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The 2017 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 Cup 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.

2017 Melbourne Cup Results

  • 1st: #22 Rekindling
  • 2nd: #7 Johannes Vermeer
  • 3rd: #9 Max Dynamite
  • 4th: #13 Big Duke

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 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.

Follow all the action with the complete 2017 Melbourne Cup Day Results.

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 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.

Since Vintage Crop took out the 1993 edition of the Melbourne Cup it has drawn interest from a variety of places right around the globe and it has developed into the staying championship of the world. Media Puzzle became the second European-trained horse to win the Melbourne Cup when he was piloted to victory by Damien Oliver in 2002 and Japan dominated the 2006 Melbourne Cup when Admire Rakti and Pop Rock finished first and second. Americain gave France their first Melbourne Cup win in 2010 and Dunaden gave them back-to-back wins the following year, while the 2012 and 2013 Melbourne Cup were taken out by horses that started their racing careers in the United Kingdom before being purchased by Australian trainers.

Melbourne Cup Field

2017 Melbourne Cup Final Field

The 2017 Melbourne Cup field has been released.

Flemington Race 7 (3:00pm) – 07/11/2017 

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x2822x1229 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Damian Lane 12 57.5kg 114
2 665111×214 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott Frankie Dettori 14 56.5kg 112
3 212×681352 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Blake Shinn 13 56kg 114
4 242x11711x TIBERIAN (FR) Alain Couetil Olivier Peslier 23 55.5kg 110
5 232x1521x6 MARMELO (GB) Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 16 55kg 109
6 1132x11x5x RED CARDINAL (IRE) Andreas Wohler Kerrin McEvoy 24 55kg 109
7 3x45712x23 JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 3 54.5kg 110
8 x11x330x90 BONDI BEACH (IRE) Robert Hickmott Michael Walker 1 54kg 106
9 1x2x30x91x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) William Mullins Zac Purton 2 54kg 107
10 121x5x7620 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Glen Boss 6 54kg 107
11 3642×94491 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 20 54kg 107
12 0x81424440 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) William Mullins Stephen Baster 8 54kg 107
13 113×550214 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 5 53.5kg 107
14 428×320386 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jamie Spencer 22 53.5kg 104
15 6510×39341 BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 9 53kg (incl. 1.0kg penalty) 105
16 031x270x07 GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Michael Dee 18 53kg 99
17 746Px61652 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Dwayne Dunn 7 53kg 107
18 202x024x1x NAKEETA (GB) Iain Jardine Glyn Schofield 19 53kg 105
19 2612×05442 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 11 53kg 109
20 11x6248x22 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) Hugo Palmer Craig Williams 15 53kg 105
21 9P01712x72 THOMAS HOBSON (GB) William Mullins Joao Moreira 21 52kg 103
22 210×140124 REKINDLING (GB) Joseph O’Brien Corey Brown 4 51.5kg 110
23 214×839410 AMELIE’S STAR Darren Weir Dean Yendall 10 51kg 103
24 2325210331 CISMONTANE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Beau Mertens (a) 17 50kg 99

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, Irish St. Leger (IRE), or Tenno Sho (JPN). 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.

Read about the official final field for the 2017 Melbourne Cup.

2017 Melbourne Cup Nominations

2017 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances

2017 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

The Second acceptances have been taken as of 30th October and include 36 runners, these can now been seen published below. the Melbourne Cup first acceptances feature some of the worlds best horses.

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight (Penalty) Hcp Rating
1 6510×39341 BOOM TIME H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 1 53kg (1.0kg) 7.5
2 214×839410 AMELIE’S STAR M 6 Darren Weir 2 51kg 7
3 x2822x1229 HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings 3 57.5kg 2
4 665111×214 ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott 4 56.5kg 3
5 7311×68139 JON SNOW (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 5 54.5kg 3.5
6 212×681352 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 6 56kg 3.5
7 242x11711x TIBERIAN (FR) H 6 Alain Couetil 7 55.5kg 4
8 210×140124 REKINDLING (GB) H 4 Joseph O’Brien 8 51.5kg 4
9 1132x11x5x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 6 Andreas Wohler 9 55kg 4.5
10 232x1521x6 MARMELO (GB) H 5 Hughie Morrison 10 55kg 4.5
11 2612×05442 SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive 11 53kg 5
12 3x45712x23 JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 12 54.5kg 5
13 3642×94491 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 9 Chris Waller 13 54kg 5.5
14 1x2x30x91x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 8 William Mullins 14 54kg 5.5
15 121x5x7620 VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 15 54kg 5.5
16 0x81424440 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 9 William Mullins 16 54kg 5.5
17 x11x330x90 BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 17 54kg 5.5
18 428×320386 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 18 53.5kg 6
19 113×550214 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 19 53.5kg 6
20 031x270x07 GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 20 53kg 6.5
21 746Px61652 LIBRAN (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 21 53kg 6.5
22 22x141x40x QEWY (IRE) G 8 Charlie Appleby 22 53kg 6.5
23 202x024x1x NAKEETA (GB) G 7 Iain Jardine 23 53kg 6.5
24 11x6248x22 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 5 Hugo Palmer 24 53kg 6.5
25 8400×72586 ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent 25 51.5kg 6.5
26 9P01712x72 THOMAS HOBSON (GB) G 8 William Mullins 26 52kg 7.5
27 4x386x5158 HARLEM (GB) H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 27 51.5kg (0.5kg) 8.5
28 x39x12x139 ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 28 51.5kg 8
29 30x33x2410 FOUNDRY (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 29 51kg (1.0kg) 8.5
30 2x542x9981 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney 30 50.5kg (0.5kg)
31 97860×0496 PENTATHLON (NZ) G 6 John Wheeler 31 50.5kg 9
32 5223×54165 COOL CHAP G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 32 50kg 9.5
33 x232521033 CISMONTANE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 33= 50kg 9.5
34 1735111636 KELLSTORM (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 33= 50kg 9.5
35 x621x02003 GUARDINI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 35 53kg 6.5
36 4×54114112 ALWARD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 36 50kg 9.5

2017 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights

The 2017 Melbourne Cup nominations are announced and listed 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

Melbourne Cup Form Guide

Melbourne Cup Trophies

The Melbourne Cup Trophies – photo © Taron Clarke

Read the complete Melbourne Cup Form Guide for 2017.

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.

The influx of European horses contesting the Melbourne Cup means that there are a wide variety of form lines heading into the race, but European-trained horses that run in the Melbourne Cup without having a lead-up run in Australia have an extremely poor record. Vintage Crop (1993) is the only horse that has achieved this feat, while the likes of Give The Slip (second in 2001), Crime Scene (second in 2009) and Red Cadeaux (second in 2011 and 2013) have gone very close without success.

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 Melbourne Cup 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 laid on the Melbourne Cup is the Melbourne Cup 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 field 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.

The Melbourne Cup is always a very difficult race for punters and in the last thirty years the only favourites that have saluted in the race are Let’s Elope (1991), Might And Power (1997), Jezabeel (1998), Makybe Diva (2004, 2005), and Fiorente (2013).

Melbourne Cup Odds

Melbourne Cup odds are usually released in the weeks approaching the race. Future odds may be released many months before. These allow you to receive much larger odds on some of the early favourites; 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).

There have not been any monumental upsets in the Melbourne Cup in recent years, but Tawriffic (30/1), Viewed (40/1) and Green Moon (20/1) were all able to win the race at sizeable odds.

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. Because so many horses come from overseas, their runs in other countries will also affect their Melbourne Cup odds. Even though Flemington is a very unique course, and the Australian climate is different to elsewhere in the world, strong staying performances overseas usually translate to strong performances in Australia.

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.

Overall, there are an enormous number of factors that you can take into calculation. Around the start of November each year, hundreds of supposed Melbourne Cup tipping experts appear out of nowhere, and their tips will range from the insane to the impossible. It’s almost always best to simply do as much research as you can and form your own opinions. Considering the nature of the race, anyone’s Melbourne Cup tip has a chance of coming through.

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).

In recent years there have been very few Australian-bred horses in the Melbourne Cup field and the majority of horses have either been prepared by trainers in Europe or started their racing careers in Europe being being purchased by Australian racing connections. The only horses in the 2014 Melbourne Cup that were bred in Australia were Fawkner and Unchain My Heart.

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 includes 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 or Group 3 races held on Melbourne Cup Day, the Melbourne Cup is the only Group 1 race to take place on the day. The Melbourne Cup is always Race 7 on Melbourne Cup Day and takes place at 3pm (AEDT).

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.

2017 Melbourne Cup Results & Finishing Order

The Final results are now published below.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 22 REKINDLING (GB) Joseph O’Brien Corey Brown 4 51.5kg $15
2 7 JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 0.4L 3 54.5kg $13
3 9 MAX DYNAMITE (FR) William Mullins Zac Purton 2.9L 2 54kg $20
4 13 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 5.65L 5 53.5kg $21
5 18 NAKEETA (GB) Iain Jardine Glyn Schofield 6.4L 19 53kg $41
6 21 THOMAS HOBSON (GB) William Mullins Ben Allen (a) 8.65L 20 52kg $21
7 4 TIBERIAN (FR) Alain Couetil Olivier Peslier 9.15L 22 55.5kg $31
8 17 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Dwayne Dunn 9.65L 7 53kg $61
9 5 MARMELO (GB) Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 9.75L 16 55kg $7
10 12 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) William Mullins Stephen Baster 10.5L 8 54kg $71
11 6 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Andreas Wohler Kerrin McEvoy 11.25L 23 55kg $16
12 2 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott Frankie Dettori 11.45L 14 56.5kg $7
13 24 CISMONTANE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Beau Mertens (a) 12.2L 17 50kg $41
14 23 AMELIE’S STAR Darren Weir Dean Yendall 12.95L 10 51kg $26
15 15 BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 13.95L 9 53kg (incl. 1.0kg penalty) $34
16 20 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) Hugo Palmer Craig Williams 15.45L 15 53kg $11
17 19 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 15.85L 11 53kg $31
18 14 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jamie Spencer 16.15L 21 53.5kg $71
19 3 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Blake Shinn 16.65L 13 56kg $11
20 1 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Damian Lane 28.65L 12 57.5kg $26
21 10 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Glen Boss 30.15L 6 54kg $34
22 8 BONDI BEACH (IRE) Robert Hickmott Michael Walker 31.4L 1 54kg $71
23 16 GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Michael Dee 99.9L 18 53kg $91
11 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 0

2017 Melbourne Cup Video Replay

A full replay of the 2017 Melbourne cup will be posted here upon the race’s completion.

Melbourne Cup Results

Dunaden

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 was the Melbourne Cup winner 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. Melbourne Cup winning times are also displayed. If you’re interested in following Melbourne Cup jockeys or trainers, their names are also recorded below. For a full list of winning horses see Melbourne Cup Winners.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Race Time
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

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