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‘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.
Barriers are probably of less importance in a race over such a long distance but it is still a factor that needs to be placed under consideration.
Barrier five has produced eight winners dating back to 1921.
Since the year 2000, there have been five barriers which have accounted for 10 wins;
- Barrier 5: Two wins
- Barrier 10: Two wins
- Barrier 11: Two wins
- Barrier 14: Two wins
- Barrier 22: Two wins
No winner of the event had come from barrier 18 in the history of the race prior to Verry Elleegant winning in 2021.
The Recent Winners
|2022||Gold Trip||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Mark Zahra||$19.4|
|2021||Verry Elleegant||Chris Waller||James McDonald||$16|
|2020||Twilight Payment||Joseph O’Brien||Jye McNeil||$26.00|
|2019||Vow And Declare||Danny O’Brien||Craig Williams||$9.50|
|2018||Cross Counter||Charlie Appleby||Kerrin McEvoy||$12|
|2017||Rekindling||Joseph O’Brien||Corey Brown||$15|
|2016||Almandin||Robert Hickmott||Kerrin McEvoy||$12|
|2015||Prince of Penzance||Darren Weir||Damien Browne||$101|
|2014||Protectionist||Andreas Wohler||Ryan Moore||$8|
|2013||Fiorente||Gai Waterhouse||Damien Oliver||$6|
|2012||Green Moon||Robert Hickmott||Brett Prebble||$26|
|2011||Dundaden||Mikel Delzangles||Christophe Lemaire||$1.40|
|2010||American||Alain De Royer-Dupre||Gerald Mosse||$10.00|
The Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday of November.
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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).