The 2018 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.

2018 Melbourne Cup Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD
  • 4th: TBD

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 2018 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

2018 Melbourne Cup Final Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x3195x1111 BEST SOLUTION (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Pat Cosgrave 6 57.5kg 114
2 x512433x43 THE CLIFFSOFMOHER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 9 56.5kg 112
3 57x150x11x MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE) Ian Williams Corey Brown 17 56kg 111
4 5x211250x0 CHESTNUT COAT (JPN) Yoshito Yahagi Yuga Kawada 4 55.5kg 110
5 1796x4341x MUNTAHAA (IRE) John Gosden Jim Crowley 13 55.5kg 110
6 144x1132x0 SOUND CHECK (GER) Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 16 55.5kg 110
7 x6731x7694 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Ben Melham 18 55.5kg 110
8 5462×02410 ACE HIGH David Payne Tye Angland 22 55kg 110
9 1x69x2112x MARMELO (GB) Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 10 55kg 109
10 3326×11114 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 11 54.5kg 1.5kg 109
11 2x436013x1 YUCATAN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien James McDonald 23 54.5kg 2.5kg 108
12 56164×5266 AUVRAY (FR) Richard Freedman Tommy Berry 1 54kg 107
13 13x655x1x3 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Zac Purton 15 54kg 107
0 x5x0x08030 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Darren Weir Damien Oliver (late alt) 5 54kg 102
15 21x05x4059 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 2 54kg 104
16 7829×79401 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 7 54kg 105
17 2188632×31 A PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 20 53kg 105
18 1x5x005770 NAKEETA (GB) Iain Jardine Regan Bayliss 3 53kg 105
19 4513×01473 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Dwayne Dunn 14 53kg 102
20 58402×0080 ZACADA (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 24 53kg 100
21 231130×341 RUNAWAY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 12 52kg 1.5kg 102
22 11113×6327 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Craig Williams 8 51.5kg 107
23 11x24112x CROSS COUNTER (GB) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 19 51kg 109
24 3×41922515 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 21 51kg 109

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.

2018 Melbourne Cup Nominations

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 46x0022x4x ABDON (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 82
2 1x55462x0x ACE HIGH H 4 David Payne
3 21x21x214x ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) H 5 Darren Weir
4 843320x68x AL HARAM (FR) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 83
5 5x0x92834x AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 7 Anthony Freedman 109
6 2131222x ANOTHER DOLLAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
7 7x56164x5x AUVRAY (FR) G 8 Richard Freedman
8 1x3326x11x AVILIUS (GB) G 5 James Cummings
9 4112x0873x AZURO (FR) G 5 Darren Weir 75
10 x31311440x BEDFORD (NZ) G 5 Anthony Freedman 82
11 7x314461x BELGRAVIA (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 80
12 1x03438x7x BEST OF DAYS (GB) H 5 James Cummings
13 1x3195x11x BEST SOLUTION (IRE) H 5 Saeed Bin Suroor
14 5021443x0x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 107
15 1111x1160x BONNEVAL (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
16 1021x22x3x BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
17 222x1x334x CALIBRATION (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 68
18 361x16246x CASTERTON (IRE) H 5 Andre Fabre
19 1x1x CHELKAR (FR) G 6 William Mullins
20 222x35113x CHEQUERED FLAG (NZ) G 7 Darren Weir 87
21 15x211250x CHESTNUT COAT (JPN) H 5 Yoshito Yahagi
22 78x512433x CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
23 60x312561x COMIN’ THROUGH G 5 Chris Waller
24 5651111x0x CORDERO G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 95
25 26x1353x2x COUNT OCTAVE (GB) H 5 Andrew Balding
26 11x24112x CROSS COUNTER (GB) G 4 Charlie Appleby
27 71x735900x CULLINGWORTH (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 70
28 x6x10x246x DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
29 497418x00x DANDY GENT G 7 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 84
30 1x7x4x46x DANON ROMAN (JPN) H 5 Anthony Freedman 70
31 1x13714x3x D’ARGENTO H 4 Chris Waller 106
32 x0x250272x DEAUVILLE (IRE) H 6 Aidan O’Brien
33 32321x3x DESERT SKYLINE (IRE) G 5 David Elsworth
34 14x1331x1x DIVINE UNICORN (GB) G 5 Matthew Dunn
35 1x1x1x22x DOHA DREAM (FR) H 6 Andre Fabre
36 x332120x9x DOMED M 5 John P Thompson
37 54x217549x DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley 100
38 x3x15x533x DURETTO (GB) G 7 Andrew Balding
39 70x400521x EGG TART M 5 Chris Waller 107
40 7x623x2x1x EMOTIONLESS (IRE) H 6 Charlie Appleby
41 4111251x7x ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 6 Matt Cumani 95
42 213x86x2x EXEMPLAR (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 85
43 313x655x1x FINCHE (GB) H 5 Andre Fabre
44 1x FLAG OF HONOUR (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
45 361431105x GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 6 Darren Weir
46 2x111x2x GAME STARTER (IRE) H 5 Saeed Bin Suroor
47 3x GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
48 128x11x0x GOLDEN AUTHORITY (NZ) G 5 Matt Cumani 73
49 3x1111x5x GRUNT (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 106
50 21x020030x GUARDINI (FR) G 8 Darren Weir 95
51 321x1111x HAMADA (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby
52 131x590x9x HANS HOLBEIN (GB) G 7 Liam Howley 92
53 x900x6x60x HAPPY MOMENT (JPN) H 9 Anthony Freedman 98
54 510x71491x HARIPOUR (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 78
55 7x28167x0x HARLEM (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 109
56 140x621x4x HARRISON (GB) G 6 Liam Howley 93
57 10x114209x HE EKSCELS (NZ) G 5 Richard Laming 73
58 1x HERE AND NOW (GB) G 5 Ralph Beckett
59 19x31x0x1x HIGH BRIDGE (GB) G 8 Chris Waller
60 98x37x131x HIGHLAD G 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
61 343x312x6x HIYAAM (NZ) M 4 Mick Price 103
62 412153x16x HOMESMAN (USA) G 5 Liam Howley 105
63 20x4184x8x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 116
64 1x HUNTING HORN (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
65 213x HUSH WRITER (JPN) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
66 45x814533x IDAHO (IRE) H 6 Aidan O’Brien
67 331x03x ILWENDO (GER) H 5 Matthew Smith
68 x3620x402x INVICTUS PRINCE (GB) G 6 Matthew Smith
69 5333x1x61x JAAMEH (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 92
70 2134x74x9x JAKE’S HILL (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
71 311x68139x JON SNOW (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 110
72 369x00640x KELLSTORM (IRE) H 6 Darren Weir 81
73 41x329113x KEW GARDENS (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
74 64x362x53x KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 7 Liam Howley 89
75 1x11111x4x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 102
76 11x501211x LADIES FIRST (NZ) M 6 Allan Sharrock
77 3x1x LAGOSTOVEGAS (IRE) M 7 William Mullins
78 4452622x1x LANCASTER BOMBER (USA) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
79 37x7311x3x LANGLEY (JPN) H 8 Darren Weir
80 2x22117x LATROBE (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
81 528x420x8x LIBRAN (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller
82 920x93116x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 103
83 114x39770x LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 6 Archie Alexander
84 14x6110x4x LUVALUVA (NZ) M 4 John Sargent
85 57x150x11x MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE) G 7 Ian Williams
86 1x69x2112x MARMELO (GB) H 6 Hughie Morrison
87 81x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
88 6321x9957x MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 7 Darren Weir 87
89 45221x111x MATERIAL MAN G 7 Justin Warwick
90 36x004707x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 9 William Mullins
91 948x16313x MEGABLAST (NZ) G 7 Darren Weir
92 36164x0x0x MIDTERM (GB) G 6 Liam Howley 98
93 741x780x0x MIGHTY BOSS H 4 Mick Price 104
94 13323x0x MILSEAIN (NZ) M 4 Kris Lees
95 16116x MING (IRE) G 4 Joseph O’Brien
96 x419337x3x MISS ADMIRATION M 4 Mick Price 89
97 1x1327287x MONGOLIANCONQUEROR (NZ) G 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
98 11589x720x MR CLARIFY (NZ) G 6 Wayne Walters 84
99 4x57x15x8x MR GARCIA (GB) G 6 Darren Weir 92
100 363x27314x MR MOONLIGHT MAGIC (GB) H 6 James Cummings
101 1796x4341x MUNTAHAA (IRE) G 6 John Gosden
102 2x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 6 Ger Lyons
103 x1x5x0057x NAKEETA (GB) G 8 Iain Jardine
104 0x8914228x NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
105 112x16356x NELSON (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
106 6412141x2x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 91
107 1131119x4x NORTHWEST PASSAGE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
108 8x6427x34x ODEON (NZ) G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 98
109 72x203x60x ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (IRE) R 7 Chris Waller
110 7424x02x6x OPPOSITION (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
111 x2x115627x ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 98
112 572333240x ORMITO (GER) G 6 Darren Weir
113 20x051121x OUR ABBADEAN (NZ) M 6 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
114 40x11x OUR LIBRETTO (NZ) M 5 Grahame Begg 68
115 3110328x2x OUR VENICE BEACH (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 104
116 1182x5134x PACODALI (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 102
117 3114656x6x PATRICK ERIN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller
118 60x049632x PENTATHLON (NZ) G 7 John Wheeler
119 151330x00x PERIBSEN (IRE) H 6 John O’Shea
120 11x824116x PIONEERTOWN (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 78
121 111x31x31x PLEIN CIEL (GER) G 6 Darren Weir 97
122 13173x5x6x POETIC DREAM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98
123 16112x332x POUNAMU G 7 Alan Mathews 108
124 5x2188632x PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 6 Charlie Fellowes
125 x9066x9x3x PRIZE MONEY (GB) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor
126 x11x5x0x0x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 108
127 1x1422225x RED VERDON (USA) H 6 Ed Dunlop
128 842512226x REZEALIENT G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
129 212x04331x RISING RED (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
130 332230x02x ROMANESQUE (IRE) H 6 Jarrod McLean 75
131 13x419225x ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
132 x90231130x RUNAWAY R 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 80
133 x2x38x947x SATONO RASEN (JPN) H 7 Chris Waller
134 611212112x SELF SENSE G 8 David Brideoake 97
135 3361x8899x SENSE OF OCCASION G 8 Kris Lees 107
136 0x0x050x0x SHIMRANO (GER) G 7 Michael Hickmott
137 x4300x412x SHRAAOH (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
138 4x43462L1x SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 90
139 420x22525x SINGLE GAZE M 6 Chris Waller
140 3314513x0x SIR CHARLES ROAD G 5 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
141 23x SIR CHAUVELIN (GB) G 7 Jim Goldie
142 31x691420x SIR JOHN LAVERY (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 95
143 750x55211x SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 99
144 732x03705x SOLE IMPACT (JPN) H 7 Hirofumi Toda
145 x251711x8x SOPRESSA M 4 Darren Weir 97
146 2144x1132x SOUND CHECK (GER) H 6 Peter Schiergen
147 3219155x9x STEPS (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley 97
148 2x12x4310x STRATUM (GB) G 6 William Mullins
149 x11432x80x SULLY (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
150 SUPERNOVA (GB) H 4 David Simcock
151 126x SURREY G 6 Graeme Rogerson
152 51x SYDNEY BLUE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
153 0000x0076x TALL SHIP (IRE) G 8 Darren Weir 91
154 20116x00x TAVISTOCK ABBEY (NZ) G 4 Anthony Freedman 68
155 1416400x0x THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
156 1x3x33855x THE PENTAGON (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
157 2111x6241x THE STATESMAN (GB) G 5 Darren Weir 82
158 25041x8x7x THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 107
159 131x THINKIN’ BIG C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
160 2x726x6x5x THOMAS HOBSON (GB) G 9 William Mullins
161 x70x47x25x TIBERIAN (FR) H 7 Alain Couetil
162 464521221x TIFFANY’S LASS M 5 Danny Laws 81
163 74x612825x TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 5 Michael Moroney 77
164 5x22x0132x TORCEDOR (IRE) G 7 Andreas Wohler
165 8x72x3x56x TOSEN BASIL (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 109
166 1116x6321x TRAP FOR FOOLS G 5 Jarrod McLean 101
167 11x0121x6x UNFORGOTTEN M 4 Chris Waller
168 8x3203860x US ARMY RANGER (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley 101
169 110x81112x VALAC (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 78
170 998121x05x VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 7 Michael Moroney 103
171 00x437829x VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
172 35x463144x VIN DE DANCE (NZ) G 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
173 x6248x220x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
174 14x621x33x WALTON STREET (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby
175 x22x132x2x WEEKENDER (GB) H 5 John Gosden
176 53x6830x4x WHEAL LEISURE M 5 Archie Alexander 84
177 4491x6731x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 10 Chris Waller
178 2121x31x1x WITHHOLD (GB) G 6 Roger Charlton
179 x94273214x WOLFE TONE (NZ) H 4 Francis Finnegan 62
180 46x4421x2x YOGI (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 94
181 54x311113x YOUNGSTAR M 4 Chris Waller
182 1x32x3x YUCATAN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
183 325158402x ZACADA (NZ) G 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman

2018 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances

2018 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

2018 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights

The 2018 Melbourne Cup nominations will be announced during Spring and will be published below.

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.

2018 Melbourne Cup Results & Finishing Order

The Final results will be presented below as a table once the race is run on October 6th.

2018 Melbourne Cup Video Replay

A full replay of the 2018 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
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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