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

Leading European Stables Represented In Melbourne Cup Nominations

Leading European Stables Represented In Melbourne Cup Nominations

The 2014 Melbourne Cup could feature horses trained by some of the biggest trainers in Europe after 29 European-trained horses were included in the nominations for the Group 1 event.

The Queen has not had a runner in the Melbourne Cup since Arabian Story finished sixth behind Might And Power in the 1997 edition of the…

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 Nominations

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

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

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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