Melbourne Cup

  • Date: Tuesday November 1, 2016
  • Racecourse: Flemington
  • Race Distance: 3,200m
  • Conditions: 3yo and over Quality Handicap
  • Prize Money: $6.2 million

2016 Melbourne Cup News

Sir John Hawkwood Tracking Well Towards Melbourne Cup

Sir John Hawkwood Tracking Well Towards Melbourne Cup

Trainer John Thompson is pleased with the condition of Group 1 winner Sir John Hawkwood as he continues to work towards the 2016 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington next Tuesday.

The Metropolitan winner Sir John Hawkwood is continuing to work well in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

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The 2016 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 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 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.

2016 Melbourne Cup Results

The full results for the 2016 edition of the Melbourne Cup will be published here once the race has run.

Melbourne Cup Field

The Melbourne Cup field for 2016 will be released on Victoria Derby Day.

2016 Melbourne Cup Final Field

The final field of 24 horses for the 2016 Melbourne Cup will be published below.

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.

2016 Melbourne Cup – Latest Betting

2016 Melbourne Cup Nominations

Flemington Race 7 – 01/11/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 31x221x66x ALMANDIN (GER) G 7 Robert Hickmott 97
2 01x9065x8x ALMOONQITH (USA) H 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 105
3 212x1x7x ALOFT (IRE) H 5 Robert Hickmott 90
4 12x26x5x6x ALPINE EAGLE H 5 Tony McEvoy 103
5 69x603116x AMEXED (NZ) G 6 Tony Gollan
6 146x511x ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
7 03x8148x0x ARAB DAWN (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 99
8 x5x8x1153x ASSIGN (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 92
9 1x0x00915x AUTHORITARIAN G 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 74
10 60x406x46x AZURITE (IRE) G 6 Tony McEvoy 76
11 23x111321x BARSANTI (IRE) G 5 Roger Varian
12 1x22x BATTLECAMP (NZ) G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 66
13 13x BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (GB) M 5 Saeed Bin Suroor
14 1x8331x07x BERISHA G 5 Robert Smerdon 97
15 7x5x23x11x BIG ORANGE (GB) G 6 Michael Bell
16 7x7814251x BOLD SNIPER (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 96
17 1220x11x3x BONDI BEACH (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
18 0Dx13x312x CLONDAW WARRIOR (IRE) G 10 William Mullins
19 5x1321213x COOL CHAP G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
20 2x1x2x3x CURREN MIROTIC (JPN) G 9 Osamu Hirata
21 1x1x DA BIG HOSS (USA) H 6 Michael J Maker
22 6324210x8x DANDY GENT G 5 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 86
23 872188512x DANE HUSSLER M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 73
24 5212246x5x DANJEU (IRE) G 6 John P Thompson
25 23x10x003x DARLUX (FR) G 6 Brian McGrath 64
26 16x7733x8x DE LITTLE ENGINE G 6 Danny O’Brien 93
27 1246x3269x DEE I CEE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
28 0x3121x22x DIVAN (NZ) G 5 Robert Hickmott 86
29 43x433191x DREADED (NZ) G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 65
30 1x11x2x ELITE ARMY (GB) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor
31 x456x9253x ERUPT (IRE) H 5 Francis-Henri Graffard
32 x97170x96x ESCADO G 7 Matt Laurie 101
33 572217x20x EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 106
34 1413x1835x EXOSPHERE (GB) H 5 Sir Michael Stoute
35 110010x90x EXTRA CHOICE (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 71
36 x13057741x FANATIC (NZ) M 4 Graeme Sanders
37 2x009x830x FOUNDRY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 97
38 143x60x46x FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE) G 7 Charlie Appleby
39 35x8421x7x GABELLA (FR) M 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 93
40 x0069x031x GALLANTE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
41 3x08533x7x GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 7 Chris Waller
42 32x1837x8x GREY LION (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani
43 98046x000x GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 5 John Sargent
44 4x2117x8x HANS HOLBEIN (GB) H 5 Robert Hickmott 92
45 x4650x5x2x HARTNELL (GB) G 6 John O’Shea
46 28x332722x HAURAKI G 5 John O’Shea
47 1x HEARTBREAK CITY (FR) G 7 Tony Martin
48 2231122x4x HEAVENS ABOVE M 5 Tim Martin
49 8x41211x1x HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 99
50 5070x67x5x HI WORLD H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 99
51 5x2134412x HOUSESOFPARLIAMENT (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
52 212111134x HOWARD BE THY NAME H 4 Darren Weir
53 14x23321x IDAHO (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
54 IMPORTANT MESSAGE (GB) H 5 Saeed Bin Suroor
55 1x45324x4x JAMEKA M 4 Ciaron Maher 105
56 9x6x1164x KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 90
57 2322x0117x KINEMA (IRE) G 6 Ralph Beckett
58 14141x994x LORD DISICK G 5 Michael Moroney
59 36x163x LORD MACAU G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 64
60 x05x26x34x MANATEE (GB) H 6 John O’Shea
61 3673x7689x MANNDAWI (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 94
62 x976144x3x MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 5 Darren Weir 88
63 2622114x8x MIME (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
64 10x3419x1x MISS ROSE DE LAGO M 6 Danny O’Brien 105
65 653113x67x NOZOMI G 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 86
66 x1x0x0730x OBSERVATIONAL (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 97
67 OCEANOGRAPHER (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby
68 62x083111x O’LONERA G 4 Cindy Alderson 81
69 7x23240x6x ORBEC (FR) G 6 John P Thompson
70 2111x11x1x ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
71 9230x5501x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman
72 x131130x9x PEMBERLEY (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher 82
73 x00111132x PENTATHLON (NZ) G 5 John Wheeler
74 615x05212x PLYMOUTH ROAD (NZ) G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 66
75 1907x4110x PREFERMENT (NZ) H 5 Chris Waller 115
76 55821x2x0x PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) G 7 Darren Weir 113
77 x0800x111x PROTECTIONIST (GER) H 7 Andreas Wohler
78 416x411x0x PROVOCATIVE (NZ) M 4 Tony Pike 102
79 03x165x17x QEWY (IRE) G 7 Charlie Appleby
80 x232x1114x RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 5 Darren Weir 90
81 333132114x REAL LOVE M 6 Darren Weir 108
82 22x1113x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 5 Andreas Wohler
83 6x94121x REPLIQUE (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
84 x063540x2x RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 107
85 675462102x ROSE OF VIRGINIA (NZ) M 7 Lee & Shannon Hope 88
86 817x9x399x RULING DYNASTY H 5 James Cummings
87 816113x88x SACRED MASTER (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
88 3x1412x SARRASIN (GB) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 95
89 33x153413x SCHERZOSO G 5 Tony McEvoy 89
90 2251x3121x SCOTTISH (IRE) G 5 Charlie Appleby
91 122x323x5x SECOND BULLET G 6 Danny O’Brien 93
92 213141x24x SECOND WAVE (IRE) G 5 Charlie Appleby
93 5361x2x12x SECRET NUMBER (GB) G 7 Saeed Bin Suroor 105
94 0x25305x9x SET SQUARE M 5 Ciaron Maher 105
95 2x2124x00x SHAMKIYR (FR) G 6 Darren Weir 90
96 1x2110x0x SHIMRANO (GER) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman
97 4x8xD21x0x SIGNOFF (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 107
98 32x145x22x SINGING (FR) H 7 Kris Lees
99 4212x1322x SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) G 8 John P Thompson
100 6xD1x1x20x SKY HUNTER (GB) G 7 Saeed Bin Suroor
101 447204x77x SPIRITJIM (FR) H 7 Chris Waller
102 34x29x STONE WARRIOR (NZ) G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
103 32314x797x STORM THE STARS (USA) H 5 Chris Waller
104 2157134x6x SWACADELIC (GER) G 6 Aaron Purcell 94
105 3x213115x SWORD FIGHTER (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
106 4821x7x00x TALL SHIP (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 100
107 5x11113x0x TALLY H 4 John O’Shea 98
108 31x4214x8x TARZINO (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 109
109 2113061x TAVAGO (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 108
110 410x81642x THE BANDIT (JPN) H 5 John Sadler 78
111 x43114326x THE MAJOR GENERAL (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
112 2610x5212x THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott 111
113 004451176x THUNDER DOWN UNDER H 4 Chris Waller
114 171x110x2x TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 97
115 5x0x51709x TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 108
116 135240x34x TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) G 6 Ed Dunlop
117 121x TRIP TO RHODOS (FR) G 8 Pavel Tuma
118 026850555x TUNES G 8 Grant Young
119 UNICORN (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
120 x2x1145x5x VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney 78
121 124x91259x WHITE DOLLAR SIGN G 5 John Thom 65
122 1x90324x6x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller
123 3333x2643x WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 8 William Mullins
124 2x0071x07x ZANTECA (NZ) M 7 Darren Weir 93

2016 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

The 2016 Melbourne Cup second acceptances are now published below.

2016 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

Usually released around early October, the Melbourne Cup first acceptances feature some of the worlds best horses. If you would like to read about the horses included in the first acceptances please visit this page.

2016 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights

The 2016 Melbourne Cup nominations will be listed here when they are announced.

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 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 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.

Melbourne Cup Results

2016 Melbourne Cup Results & Finishing Order

The Final results will be posted here once the race is run on 1st November, 2016.

2016 Melbourne Cup Video Replay

A full replay of the 2016 Melbourne cup will be posted here upon the race’s completion.

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 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
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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