Melbourne Cup 2016

Tuesday 1st November

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

The 2016 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. This year the Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday 1st November, 2016. 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.

Melbourne Cup Betting & Odds

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. Only six favourites have won the Melbourne Cup in the last thirty years, while there have been 14 winners at double figure odds.

Hartnell early favourite in the odds for the Melbourne cup betting market.

Hartnell is leading the current Melbourne Cup betting market. Photo by Steve Hart

Melbourne Cup Tips

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.
Some early tip selections can be seen here and the rest of the early odds from the futures market below.

  1. Hartnell $4.60
  2. Jameka $11 into $5.50 following Caulfield Cup win.
  3. Bondi Beach $10

Melbourne Cup Date

What Time Does The Melbourne Cup Run?

All times are on Tuesday 1st November, 2016.

  • 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


Check this page for the Full Melbourne Cup Betting Odds Market

The race was first held in 1861 and quickly became known as ‘the race that stops a nation’. In recent years, the Melbourne Cup has been dominated by international horses and it is now considered the staying championship of the world. The Melbourne Cup has been won by some of the greats of Australian racing like Archer, Phar Lap, Peter Pan, Rising Fast, Galilee, Let’s Elope, Saintly, Might And Power and Makybe Diva.

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 Field

The Melbourne Cup field is released on the Saturday afternoon (Victoria Derby Day) before the race and features a capacity field of 24 runners. The ballot order for the Melbourne Cup is released several months in advance and the winners of the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, Lexus Stakes and Emirates Stakes all earn a ballot exempt entry into the race. The TAB is unable to accommodate over 24 horses in a race and for this reason there are no emergencies in the Melbourne Cup.

2016 Melbourne Cup Field

The barrier draw and final field for the 2016 Melbourne Cup will be released on Derby Day Saturday evening 29th October.

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, but the Mackinnon Stakes is no longer considered as important a form reference. Other races that have produced the Melbourne Cup winner in recent years include the Herbert Power Stakes, the Geelong Cup and the Lexus Stakes.

Melbourne Cup Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • Barriers 4 and 12 have heralded the most number of Melbourne Cup winners; eleven each.
  • 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.

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 2pm (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.

2016 Melbourne Cup Results

The 2016 Melbourne Cup Results will be published as soon as the race runs on Tuesday 1st November.

Melbourne Cup Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Race Time
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 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 with Caulfield’s PB Lawrence Stakes Day 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; highlighted by a total of twenty-one Group 1 races contested under every condition imaginable; weight-for-age, handicap, gender etc.

Each black type race during the Melbourne Spring Carnival figures as either a major goal, or a stepping stone towards a race further into the carnival.

In some instances there is no clear path; a trainer might for example elect to run their horse in either of the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) or Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) as a final point of call before the Victoria Derby (2500m), whereas in other cases the lead-up is far-more obvious; the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) a fortnight prior to the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), for example.

Every Group 1 race is clearly a major prize during the Melbourne spring, however there are a select few races undoubtedly considered the carnival’s featured events.

The Group 1 Caulfield Cup is the first of these; contested over a mile-and-a-half (2400m) in mid-October. Won by some of the country’s best ever 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 $3 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 Group 1 Victoria Derby figures as the carnival’s headline race for three-year-old stayers and is contested the Saturday prior to the Melbourne Cup. The Derby is a key stallion-making race and was taken out by the Mick Price-trained Tarzino in 2015.

Known widely as the Race That Stops a Nation, the Melbourne Cup draws a capacity field of 24 stayers to Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday of November year in, year out. One of the world’s headline 3200m races, the Melbourne Cup is contested under standard handicap conditions and is worth $6.2 million in prize money.