Melbourne Cup 2024

Melbourne Cup

Preview, Trends & Analysis

The Rundown

‘The race that stops the nation.’

The Melbourne Cup is the most famous race on the Australian racing calendar and falls annually on the first Tuesday of November.

A genuine staying contest that is run over 3200 metres, the race offers a chance for horses with staying pedigree and stamina to show their best on the grandest of all stages at the Flemington racecourse.

With the starting post being in the straight racing section of the track, the entrants thunder down the straight and cross the finish post twice as the roars of thousands at the course and millions across the country reverberate.

This year will mark the 161st running of the event which dates back to 1861, when won by Archer.

The Famous Winners and Record Results

The race has produced some of the most well-known horses in racing history not only in Australia but across the globe.

The horse most people automatically refer to when the Melbourne Cup is mentioned is the great mare Maykbe Diva.

She won the race a record three times in a row – a feat yet to be achieved by any horse in racing history.

Bart Cummings, dubbed ‘The Cup King’, is the greatest trainer ever in Melbourne Cup history winning the trophy an unprecedented 12 times with Light Fingers (1965), Galilee (1966), Red Handed (1967), Think Big (1974 & 1975), Gold and Black (1977), Hyperno (1979), Kingston Rule (1990), Let’s Elope (1991), Saintly (1996), Rogan Josh (1999) and Viewed (2008).

Jockeys Bobby Lewis and Harry White have tied for the most Melbourne Cup winning rides with four apiece.

Leviathan owner Lloyd Williams has won the cup a record seven times with his most recent winner being a 2020 triumph with Twilight Payment.

Red Cadeux became an Australian cult hero producing three amazing runner-up efforts in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

The Statistics

The Recent Winners

Year WinnerTrainerJockeyOdds
2022 Gold Trip Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra$19.4
2021Verry ElleegantChris WallerJames McDonald$16
2020Twilight PaymentJoseph O’BrienJye McNeil$26.00
2019Vow And DeclareDanny O’BrienCraig Williams$9.50
2018Cross CounterCharlie ApplebyKerrin McEvoy$12
2017RekindlingJoseph O’BrienCorey Brown$15
2016AlmandinRobert HickmottKerrin McEvoy$12
2015Prince of PenzanceDarren WeirDamien Browne$101
2014ProtectionistAndreas WohlerRyan Moore$8
2013FiorenteGai WaterhouseDamien Oliver$6
2012Green MoonRobert HickmottBrett Prebble$26
2011DundadenMikel DelzanglesChristophe Lemaire$1.40
2010AmericanAlain De Royer-DupreGerald Mosse$10.00

The Questions

When is the Melbourne Cup held?

The Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday of November.

Are there any other races on the day?
  • Yes. The Melbourne Cup meeting coincides with a massive card of racing headlined by a host of group races.
How do I bet on the Melbourne Cup?
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Where do the winners of the Melbourne Cup race next?

Most winners or placegetters of the Melbourne Cup will usually head to the spelling paddock for a well earned rest or some will head to Sandown for Zipping Classic (2400 metres) or Sandown Cup (3200m).

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