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The 2019 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.

2019 Melbourne Cup Results

  • 1st: Vow And Declare
  • 2nd: Prince Of Arran
  • 3rd: Il Paradiso
  • 4th: Master Of Reality

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 2019 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

The 2019 Melbourne Cup field will be released on Saturday 2nd November.

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.

2019 Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 12x1x1x434 CROSS COUNTER (GB) Charlie Appleby William Buick 5 57.5kg
2 211x11x1x1 MER DE GLACE (JPN) Hisashi Shimizu Damian Lane 2 56kg
3 7250×14335 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Frankie Dettori 1 55.5kg
4 2x0x1322x3 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 13 55.5kg
5 37×3264413 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 14 55.5kg
6 3344465881 HUNTING HORN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Seamie Heffernan 11 55kg
7 220×344216 LATROBE (IRE) Joseph O’Brien James McDonald 22 55kg
8 4x1x723516 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Damien Oliver 6 55kg
9 251557×790 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 12 55kg
10 423x2411x7 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Hugh Bowman 19 55kg
11 x1x34x5125 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4 54kg
12 8x49x58321 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 8 54kg
13 1x6x237x4x RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) Richard Hannon Jamie Spencer 3 54kg
14 x196112x31 DOWNDRAFT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien John Allen 15 53.5kg
15 2×53220224 MAGIC WAND (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 24 53.5kg
16 2x30x80709 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 23 53.5kg
17 00x048x070 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney James Winks 10 53.5kg
18 1514132×41 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Jordan Childs 20 53.5kg
19 531×212224 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 7 52.5kg
20 322×17135 IL PARADISO (USA) Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 17 52.5kg
21 x11111x467 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony Freedman Brett Prebble 16 52.5kg
22 0141×59195 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Tim Clark 18 52kg
23 1x36621x42 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 21 52kg
24 x059x87873 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 9 52kg

2019 Melbourne Cup Nominations

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 20x4614x9x ALFARRIS (FR) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
2 461214253x ALIFEROUS M 4 Kris Lees
3 834x68x90x AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 8 Anthony Freedman
4 11x351424x ANGEL OF HEAVEN M 4 Kris Lees
5 x11x16511x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 4 Gwenda Markwell
6 53145x143x ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 5 Kris Lees
7 0x11511x4x AVILIUS (GB) G 6 James Cummings
8 2x8830611x AZURO (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
9 322x1x2x3x BARSANTI (IRE) G 8 Roger Varian
10 058x255x2x BASS (JPN) G 6 Liam Howley
11 1x41x3324x BEAU BALMAIN (GER) H 5 Jim Conlan
12 622008326x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees
13 1x1x13x BIN BATTUTA (GB) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor
14 2x0105110x BIZZWINKLE (NZ) G 6 Patrick Payne
15 3647623x1x BLUE BREEZE (NZ) G 6 Allan Morley
16 1x8341469x BONDEIGER H 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
17 2x87400x0x BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
18 1521x BUCKHURST (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
19 CALIBURN (IRE) H 5 Jamie Richards
20 2x3x14093x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
21 5147225x5x CARIF H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
22 121x128x5x CASCADIAN (GB) G 5 James Cummings
23 1x CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
24 12x1x1x43x CROSS COUNTER (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby
25 63318919x CROWN PROSECUTOR H 4 Stephen Marsh
26 210x8131x DABIYR (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
27 0x2468223x DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
28 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) H 4 Andrew Balding
29 9x32964x3x DESERT SKYLINE (IRE) G 6 David Elsworth
30 12x3123x DIVANATION M 5 Tony McEvoy
31 112x122x DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) H 4 Robert Hickmott
32 x217549x8x DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
33 2x DOWNDRAFT (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien
34 5x53314x0x DURETTO (GB) G 8 Matt Cumani
35 543140x ECHO LAD G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
36 EMINENCE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
37 ENTENTE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
38 3111890x8x ETYMOLOGY G 7 James Cummings
39 86x2x0x69x EXEMPLAR (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
40 110x51437x FAIRLIGHT (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees
41 x655x1x34x FINCHE (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
42 4840x5516x GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 7 Archie Alexander
43 8888123x1x GIRL TUESDAY M 5 Chris Waller
44 1102113x5x GLORY DAYS (NZ) M 7 Bill Thurlow
45 546884x12x GOLD MOUNT (GB) G 7 Ian Williams
46 4201x6112x GREY LION (IRE) G 8 Matthew Smith
47 218825616x GUNDOWN G 5 Michael Moroney
48 x8112x513x HAKY (IRE) G 6 John Hammond
49 113x12619x HANG MAN (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney
50 79x818328x HARIPOUR (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
51 21x4520x4x HARRISON (GB) G 7 Liam Howley
52 16184x HEART OF GRACE (JPN) M 5 Frank Pangallo
53 3x16x2172x HOMESMAN (USA) G 6 Liam Howley
54 84x817333x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
55 x33444658x HUNTING HORN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
56 x9239x166x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
57 1x IL PARADISO (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
58 235x55121x ILWENDO (GER) H 6 Matthew Smith
59 247402255x IN A TWINKLING G 4 Jamie Richards
60 244x21124x ISPOLINI (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby
61 712x232x4x JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 7 Liam Howley
62 73x1x JUST THINKIN’ G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
63 x931911x7x KENEDNA M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
64 911317x22x KEW GARDENS (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
65 12x141x3x KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 5 Liam Howley
66 x43236Px5x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
67 11027x LADY YOUNG M 4 Tony McEvoy
68 220x34421x LATROBE (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien
69 3237x4121x LOOKS LIKE ELVIS G 5 Bryan Dais
70 70x364408x LORD FANDANGO (GER) G 7 Archie Alexander
71 8x212x231x LYS GRACIEUX (JPN) M 6 Yoshito Yahagi
72 x2x532202x MAGIC WAND (IRE) M 5 Aidan O’Brien
73 2x2x15521x MARMELO (GB) H 7 Hughie Morrison
74 7250x1433x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien
75 6x192x322x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
76 4x72x21x2x MEINER WUNSCH (JPN) H 6 Takahiro Mizuno
77 x211x11x1x MER DE GLACE (JPN) H 5 Hisashi Shimizu
78 x0254x319x MIDTERM (GB) G 7 Michael & Luke Cerchi
79 12x0x1322x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
80 1x1x3x1x1x MORANDO (FR) G 7 Andrew Balding
81 x131111x5x MOSH MUSIC M 5 Archie Alexander
82 6212x MOUNT EVEREST (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
83 0x5110x78x MOUNTAIN HUNTER (USA) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor
84 11x112131x MR QUICKIE G 4 Phillip Stokes
85 4341x9x00x MUNTAHAA (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
86 4x1x72351x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 7 Kris Lees
87 2x1635678x NELSON (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley
88 2112x30x8x NEUFBOSC (FR) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
89 160x34000x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller
90 3x NORWAY (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
91 ONCE WERE LOST (IRE) G 4 Lindsey Smith
92 64x351211x OUR CANDIDATE (IRE) H 5 Kris Lees
93 4x013x121x OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 9 Kim Waugh
94 10328x277x OUR VENICE BEACH (IRE) H 6 Liam Howley
95 1x46797x9x PATRICK ERIN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller
96 12x332x70x POUNAMU G 8 Michael Kent
97 138x49x58x PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 7 Charlie Fellowes
98 425x14941x QAFILA M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
99 54x44x239x RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 6 William Haggas
100 1x6x237x4x RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) H 5 Richard Hannon
101 153x16639x RE EDIT M 4 Chris Waller
102 0300x1170x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees
103 x3x3222x2x RED GALILEO (GB) G 9 Saeed Bin Suroor
104 500x15610x RED VERDON (USA) H 7 Ed Dunlop
105 192251557x ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
106 11x RULE THE WORLD G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
107 34100x040x RUNAWAY R 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
108 1953x4554x SAUNTER BOY (FR) G 7 Kris Lees
109 211x23727x SCARLET DREAM M 4 Mark Newnham
110 9711575x8x SELF SENSE G 9 David Brideoake
111 2x1x92321x SHRAAOH (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
112 5x42170x4x SIKANDARABAD (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
113 x444740x7x SIR CHARLES ROAD G 6 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
114 x310x3321x SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees
115 32x00x048x SOUND (GER) H 7 Michael Moroney
116 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
117 12x3x3x41x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
118 622x013x3x SPANISH POINT (GB) G 5 Liam Howley
119 122x11111x STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 6 Anthony Freedman
120 x26x536x1x STELLAR IMPACT (JPN) M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
121 3219155x9x STEPS (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
122 STIVERS (ARG) H 6 Dermot K Weld
123 x80x56252x SULLY (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
124 38414x0x3x SUPER TITUS (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
125 112x216x2x SUPERNOVA (GB) H 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
126 11514132x SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 5 Paul Preusker
127 143013215x SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 8 Matthew Smith
128 1x211x TARWIN G 4 Michael Kent
129 11x94x TAVISTOCK DANCER (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
130 TECHNICIAN (IRE) H 4 Martyn Meade
131 x22470141x THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
132 1921249x1x THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 5 Shaune Ritchie
133 453531320x TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney
134 2x01327x5x TORCEDOR (IRE) G 8 Andreas Wohler
135 6x0332169x TRANSACT G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
136 16x5233x9x TRAP FOR FOOLS G 6 Jarrod McLean
137 2x1x TRUE SELF (IRE) M 7 William Mullins
138 2423x2411x TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) H 7 Joseph O’Brien
139 03860x7x0x US ARMY RANGER (IRE) G 7 Liam Howley
140 14x772231x VALAC (IRE) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
141 431x52390x VERNANME (NZ) H 4 Stephen Marsh
142 57x2111x9x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
143 211x36621x VOW AND DECLARE G 4 Danny O’Brien
144 x220x0404x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
145 13x WESTERN AUSTRALIA (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
146 11x211x1x WOLFE (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
147 x33x2x6x6x WREN’S DAY (USA) H 6 James Cummings
148 1x1850x23x YOGI (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
149 276x059x8x YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller
150 436013x10x YUCATAN (IRE) H 6 Liam Howley
151 2221x00x7x YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 5 Chris Waller
152 0x6200013x ZACADA (NZ) G 7 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman

2019 Melbourne Cup Weights

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 911317x22x KEW GARDENS (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 1 58kg 1.5
2 0x11511x42 AVILIUS (GB) G 6 James Cummings 2 57.5kg 2
3 12x1x1x43x CROSS COUNTER (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 3 57.5kg 2
4 8x212x231x LYS GRACIEUX (JPN) M 6 Yoshito Yahagi 4 57kg 1
5 x16x2172x1 HOMESMAN (USA) G 6 Liam Howley 5 56kg 3.5
6 x817333x0x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 56kg 3.5
7 2x2x15521x MARMELO (GB) H 7 Hughie Morrison 7 56kg 3.5
8 7250x1433x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 8 55.5kg 4
9 12x0x1322x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 9 55.5kg 4
10 37x326441x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 10 55.5kg 4
11 x33444658x HUNTING HORN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 11 55kg 4.5
12 244x21124x ISPOLINI (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 12 55kg 4.5
13 712x232x4x JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 7 Liam Howley 13 55kg 4.5
14 220x34421x LATROBE (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 14 55kg 4.5
15 x211x11x1x MER DE GLACE (JPN) H 5 Hisashi Shimizu 15 55kg 4.5
16 4x1x72351x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 7 Kris Lees 16 55kg 4.5
17 192251557x ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 17 55kg 4.5
18 16x5233x90 TRAP FOR FOOLS G 6 Jarrod McLean 18 55kg 4.5
19 2423x2411x TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) H 7 Joseph O’Brien 19 55kg 4.5
20 x21x18482x MORANDO (FR) G 7 Andrew Balding 20 54.5kg 5
21 436013x10x YUCATAN (IRE) H 6 Liam Howley 21 54.5kg 5
22 655x1x34x5 FINCHE (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 22 54kg 5.5
23 546884x12x GOLD MOUNT (GB) G 7 Ian Williams 23 54kg 5.5
24 4341x9x00x MUNTAHAA (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 24 54kg 5.5
25 1x6x237x4x RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) H 5 Richard Hannon 25 54kg 5.5
26 500x15610x RED VERDON (USA) H 7 Ed Dunlop 26 54kg 5.5
27 10x3321x0x SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 27 54kg 5.5
28 11x16511x6 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 4 Gwenda Markwell 28 53.5kg 4.5
29 622008326x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 29 53.5kg 6
30 71x196112x DOWNDRAFT (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 30 53.5kg 6
31 5x53314x09 DURETTO (GB) G 8 Matt Cumani 31 53.5kg 6
32 x2x532202x MAGIC WAND (IRE) M 5 Aidan O’Brien 32 53.5kg 4.5
33 2112x30x80 NEUFBOSC (FR) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 33 53.5kg 6
34 x1x92321x0 SHRAAOH (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 34 53.5kg 6
35 32x00x048x SOUND (GER) H 7 Michael Moroney 35 53.5kg 6
36 x01327x57x TORCEDOR (IRE) G 8 Andreas Wohler 36 53.5kg 6
37 58x550373x DESERT SKYLINE (IRE) G 6 David Elsworth 37 53kg 6.5
38 x931911x78 KENEDNA M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 38 53kg 5
39 x43236Px5x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 39 53kg 6.5
40 1x46797x90 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 40 53kg 6.5
41 138x49x583 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 7 Charlie Fellowes 41 53kg 6.5
42 54x44x239x RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 6 William Haggas 42 53kg 6.5
43 2221x00x79 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 5 Chris Waller 43 53kg 6.5
44 531x21222x CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 44 52.5kg 4
45 0x2468223x DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 45 52.5kg 7
46 112x122x DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) H 4 Robert Hickmott 46 52.5kg 4
47 840x5516x0 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 7 Archie Alexander 47 52.5kg 7
48 01x6112x9x GREY LION (IRE) G 8 Matthew Smith 48 52.5kg 7
49 322x1713x IL PARADISO (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 49 52.5kg 4
50 11x112131x MR QUICKIE G 4 Phillip Stokes 50 52.5kg 5.5
51 013x121x0x OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 9 Kim Waugh 51 52.5kg 7
52 0300x1170x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 52 52.5kg 7
53 322287182x RED GALILEO (GB) G 9 Saeed Bin Suroor 53 52.5kg 7
54 x444740x70 SIR CHARLES ROAD G 6 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 54 52.5kg 7
55 2x11111x4x STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 6 Anthony Freedman 55 52.5kg 7
56 11514132×4 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 5 Paul Preusker 56 52.5kg 7
57 4x68x90x0x AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 8 Anthony Freedman 57 52kg 7.5
58 4542x3335x BARSANTI (IRE) G 8 Roger Varian 58 52kg 7.5
59 15211x BUCKHURST (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien 59 52kg 4.5
60 63318919x CROWN PROSECUTOR H 4 Stephen Marsh 60 52kg 6
61 128x23145x DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) H 4 Andrew Balding 61 52kg 4.5
62 1102113x5x GLORY DAYS (NZ) M 7 Bill Thurlow 62 52kg 6
63 x8112x5132 HAKY (IRE) G 6 John Hammond 63 52kg 7.5
64 9x818328x4 HARIPOUR (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 64 52kg 7.5
65 72x21x2x4x MEINER WUNSCH (JPN) H 6 Takahiro Mizuno 65 52kg 7.5
66 2x1635678x NELSON (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley 66 52kg 7.5
67 12x332x70x POUNAMU G 8 Michael Kent 67 52kg 7.5
68 34100x040x RUNAWAY R 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 68 52kg 7.5
69 5x42170x46 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 69 52kg 7.5
70 3x125161x TECHNICIAN (IRE) H 4 Martyn Meade 70 52kg 4.5
71 57x2111x9x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 71 52kg 4.5
72 211x36621x VOW AND DECLARE G 4 Danny O’Brien 72 52kg 6
73 1x1850x23x YOGI (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 73 52kg 7.5
74 276x059x87 YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller 74 52kg 6
75 2x87400x09 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 75 51.5kg 8
76 0x34000x5x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 76 51.5kg 8
77 1245253x5x STIVERS (ARG) H 6 Dermot K Weld 77 51.5kg 8
78 22470141×5 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 78 51.5kg 6.5
79 x111x1276x TRUE SELF (IRE) M 7 William Mullins 79 51.5kg 6.5
80 2x0105110x BIZZWINKLE (NZ) G 6 Patrick Payne 80 51kg 8.5
81 647623x10x BLUE BREEZE (NZ) G 6 Allan Morley 81 51kg 8.5
82 121x128x5x CASCADIAN (GB) G 5 James Cummings 82 51kg 8.5
83 247402255x IN A TWINKLING G 4 Jamie Richards 83 51kg 7
84 x364408x9x LORD FANDANGO (GER) G 7 Archie Alexander 84 51kg 8.5
85 x0254x319x MIDTERM (GB) G 7 Michael & Luke Cerchi 85 51kg 8.5
86 5x14941x2x QAFILA M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 86 51kg 5.5
87 3013215x6x SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 8 Matthew Smith 87 51kg 8.5
88 10328x277x VENICE BEACH (IRE) H 6 Liam Howley 88 51kg 8.5
89 x33x2x6x6x WREN’S DAY (USA) H 6 James Cummings 89 51kg 8.5
90 6200013x9x ZACADA (NZ) G 7 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 90 51kg 8.5
91 2x8830611x AZURO (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 91 50.5kg 9
92 34812x133x BIN BATTUTA (GB) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor 92 50.5kg 9
93 111890x83x ETYMOLOGY G 7 James Cummings 93 50.5kg 9
94 8888123×13 GIRL TUESDAY M 5 Chris Waller 94 50.5kg 7.5
95 0x5110x785 MOUNTAIN HUNTER (USA) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor 95 50.5kg 9
96 711575x80x SELF SENSE G 9 David Brideoake 96 50.5kg 9
97 6x0332169x TRANSACT G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 97 50.5kg 7.5
98 0x4614x93x ALFARRIS (FR) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98 50kg 9.5
99 1214253x0x ALIFEROUS M 4 Kris Lees 99 50kg 7.5
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101 53145x143x ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 5 Kris Lees 101 50kg 9.5
102 058x255x2x BASS (JPN) G 6 Liam Howley 102 50kg 9.5
103 1x41x33240 BEAU BALMAIN (GER) H 5 Jim Conlan 103 50kg 9.5
104 1x8341469x BONDEIGER H 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 104 50kg 9.5
105 31630x512x CALIBURN (IRE) H 5 Jamie Richards 105 50kg 9.5
106 2x3x14093x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106 50kg 6.5
107 5147225×50 CARIF H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 107 50kg 9.5
108 210x8131x DABIYR (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 108 50kg 9.5
109 12x3123x DIVANATION M 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 109 50kg 9.5
110 x217549x84 DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley 110 50kg 9.5
111 86x133238x EMINENCE (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 111 50kg 9.5
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113 110x51437x FAIRLIGHT (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees 113 50kg 9.5
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115 3x12619x0x HANG MAN (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney 115 50kg 9.5
116 21x4520x4x HARRISON (GB) G 7 Liam Howley 116 50kg 9.5
117 16184x0x HEART OF GRACE (JPN) M 5 Frank Pangallo 117 50kg 9.5
118 9239x1662x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 118 50kg 9.5
119 235x55121x ILWENDO (GER) H 6 Matthew Smith 119 50kg 9.5
120 12x141x33 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 5 Liam Howley 120 50kg 9.5
121 11027x LADY YOUNG M 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 121 50kg 9.5
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123 192x322x2x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 123 50kg 9.5
124 x131111x5x MOSH MUSIC M 5 Archie Alexander 124 50kg 9.5
125 6212x MOUNT EVEREST (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 125 50kg 9.5
126 14x289373x NORWAY (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 126 50kg 8
127 67x ONCE WERE LOST (IRE) G 4 Lindsey Smith 127 50kg 9.5
128 64x351211x OUR CANDIDATE (IRE) H 5 Kris Lees 128 50kg 9.5
129 53x16639x6 RE EDIT M 4 Chris Waller 129 50kg 9.5
130 1953x4554x SAUNTER BOY (FR) G 7 Kris Lees 130 50kg 9.5
131 11x23727x2 SCARLET DREAM M 4 Mark Newnham 131 50kg 6.5
132 222xF1216x SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 132 50kg 9.5
133 22x013x33x SPANISH POINT (GB) G 5 Liam Howley 133 50kg 9.5
134 3219155x9x SPANISH STEPS (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley 134 50kg 9.5
135 x26x536x1x STELLAR IMPACT (JPN) M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 135 50kg 9.5
136 0x56252x9x SULLY (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 136 50kg 9.5
137 8414x0x31x SUPER TITUS (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 137 50kg 9.5
138 112x216x2x SUPERNOVA (GB) H 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 138 50kg 9.5
139 1x211x TARWIN G 4 Michael Kent 139 50kg 9.5
140 11x948x TAVISTOCK DANCER (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 140 50kg 9.5
141 921249x12x THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 5 Shaune Ritchie 141 50kg 9.5
142 53531320×5 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney 142 50kg 9.5
143 3860x7x07x US ARMY RANGER (IRE) G 7 Liam Howley 143 50kg 9.5
144 x772231x6x VALAC (IRE) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 144 50kg 9.5
145 1x52390x2x VERNANME (NZ) H 4 Stephen Marsh 145 50kg 9.5
146 x220x0404x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 146 50kg 9.5
147 43x251078x WESTERN AUSTRALIA (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 147 50kg 9.5
148 11x211x18x WOLFE (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 148 50kg 9.5
149 5431408 ECHO LAD G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 149 49kg 9.5
150 3x ENTENTE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 150 49kg 9.5
151 73x1x JUST THINKIN’ G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 151 49kg 9.5
152 11x RULE THE WORLD G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 152 49kg 9.5

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.

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.

2019 Melbourne Cup Results & Finishing Order

The Final results will be presented below as a table once the race is run on November 5th.

2019 Melbourne Cup Video Replay

A full replay of the 2019 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
2018 Cross Counter Kerrin McEvoy Charlie Appleby 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

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