Betting Guide

Race Record

The Melbourne Cup race record is 3 minutes 16.3 seconds, set by Kingston Rule in 1990.

Slowest Winning Melbourne Cup Time

The inaugural winner Archer (1861) has the slowest winning time with 3 minutes 52 seconds.

Smallest Winning Melbourne Cup Margin

The closest finish was seen in the 2011 Melbourne Cup with Dunaden narrowly beating Red Cadeaux by just a short half head; the closest margin declared in Australian horse racing.

Largest Winning Melbourne Cup Margin

The biggest winning margin in Melbourne Cup history is shared equally by Archer in 1862 and Rain Lover in 1968, who both bolted in by 8 lengths.

The Smallest Melbourne Cup Field

The smallest field to run in the Melbourne Cup was seven starters back in 1863.

The Biggest Melbourne Cup Field

The the biggest field was 39 starters in 1890, the year the great Carbine won the Cup.

The Lightest Weight Carried By Winner

Back in 1863 (the smallest field ever) Banker won carrying a mere 33.5kg.

The Heaviest Weight Carried By Winner

Carbine outraced 38 rivals in 1890 lugging an incredible 65.8kg.

The Heaviest Weight Carried By A Mare

The great Makybe Diva holds the winning weight carrying record for a mare lumping 58kgs to her 2005 victory.

The Heaviest Weight Carried Any Horse

The weight carrying record goes to The Barb who carried 73kgs in the 1869 Melbourne Cup finishing unplaced.

The Most Successful Weights Carried

Horses carrying 51.5kg have the best record in the modern age of the cup, winning 9 Melbourne Cups. Next best are horses weighted with 54.5kgs and 53kgs who have both provided winners 8 times. But the all time record goes to those horses weighted with 45kgs, which has been the weight carried by 15 Melbourne Cup winners; a sight which will never be seen again. In the modern age, the minimum handicap weight allowed to start in the cup is 49kgs. 2012 winner Green Moon carried 53.5kgs to win, the last horse to win with the same wieght was 1988 winner Empire Rose. 2013 winner Fiorente carried 55kgs.

Winners by Handicap Weight

Weight Wins Last
65.8 1 1890
64.5 1 1861
63.5 1 1920
62.5 1 1930
61 2 1952
60.5 2 1969
59.5 3 1954
58.5 3 1975
58 4 2005
57.5 3 1934
57 2 1977
56.5 2 1994
56 6 1997
55.5 3 2004
55 5 2013
54.5 8 2011
54 3 1989
53.5 3 2012
53 9 2015
52.5 8 2002
52 5 2001
51.5 9 1987
51 6 2009
50.5 4 1978
50 4 1999
49.5 6 1980
49 5 2000
48.5 3 1939
48 7 1972
47.5 2 1945
47 7 1932
46.5 4 1895
46 1 1871
45.5 2 1848
45 15 1963
44.5 3 1923
43.5 5 1931
43 1 1866
42.5 2 1908
42 2 1921
41.5 1 1903
41 1 1874
40 1 1876
39.5 2 1870
36.5 1 1881
33.5 1 1863

International Melbourne Cup Winners

Five horses trained in the Northern hemisphere have won since Vintage Crop in 1993. Media Puzzle (2002) was the next followed by Japanese raider Delta Blues (2006) while Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) were both trained in France. Protectionist became the first German horse to win when he secured the 2014 crown.

Eleven horses have won the Caulfield/Melbourne Cup Double in the same year. They are: Poseidon (1906), The Trump (1937), Rivette (1939), Rising Fast (1954), Even Stevens (1962), Galilee (1966), Gurner’s Lane (1982), Let’s Elope (1991), Doriemus (1995), Might and Power (1997) and Ethereal (2001). Fawkner is aiming to complete the double this year after winning the 2013 Caulfield Cup.

The Melbourne Cup Treble

Makybe Diva is the only horse to have won three Melbourne Cups (2003, 2004 & 2005) and her jockey Glen Boss is the first jockey to have won the race three years in a row.

The Melbourne Favourites

36 out of 153 favourites have won the Melbourne Cup; about 1 in 5 favourites. Fiorente was the most recent favourite to score when he won the 2013 Cup starting as favourite. Roughly half of all the favourites have finished in the first three placings.

The Shortest Priced Melbourne Cup Winners

The immortal Phar Lap is the shortest priced winner of the Melbourne Cup, winning the 1930 Melbourne Cup by 3 lengths at the price of 8/11 (11/8 on in the old or $1.73 in the modern terminology).

The Winning Melbourne Cup Longshots

2015 Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance saluted at the longest odds in the race’s history, at $101/1. It was the longest-odds horse in the field and made additional history with Michelle Payne becoming the first female jockey to win a Melbourne Cup.

Other notable long shots in the race include The Pearl 100/1 (1871), Wotan 100/1 (1936) and Old Rowley 100/1 (1940). In the modern age Tawriffic $31 and Viewed $41 are the longest price winners in the past 20 years. However over $81 was bet in early markets about the Bart Cummings 1999 Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh despite him officially starting at just $5.00 on the day.

Winning Melbourne Cup Barriers

Since 1958 when the barrier stalls were used in the Cup for the first time, more horses have won from the four outside barriers (21-24) than have won from the four inside barriers (1-4). The most successful barrier in that period is barrier 11 which has produced six winners, the most recent being Protectionist in 2014. Barriers 5 and 14 have each produced five winners. Barriers 12 and 18 have yet to produce a winner.

Winners By Barrier

Barrier Wins Last
1 1 1990
2 2 1997
3 3 2002
4 2 1987
5 5 2013
6 3 1965
7 1 2004
8 1 2008
9 2 2007
10 3 2001
11 6 2014
12 0
13 2 2011
14 5 2005
15 1 1971
16 3 1998
17 2 1986
18 0
19 3 2015
20 2 1998
21 4 2009
22 3 2000
23 1 1976
24 2 1973

These figures date from 1958 when barrier stalls were first used in the Cup. Figures in brackets indicate last win prior to introduction of barrier stalls.

Melbourne Cup Winners By Sex

The most succesful horse sexes have been Entires having won 68 Melbourne Cups, the last being 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist. Not suprisingly Geldings have faired the next best with 50 wins, the last being Prince of Penzance in 2015. Colts have performed better than Mares when started and Fillies have the poorest record, having not won since 1921 when Sister Olive took out the race.

Winners by Sex

Sex Wins Last
Entires 69 2014
Geldings 50 2015
Colts 19 1941
Mares 13 2005
Fillies 3 1921

Melbourne Cup Winners By Age

Winning Ages
5 year old horses have the best record in the race with 44 wins, followed closely by four year olds with 43 wins. 3 year olds had a good record in the race in early years, but a 3 year old has not won the cup now since 1941. Like wise 8 year olds do not have a great record in the cup having won only twice. Protectionist, a five year old, took out the 2014 edition while in 2013 the winner was Fiorente, a 6 year old.

Winners by Horse Age

Age Wins Last
3 23 1941
4 43 2009
5 44 2014
6 32 2015
7 10 2005
8 2 1938

The Most Successful Horse Colours

Bay coloured horses have the most successful record looking through the past winners of the Melbourne Cup having won 70 cups and 6 of the last 7. Brown horses have faired well with 36 wins. Blacks and Brown or Blacks have the worst record with just 3 and 2 wins respectively.

Winners by Horse Colour

Horse Colour Wins Last
Bay 70 2015
Brown 36 2013
Chestnut 34 2002
Grey 6 1992
Bay Or Brown 4 2010
Black 3 1900
Brown Or Black 2 1931

The Most Successful Jockeys Silks (Colours)

18 cup winning jockeys have worn black as their main colour, the last being Damien Oliver on Fiorente in the 2013 cup. Navy blue and royal blue have been very succesful with 17 Melbourne Cup wins, the most recent being Protectionist in 2014.

The Most Successful Melbourne Cup Jockeys

The most succesful Melbourne Cup jockey are Bobbie Lewis (The Victory 1902, Patrobas 1915, Artilleryman 1919 & Trivalve 1927) and Harry White (Think Big 1974 and 1975, Arwon 1978 and Hyperno 1979) with four wins each. Glen Boss and Damien Oliver are the most succesful Melbourne Cup jockeys currently riding with 3 wins each.

The Record Of Female Jockeys

The Melbourne Cup did not originally allow women to compete, with Kiwi jockey Maree Lyndon becoming the first female to do so with horse Argonaut Style in 1987. The first Australian female jockey to ride in the Melbourne Cup was Claire Lindop who rode Debben in 2003.

Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015 aboard New Zealand gelding Prince of Penzance.

The Most Successful Trainers

Bart Cummings is the most successful Melbourne Cup trainer, with 12 victories in 1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999 and 2008. Sheila Laxon and Gai Waterhouse are the only female trainers to win the Melbourne Cup, winning with Ethereal and Fiorente.

The Most Successful Female Trainers

Sheila Laxon and Gai Waterhouse are the only female trainers to win the Melbourne Cup. Laxon won with Ethereal in the 2001, and Waterhouse with Fiorente in 2013.

The Most Successful Owners

John Tait (The Barb 1866, Glencoe 1868, The Pearl 1871, The Quack1872), Etienne de Mestre (Archer 1861, Archer 1862, Tim Whiffler 1867, Calamia 1878),Dato Tan Chin Nam (Think Big 1974, Think Big 1975, Saintly 1996, Viewed 2008) and Lloyd Williams (Just A Dash 1981, What A Nuisance 1985, Efficient 2007, Green Moon 2012) are the most successful owners in Melbourne Cup history with 4 wins each.

Winning Saddlecloths

The most successful saddlecloth number in the history of the Cup is number 1 with 12 wins while number 4 and number 12 have each provided eleven winners. The least successful saddlecloth number are 21 and 23. In 2009, Shocking made Melbourne Cup history by breaking an 86 year drought for saddle cloth number 21. The last horse to wear this number to victory was Bitalli in 1923. Currently, the longest drought is for number 20 – it was last carried by a Cup winner in 1897 (Gaulus) – that’s a losing streak of 114 years! 2014 Cup winner Protectionist carried saddlecloth five to victory for the first time since the great Makybe Diva back in 2004.

Winners by Saddlecloth Number

Barrier Wins Last
1 12 2005
2 9 2006
3 5 2011
4 11 1986
5 8 2014
6 9 2013
7 4 1981
8 8 2010
9 7 1957
10 4 2008
11 7 1988
12 11 2003
13 7 2001
14 6 2012
15 5 1991
16 3 1972
17 7 1999
18 3 1932
19 7 2015
20 3 1897
21 2 2009
22 4 1998
23 2 1922
24 7 2000

Since 1955 the field size has been limited to 24 runners. Prior to that, number 25 had provided two winners, number 26 one, number 28 one and number 39 one. Includes all winners (1861-1876 determined by weight order).

Winning Melbourne Cup Letters

The most successful Melbourne Cup Letter is “T” having won the cup 16 times, however the last “T” winner was Tawriffic in 1989, 13 years ago. “P” is the next best after securing wins with Protectionist in 2014 and Prince of Penzance in 2015. “M” and “S” both have 12 wins while in 2013, Fiorente took the “F” wins to 2, breaking a 64 year drought since 1949 winner Foxami. Letters “I”, “Q”, “U”, “X” and “Y” have never won the cup.

Winners by Starting Initial Horse Name

Starting Initial Wins Last
A 10 2010
B 11 2000
C 8 1950
D 9 2011
E 5 2007
F 2 2013
G 10 2012
H 5 1979
I 0
J 3 1998
K 5 1990
L 6 1991
M 12 2005
N 4 1929
0 1 1940
P 14 2015
Q 0
R 9 1999
S 12 2009
T 16 1989
U 0
V 3 1993
W 8 1985
X 0
Y 0
Z 1 1881

The Cup Winning Words

The vast majority of Melbourne Cup winning horses have had single word names having won 87 of the 154 cups to be raced. Two word names have won 62 Melbourne Cup and three word names have scored 5 times. Due to letter count restrictions on horses names there has never been a four worded horse name to have won the Melbourme Cup.

Winners by Word Count

Words In Name Wins Last
One Word 87 2014
Two Words 62 2012
Three Words 6 2015

Winning Melbourne Cup Odds

Horses starting at odds of $11(10/1) have the best record of wining the Melbourne Cup having won on 15 occassions. Horses started at $9(8/1) are the next most successful, providing the winner of 13 cups. Green Moon is the only horse to have won the cup starting at odds of $19.

Winners by Horse Odds Starting Price

Odds Wins
1.73 1
2.75 1
3.00 1
3.50 3
4.00 4
4.50 5
5.00 12
5.50 2
6.00 10
6.50 4
7.00 7
7.50 2
8.00 7
8.50 2
9.00 13
10.00 4
11.00 14
12.00 1
13.00 9
15.00 6
16.00 5
17.00 10
18.00 1
19.00 1
21.00 6
26.00 6
31.00 1
34.00 6
41.00 3
51.00 3
81.00 1
101.00 4

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