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 $6.2 million in prize money, the Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap race in the world and is second in prize money only to the $10 million The Everest held in Sydney in October when it comes to flat racing in Australia.
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 2017 edition of the Melbourne Cup ran as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (local time) on Tuesday November 7, 2017 .
2017 Melbourne Cup Results
- 1st: #22 Rekindling
- 2nd: #7 Johannes Vermeer
- 3rd: #9 Max Dynamite
- 4th: #13 Big Duke
Melbourne Cup Race Info
- Date: Tuesday November 7, 2017
- Track: Flemington Racecourse
- Distance: 3200m
- Conditions: Handicap
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $6.2 million
- First Run: 1861
2017 Melbourne Cup Results
The official Melbourne Cup 2017 Results & Finishing Order for Flemington Race 7 will be provided in full once the race is run and won on Tuesday November 7, 2017 .
The 2017 Melbourne Cup Results saw an all-Irish trifecta with three internationals from Ireland filling the placings in the ‘Race That Stops A Nation’. Trainer Joseph O’Brien became the youngest horseman to win the race, the 24-year-old preparing the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling. Ridden by Corey Brown, who celebrated a second Melbourne Cup winning ride after his win on Shocking (2009), Rekindling became the first international winner since Vintage Crop (1993) to win without a previous lead-up run in Australia. Rekindling relished the 51.5kg lightweight and charged down the middle of the Flemington track to run down Johannes Vermeer, prepared by O’Brien’s master father Aidan O’Brien. The 2015 Melbourne Cup runner-up Max Dynamite returned this year and ran a brave third for William Mullins beaten three lengths.
|1||22||REKINDLING (GB)||Joseph O’Brien||Corey Brown||–||4||51.5kg||$15|
|2||7||JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Ben Melham||0.4L||3||54.5kg||$13|
|3||9||MAX DYNAMITE (FR)||William Mullins||Zac Purton||2.9L||2||54kg||$20|
|4||13||BIG DUKE (IRE)||Darren Weir||Brenton Avdulla||5.65L||5||53.5kg||$21|
|5||18||NAKEETA (GB)||Iain Jardine||Glyn Schofield||6.4L||19||53kg||$41|
|6||21||THOMAS HOBSON (GB)||William Mullins||Ben Allen (a)||8.65L||20||52kg||$21|
|7||4||TIBERIAN (FR)||Alain Couetil||Olivier Peslier||9.15L||22||55.5kg||$31|
|8||17||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Dwayne Dunn||9.65L||7||53kg||$61|
|9||5||MARMELO (GB)||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||9.75L||16||55kg||$7|
|10||12||WICKLOW BRAVE (GB)||William Mullins||Stephen Baster||10.5L||8||54kg||$71|
|11||6||RED CARDINAL (IRE)||Andreas Wohler||Kerrin McEvoy||11.25L||23||55kg||$16|
|12||2||ALMANDIN (GER)||Robert Hickmott||Frankie Dettori||11.45L||14||56.5kg||$7|
|13||24||CISMONTANE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Beau Mertens (a)||12.2L||17||50kg||$41|
|14||23||AMELIE’S STAR||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||12.95L||10||51kg||$26|
|15||15||BOOM TIME||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Cory Parish||13.95L||9||53kg (incl. 1.0kg penalty)||$34|
|16||20||WALL OF FIRE (IRE)||Hugo Palmer||Craig Williams||15.45L||15||53kg||$11|
|17||19||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||Ms Kathy O’Hara||15.85L||11||53kg||$31|
|18||14||US ARMY RANGER (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||Jamie Spencer||16.15L||21||53.5kg||$71|
|19||3||HUMIDOR (NZ)||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||16.65L||13||56kg||$11|
|20||1||HARTNELL (GB)||James Cummings||Damian Lane||28.65L||12||57.5kg||$26|
|21||10||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Glen Boss||30.15L||6||54kg||$34|
|22||8||BONDI BEACH (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Michael Walker||31.4L||1||54kg||$71|
|23||16||GALLANTE (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Michael Dee||99.9L||18||53kg||$91|
|–||11||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||–||0||–||–|
Melbourne Cup Betting & Odds
Early 2018 Melbourne Cup Betting markets on the potential stayers to contest the next edition of the two mile classic were released straight after the 2017 Melbourne Cup results with the two Irish-trained raiders Rekindling (1st) and Johannes Vermeer (2nd) tipped by the bookies as the ones to beat again next spring.
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.
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 – 2017 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 leadup 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.
2017 Melbourne Cup Tips
Our expert team of tipsters will provide the 2017 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.
We have narrowed down a few selections for the big race on Tuesday and they are now outlined below.
Marmelo raced to the top of 2017 Melbourne Cup betting markets following his fast-finishing performance in the Caulfield Cup and he is the horse to beat in ‘the race that stops a nation’.
He always looked as though he would be better suited to the Melbourne Cup and his run in the Caulfield Cup was similar to the Melbourne Cup lead-up run of previous winners Delta Blues and Protectionist.
He won the Prix Kergorlay in France before he made the trip to Australia, which has always been a strong form reference for the Melbourne Cup – and he has the benefit of Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
Wall Of Fire
Wall Of Fire has just managed to sneak into the 2017 Melbourne Cup field and he goes into the race as a genuine winning chance.
He made his Australian racing-debut with a fast-finishing second in the Ladbrokes Herbert Power Stakes and the form coming out of that race has proven to be very strong.
The face that he has already had a run in Australia is a big advantage and he has the turn-of-foot that is required to win the Melbourne Cup.
Big Duke is the best locally-trained chance in the 2017 Melbourne Cup.
He has been racing extremely well during his 2017 Spring Racing Carnival and he did not have a great deal of luck when he was beaten in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day.
Big Duke has a similar profile to 2015 Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance and it would not surprise to see him run a big race at juicy odds.
Tiberian has the chance to become the first international horse since Vintage Crop to win the Melbourne Cup without previously having had a start in Australia.
Owners Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock almost won the Melbourne Cup with Heartbreak City 12 months ago and they have a knack for selecting horses that will run well in Australia.
He was sent to Australia after a career best performance in the Grand Prix Deauville in France and he will have no issues running out a strong 3200 metres.
Early Melbourne Cup tips include looking for stayers proven at the testing two mile (3200m) distance, the class international raiders in the Melbourne Cup field who have travelled down under for the Spring Cups and any horses that finished high up the Melbourne Cup results the previous year returning for a second shot at winning the ‘race that stops a nation’.
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.
2017 Melbourne Cup Field
The official Melbourne Cup 2017 Final Field & Barrier Draw is announced the Saturday before on Victoria Derby Day, November 4, 2017 and will be published in full below as soon as released by Racing Victoria.
The 2017 Melbourne Cup Field & Barriers are now out with last year’s winner Almandin drawn in barrier 14 looking to be the first multiple Melbourne Cup winner since Makybe Diva made history with three wins on the trot from 2003-05.
Hartnell carries the No. 1 Melbourne Cup saddlecloth and 57.5kg top weight as the only Godolphin horse in the Melbourne Cup 2017 field, while Almandin is joined in the line-up by a further five Lloyd Williams-owned Melbourne Cup horses.
There are two mares in the official 2017 Melbourne Cup field with Single Gaze (53kg) and Amelie’s Star (51kg) looking to beat home the boys in the ‘Race That Stops A Nation’.
A total of 11 international Melbourne Cup raiders take on the locally-trained stayers with Marmelo from the UK stables of Hughie Morrison the best fancied in Melbourne Cup betting after an excellent sixth in the Caulfield Cup first-up.
Cismontane carrying the 50kg lightweight from last year’s winning Melbourne Cup barrier (17) was the last horse to make the 2017 Melbourne Cup Final Field following a win in Saturday’s Lexus Stakes. Shocking (2009) was the last to do the Lexus Stakes – Melbourne Cup double.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x2822x1229||HARTNELL (GB)||James Cummings||Damian Lane||12||57.5kg||114|
|2||665111×214||ALMANDIN (GER)||Robert Hickmott||Frankie Dettori||14||56.5kg||112|
|3||212×681352||HUMIDOR (NZ)||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||13||56kg||114|
|4||242x11711x||TIBERIAN (FR)||Alain Couetil||Olivier Peslier||23||55.5kg||110|
|5||232x1521x6||MARMELO (GB)||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||16||55kg||109|
|6||1132x11x5x||RED CARDINAL (IRE)||Andreas Wohler||Kerrin McEvoy||24||55kg||109|
|7||3x45712x23||JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Ben Melham||3||54.5kg||110|
|8||x11x330x90||BONDI BEACH (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Michael Walker||1||54kg||106|
|9||1x2x30x91x||MAX DYNAMITE (FR)||William Mullins||Zac Purton||2||54kg||107|
|10||121x5x7620||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Glen Boss||6||54kg||107|
|11||3642×94491||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||20||54kg||107|
|12||0x81424440||WICKLOW BRAVE (GB)||William Mullins||Stephen Baster||8||54kg||107|
|13||113×550214||BIG DUKE (IRE)||Darren Weir||Brenton Avdulla||5||53.5kg||107|
|14||428×320386||US ARMY RANGER (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||Jamie Spencer||22||53.5kg||104|
|15||6510×39341||BOOM TIME||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Cory Parish||9||53kg (incl. 1.0kg penalty)||105|
|16||031x270x07||GALLANTE (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Michael Dee||18||53kg||99|
|17||746Px61652||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Dwayne Dunn||7||53kg||107|
|18||202x024x1x||NAKEETA (GB)||Iain Jardine||Glyn Schofield||19||53kg||105|
|19||2612×05442||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||Ms Kathy O’Hara||11||53kg||109|
|20||11x6248x22||WALL OF FIRE (IRE)||Hugo Palmer||Craig Williams||15||53kg||105|
|21||9P01712x72||THOMAS HOBSON (GB)||William Mullins||Joao Moreira||21||52kg||103|
|22||210×140124||REKINDLING (GB)||Joseph O’Brien||Corey Brown||4||51.5kg||110|
|23||214×839410||AMELIE’S STAR||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||10||51kg||103|
|24||2325210331||CISMONTANE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Beau Mertens (a)||17||50kg||99|
2017 Melbourne Cup Horses: As The Field Took Shape
The Melbourne Cup 2017 horses for the world’s richest handicap are starting to take shape. Leading-up to Victoria Derby Day, where a final spot in the 24 starter Melbourne Cup field is on offer to the Lexus Stakes winner, there are already at least 18 confirmed Melbourne Cup horses and Melbourne Cup jockeys.
Of the horses inside the top 24 on the Melbourne Cup order of entry for 2017 two are unlikely final acceptors: Gallante and Qewy. That opens up a spot in the Melbourne Cup 2017 field for international Wall Of Fire (24th).
There is likely to be around 10 international Melbourne Cup horses in 2017 including Marmelo and Johannes Vermeer out of the Caulfield Cup results.
Melbourne Cup Horses 2017 Update: Five-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams will run Gallante in the field if there is a wet track. A proven wet-track performer, Gallante was disappointing running 20th to stablemate Almandin in the 2016 Melbourne Cup Results.
Melbourne Cup 2017 Field Update: Qewy could still take his place in the Melbourne Cup field for English-based Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby after an impressive Bendigo Cup win on Wednesday. Qewy ran fourth in the Melbourne Cup results last year.
Melbourne Cup 2017 Jockey Update: Regan Bayliss was originally set for his first Melbourne Cup ride on the Lindsay Park-trained Ventura Storm but the 20-year-old has lost the mount due to suspension. Glen Boss, who rode the mighty Makybe Diva for her record three Melbourne Cup wins (2003-05), has picked up the ride on the Zoffany entire.
Latest Melbourne Cup Jockeys 2017: Zac Purton is booked to ride the 2015 runner-up Max Dynamite who returns from Ireland in the 2017 Melbourne Cup Field. Brazilian hoop Joao Moreira was runner-up on Heartbreak City in last year’s Melbourne Cup results and is on standby for the ride on Max Dynamite’s stablemate Thomas Hobson should the current 26th rated horse make the line-up.
2017 Melbourne Cup Field Update: Qewy has been ruled out of a run and won’t accept for the Melbourne Cup field meaning Wall Of Fire moves up to no. 23 on the order of entry and is guaranteed a run with Craig Williams in the saddle of the international visitor. Godolphin are left with one runner, the Melbourne Cup top weight Hartnell.
Melbourne Cup 2017 Update on Horses Out: Abbey Marie will be a non acceptor for the Melbourne Cup field on Saturday afternoon, trainer Mick Kent and connections making the early call giving Irish trainer William Mullins a chance to have a third starter in Thomas Hobson (no. 24) if the Lexus Stakes winner on Saturday is one of the two runners not Melbourne Cup-bound in the Derby Day race.
2017 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances
The official Melbourne Cup 2017 Second Acceptances closed on Monday October 30, 2017 and attracted 36 stayers including 12 international Melbourne Cup horses. Heading the updated Melbourne Cup ballot is upset Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time, while Hartnell remains in the mix for Godolphin with the 57.5kg top weight. Other key Melbourne Cup second acceptors include the reigning champion Almandin and the gutsy 2017 Cox Plate runner-up to Winx, Humidor prepared by Darren Weir.
2017 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances
The official 2017 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances close on a Tuesday in early October narrowing down the list of potential runners heading towards a spot in the capacity 24-starter Melbourne Cup field.
The Melbourne Cup 2017 First Acceptances featured 55 horses including the likes of upset The Bart Cummings winning mare Amelie’s Star who is allocated a light 51kg weight, last year’s third placegetter Hartnell and the reigning Melbourne Cup champion Almandin who is one of eight still in the mix for five-time winning owner Lloyd Williams.
2017 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights
The very early Melbourne Cup 2017 Nominations closed at midday on Tuesday August 29, 2017 and attracted 140 stayers including the reigning Melbourne Cup winner Almandin and a host of international raiders including early 58kg top weight Order Of St George.
Melbourne Cup Favourites
- From 2006 – 2017 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 Date
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 – 2017 four internationally-trained raiders saluted in the Melbourne Cup most recently Rekindling (2017) from Ireland
- Trainer Robert Hickmott for prolific owner Lloyd Williams prepared three Melbourne Cup winners between 2012 – 2017
- 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 – 2017
2017 Melbourne Cup Form Guide
A link to the official Melbourne Cup 2017 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.
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
|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
- 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.
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.
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.
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 $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 ‘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.