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 $7,300,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Melbourne Cup was won by Cross Counter from Marmelo with A Prince Of Arran third.
The four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival is the pinnacle of the Melbourne spring racing carnival and the Melbourne Cup itself has grown to become the richest handicap event in the world over 2 miles. Visit our 2018 Melbourne Cup Day information page for more details including the schedule of races for Cup day.
|Date:||Tuesday 6th November 2018|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||Cross Counter|
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The Melbourne Cup is a gruelling two mile race that assembles a field of up to 24 local and international horses under handicap conditions. Finding the winner can be difficult affair, due to all the variables that make the race what it is. It's become easier to decipher the field in recent years because of the influx of better class gallopers from overseas competing in the event.
A race such as the Gr2 The Lexus Stakes on Derby Day is a traditional lead up race 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. Punters take advantage of early markets trying to back the winner of both races in an attempt 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.
Cross Counter (2018) ran second in the Gr2 Voltigeur Stakes over 2400m at York (UK) before storming home to win this event for the Charlie Appleby stable in Newmarket (UK).
Recent Melbourne Cup winners include Rekindling (2017) and Almandin (2016).
1. $9.00 Cross Counter 51.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $12.00 Marmelo 55.0 Hugh Bowman
3. $21.00 A Prince Of Arran 53.0 Michael Walker
4. $26.00 Finche 54.0 Zac Purton
5. $21.00 Rostropovich 51.0 Wayne Lordan
6. $11.00 Youngstar 51.5 Craig Williams
7. $101.00 Sir Charles Road 53.0 Dwayne Dunn
8. $16.00 Best Solution 57.5 Pat Cosgrave
9. $17.00 Muntahaa 55.5 Jim Crowley
10. $31.00 Ventura Storm 54.5 Mark Zahra
11. $6.00 Yucatan 54.5 James McDonald
12. $81.00 Nakeeta 53.0 Regan Bayliss
13. $101.00 Zacada 53.0 Damian Lane
14. $71.00 Chestnut Coat 55.5 Yuga Kawada
15. $51.00 Vengeur Masque 54.0 Patrick Moloney
16. $7.00 Magic Circle 56.0 Corey Brown
17. $31.00 Who Shot Thebarman 55.5 Ben Melham
18. $41.00 Sound Check 55.5 Jordan Childs
19. $41.00 Runaway 52.0 Stephen Baster
20. $71.00 Ace High 55.0 Tye Angland
21. $81.00 Auvray 54.0 Tommy Berry
22. $16.00 Avilius 54.5 Glyn Schofield
23. $31.00 Red Cardinal 54.0 Damien Oliver
FF $21.00 The Cliffsofmoher 56.5 Ryan Moore
Margins: 1 len, 2 len
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|2018||Cross Counter||Marmelo||A Prince Of Arran||3:21.1|
|2017||Rekindling||Johannes Vermeer||Max Dynamite||3:21.1|
|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|
|2011||Dunaden||Red Cadeaux||Lucas Cranach||3:20.8|
|2010||Americain||Maluckyday||So You Think||3.26:8|
|2008||Viewed||Bauer||C'est La Guerre||3:20.4|
|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|
|1999||Rogan Josh||Central Park||Lahar||3.19.6|
|1997||Might And Power||Doriemus||Markham||3.18.3|
|1995||Doriemus||Nothin' Leica Dane||Vintage Crop||3.27.6|
|1993||Vintage Crop||Te Akau Nick||Mercator||3.23.4|
|1991||Let's Elope||Shiva's Revenge||Magnolia Hall||3.18.9|
|1990||Kingston Rule||The Phantom||Mr Brooker||3.16.3|
|1988||Empire Rose||Natksi||Na Botto||3.18.9|
|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|
|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|
|1970||Baghdad Note||Vansittart||Clear Prince||3.19.7|