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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.

2016 Melbourne Cup info
Date: Tuesday 1st November 2016
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 3200 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $6,175,000
2015 Winner: Prince Of Penzance
2015 Crowd: 101,105

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.

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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

then followed
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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Melbourne Cup recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2015 Prince Of Penzance Max Dynamite Criterion 3:23.1
2014 Protectionist Red Cadeaux Who Shot Thebarman 3:17.7
2013 Fiorente Red Cadeaux Mount Athos 3.20.3
2012 Green Moon Fiorente Jakkalberry 3:20.4
2011 Dunaden Red Cadeaux Lucas Cranach 3:20.8
2010 Americain Maluckyday So You Think 3.26:8
2009 Shocking Crime Scene Mourilyan 3:23.8
2008 Viewed Bauer C'est La Guerre 3:20.4
2007 Efficient Purple Moon Mahler 3.23.3
2006 Delta Blues Pop Rock Maybe Better 3.21.5
2005 Makybe Diva On A Jeune Xcellent 3.19.1
2004 Makybe Diva Vinnie Roe Zazzman 3.28.5
2003 Makybe Diva She's Archie Jardine's Lookout 3.19.9
2002 Media Puzzle Mr Prudent Beekeeper 3.16.9
2001 Ethereal Give The Slip Persian Punch 3.21.0
2000 Brew Yippyio Second Coming 3.18.6
1999 Rogan Josh Central Park Lahar 3.19.6
1998 Jezabeel Champagne Persian Punch 3.18.5
1997 Might And Power Doriemus Markham 3.18.3
1996 Saintly Count Chivas Skybeau 3.18.8
1995 Doriemus Nothin' Leica Dane Vintage Crop 3.27.6
1994 Jeune Paris Lane Oompala 3.19.8
1993 Vintage Crop Te Akau Nick Mercator 3.23.4
1992 Subzero Veandercross Castletown 3.24.7
1991 Let's Elope Shiva's Revenge Magnolia Hall 3.18.9
1990 Kingston Rule The Phantom Mr Brooker 3.16.3
1989 Tawrrific Super Impose Kudz 3.17.1
1988 Empire Rose Natksi Na Botto 3.18.9
1987 Kensei Empire Rose Rosedale 3.22.0
1986 At Talaq Rising Fear Sea Legend 3.21.7
1985 What A Nuisance Koiro Corrie May Tripsacum 3.23.0
1984 Black Knight Chagemar Mapperley Heights 3.18.9
1983 Kiwi Noble Comment Mr Jazz 3.18.9
1982 Gurner's Lane Kingston Town Noble Comment 3.21.2
1981 Just A Dash El Laurena Flashing Light 3.21.2
1980 Beldale Ball My Blue Denim Lover Bandit 3.19.8
1979 Hyperno Salamander Red Nose 3.21.8
1978 Arwon Dandaleith Karu 3.24.3
1977 Gold And Black Reckless Hyperno 3.18.4
1976 Van Der Hum Gold And Black Kythera 3.34.1
1975 Think Big Holiday Waggon Medici 3.29.6
1974 Think Big Leilani Captain Peri 3.23.1
1973 Gala Supreme Glengowan Daneson 3.19.5
1972 Piping Lane Magnifique Gunsynd 3.19.3
1971 Silver Knight Igloo Tails 3.19.5
1970 Baghdad Note Vansittart Clear Prince 3.19.7

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