The Melbourne Cup brings the nation of Australia to a standstill on the first Tuesday in November each year around 3pm, as over 100,000 people descend on Flemington racecourse for our most famous race - the Melbourne Cup. The race is run over a distance of 3200 metres under handicap conditions and worth $6,175,000 in prizemoney. The 2015 Melbourne Cup was won by Prince Of Penzance from Max Dynamite with Criterion third.
The four-day 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival is the pinnacle of the Melbourne spring racing carnival and the Melbourne Cup has grown to become the richest handicap event in the world over 2 miles. Visit our 2016 Melbourne Cup Day information page for more Cup Day details including the schedule of races for the day.
The Melbourne Cup is a gruelling two mile race that assembles a field of up to 24 local and international horses under handicap conditions where finding the winner can often be very difficult, due to all the variables that make the race what it is.
Races such as the Gr2 The Lexus Stakes or Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes on Derby Day are traditional lead up races to the Melbourne Cup, while the Gr3 Geelong Cup has provided two recent Melbourne Cup winners in Dunaden (2011) and American (2010).
The Melbourne Cup also combines with the Caulfield Cup to form the major Cup's double of the Spring. Betting markets are announced a few months in advance before both Cups are run and huge money is outlaid trying to back the winner of both races to score a big multiple double result.
Former champion mare Makybe Diva won the Melbourne Cup three years in succession 2003, 2004 and 2005 and is the only thoroughbred to achieve that honour in the long history of the great race. The Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes is named in the brilliant mare's honour.
Ballarat jockey Michelle Payne became the forst female rider to win the Melbourne Cup when she guided Prince Of Penzance (2015) to victory in front of more than 100,000 people.
The Melbourne Cup has become a global event since 1993 with a number of international horses from a variety of countries making the trek to Australia in a hit and run mission to win the big prizemoney on offer.
The Irish owned and trained Vintage Crop won the Cup in 1993 and connections scored again with Media Puzzle in 2002, while the Godolphin's Central Park ran a top second place in 1999. Other visitors such as English stayers Give The Slip 2nd in 2001 and Persian Punch 3nd in 1998 and 2001 were top efforts.
Star Irish stayer Vinnie Roe was unlucky to run into three time winner Makybe Diva in 2004 when he finished a creditable second. The world class Japanese stayers Delta Blues and Pop Rock finished first and second by a big margin in 2006 and took the Melbourne Cup to new heights on the worldwide racing stage. English galloper Bauer just missed winning the Cup in 2008 when he flew home late to be beaten by the narrowest of margins.
Prince Of Penzance (2015) finished runner-up in the Gr2 Moonee Valley Stakes over 2500m at Moonee Valley prior to winning the 2015 Melbourne Cup and recent Melbourne Cup winners include Protectionist (2014) and Fiorente (2013).
2015 Melbourne Cup result
1. $101.00 Prince Of Penzance 53.0 Ms Michelle Payne
2. $13.00 Max Dynamite 55.0 Frankie Dettori
3. $19.00 Criterion 57.5 Michael Walker
4. $6.00 Trip To Paris 55.0 Tommy Berry
5. $61.00 Big Orange 55.5 Jamie Spencer
6. $41.00 Gust Of Wind 51.0 Chad Schofield
7. $31.00 Excess Knowledge 51.0 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $31.00 The Offer 54.0 Damien Oliver
9. $81.00 Quest For More 53.5 Damian Lane
10. $21.00 Our Ivanhowe 56.0 Ben Melham
11. $21.00 Who Shot Thebarman 54.5 Blake Shinn
12. $101.00 Sertorius 52.5 Craig Newitt
13. $5.00 Fame Game 57.0 Zac Purton
14. $21.00 The United States 52.5 Joao Moreira
15. $31.00 Hartnell 55.5 James McDonald
16. $21.00 Bondi Beach 52.5 Brett Prebble
17. $41.00 Hokko Brave 55.5 Craig Williams
18. $17.00 Almoonqith 53.0 Dwayne Dunn
19. $61.00 Kingfisher 53.0 Colm O'Donoghue
20. $9.00 Preferment 53.5 Hugh Bowman
21. $61.00 Grand Marshal 53.5 Jim Cassidy
22. $31.00 Sky Hunter 54.0 William Buick
23. $51.00 Snow Sky 58.0 Ryan Moore
FF $26.00 Red Cadeaux 55.0 Gerald Mosse
Margins: 0.5L, 1.25L Time: 3:23.15
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