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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 $6,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Melbourne Cup was won by Almandin from Heartbreak City with Hartnell third.

The four-day 2017 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 2017 Melbourne Cup Day information page for more Cup Day details including the schedule of races for the day.

2017 Melbourne Cup info

Date: Tuesday 7th November 2017
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 3200 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $6,000,000
2016 Winner: Almandin
2016 Crowd: 97,479
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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.

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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.

Almandin (2016) scored an easy victory in the Gr3 The Bart Cummings over 2500m at Flemington before pulling out all stops to win the 2016 Melbourne over Heartbreak City in a slugging finish to the line. Recent Melbourne Cup winners have been Prince Of Penzance (2015) and Protectionist (2014).

2016 Melbourne Cup result

1. $11.00 Almandin 52.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $19.00 Heartbreak City 54.0 Joao Moreira
3. $5.50 Hartnell 56.0 James McDonald

then followed
4. $21.00 Qewy 51.5 Craig Williams
5. $26.00 Who Shot Thebarman 56.0 Hugh Bowman
6. $31.00 Almoonqith 54.5 Michael Walker
7. $71.00 Beautiful Romance 52.5 Damian Lane
8. $21.00 Exospheric 56.0 Damien Oliver
9. $81.00 Pentathlon 51.5 Mark Du Plessis
10. $14.00 Big Orange 57.0 James Spencer
11. $31.00 Grand Marshal 54.5 Ben Melham
12. $9.00 Oceanographer 52.0 Chad Schofield
13. $13.00 Bondi Beach 56.0 Ryan Moore
14. $41.00 Grey Lion 52.0 Glen Boss
15. $8.50 Jameka 54.5 Nicholas Hall
16. $61.00 Excess Knowledge 53.5 Vlad Duric
17. $51.00 Our Ivanhowe 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
18. $81.00 Sir John Hawkwood 54.0 Blake Spriggs
19. $51.00 Assign 52.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
20. $51.00 Gallante 54.5 Blake Shinn
21. $31.00 Secret Number 52.0 Stephen Baster
22. $16.00 Wicklow Brave 56.0 Frankie Dettori
23. $51.00 Curren Mirotic 56.5 Tommy Berry
24. $61.00 Rose Of Virginia 51.0 Ben E Thompson

Margins: 0.2 len, 4.25 len
Time: 3:20.58

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Melbourne Cup recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2016 Almandin Heartbreak City Hartnell 3:20.5
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