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 2018 edition of the Melbourne Cup ran as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (local time) on Tuesday November 6, 2018.
2018 Melbourne Cup Results
- 1st: Cross Counter
- 2nd: Marmelo
- 3rd: A Prince Of Arran
- 4th: Finche
Melbourne Cup Race Info
- Date: Tuesday November 6, 2018
- Track: Flemington Racecourse
- Distance: 3200m
- Conditions: Handicap
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $6.2 million
- First Run: 1861
2018 Melbourne Cup Results
The official Melbourne Cup 2018 Results & Finishing Order for Flemington Race 7 will be provided in full once the race is run and run on Tuesday November 6, 2018.
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.
The results for the 2018 edition of the race will be available here as soon as the race has been concluded.
|1||23||CROSS COUNTER (GB)||Charlie Appleby||Kerrin McEvoy||–||19||51kg||–|
|2||9||MARMELO (GB)||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||1L||10||55kg||–|
|3||17||A PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB)||Charlie Fellowes||Michael Walker||3L||20||53kg||–|
|4||13||FINCHE (GB)||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||3.5L||15||54kg||–|
|5||24||ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Wayne Lordan||4.5L||21||51kg||–|
|6||22||YOUNGSTAR||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||5.75L||8||51.5kg||–|
|7||19||SIR CHARLES ROAD||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Dwayne Dunn||8.25L||14||53kg||–|
|8||1||BEST SOLUTION (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Pat Cosgrave||8.75L||6||57.5kg||–|
|9||5||MUNTAHAA (IRE)||John Gosden||Jim Crowley||9.5L||13||55.5kg||–|
|10||16||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||11L||7||54kg||(cd 54.5kg)|
|11||11||YUCATAN (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||James McDonald||11.75L||23||54.5kg||2.5kg|
|12||18||NAKEETA (GB)||Iain Jardine||Regan Bayliss||11.85L||3||53kg||–|
|13||20||ZACADA (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Damian Lane||13.85L||24||53kg||–|
|14||4||CHESTNUT COAT (JPN)||Yoshito Yahagi||Yuga Kawada||16.1L||4||55.5kg||–|
|15||15||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||16.3L||2||54kg||–|
|16||3||MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE)||Ian Williams||Corey Brown||19.55L||17||56kg||–|
|17||7||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||22.55L||18||55.5kg||–|
|18||6||SOUND CHECK (GER)||Michael Moroney||Jordan Childs||27.55L||16||55.5kg||–|
|19||21||RUNAWAY||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||28.05L||12||52kg||1.5kg|
|20||8||ACE HIGH||David Payne||Tye Angland||28.15L||22||55kg||–|
|21||12||AUVRAY (FR)||Richard Freedman||Tommy Berry||68.15L||1||54kg||–|
|22||10||AVILIUS (GB)||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||69.15L||11||54.5kg||1.5kg|
|23||14||RED CARDINAL (IRE)||Darren Weir||Damien Oliver||69.55L||5||54kg||–|
|FF||2||THE CLIFFSOFMOHER (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||–||9||56.5kg||–|
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.
2018 Melbourne Cup Tips
Our expert team of tipsters will provide the 2018 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.
- #3 Magic Circle: Trainer Ian Williams has prepared Magic Circle specifically for the Melbourne Cup, and the seven-year old’s form leading up is magnificent. He’ll he first-up at Flemington on Tuesday after winning back-to-back starts in Britain, including the Group 2 Henry Stakes over 3624m. Owner Marwan Koukash has promised a shocking celebration should his Irish raider win, which is a very realistic possibility with rain continuing in Melbourne. Magic Circle is 6-1-1 on the soft ground.
- #9 Marmelo: Marmelo returns to the Cup after running ninth last year. Similar to Magic Circle, he was put on a strict path for the $7 million race, and this time around, returns first-up after running first and second in his last two starts between 2800-3000m. Trainer Hughie Morrison made the mistake of running the six-year old in the Caulfield Cup last year. This time around, the stable have learned from their mistakes, as Marmelo has reportedly returned stronger and more mature this year – encouraging signs with jockey Hugh Bowman on board.
- #8 Youngstar: You can’t knock Youngstar’s form leading into this race. Chris Waller’s hopeful won the Queensland Oaks back in May, ran second behind Winx in the Turnbull, and wasn’t disgraced over 2400m in the Caulfield Cup. Youngstar is one of five four-year old’s in the race, and will have every chance jumping from barrier eight.
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.
2018 Melbourne Cup Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||x3195x1111||BEST SOLUTION (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Pat Cosgrave||6||57.5kg||114|
|2||x512433x43||THE CLIFFSOFMOHER (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||9||56.5kg||112|
|3||57x150x11x||MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE)||Ian Williams||Corey Brown||17||56kg||111|
|4||5x211250x0||CHESTNUT COAT (JPN)||Yoshito Yahagi||Yuga Kawada||4||55.5kg||110|
|5||1796x4341x||MUNTAHAA (IRE)||John Gosden||Jim Crowley||13||55.5kg||110|
|6||144x1132x0||SOUND CHECK (GER)||Michael Moroney||Jordan Childs||16||55.5kg||110|
|7||x6731x7694||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||18||55.5kg||110|
|8||5462×02410||ACE HIGH||David Payne||Tye Angland||22||55kg||110|
|9||1x69x2112x||MARMELO (GB)||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||10||55kg||109|
|10||3326×11114||AVILIUS (GB)||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||11||54.5kg||1.5kg||109|
|11||2x436013x1||YUCATAN (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||James McDonald||23||54.5kg||2.5kg||108|
|12||56164×5266||AUVRAY (FR)||Richard Freedman||Tommy Berry||1||54kg||107|
|13||13x655x1x3||FINCHE (GB)||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||15||54kg||107|
|0||x5x0x08030||RED CARDINAL (IRE)||Darren Weir||Damien Oliver (late alt)||5||54kg||102|
|15||21x05x4059||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||2||54kg||104|
|16||7829×79401||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||7||54kg||105|
|17||2188632×31||A PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB)||Charlie Fellowes||Michael Walker||20||53kg||105|
|18||1x5x005770||NAKEETA (GB)||Iain Jardine||Regan Bayliss||3||53kg||105|
|19||4513×01473||SIR CHARLES ROAD||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Dwayne Dunn||14||53kg||102|
|20||58402×0080||ZACADA (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Damian Lane||24||53kg||100|
|21||231130×341||RUNAWAY||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||12||52kg||1.5kg||102|
|22||11113×6327||YOUNGSTAR||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||8||51.5kg||107|
|23||11x24112x||CROSS COUNTER (GB)||Charlie Appleby||Kerrin McEvoy||19||51kg||109|
|24||3×41922515||ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Wayne Lordan||21||51kg||109|
The 2018 Melbourne Cup Field & Barriers will be out in Late October and will be detailed in the section below when it’s made available by Racing Victoria.
2018 Melbourne Cup Horses: As The Field Takes Shape
The Melbourne Cup 2018 horses will be detailed both here and on the dedicated Melbourne Cup Horses page accessible above as we draw closer to the great race.
Melbourne Cup Horses 2018 Update: This is yet to be announced but specific updates on runners will be placed here.
Melbourne Cup 2018 Field Update: Updates on the field will be detailed here including size and depth.
Melbourne Cup 2018 Jockey Update: Any information changes on rides for the Melbourne Cup will be placed here once we get closer to Cup Week.
Melbourne Cup 2018 Update on Horses Out: Any runners that are being scratched whether early or later scratchings will be shown here.
2018 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances
The official Melbourne Cup 2018 Second Acceptances will close in Late October and the highlights of who got in as well as other information will be discussed here.
|No.||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||x3195x1111||BEST SOLUTION (IRE)||H||5||Saeed Bin Suroor||1||57.5kg||–||2|
|2||3326×11114||AVILIUS (GB)||G||5||James Cummings||2||54.5kg||1.5kg||5|
|3||5462×02410||ACE HIGH||H||4||David Payne||3||55kg||–||3|
|4||x512433x43||THE CLIFFSOFMOHER (IRE)||H||5||Aidan O’Brien||4||56.5kg||–||3|
|5||57x150x11x||MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE)||G||7||Ian Williams||5||56kg||–||3.5|
|6||x6731x7694||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||10||Chris Waller||6||55.5kg||–||4|
|7||x3x56x0200||TOSEN BASIL (JPN)||H||7||Darren Weir||7||55.5kg||–||4|
|8||1796x4341x||MUNTAHAA (IRE)||G||6||John Gosden||8||55.5kg||–||4|
|9||5x211250x0||CHESTNUT COAT (JPN)||H||5||Yoshito Yahagi||9||55.5kg||–||4|
|10||144x1132x0||SOUND (GER)||H||6||Michael Moroney||10||55.5kg||–||4|
|11||3×41922515||ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)||H||4||Aidan O’Brien||11||51kg||–||4.5|
|12||1x69x2112x||MARMELO (GB)||H||6||Hughie Morrison||12||55kg||–||4.5|
|13||11x24112x||CROSS COUNTER (GB)||G||4||Charlie Appleby||13||51kg||–||4.5|
|15||3x15x53314||DURETTO (GB)||G||7||Andrew Balding||15||54.5kg||–||5|
|16||2x436013x1||YUCATAN IRE (IRE)||H||5||Aidan O’Brien||16||54.5kg||2.5kg||5|
|17||21x05x4059||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||G||7||Michael Moroney||17||54kg||–||5.5|
|18||7829×79401||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||18||54kg||5.5|
|19||x5x0x08030||RED CARDINAL (IRE)||G||7||Darren Weir||19||54kg||–||5.5|
|20||56164×5266||AUVRAY (FR)||G||8||Richard Freedman||20||54kg||–||5.5|
|21||1×14222250||RED VERDON (USA)||H||6||Ed Dunlop||21||54kg||–||5.5|
|22||13x655x1x3||FINCHE (GB)||H||5||Chris Waller||22||54kg||–||5.5|
|23||231130×341||RUNAWAY||R||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||23||52kg||1.5kg||6|
|24||58402×0080||ZACADA (NZ)||G||6||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||24||53kg||–||6.5|
|25||14513×0147||SIR CHARLES ROAD||G||5||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||25||53kg||–||6.5|
|26||1x5x005770||NAKEETA (GB)||G||8||Iain Jardine||26||53kg||–||6.5|
|27||32x03705x0||SOLE IMPACT (JPN)||H||7||Hirofumi Toda||27||53kg||–||6.5|
|28||337×351076||MISS ADMIRATION||M||4||Mick Price||28||50kg||–||6.5|
|29||x2188632x3||A PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB)||G||6||Charlie Fellowes||29||53kg||–||6.5|
|30||x420x83783||LIBRAN (IRE)||G||8||Chris Waller||30||53kg||–||6.5|
|31||6×63211752||TRAP FOR FOOLS||G||5||Jarrod McLean||31||53kg||–||6.5|
|32||9066x9x390||PRIZE MONEY (GB)||G||6||Saeed Bin Suroor||32||52.5kg||–||7|
|33||31105×0248||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||H||6||Darren Weir||33||52.5kg||–||7|
|34||4x39770x36||LORD FANDANGO (GER)||H||6||Archie Alexander||34||52.5kg||–||7|
|35||x16313x507||MEGABLAST (NZ)||G||7||Darren Weir||35||52.5kg||–||7|
|36||x6x10x2468||DAL HARRAILD (GB)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||36||52.5kg||–||7|
|37||48x220x040||WALL OF FIRE (IRE)||H||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||37||52.5kg||–||7|
|38||114656×641||PATRICK ERIN (NZ)||G||7||Chris Waller||38||52kg||2.0kg||7.5|
|39||x04331x220||RISING RED (NZ)||G||5||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||39||51kg||–||8.5|
|40||1119×45842||NORTHWEST PASSAGE||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||40||50.5kg||–||9|
|41||1x22x33222||BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB)||G||5||Chris Waller||41||50kg||–||9.5|
|42||4421×22630||YOGI (NZ)||G||6||Darren Weir||42||50kg||–||9.5|
|43||33x1x61812||JAAMEH (IRE)||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||43||50kg||–||9.5|
|44||164x0x0254||MIDTERM (GB)||G||6||Liam Howley||44||50kg||–||9.5|
|45||0x55211x31||SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE)||G||6||Darren Weir||45||50.5kg||–||9|
|46||12×0873521||AZURO (FR)||G||5||Darren Weir||46=||50kg||–||9.5|
|47||131131||THINKIN’ BIG||C||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||46=||49kg||–||9.5|
The 2018 Melbourne Cup second acceptances narrowed the potential field down to 47 runners. Joining the list of Egg Tart and international raiders Homesman and Kings Will Dream, Darren Weir trained Humidor will also have his Spring cut short after pulling up sore following the Cox Plate.
2018 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances
2018 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights
The very early Melbourne Cup 2018 Nominations can be found below:
|No.||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||0x4184x81x||HUMIDOR (NZ)||G||6||Darren Weir||1||58kg||1.5|
|2||x3195x111x||BEST SOLUTION (IRE)||H||5||Saeed Bin Suroor||2||57.5kg||2|
|3||62025x031x||LANCASTER BOMBER (USA)||H||5||Aidan O’Brien||3||57.5kg||2|
|4||5x22x0132x||TORCEDOR (IRE)||G||7||Andreas Wohler||4||57kg||2.5|
|5||78x512433x||CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE)||H||5||Aidan O’Brien||5||56.5kg||3|
|6||x312561x1x||COMIN’ THROUGH||G||5||Chris Waller||6||56.5kg||3|
|7||45x814533x||IDAHO (IRE)||H||6||Aidan O’Brien||7||56kg||3.5|
|8||57x150x11x||MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE)||G||7||Ian Williams||8||56kg||3.5|
|9||x0x92834x6||AMBITIOUS (JPN)||H||7||Anthony Freedman||9||55.5kg||4|
|10||15x211250x||CHESTNUT COAT (JPN)||H||5||Yoshito Yahagi||10||55.5kg||4|
|11||7x28167x0x||HARLEM (GB)||G||7||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||11||55.5kg||4|
|12||1x68139x4x||JON SNOW (NZ)||H||5||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||12||55.5kg||4|
|13||1796x4341x||MUNTAHAA (IRE)||G||6||John Gosden||13||55.5kg||4|
|14||2144x1132x||SOUND CHECK (GER)||H||6||Michael Moroney||14||55.5kg||4|
|15||8x72x3x56x||TOSEN BASIL (JPN)||H||7||Darren Weir||15||55.5kg||4|
|16||4491x6731x||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||10||Chris Waller||16||55.5kg||4|
|17||x55462x02x||ACE HIGH||H||4||David Payne||17||55kg||3|
|18||7x623x2x1x||EMOTIONLESS (IRE)||G||6||Charlie Appleby||18||55kg||4.5|
|19||1x69x2112x||MARMELO (GB)||H||6||Hughie Morrison||19||55kg||4.5|
|20||25041x8x7x||THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE)||H||5||Liam Howley||20||55kg||4.5|
|21||x22x132x2x||WEEKENDER (GB)||H||5||John Gosden||21||55kg||4.5|
|22||111x1160x9||BONNEVAL (NZ)||M||5||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||22||54.5kg||3.5|
|23||3x15x5331x||DURETTO (GB)||G||7||Andrew Balding||23||54.5kg||5|
|24||45221x111x||MATERIAL MAN||G||7||Justin Warwick||24||54.5kg||5|
|26||7x56164x5x||AUVRAY (FR)||G||8||Richard Freedman||26||54kg||5.5|
|27||021443x00x||BIG DUKE (IRE)||G||7||Darren Weir||27||54kg||5.5|
|28||26x1353x2x||COUNT OCTAVE (GB)||H||5||Andrew Balding||28||54kg||5.5|
|30||219x32964x||DESERT SKYLINE (IRE)||G||5||David Elsworth||30||54kg||5.5|
|31||313x655x1x||FINCHE (GB)||H||5||Chris Waller||31||54kg||5.5|
|32||3x1111x58x||GRUNT (NZ)||H||4||Mick Price||32||54kg||4|
|33||36x004707x||MAX DYNAMITE (FR)||G||9||William Mullins||33||54kg||5.5|
|34||3x27314x0x||MR MOONLIGHT MAGIC (GB)||H||6||James Cummings||34||54kg||5.5|
|35||x11x5x0x08||RED CARDINAL (IRE)||G||7||Darren Weir||35||54kg||5.5|
|36||1x1422225x||RED VERDON (USA)||H||6||Ed Dunlop||36||54kg||5.5|
|37||8121x05x4x||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||G||7||Michael Moroney||37||54kg||5.5|
|38||x437829x7x||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||38||54kg||5.5|
|39||x0x250272x||DEAUVILLE (IRE)||H||6||Aidan O’Brien||39||53.5kg||6|
|40||321x1111x||HAMADA (GB)||G||5||Charlie Appleby||40||53.5kg||6|
|41||741x780x00||MIGHTY BOSS||H||4||Mick Price||41||53.5kg||4.5|
|42||3361x8899x||SENSE OF OCCASION||G||8||Kris Lees||42||53.5kg||6|
|43||x70x47x25x||TIBERIAN (FR)||H||7||Alain Couetil||43||53.5kg||6|
|44||35x463144x||VIN DE DANCE (NZ)||G||4||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||44||53.5kg||4.5|
|45||1x3326x11x||AVILIUS (GB)||G||5||James Cummings||45||53kg||6.5|
|46||x400521x5x||EGG TART||M||5||Chris Waller||46||53kg||5|
|47||12153x16x2||HOMESMAN (USA)||G||5||Liam Howley||47||53kg||6.5|
|48||41x329113x||KEW GARDENS (IRE)||H||4||Aidan O’Brien||48||53kg||2.5|
|49||x11111x43x||KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE)||G||5||Darren Weir||49||53kg||6.5|
|50||28x420x83x||LIBRAN (IRE)||G||8||Chris Waller||50||53kg||6.5|
|51||x1x5x0057x||NAKEETA (GB)||G||8||Iain Jardine||51||53kg||6.5|
|52||3110328x2x||OUR VENICE BEACH (IRE)||H||5||Liam Howley||52||53kg||6.5|
|53||5x2188632x||PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB)||G||6||Charlie Fellowes||53||53kg||6.5|
|54||0x22525x0x||SINGLE GAZE||M||6||Chris Waller||54||53kg||5|
|55||314513x01x||SIR CHARLES ROAD||G||5||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||55||53kg||6.5|
|56||732x03705x||SOLE IMPACT (JPN)||H||7||Hirofumi Toda||56||53kg||6.5|
|57||1116×63211||TRAP FOR FOOLS||G||5||Jarrod McLean||57||53kg||6.5|
|58||2121x31x1x||WITHHOLD (GB)||G||6||Roger Charlton||58||53kg||6.5|
|59||5158402x0x||ZACADA (NZ)||G||6||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||59||53kg||6.5|
|60||x6x10x246x||DAL HARRAILD (GB)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||60||52.5kg||7|
|61||50220x29x6||DOHA DREAM (FR)||H||6||Andre Fabre||61||52.5kg||7|
|62||61431105×0||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||H||6||Darren Weir||62||52.5kg||7|
|63||948x16313x||MEGABLAST (NZ)||G||7||Darren Weir||63||52.5kg||7|
|64||4x13x4244x||MUSTAJEER (GB)||G||6||Ger Lyons||64||52.5kg||7|
|65||x203x60x8x||ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (IRE)||R||7||Chris Waller||65||52.5kg||7|
|66||x9066x9x3x||PRIZE MONEY (GB)||G||6||Saeed Bin Suroor||66||52.5kg||7|
|68||x6248x220x||WALL OF FIRE (IRE)||H||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||68||52.5kg||7|
|69||114x39770x||LORD FANDANGO (GER)||H||6||Archie Alexander||69||52.5kg||7|
|70||2x111x28||GAME STARTER (IRE)||H||5||Saeed Bin Suroor||70||52kg||7.5|
|71||2x22117x||LATROBE (IRE)||H||4||Joseph O’Brien||71||52kg||3.5|
|72||2x726x6x5x||THOMAS HOBSON (GB)||G||9||William Mullins||72||52kg||7.5|
|73||32x436013x||YUCATAN (IRE)||H||5||Aidan O’Brien||73||52kg||7.5|
|74||343x312x60||HIYAAM (NZ)||M||4||Mick Price||74||51.5kg||5|
|75||x3620x402x||INVICTUS PRINCE (GB)||G||6||Matthew Smith||75||51.5kg||8|
|76||501211x78x||LADIES FIRST (NZ)||M||6||Allan Sharrock||76||51.5kg||6.5|
|77||0x93116x5x||LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE)||G||7||Chris Waller||77||51.5kg||8|
|78||1182×51346||PACODALI (IRE)||G||6||Darren Weir||78||51.5kg||8|
|80||21x21x214x||ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN)||H||5||Darren Weir||80||51kg||8.5|
|81||361x16246x||CASTERTON (IRE)||H||5||Andre Fabre||81||51kg||8.5|
|82||11x24112x||CROSS COUNTER (GB)||G||4||Charlie Appleby||82||51kg||4.5|
|83||14x1331x14||DIVINE UNICORN (GB)||G||5||Matthew Dunn||83||51kg||8.5|
|84||54x217549x||DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE)||G||5||Liam Howley||84||51kg||8.5|
|85||151x35011x||FLAG OF HONOUR (IRE)||H||4||Aidan O’Brien||85||51kg||4.5|
|86||7x81611x6x||HIGHLAD||G||5||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||86||51kg||8.5|
|87||1x1327287x||MONGOLIANCONQUEROR (NZ)||G||4||Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards||87||51kg||7|
|88||412141×213||NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ)||G||5||Darren Weir||88||51kg||8.5|
|89||8x6427x345||ODEON (NZ)||G||5||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||89||51kg||8.5|
|90||x049632x0x||PENTATHLON (NZ)||G||7||John Wheeler||90||51kg||8.5|
|91||3173x5x60x||POETIC DREAM (IRE)||H||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||91||51kg||8.5|
|92||12x04331x2||RISING RED (NZ)||G||5||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||92||51kg||8.5|
|93||13x419225x||ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)||H||4||Aidan O’Brien||93||51kg||4.5|
|94||x38x947x0x||SATONO RASEN (JPN)||H||7||Chris Waller||94||51kg||8.5|
|96||x11432x80x||SULLY (NZ)||G||4||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||96||51kg||7|
|97||x3203860x7||US ARMY RANGER (IRE)||G||6||Liam Howley||97||51kg||8.5|
|98||1131119×45||NORTHWEST PASSAGE||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||98||50.5kg||9|
|99||x2x115627x||ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE)||H||5||Liam Howley||99||50.5kg||9|
|100||x051121x3x||OUR ABBADEAN (NZ)||M||6||Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards||100||50.5kg||7.5|
|101||842512226x||REZEALIENT||G||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||101||50.5kg||7.5|
|102||x90231130x||RUNAWAY||R||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||102||50.5kg||7.5|
|103||750x55211x||SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE)||G||6||Darren Weir||103||50.5kg||9|
|104||14x621x33x||WALTON STREET (GB)||G||5||Charlie Appleby||104||50.5kg||9|
|105||x0022x4x2x||ABDON (GB)||G||6||Chris Waller||105||50kg||9.5|
|106||843320x68x||AL HARAM (FR)||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||106||50kg||9.5|
|107||2131222x4x||ANOTHER DOLLAR (NZ)||M||4||Chris Waller||107||50kg||8|
|108||4112x0873x||AZURO (FR)||G||5||Darren Weir||108||50kg||9.5|
|109||x31311440x||BEDFORD (NZ)||G||5||Anthony Freedman||109||50kg||9.5|
|110||7x314461x4||BELGRAVIA (IRE)||H||5||Liam Howley||110||50kg||9.5|
|111||x03438x71x||BEST OF DAYS (GB)||H||5||James Cummings||111||50kg||9.5|
|112||021x22x33x||BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB)||G||5||Chris Waller||112||50kg||9.5|
|113||222x1x334x||CALIBRATION (IRE)||H||5||Darren Weir||113||50kg||9.5|
|114||11x631x40x||CHELKAR (FR)||G||6||William Mullins||114||50kg||9.5|
|115||222x35113x||CHEQUERED FLAG (NZ)||G||7||Darren Weir||115||50kg||9.5|
|116||651111×090||CORDERO||G||5||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||116||50kg||9.5|
|117||71x735900x||CULLINGWORTH (IRE)||G||5||Darren Weir||117||50kg||9.5|
|118||497418×000||DANDY GENT||G||7||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||118||50kg||9.5|
|119||1x7x4x46x||DANON ROMAN (JPN)||H||5||Anthony Freedman||119||50kg||9.5|
|120||332120x96x||DOMED||M||5||John P Thompson||120||50kg||9.5|
|121||4111251×70||ETAH JAMES (NZ)||M||6||Matt Cumani||121||50kg||9.5|
|122||213x86x2x||EXEMPLAR (IRE)||H||5||Liam Howley||122||50kg||9.5|
|123||x33113233x||GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI (IRE)||H||4||Aidan O’Brien||123||50kg||8.5|
|124||128x11x0x||GOLDEN AUTHORITY (NZ)||G||5||Matt Cumani||124||50kg||9.5|
|125||21x020030x||GUARDINI (FR)||G||8||Darren Weir||125||50kg||9.5|
|126||131x590x9x||HANS HOLBEIN (GB)||G||7||Liam Howley||126||50kg||9.5|
|127||x900x6x60x||HAPPY MOMENT (JPN)||H||9||Anthony Freedman||127||50kg||9.5|
|128||510x71491x||HARIPOUR (IRE)||H||5||Darren Weir||128||50kg||9.5|
|129||140x621x45||HARRISON (GB)||G||6||Liam Howley||129||50kg||9.5|
|130||x114209x7x||HE EKSCELS (NZ)||G||5||Shawn Mathrick||130||50kg||9.5|
|131||4230x8314x||HERE AND NOW (GB)||G||5||Ralph Beckett||131||50kg||9.5|
|132||19x31x0x1x||HIGH BRIDGE (GB)||G||8||Chris Waller||132||50kg||9.5|
|133||2x1336138x||HUNTING HORN (IRE)||H||4||Aidan O’Brien||133||50kg||7|
|134||213×9||HUSH WRITER (JPN)||H||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||134||50kg||9.5|
|135||331x03x||ILWENDO (GER)||H||5||Matthew Smith||135||50kg||9.5|
|136||333x1x618x||JAAMEH (IRE)||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||136||50kg||9.5|
|137||134x74x97x||JAKE’S HILL (GB)||G||5||Chris Waller||137||50kg||9.5|
|138||369x00640x||KELLSTORM (IRE)||H||6||Darren Weir||138||50kg||9.5|
|139||64x362x53x||KILIMANJARO (IRE)||G||7||Liam Howley||139||50kg||9.5|
|140||2x3503170x||LAGOSTOVEGAS (IRE)||M||7||William Mullins||140||50kg||9.5|
|141||7x750x008x||LANGLEY (JPN)||H||8||Darren Weir||141||50kg||9.5|
|142||14x6110x4x||LUVALUVA (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||142||50kg||8|
|143||81172x||MASTER OF REALITY (IRE)||H||4||Joseph O’Brien||143||50kg||9.5|
|144||321x99574x||MASTER ZEPHYR (GB)||G||7||Darren Weir||144||50kg||9.5|
|145||6164x0x02x||MIDTERM (GB)||G||6||Liam Howley||145||50kg||9.5|
|146||13323x08x||MILSEAIN (NZ)||M||4||Kris Lees||146||50kg||9.5|
|147||16116x||MING (IRE)||G||4||Joseph O’Brien||147||50kg||9.5|
|148||419337x35x||MISS ADMIRATION||M||4||Mick Price||148||50kg||7.5|
|149||11589x720x||MR CLARIFY (NZ)||G||6||Wayne Walters||149||50kg||9.5|
|150||x57x15x82x||MR GARCIA (GB)||G||6||Darren Weir||150||50kg||9.5|
|151||8914228x6x||NAVAL WARFARE (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||151||50kg||9.5|
|152||112x16356x||NELSON (IRE)||H||4||Aidan O’Brien||152||50kg||9|
|153||7424x02x67||OPPOSITION (GB)||G||6||Chris Waller||153||50kg||9.5|
|154||572333240x||ORMITO (GER)||G||6||Darren Weir||154||50kg||9.5|
|155||40x11x||OUR LIBRETTO (NZ)||M||5||Grahame Begg||155||50kg||9.5|
|156||3114656x6x||PATRICK ERIN (NZ)||G||7||Chris Waller||156||50kg||9.5|
|157||151330x00x||PERIBSEN (IRE)||H||6||John O’Shea||157||50kg||9.5|
|158||11x824116x||PIONEERTOWN (IRE)||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||158||50kg||9.5|
|159||111x31x31x||PLEIN CIEL (GER)||G||6||Darren Weir||159||50kg||9.5|
|160||332230×025||ROMANESQUE (IRE)||H||6||Jarrod McLean||160||50kg||9.5|
|161||611212112x||SELF SENSE||G||8||David Brideoake||161||50kg||9.5|
|162||0x0x050x0x||SHIMRANO (GER)||G||7||Michael Hickmott||162||50kg||9.5|
|163||x4300x412x||SHRAAOH (IRE)||G||6||Chris Waller||163||50kg||9.5|
|164||43462L1x3x||SIN TO WIN (NZ)||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||164||50kg||9.5|
|165||804230716x||SIR CHAUVELIN (GB)||G||7||Jim Goldie||165||50kg||9.5|
|166||31x691420x||SIR JOHN LAVERY (IRE)||H||5||Liam Howley||166||50kg||9.5|
|167||3219155x9x||STEPS (IRE)||G||5||Liam Howley||167||50kg||9.5|
|168||2x12x4310x||STRATUM (GB)||G||6||William Mullins||168||50kg||9.5|
|169||53x112x||SUPERNOVA (GB)||H||4||David Simcock||169||50kg||9.5|
|171||000x00763x||TALL SHIP (IRE)||G||8||Darren Weir||171||50kg||9.5|
|172||20116x00x||TAVISTOCK ABBEY (NZ)||G||4||Anthony Freedman||172||50kg||9.5|
|173||416400x01x||THE LORD MAYOR (NZ)||G||4||Chris Waller||173||50kg||9.5|
|174||1x3x33855x||THE PENTAGON (IRE)||H||4||Aidan O’Brien||174||50kg||9.5|
|175||111x62415x||THE STATESMAN (GB)||G||5||Darren Weir||175||50kg||9.5|
|176||464521221x||TIFFANY’S LASS||M||5||Danny Laws||176||50kg||9.5|
|177||74x612825x||TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ)||G||5||Michael Moroney||177||50kg||9.5|
|178||110x81112x||VALAC (IRE)||G||7||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||178||50kg||9.5|
|179||53x6830x4x||WHEAL LEISURE||M||5||Archie Alexander||179||50kg||9.5|
|180||x94273214x||WOLFE TONE (NZ)||H||4||Francis Finnegan||180||50kg||9.5|
|181||46x4421x22||YOGI (NZ)||G||6||Darren Weir||181||50kg||9.5|
|182||510||SYDNEY BLUE||C||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||182||49kg||9.5|
|183||131x||THINKIN’ BIG||C||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||183||49kg||9.5|
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
2018 Melbourne Cup Form Guide
A link to the official Melbourne Cup 2018 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
|2018||Cross Counter||Marmelo||A Prince Of Arran||3:21.17|
|2017||Rekindling||Corey Brown||Joseph O’Brien||3:21.19|
|2016||Almandin||Kerrin McEvoy||Robert Hickmott||3:20.58|
|2015||Prince of Penzance||Michelle Payne||Darren Weir||3.23.15|
|2014||Protectionist||Ryan Moore||Andreas Wohler||3.17.71|
|2013||Fiorente||Damien Oliver||Gai Waterhouse||3.20.84|
|2012||Green Moon||Brett Prebble||Robert Hickmott||3.20.45|
|2011||Dunaden||Christophe Lemaire||Mikel Delzangles||3.20.84|
|2010||Americain||Gérald Mossé||Alain de Royer Dupre||3.26.87|
|2009||Shocking||Corey Brown||Mark Kavanagh||3.23.87|
|2008||Viewed||Blake Shinn||Bart Cummings||3.20.40|
|2007||Efficient||Michael Rodd||Graeme Rogerson||3.23.34|
|2006||Delta Blues||Yasunari Iwata||Katsuhiko Sumii||3.21.47|
|2005||Makybe Diva||Glen Boss||Lee Freedman||3.19.17|
|2004||Makybe Diva||Glen Boss||Lee Freedman||3.28.55|
|2003||Makybe Diva||Glen Boss||David Hall||3.19.90|
|2002||Media Puzzle||Damien Oliver||Dermot K. Weld||3.16.97|
|2001||Ethereal||Scott Seamer||Sheila Laxon||3.21.08|
|2000||Brew||Kerrin McEvoy||Mike Moroney||3.18.68|
Melbourne Cup Quick Facts
- 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.