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 $6,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Melbourne Cup was won by Rekindling from Johannes Vermeer with Max Dynamite 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|
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.
Rekindling (2017) ran fourth in the Gr1 St Leger over 2921m at Doncaster in Endland before heading to Australia to win this race at his first start in the country. Recent Melbourne Cup winners include Almandin (2016) and Prince Of Penzance (2015).
1. $15.00 Rekindling 51.5 Corey Brown
2. $13.00 Johannes Vermeer 54.5 Ben Melham
3. $20.00 Max Dynamite 54.0 Zac Purton
4. $21.00 Big Duke 53.5 Brenton Avdulla
5. $41.00 Nakeeta 53.0 Glyn Schofield
6. $21.00 Thomas Hobson 52.0 Ben Allen
7. $31.00 Tiberian 55.5 Olivier Peslier
8. $61.00 Libran 53.0 Dwayne Dunn
9. $7.00 Marmelo 55.0 Hugh Bowman
10. $71.00 Wicklow Brave 54.0 Stephen Baster
11. $16.00 Red Cardinal 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy
12. $7.00 Almandin 56.5 Frankie Dettori
13. $41.00 Cismontane 50.0 Beau Mertens
14. $21.00 Amelie's Star 51.0 Dean Yendall
15. $31.00 Boom Time 53.0 Cory Parish
16. $11.00 Wall Of Fire 53.0 Craig Williams
17. $31.00 Single Gaze 53.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
18. $71.00 Us Army Ranger 53.5 Jamie Spencer
19. $11.00 Humidor 56.0 Blake Shinn
20. $26.00 Hartnell 57.5 Damian Lane
21. $31.00 Ventura Storm 54.0 Glen Boss
22. $71.00 Bondi Beach 54.0 Michael Walker
23. $91.00 Gallante 53.0 Michael Dee
Margins: 0.4 len, 2.5 len
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|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|