaron Purcell 51= 50kg 89
52 1x2031x27 EMISSARY (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 51= 50kg 80
53 75x55x0111 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg 94
54 5x111733x7 KING’S CHARISMA (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg 76
55 x31222x232 MANKAYAN (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg 78
56 4x2x22x586 PESTO (GB) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 51= 50kg 76
57 00x00x5030 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 51= 50kg 95
58 x79288611x TOKEN SPIRIT G 4 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 51= 50kg 71
59 3×11222117 TOORADIN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg 92
60 388×3116 FORGOT YOU (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 51= 49kg 69

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

The official Melbourne Cup 2021 first acceptances close on Tuesday September 7, 2021.

The 2021 Melbourne Cup first acceptances attracted 124 early entries led in pre-field betting by the Peter Moody-

2021 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

The Lexus Melbourne Cup 2021 second acceptances were taken on Tuesday September 28, 2021.

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 five 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


  • 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 and 12 have both produced 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 14 Melbourne Cup winners were coloured bay most recently Twilight Payment (2020)


  • There has only been 16 female Melbourne Cup winners (13 mares) with Makybe Diva (2005) the last

2021 Melbourne Cup Horses: As The Field Takes Shape

Read more on the 2021 Melbourne Cup Horses.

The Melbourne Cup 2021 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 – 2020 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 – 2020 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), 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.

2021 Melbourne Cup Tips

Our expert team of tipsters will provide the 2021 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 – 2020 six 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 – 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) 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 – 2020

2021 Melbourne Cup Form Guide

A link to the official Melbourne Cup 2021 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

Melbourne Cup Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Race Time
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.