Melbourne Cup 2017

Tuesday November 7, 2017

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

The 2017 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 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 is scheduled as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (local time) on Tuesday November 7, 2017 , 2017.

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

Melbourne Cup Betting & Odds

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 2017 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.

2017 Melbourne Cup Odds

Below are the current all-in Melbourne Cup Odds for the 2017 edition of 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 2014 when German raider Protectionist beat home 21 rivals as an $8 chance.

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.

2017 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights

The very early Melbourne Cup 2017 Nominations closed at midday on Tuesday August 29, 2017 along with those for the Caulfield Cup and are now seen below.

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 1234×21211 ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) H 6 Aidan O’Brien 1 58kg 1.5
2 23x2822x1x HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings 2 57.5kg 2
3 x665111x2x ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott 3 56.5kg 3
4 39x260x34x ADMIRE DEUS (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 4 56kg 3.5
5 x42212x68x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 5 56kg 3.5
6 46x2171x5x ALBERT (JPN) H 7 Noriyuki Hori 6 55.5kg 4
7 181x37x01x GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 7 55.5kg 4
8 12x3361x8x SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees 8 55.5kg 4
9 242x11711x TIBERIAN (FR) H 6 Alain Couetil 9 55.5kg 4
10 13212x322x BARSANTI (IRE) G 6 Roger Varian 10 55kg 4.5
11 1x4011115x GINGERNUTS (NZ) G 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 11 55kg 3
12 1232x1521x MARMELO (GB) H 5 Hughie Morrison 12 55kg 4.5
13 2114x9066x PRIZE MONEY (GB) G 5 Saeed Bin Suroor 13 55kg 4.5
14 1132x11x5x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 6 Andreas Wohler 14 55kg 4.5
15 61x00x518x TAVAGO (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 15 55kg 4.5
16 1x3x45712x JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 16 54.5kg 5
17 3337311x6x JON SNOW (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 17 54.5kg 3.5
18 x11x330x9x BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 18 54kg 5.5
19 0x46x11x8x FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE) G 8 Charlie Appleby 19 54kg 5.5
20 10x8747x46 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 20 54kg 5.5
21 1x2x30x91x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 8 William Mullins 21 54kg 5.5
22 114407x5x8 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 22 54kg 5.5
23 1130x22x3x ST MICHEL (GB) H 5 Sir Mark Prescott 23 54kg 5.5
24 1211x12x9L STAR EXHIBIT G 6 Darren Weir 24 54kg 5.5
25 x37710x24x TALLY G 5 James Cummings 25 54kg 5.5
26 01121x5x7x VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 26 54kg 5.5
27 55x3642x9x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 9 Chris Waller 27 54kg 5.5
28 10×8142444 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 9 William Mullins 28 54kg 5.5
29 1121113×55 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 29 53.5kg 6
30 131x616x6x DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 5 William Haggas 30 53.5kg 6
31 7x2357371x DYLAN MOUTH (IRE) H 7 Marco Botti 31 53.5kg 6
32 33x5126x6x INFERENCE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 32 53.5kg 4.5
33 428×320386 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 33 53.5kg 6
34 9210x71x0x ASSIGN (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 34 53kg 6.5
35 1x37301x3x CHOCANTE (NZ) G 5 Stephen Marsh 35 53kg 6.5
36 9x031x270x GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 36 53kg 6.5
37 80x621x02x GUARDINI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 37 53kg 6.5
38 2x8746Px6x LIBRAN (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 38 53kg 6.5
39 202x024x1x NAKEETA (GB) G 7 Iain Jardine 39 53kg 6.5
40 22x141x40x QEWY (IRE) G 8 Charlie Appleby 40 53kg 6.5
41 1642x6574x RED VERDON (USA) H 5 Ed Dunlop 41 53kg 6.5
42 0312612x0x SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive 42 53kg 5
43 1x212411x1 STAMPEDE H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 43 53kg 6.5
44 11x333233x TRAVELLING MAN (GB) G 5 Freddy Head 44 53kg 6.5
45 11x6248x2x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 5 Hugo Palmer 45 53kg 6.5
46 771135104x ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) G 7 Stuart Webb 46 52.5kg 7
47 2x1240x54x ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 47 52.5kg 7
48 45x12x323x APILOBAR (FR) H 5 Markus & Stephanie Nigge 48 52.5kg 7
49 x5P31111x1 BONNEVAL (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 49 52.5kg 4
50 12652x577x HARPER’S CHOICE H 4 Gerald Ryan 50 52.5kg 5.5
51 282x060x0x SEABURGE H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 51 52.5kg 5.5
52 0x0D71x000 AMRALAH (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 52 52kg 7.5
53 1516510×39 BOOM TIME H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 53 52kg 7.5
54 9P01712x7x THOMAS HOBSON (GB) G 8 William Mullins 54 52kg 7.5
55 5x5174126x VOLATILE MIX (NZ) H 4 Darren Weir 55 52kg 6
56 1x6D130x9x YANKEE ROSE M 4 David Vandyke 56 52kg 4.5
57 11x8400x72 ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent 57 51.5kg 6.5
58 7x39x12x1x ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 58 51.5kg 8
59 0x4231245x CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) G 8 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 59 51.5kg 8
60 31x11111x2 EGG TART M 4 Chris Waller 60 51.5kg 5
61 16151021×7 LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 61 51.5kg 6.5
62 210x14012x REKINDLING (GB) H 4 Joseph O’Brien 62 51.5kg 4
63 3x6905x22x TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 63 51.5kg 8
64 1x4214x83x AMELIE’S STAR M 6 Darren Weir 64 51kg 7
65 384x386x5x HARLEM (GB) H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 65 51kg 8.5
66 670x910x5x HEAVENS ABOVE M 6 Tim Martin 66 51kg 7
67 027530x00x LASQUETI SPIRIT M 4 Lee Curtis 67 51kg 5.5
68 23116x243x NATURAL SCENERY (GB) M 5 Saeed Bin Suroor 68 51kg 7
69 86x315111x PACODALI (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 69 51kg 8.5
70 61x2150x7x WINNING STORY (GB) G 5 Saeed Bin Suroor 70 51kg 8.5
71 31x073x00x BERISHA G 6 Robert Smerdon 71 50.5kg 9
72 228x8x017x DEE I CEE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 72 50.5kg 9
73 x533x0x038 FOUNDATION (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 73 50.5kg 9
74 33946x140x HARRISON (GB) H 5 Mick Channon 74 50.5kg 9
75 624x42x32x KIDMENEVER (IRE) H 5 Charlie Appleby 75 50.5kg 9
76 5x2111x08x MONTOYA’S SECRET M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 76 50.5kg 6
77 9x97860x0x PENTATHLON (NZ) G 6 John Wheeler 77 50.5kg 9
78 5x137x822x RED GALILEO (GB) G 7 Saeed Bin Suroor 78 50.5kg 9
79 1412x3x50x SARRASIN (GB) H 6 Chris Waller 79 50.5kg 9
80 1451x1769x SWEET SELECTION (GB) M 6 Hughie Morrison 80 50.5kg 7.5
81 1214x4233x ADMIRAL JELLO G 5 Kris Lees 81 50kg 9.5
82 2634×54114 ALWARD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 82 50kg 9.5
83 172233183x ANA ROYALE M 4 Stuart Webb 83 50kg 8
84 1x354965x4 ANAHEIM H 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 84 50kg 9.5
85 0x5008641x AUVRAY (FR) G 7 Richard Freedman 85 50kg 9.5
86 1x65123x8x BROADSIDE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 86 50kg 9.5
87 2122612x5x CHARLES ROAD G 4 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 87 50kg 9.5
88 x89141355x CHARLEVOIX G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 88 50kg 9.5
89 22x232521x CISMONTANE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 89 50kg 9.5
90 21x5338x1x COMIN’ THROUGH H 4 Chris Waller 90 50kg 8
91 5225223x5x COOL CHAP G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 91 50kg 9.5
92 1x1x21x32x CROCODILE ROCK (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 92 50kg 9.5
93 23414x0x80 DARABAD (FR) G 5 Robbie Laing 93 50kg 9.5
94 8583x0800x DON DOREMO (NZ) G 7 Robbie Laing 94 50kg 9.5
95 9065227×37 ETYMOLOGY G 5 James Cummings 95 50kg 9.5
96 00x402611x EUREKA STREET G 4 Robert Smerdon 96 50kg 9.5
97 184260x50x FANATIC (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 97 50kg 9.5
98 4112132x7x FIRENZE M 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 98 50kg 9.5
99 x830x33x24 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 8 Robert Hickmott 99 50kg 9.5
100 4121x3811x GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 5 Darren Weir 100 50kg 9.5
101 214x8x GAUGUIN (NZ) G 4 John Sargent 101 50kg 9.5
102 820x076x07 GREY LION (IRE) H 6 Matt Cumani 102 50kg 9.5
103 00x4131x59 HANS HOLBEIN (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 103 50kg 9.5
104 2x34340x46 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 104 50kg 9
105 36x621x32x IMPOSING LASS (NZ) M 5 Bjorn Baker 105 50kg 9.5
106 x9x1735111 KELLSTORM (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 106 50kg 9.5
107 8x2133x02x KHEZERABAD (FR) G 6 Aaron Purcell 107 50kg 9.5
108 x1164x362x KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 108 50kg 9.5
109 1x75459x7x KINEMA (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 109 50kg 9.5
110 41x122x25x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 110 50kg 9.5
111 21155x515x LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 5 Archie Alexander 111 50kg 9.5
112 9520449x0x LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 8 Darren Weir 112 50kg 9.5
113 213x00943x LORESHO (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 113 50kg 9.5
114 000x0x770x MAGICOOL G 6 Tony Romeo 114 50kg 9.5
115 425x05070x MANAPINE G 6 Nigel Blackiston 115 50kg 9.5
116 44x306321x MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 6 Darren Weir 116 50kg 9.5
117 624x128x1x MEGABLAST (NZ) G 6 Nigel Tiley 117 50kg 9.5
118 1483×116 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 4 Darren Weir 118 50kg 9.5
119 24x431431x ONCIDIUM RULER G 6 Michael Kent 119 50kg 9.5
120 2x513x412x OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 120 50kg 9.5
121 85x10x7x4x PENGLAI PAVILION (USA) G 8 Charlie Appleby 121 50kg 9.5
122 x4x8038x9x PRINCE CHERI (FR) H 9 David Vandyke 122 50kg 9.5
123 14x4197x88 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 6 Darren Weir 123 50kg 9.5
124 212x062x0x REGAL MONARCH (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 124 50kg 9.5
125 1x1380x00x RISQUE (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 125 50kg 9.5
126 4124133x6x ROCK ON (NZ) G 5 Gary Vile 126 50kg 9.5
127 748x111x7x ROMAN SON G 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings 127 50kg 9.5
128 41231x2x21 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 128 50kg 9.5
129 x12121123x SAYED (USA) G 5 Chris Waller 129 50kg 9.5
130 5336433×70 SETTLER’S STONE G 6 Troy Blacker 130 50kg 9.5
131 227x090x5x SINGING (FR) H 8 Kris Lees 131 50kg 9.5
132 12x41x750x SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 5 Andreas Wohler 132 50kg 9.5
133 405142142x SUPER HAZE (IRE) G 6 Tony McEvoy 133 50kg 9.5
134 8x3114x TAIKOMOCHI G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 134 50kg 9.5
135 22x0121x6x TIME TO TEST G 7 Tony McEvoy 135 50kg 9.5
136 0702097x5x TRANSFER ALLOWANCE G 8 Peter Roche 136 50kg 9.5
137 241x32x11x UP ’N’ ROLLING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 137 50kg 9.5
138 482x542x9x VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney 138 50kg 9.5
139 1513059x WHEAL LEISURE M 4 Archie Alexander 139 50kg 9.5
140 168x21131x YOGI (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 140 50kg 9.5

This will be followed by 2017 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances on Tuesday October 10, 2017.

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 – 2016 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.

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 – 2016 three internationally-trained raiders saluted in the Melbourne Cup
  • Trainer Robert Hickmott for prolific owner Lloyd Williams prepared two Melbourne Cup winners between 2012 – 2016
  • 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 – 2016

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.

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 .

2016 Melbourne Cup Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 17 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott Kerrin McEvoy 17 52kg (1.0kg) $11
2 13 HEARTBREAK CITY (FR) Tony Martin Joao Moreira 0.2L 23 54kg $19
3 6 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James McDonald 4.45L 12 56kg $5.50F
4 23 QEWY (IRE) Charlie Appleby Craig Williams 6.7L 15 51.5kg (0.5kg) $21
5 7 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 6.8L 20 56kg $26
6 9 ALMOONQITH (USA) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 6.9L 19 54.5kg $31
7 16 BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Damian Lane 7.9L 1 52.5kg $71
8 5 EXOSPHERIC (GB) Lee & Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 8.65L 13 56kg $21
9 22 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Mark Du Plessis 9.4L 4 51.5kg $81
10 1 BIG ORANGE (GB) Michael Bell James Spencer 9.5L 7 57kg $14
11 11 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Ben Melham 9.8L 9 54.5kg $31
12 20 OCEANOGRAPHER (GB) Charlie Appleby Chad Schofield 10L 11 52kg (1.0kg) $9
13 4 BONDI BEACH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 10.75L 5 56kg $13
14 19 GREY LION (IRE) Matt Cumani Glen Boss 13.75L 16 52kg $41
15 12 JAMEKA Ciaron Maher Nicholas Hall 13.95L 3 54.5kg (2.0kg) $8.50
16 15 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Vlad Duric 15.7L 21 53.5kg $61
17 2 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 15.8L 6 57kg $51
18 14 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs 20.8L 14 54kg (1.5kg) $81
19 18 ASSIGN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ms Katelyn Mallyon 20.9L 22 52kg (1.0kg) $51
20 10 GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Blake Shinn 22.15L 2 54.5kg $51
21 21 SECRET NUMBER (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Stephen Baster 22.35L 10 52kg $31
22 8 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) William Mullins Frankie Dettori 24.35L 24 56kg $16
23 3 CURREN MIROTIC (JPN) Osamu Hirata Tommy Berry 27.35L 18 56.5kg $51
24 24 ROSE OF VIRGINIA (NZ) Lee & Shannon Hope Ben E Thompson (a) 99.9L 8 51kg $61

Melbourne Cup Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Race Time
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 $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.