Melbourne Cup

  • Type: Group 1 handicap race
  • Distance: 3200 metres
  • Age: 3 year old and over
  • Racecourse: Flemington, Melbourne
  • 1st Place Prize Money: $3,300,000 plus trophies to owner, trainer, jockey, groom (Tommy Woodcock trophy) and breeder
  • Minimum handicap weight: 3yo 49 kg, 4yo+ 50 kg

Positively the most anticipated and well known horse race in Australia, the Melbourne Cup is what horse racing is all about. Stand out horses, legendary trainers, renowned jockeys, an enormous amount of money and over 100,000 spectators are what make the Melbourne Cup “the race that stops a nation”. It is the richest handicap in the world and is the aim for all horse owners, trainers and jockeys.

Bart Cummings has won the Cup twelve times and has now been proclaimed the “Cup’s King” and the late Etienne de Mestre trained 5 Cup winners. Another Cup legend is definitely Makybe Diva, with 3 Melbourne Cup winnings to her name in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Kingston Rule is the current race record holder after his superb win in 1990 in 3 minutes 16.30 seconds and Carbine carried 65.5 kg in 1890 to be the highest weighted horse to win the Melbourne Cup. The only jockey to win a total of 4 Melbourne Cups was Bobbie Lewis, winner of more than 900 races in his 40 year career.

The legendary Phar Lap was the shortest priced favourite to win in 1930 with his odds at 11-8 and remains the only horse to have started as the favourite in three consecutive Melbourne Cups. Unlike other races, the barrier numbers at the Melbourne Cup have had no impact on whether a horse will win. Amongst the 24 positions available, winners have come out of almost every stall and some racehorses have even managed to win the race multiple times including Archer in 1861 and 1862, Peter Pan in 1932 and 1934, Rain Lover in 1968 and 1969, Think Big in 1974 and 1975 and Makybe Diva in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Furthermore, eleven horses have managed to win the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup double including Poseidon (1906), The Trump (1937), Rivette (1939), Rising Fast (1954), Even Stevens (1962), Galilee (1966), Gurner’s Lane (1982), Let’s Elope (1991), Doriemus (1995), Might and Power (1997) and Ethereal (2001).

With a race so rich in history it is no wonder it is so highly regarded in Australian culture and even more so why the people of Victoria are given a public holiday on the day to celebrate and watch the heart stopping race.

2015 Melbourne Cup Field

The 2015 Melbourne Cup field will be displayed below.

2015 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

Publicly released on Monday, October 26th, the 2015 Melbourne Cup second acceptances will be provided below.

2015 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

The 2015 Melbourne Cup first acceptances will be officially announced on Tuesday, October 6th. The 2015 Melbourne Cup first acceptances will be outlined below.

2015 Melbourne Cup Nominations

Set to be released on September 1st, the 2015 Melbourne Cup nominations will no doubt feature a number of impressive horses. The 2015 Melbourne Cup weights will be released on September 15th.

Melbourne Cup Winners

Year Horse
2015 TBD
2014 Protectionist
2013 Fiorente
2012 Green Moon
2011 Dunaden
2010 Americain
2009 Shocking
2008 Viewed
2007 Efficient
2006 Delta Blues
2005 Makybe Diva
2004 Makybe Diva
2003 Makybe Diva
2002 Media Puzzle
2001 Ethereal
2000 Brew
1999 Rogan Josh
1998 Jezabeel
1997 Might And Power
1996 Saintly
1995 Doriemus
1994 Jeune
1993 Vintage Crop
1992 Subzero
1991 Let’s Elope
1990 Kingston Rule
1989 Tawrrific
1988 Empire Rose
1987 Kensei
1986 At Talaq
1985 What A Nuisance
1984 Black Knight
1983 Kiwi
1982 Gurner’s Lane
1981 Just A Dash
1980 Beldale Ball
1979 Hyperno
1978 Arwon
1977 Gold And Black
1976 Van Der Hum
1975 Think Big
1974 Think Big
1973 Gala Supreme
1972 Piping Lane
1971 Silver Knight
1970 Baghdad Note
1969 Rain Lover
1968 Rain Lover
1967 Red Handed
1966 Galilee
1965 Light Fingers
1964 Polo Prince
1963 Gatum Gatum
1962 Even Stevens
1961 Lord Fury
1960 Hi Jinx
1959 Macdougal
1958 Baystone
1957 Straight Draw
1956 Evening Peal
1955 Toparoa
1954 Rising Fast
1953 Wodalla
1952 Dalray
1951 Delta
1950 Comic Court
1949 Foxzami
1948 Rimfire
1947 Hiraji
1946 Russia
1945 Rainbird
1944 Sirius
1943 Dark Felt
1942 Colonus
1941 Skipton
1940 Old Rowley
1939 Rivette
1938 Catalogue
1937 The Trump
1936 Wotan
1935 Marabou
1934 Peter Pan
1933 Hall Mark
1932 Peter Pan
1931 White Nose
1930 Phar Lap
1929 Nightmarch
1928 Statesman
1927 Trivalve
1926 Spearfelt
1925 Windbag
1924 Backwood
1923 Bitalli
1922 King Ingoda
1921 Sister Olive
1920 Poitrel
1919 Artilleryman
1918 Night Watch
1917 Westcourt
1916 Sasanof
1915 Patrobas
1914 Kingsburgh
1913 Posinatus
1912 Piastre
1911 The Parisian
1910 Comedy King
1909 Prince Foote
1908 Lord Nolan
1907 Apologue
1906 Poseidon
1905 Blue Spec
1904 Acrasia
1903 Lord Cardigan
1902 The Victory
1901 Revenue
1900 Clean Sweep
1899 Merriwee
1898 The Grafter
1897 Gaulus
1896 Newhaven
1895 Auraria
1894 Patron
1893 Tarcoola
1892 Glenloth
1891 Malvolio
1890 Carbine
1889 Bravo
1888 Mentor
1887 Dunlop
1886 Arsenal
1885 Sheet Anchor
1884 Malua
1883 Martini Henry
1882 The Assyrian
1881 Zulu
1880 Grand Flaneur
1879 Darriwell
1878 Calamia
1877 Chester
1876 Briseis
1875 Wolloma
1874 Haricot
1873 Don Juan
1872 The Quack
1871 The Pearl
1870 Nimblefoot
1869 Warrior
1868 Glencoe
1867 Tim Whiffler
1866 The Barb
1865 Toryboy
1864 Lantern
1863 Banker
1862 Archer
1861 Archer