Melbourne Cup

  • Date: Tuesday November 4, 2014
  • Racecourse: Flemington
  • Race Distance: 3,200m
  • Conditions: 3yo and over Quality Handicap
  • Prize Money: $6.2 million

2014 Melbourne Cup News

Maiden Cox Plate Win A Dream For Williams

Maiden Cox Plate Win A Dream For Williams

Fawkner is a clear favourite in 2014 Cox Plate betting markets and owner Lloyd Williams is desperately hoping that the talented grey can deliver him his maiden win in the Australasian Weight-For-Age Championship.

Lloyd Williams believes that Fawkner is the right horse to deliver him a maiden win in the 2014 Cox Plate. Photo by: …

The 2014 Melbourne Cup is widely regarded as Australia’s major thoroughbred horse race. Held annually on the first Tuesday of November, the Melbourne Cup attracts some of the best horses in the world, all vying for a chance to claim some of the $6.2 million prize money that is offered each year. Known as ‘the race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup is run over a distance of 3,200 metres and is the richest and most prestigious ‘two-mile’ handicap in the world. It is also one of the richest turf races worldwide and is the feature race of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Held at Melbourne’s famed Flemington Racecourse, which is under the operation of the Victorian Racing Club, the cup is a handicap race open to all horses aged three-years-old and above.

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The first Melbourne Cup was held in 1861 and was originally run over a distance of 3,218 metres, or two miles. After the introduction of the metric system into Australia in the 1970s, the current distance of 3,200 metres was introduced in 1972. Previous race records, such as 1968 winner Rain Lover’s record time of 3 minutes and 17.9 seconds, were readjusted to by two seconds to take into account the longer distance they travelled. The current record holder is Kingston Rule, who won the 1990 Melbourne Cup with a time of 3 minutes and 16.3 seconds.

The minimum handicap weight for a horse running in the Melbourne cup is 49 kilograms and there is no maximum weight. However, the top weight in the field must carry no less than 57 kilograms. The weight that each horse must carry is allocated two months before the race in early September each year by the Victoria racing Club Handicapper. Due to the fact that the Melbourne Cup is a handicap contest the weight given to each horse is adjusted according to a horse’s previous race history, and older horses carry more than younger horses. Weights given to each horse were used in order to attempt to give each horse an equal chance of winning on the day, however, recently rules were adjusted to a ‘quality handicap’ formula, so that better performing horses are given less harsh weight penalties.

The Melbourne Cup commands a total entrance fee of $50,805 per horse, and entries often close in the first week of August. Each year approximately 300 to 400 horses are nominated while only 24 make the field as starters. Winning certain races, such as the previous year’s Melbourne Cup, the Cox Plate or the Caulfield Cup, grants a horse with automatic entry into the Melbourne Cup and that horse is exempt from the ballot.

The first ever horse to win the Melbourne Cup was named Archer. Archer also won the second running of the Melbourne Cup and was favourite to win the third before the owner failed to submit the entry form on time and Archer was not allowed to run. Other notable winners of the Melbourne Cup include Carbine in 1890, Night Watch in 1918, Phar Lap in 1930 and Light Fingers in 1965. Makybe Diva is famous for being the first and only horse to win the Melbourne Cup three years in a row from 2003 to 2005.

Melbourne Cup Field

The Melbourne Cup field for 2014 will be released on Victoria Derby Day and will feature 24 horses.

The Melbourne Cup has a field that is restricted to 24 runners. These runners are decided by a ballot system. Horses are balloted on a system that takes into account factors such as the amount of prize money earned in the last two years, wins or placings in certain lead-up races and their allocated handicap weight. Horses are exempt from the ballot and gain automatic entry into the Melbourne Cup field if they win races such as the Lexus Stakes, Victoria Derby, LKS Mackinnon Stakes, Cox plate, Caulfield Cup, Doncaster Cup (UK), Irish St. Leger (IRE), Tenno Sho (JPN), Arlington Million (USA), San Juan Capistrano Handicap (USA) or Australian Stayers Challenge. International horses that qualify for the Melbourne Cup field must be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days before they can travel to Australia.

Melbourne Cup Field 2011

The Melbourne Cup Field - Photo © Taron Clarke

All horses in the Melbourne Cup field have to be aged three-years-old and over and must carry a weight that is allocated by the handicapper. While weights were originally handed out to try and give every horse an equal chance of winning the race, rules have now changed to quality handicap conditions, meaning the better horses are not penalised so harshly and have a better chance of winning. Weights are assigned on the basis of a horse’s previous race performances. The minimum weight a horse can carry in the Melbourne Cup is 49 kilograms, while the horse that is allocated top weight must carry no less than 57 kilograms.

2014 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

Released on Tuesday, October 7th, the Melbourne Cup first acceptances feature 72 renowned horses. The number of Melbourne Cup first acceptances is well down on the 148 nominations received initially. Some of the horses which made it through the first round of Melbourne Cup acceptances include Green Moon, Bande, Dandino and Sertorius.

The 2014 Melbourne Cup first acceptances are listed below.

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight(Pnlty) Hcp Rating
1 ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda 1 58kg 1.5
2 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James 2 56.5kg 1.5
3 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 3 57kg 2.5
4 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott 4 57kg 2.5
5 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 5 57kg 2.5
6 CAVALRYMAN (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor 6 57kg 2.5
7 THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 7 56.5kg 3
8 BANDE (IRE) Yoshito Yahagi 8 56.5kg 3
9 DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti 9 56.5kg 3
10 PROTECTIONIST (GER) Andreas Wohler 10 56.5kg 3
11 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 11 56.5kg 3
12 MY AMBIVALENT (IRE) Roger Varian 12 54.5kg 3.5
13 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent 13 53kg 3.5
14 SEISMOS (IRE) Marco Botti 14 56kg 3.5
15 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 15 56kg 3.5
16 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees 16 53kg 3.5
17 ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) Johnny Murtagh 17 55.5kg 4
18 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 18 55.5kg(1.5) 4
19 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington 19 55kg 4.5
20 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller 20 55kg(0.5) 4.5
21 ZANBAGH Patrick Payne 21 52kg 4.5
22 MUTUAL REGARD (IRE) Johnny Murtagh 22 55kg 4.5
23 GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden 23 55kg 4.5
24 WILLING FOE (USA) Saeed Bin Suroor 24 55kg 4.5
25 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 25 54.5kg 5
26 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 26 54kg 5.5
27 BLACK TYCOON Darren Weir 27 54kg 5.5
28 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 28 54kg 5.5
29 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 29 53.5kg 6
30 AU REVOIR (IRE) Andre Fabre 30 53.5kg 6
31 SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees 31 53.5kg 6
32 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 32 51.5kg 6.5
33 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan 33 53kg 6.5
34 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney 34 53kg 6.5
35 PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens 35 51.5kg 6.5
36 LA AMISTAD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 36 51.5kg 6.5
37 LORD VAN PERCY (GB) Andrew Balding 37 52.5kg 7
38 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) Robert Smerdon 38 51kg 7
39 MORE THAN SACRED Robert Smerdon 39 50.5kg 7.5
40 LET’S MAKE ADEAL Nigel Blackiston 40 50.5kg 7.5
41 BRIGANTIN (USA) Chris Waller 41 51.5kg 8
42 CELTIC PRINCE (NZ) Bjorn Baker 42 51kg 8.5
43 CARAVAN ROLLS ON (GB) Danny O’Brien 43 51kg 8.5
44 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy 44 50.5kg 9
45 RENEW (IRE) Marco Botti 45 50.5kg 9
46 MARKSMANSHIP (IRE) Ciaron Maher 46 50.5kg 9
47 WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody 47 50.5kg 9
48 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys 48 50kg 9.5
49 OMINOUS (GB) Nigel Blackiston 49 50kg 9.5
50 WALTZING TO WIN David Huxtable 50 50kg 9.5
51 AMRALAH (IRE) Robert Hickmott 51= 54.5kg 5
52 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey 51= 54.5kg 5
53 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody 53= 54kg 5.5
54 STIPULATE (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 53= 54kg 5.5
55 CONTRIBUTER (IRE) John O’Shea 55= 53.5kg 6
56 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody 55= 53.5kg 6
57 BONFIRE (GB) Gai Waterhouse 57 53kg 6.5
58 LE ROI (GER) Tony McEvoy 58= 52.5kg 7
59 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott 58= 52.5kg 7
60 GRIS CARO (GB) Jake Stephens 60= 52kg(1.5) 7.5
61 GALLATIN John O’Shea 60= 50.5kg 7.5
62 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher 62 51kg 8.5
63 ANCIENT KING (IRE) Peter G Moody 63= 50.5kg 9
64 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) Darren Weir 63= 50.5kg 9
65 ALI VITAL (NZ) Robbie Laing 65= 50kg 9.5
66 DON DOREMO (NZ) Robbie Laing 65= 50kg 9.5
67 GOLDONI (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 65= 50kg 9.5
68 KHALID (GB) Paul Perry 65= 50kg 9.5
69 PRETTY BLONDE Kym Healy 65= 50kg 9.5
70 QUAYSIDE Peter G Moody 65= 50kg 9.5
71 SIGNOFF (IRE) Darren Weir 65= 50kg 9.5
72 THUNDERBIRD ONE (NZ) Francis Finnegan 65= 50kg 9.5

2014 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights

The 2014 Melbourne Cup nominations have been released. This year’s nominations feature 148 horses.

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda 1 58kg 1.5
2 CAVALRYMAN (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor 2 57kg 2.5
3 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott 3 57kg 2.5
4 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 4 57kg 2.5
5 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 5 57kg 2.5
6 BANDE (IRE) Yoshito Yahagi 6 56.5kg 3
7 DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti 7 56.5kg 3
8 PROTECTIONIST (GER) Andreas Wohler 8 56.5kg 3
9 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 9 56.5kg 3
10 SIDE GLANCE (GB) Andrew Balding 10 56.5kg 3
11 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James 11 56.5kg 1.5
12 THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 12 56.5kg 3
13 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 13 56kg 3.5
14 PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE) Darren Weir 14 56kg 3.5
15 SEISMOS (IRE) Marco Botti 15 56kg 3.5
16 TERRUBI (IRE) David Payne 16 56kg 3.5
17 ESTIMATE (IRE) Sir Michael Stoute 17 55.5kg 2.5
18 HILLSTAR (GB) Sir Michael Stoute 18 55.5kg 4
19 ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) Johnny Murtagh 19 55.5kg 4
20 GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden 20 55kg 4.5
21 MUTUAL REGARD (IRE) Johnny Murtagh 21 55kg 4.5
22 PALE MIMOSA (IRE) Dermot K Weld 22 55kg 3
23 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller 23 55kg 3
24 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington 24 55kg 4.5
25 WILLING FOE (USA) Saeed Bin Suroor 25 55kg 4.5
26 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott 26 54.5kg 5
27 AMBIVALENT (IRE) Roger Varian 27 54.5kg 3.5
28 AMRALAH (IRE) Robert Hickmott 28 54.5kg 5
29 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey 29 54.5kg 5
30 LUCKY SPEED (IRE) Peter Schiergen 30 54.5kg 5
31 PAKAL (GER) Mick Price 31 54.5kg 5
32 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 32 54.5kg 5
33 PUCCINI (NZ) Peter & Jacob McKay 33 54.5kg 3.5
34 SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 34 54.5kg 5
35 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller 35 54.5kg 5
36 BAGMAN Chris Waller 36 54kg 5.5
37 BLACK TYCOON Darren Weir 37 54kg 5.5
38 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody 38 54kg 5.5
39 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody 39 54kg 5.5
40 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 40 54kg 5.5
41 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 41 54kg 5.5
42 OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) Chris Waller 42 54kg 5.5
43 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 43 54kg 5.5
44 STIPULATE (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 44 54kg 5.5
45 VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) Michael Moroney 45 54kg 4
46 WEARY (FR) Chris Waller 46 54kg 5.5
47 AU REVOIR (IRE) Andre Fabre 47 53.5kg 6
48 CONTRIBUTER (IRE) John O’Shea 48 53.5kg 6
49 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 49 53.5kg 6
50 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody 50 53.5kg 6
51 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 51 53.5kg 6
52 SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees 52 53.5kg 6
53 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney 53 53kg 6.5
54 BONFIRE (GB) Gai Waterhouse 54 53kg 6.5
55 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 55 53kg 6.5
56 FOUNDRY (IRE) Robert Hickmott 56 53kg 6.5
57 HE’S YOUR MAN (FR) Chris Waller 57 53kg 6.5
58 KINGDOMS (NZ) Brian Smith 58 53kg 6.5
59 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent 59 53kg 3.5
60 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees 60 53kg 3.5
61 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan 61 53kg 6.5
62 TUPAC AMARU John O’Shea 62 53kg 5
63 CAFE SOCIETY (FR) David Simcock 63 52.5kg 7
64 LE ROI (GER) Tony McEvoy 64 52.5kg 7
65 MANALAPAN (IRE) Patrick Prendergast 65 52.5kg 7
66 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott 66 52.5kg 7
67 SIRIUS (GER) Andreas Lowe 67 52.5kg 3.5
68 VAN PERCY (GB) Andrew Balding 68 52.5kg 7
69 KINCAPLE (NZ) Mark Webb 69 52kg 7.5
70 ZANBAGH Patrick Payne 70 52kg 4.5
71 BRIGANTIN (USA) Chris Waller 71 51.5kg 8
72 LA AMISTAD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 72 51.5kg 6.5
73 NUNTIUS (GER) Andreas Wohler 73 51.5kg 8
74 PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens 74 51.5kg 6.5
75 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 75 51.5kg 6.5
76 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher 76 51kg 8.5
77 ANGEL GABRIAL (IRE) Richard Fahey 77 51kg 8.5
78 CARAVAN ROLLS ON (GB) Danny O’Brien 78 51kg 8.5
79 CELTIC PRINCE (NZ) Bjorn Baker 79 51kg 8.5
80 COSTUME (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 80 51kg 7
81 MASSIYN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 81 51kg 8.5
82 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) Stuart Kittow 82 51kg 7
83 THOUGHT WORTHY (USA) Robert Hickmott 83 51kg 8.5
84 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 84 51kg 8.5
85 ANCIENT KING (IRE) Peter G Moody 85 50.5kg 9
86 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy 86 50.5kg 9
87 BIOGRAPHER (GB) David Lanigan 87 50.5kg 9
88 GALLATIN John O’Shea 88 50.5kg 7.5
89 GAMBLIN’ GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 89 50.5kg 7.5
90 GREATWOOD (GB) Gai Waterhouse 90 50.5kg 9
91 GRIS CARO (GB) Jake Stephens 91 50.5kg 9
92 IGGI POP (NZ) John Sargent 92 50.5kg 9
93 LET’S MAKE ADEAL Nigel Blackiston 93 50.5kg 7.5
94 MARKSMANSHIP (IRE) Ciaron Maher 94 50.5kg 9
95 MOBACO (FR) Darren Weir 95 50.5kg 9
96 MOMENT IN TIME (IRE) David Simcock 96 50.5kg 7.5
97 MORE THAN SACRED Robert Smerdon 97 50.5kg 7.5
98 MULTILATERAL (USA) Chris Waller 98 50.5kg 9
99 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) Darren Weir 99 50.5kg 9
100 RENEW (IRE) Marco Botti 100 50.5kg 9
101 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell 101 50.5kg 9
102 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) Robert Hickmott 102 50.5kg 9
103 TRADE COMMISSIONER (IRE) Chris Waller 103 50.5kg 9
104 WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody 104 50.5kg 9
105 ALBONETTI Sue Jaensch 105 50kg 9.5
106 ALI VITAL (NZ) Robbie Laing 106 50kg 9.5
107 ARCHEAN (USA) David Vandyke 107 50kg 9.5
108 ASTRONOMOS (GB) David Vandyke 108 50kg 9.5
109 AVERAU Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 109 50kg 9.5
110 AY NO DIGAS (GER) Kris Lees 110 50kg 9.5
111 CAILLEBOTTE (IRE) Mick Price 111 50kg 9.5
112 CANTONESE Neil Dyer 112 50kg 9.5
113 COLONEL CARRERA (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 113 50kg 9.5
114 COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE) Mick Price 114 50kg 9.5
115 DEANE MARTIN (NZ) Bruce Wallace 115 50kg 9.5
116 DENONINATOR John Symons & Sheila Laxon 116 50kg 9.5
117 DON DOREMO (NZ) Robbie Laing 117 50kg 9.5
118 EVANGELIST (GB) Tony McEvoy 118 50kg 9.5
119 FLEDGED (GB) Tony McEvoy 119 50kg 9.5
120 GOLDONI (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 120 50kg 9.5
121 HARTANI (IRE) Robert Hickmott 121 50kg 9.5
122 KAPOUR (IRE) Ciaron Maher 122 50kg 9.5
123 KHALID (GB) Paul Perry 123 50kg 9.5
124 KINDERGARDEN KID (USA) Robbie Laing 124 50kg 9.5
125 KINGFISHER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 125 50kg 6
126 KOURKAM (FR) Tony McEvoy 126 50kg 9.5
127 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys 127 50kg 9.5
128 LIVERY (IRE) Robert Smerdon 128 50kg 9.5
129 LORD DURANTE Simone Ferchie 129 50kg 9.5
130 MANDURO’S SON (IRE) Michael Moroney 130 50kg 9.5
131 MARTIAN (IRE) Tony McEvoy 131 50kg 9.5
132 MARTINVAST (IRE) Archie Alexander 132 50kg 9.5
133 MAURUS (GB) David Vandyke 133 50kg 9.5
134 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) Michael Moroney 134 50kg 9.5
135 OMINOUS (GB) Nigel Blackiston 135 50kg 9.5
136 ORIENTAL LADY (GER) Kris Lees 136 50kg 9.5
137 PLUTOCRACY (IRE) David Lanigan 137 50kg 9.5
138 PRETTY BLONDE Kym Healy 138 50kg 9.5
139 QUAYSIDE Peter G Moody 139 50kg 9.5
140 SENNOCKIAN STAR (GB) Mark Johnston 140 50kg 9.5
141 SHIKARPOUR (IRE) Robert Hickmott 141 50kg 9.5
142 SIGNOFF (IRE) Darren Weir 142 50kg 9.5
143 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) Peter G Moody 143 50kg 9.5
144 SUPREMACY (NZ) Andrew Benyan 144 50kg 9.5
145 THUNDERBIRD ONE (NZ) Francis Finnegan 145 50kg 9.5
146 WALTZING TO WIN David Huxtable 146 50kg 9.5
147 ZEVADA (NZ) Tony Noonan 147 50kg 9.5
148 LIGHT UP MANHATTAN Ciaron Maher 148 49kg 9.5

Melbourne Cup Horses

Each year the Melbourne Cup is made up of 24 horses who have passed all the necessary criteria to run in the race. This criteria includes things such as winning a Listed race, or placing in a Group race, that is 2,300 metres or further in distance. Once a horse has qualified for the Melbourne Cup, they must then ensure they are allocated a high enough ballot number to run in the race.

The Melbourne Cup horses are thoroughbred racehorses that are known as “stayers” who are able to handle the 3,200 metre distance of the race. These conditions are often suited to European horses, who come from a continent where the classic staying races are more prominent than in Australia, which is best known for its sprinting champions. However, some of the most famous Melbourne Cup horses have been Australian-trained, including Carbine (1890), Phar Lap (1930) and Makybe Diva (2003-2005).

Melbourne Cup Form Guide

Melbourne Cup Trophies

The Melbourne Cup Trophies - photo © Taron Clarke

People often use many of the early spring carnival feature races as a form guide to the Melbourne Cup each year. Horses that exhibit superior form in races such as the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate are often favoured as Melbourne Cup chances when the race takes place on the first Tuesday of November. There are also some races run at the very beginning of the spring carnival in Sydney that are a good form guide as to what horses will run well in the Melbourne Cup. The Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes and Group 3 Naturalism Stakes are both avenues that hopeful Melbourne Cup runners may choose to take.

Despite there being a large number of lead-up runs on offer to prospective Melbourne Cup starters, the traditional final race is the Group 1 Victoria Derby. Despite the fact this race is run only two days prior to the Melbourne Cup, it is a good chance for horses to loosen up before the big race.

Over the 150 years the Melbourne Cup has been run, 34 favourites (24 per cent) have won. Therefore, researching which horse is the betting favourite can also be a good form guide as to what horse will perform well in the Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup Betting

There are always a large number of Melbourne Cup betting options available to punters each year. The spring carnival is full of thrilling races and the most popular bets at this time of year are often betting doubles. Many people choose to place wagers on the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup double, Cox Plate/Melbourne Cup double, Victoria Derby/Melbourne Cup double, Melbourne Cup/Crown Oaks double or Melbourne Cup/Emirates Stakes double.

While the betting doubles are popular, one of the most common bets to be laid on the Melbourne Cup is the trifecta. Many recreational punters choose to place a mystery trifecta on the race, meaning that three horses are chosen at random. Due to the fact that the Melbourne Cup is full of great horses, and any horse is capable of winning, this kind of bet is the perfect way for people to try and make money without having to know much about the race field.

People can also choose to place basic win or place bets on the race if they have a feeling about a certain horse. Due to the fact that there is so much talent in the one race, most horses often very high odds. Therefore, people who are confident that a particular horse can win have the opportunity to get better dividends on the Melbourne Cup than in most other races.

Melbourne Cup Odds

Melbourne Cup odds are usually released in the weeks approaching the race. Future odds may be released many months before. These allows you to receive much larger odds on some of the early favourite; however, if they do not run, or do not make the final field, you will lose your initial stakes. Final odds will be released when the final field and barrier draw is announced in the week before the Melbourne Cup.

As previously mentioned, the Melbourne Cup is notorious for having high odds offered on many of the runners, due to the fact that there is such a large amount of talented horses in the field. During the long history of the Melbourne Cup, the horse who won at the shortest odds was Phar Lap in 1930, while three horses have won paying odds of 100-1 including The Pearl (1871), Wotan (1936) and Old Rowley (1940).

The Melbourne Cup odds will be affected by each runner’s performance in races such as the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Victoria Derby earlier in the Melbourne spring racing carnival.

Melbourne Cup Tips

People assess a number of different factors to develop their own Melbourne Cup tips. Many people look at the state of the track, the direction of the track and the distance of the race. Many horses come into the Melbourne Cup without having been tried over the 3,200 metre distance; therefore any horse that is proven over this distance is often tipped to do well. The barrier that each runner is assigned is also a great way to tip a horse. Because the Melbourne Cup field is so large compared to other races (24 runners) it is easy for a horse in a wide barrier to become caught out at the back of the field. Also any horses that are caught wide will be disadvantaged due to the fact that the race is so long, meaning that any outside runners will be competing over a much longer distance than those on the inside.

The results of races such as the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and the Victoria Derby are often studied in order for people to develop their Melbourne Cup tips. There is also a tendency for people to tip foreign horses, with European horses being known for their staying ability.

Tips will also change on the day depending on the state of the track. Some horses are best on wet tracks, while others favour the dry. Therefore if there is a stand out wet track runner on a rainy day, then chances are they will feature heavily in the race tips.

Melbourne Cup Day

Melbourne Cup Day is always held on the first Tuesday of November each year. It is the second race meeting in the four day long Melbourne Cup Carnival which also included Victoria Derby Day, Crown Oaks Day and Emirates Stakes Day. Melbourne Cup Day has been a state public holiday in Victoria since 1877, where it is held, meaning that everybody has the opportunity to attend the races instead of going to work.

For this reason Melbourne Cup Day always experiences large crowd numbers. In the past few years, crowd numbers have reached well over 100,000 people. The record high was in 2003 when a total of 122,736 people attended Melbourne Cup Day alone.

While there are usually two or three Listed races held on Melbourne Cup Day, the Melbourne Cup is the only Group race to take place on the day. The Melbourne Cup is always Race 7 on Melbourne Cup Day and takes place at 3pm (AEST).

Each day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival is assigned a different flower, with Melbourne Cup Day being symbolised by the yellow rose.

Melbourne Cup Day is one of the largest prize money-offering meets in the world, with the Melbourne Cup alone being worth more than $6 million.

Melbourne Cup Results

2013 Melbourne Cup Video Replay

2013 Melbourne Cup Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight (Penalty) Starting Price
1 6 FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver - 5 $7F $7F
2 3 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop Gerald Mosse 0.75L 23 56.5kg $61
3 15 MOUNT ATHOS (IRE) Luca Cumani Craig Williams 2.25L 22 54kg $13
4 19 SIMENON (IRE) William Mullins Richard Hughes 2.45L 12 53.5kg $20
5 8 DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti Ryan Moore 3.45L 4 54.5kg $10
6 10 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 5.95L 8 54.5kg (1.5kg) $16
7 9 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 6.95L 14 54.5kg $81
8 5 BROWN PANTHER (GB) Tom Dascombe Richard Kingscote 7.25L 6 55kg $20
9 13 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh Corey Brown 7.65L 13 54.5kg $41
10 17 VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) Michael Moroney James McDonald 7.95L 21 54kg $18
11 1 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles Jamie Spencer 8.7L 1 58.5kg $61
12 12 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 8.9L 9 54.5kg (1.0kg) $18
13 4 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott Steven Arnold 9.4L 7 56.5kg $11
14 16 ROYAL EMPIRE (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Kerrin McEvoy 10.4L 11 54kg $21
15 11 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Brenton Avdulla 11.65L 19 54.5kg $151
16 20 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 12.05L 17 53kg (1.0kg) $71
17 7 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 12.8L 15 55kg $31
18 14 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott Michael Rodd 14.05L 2 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $41
19 22 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Chris Munce 14.8L 16 51kg $21
20 18 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 19.05L 18 53.5kg $16
21 2 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Brett Prebble 44.05L 10 57.5kg $31
22 23 TRES BLUE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 54.05L 20 51kg $26
23 24 RUSCELLO (IRE) Ed Walker Chad Schofield (a) 56.3L 24 50kg $51
FF 21 VEREMA (FR) Alain de Royer Dupre C-P Lemaire - 3 53kg $17

Melbourne Cup Results


Melbourne Cup 2011 winner Dunaden - Photo © Taron Clarke

Over the years a number of horse racing’s greatest champions have won the sought-after Melbourne Cup title. One of the most famous of these runners is Phar Lap, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1930. He was also the shortest priced favourite to win the race, offering odds of 8/11. Other household names to have won the race include Carbine (1890), Galilee (1966) and Might And Power (1997). Makybe Diva made history when she won the Melbourne Cup three years in a row from 2003-2005, becoming the first horse ever to do so. Four horses have won the Melbourne Cup on two occasions, including Archer (1861-62) Peter Pan (1932, 34), Rain Lover (1968-69) and Think Big (1974-75).

Jockeys Bobby Lewis and Harry White have ridden four horses to win the Melbourne Cup, which is the most by any jockey in the race’s history. Legendary trainer Bart Cummings has the most win by any one trainer, with 12 wins.

The fastest winning Melbourne Cup time was posted by Kingston Rule, who won the race in 3 minutes and 16.3 seconds in 1990. The biggest winning margin in a Melbourne Cup was eight lengths and was achieved by both Archer (1862) and Rain Lover (1968). Carbine holds the record for winning the Melbourne Cup with the most weight on his back (65.5 kilograms), while Makybe Diva carried the heaviest weight of any mare (58 kilograms) to win her third Melbourne Cup in 2005.

Melbourne Cup Winners

Below you will find the Melbourne Cup winners since 2000, for a full list of winning horses see Melbourne Cup Winners.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Race Time
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

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