The MELBOURNE CUP also known as The race that stops a nation, is Australia’s major Thoroughbred horse race, held annually on the 1st Tuesday of November since the 1800s. The 3,200 metre race for 3 year old horses is the richest 2 mile handicap in the world, and also one of the richest turf races. The race event is all conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The Melbourne Cup race starts at 3pm (daylight saving time) the first Tuesday in November.
The Melbourne Cup race started in 1861, and was originally held over 2 miles (about 3,218 metres). In 1972 the current race distance of 3,200 metres was established due to Australia’s adoption of the metric system.
2013 ~ FiORENTE the Thoroughbred racehorse bred in Ireland ridden by Damien Oliver won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 5th November 2012, trained by Gai Waterhouse. In the 2012 Melbourne Cup Fiorente ran 2nd to Green Moon.
2012 ~ GREEN MOON the bay stallion thoroughbred racehorse ridden by Brett Prebble won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 6th November 2012, trained by Robert Hickmott. Green Moon was originally intended to be ridden in the cup by Damien Oliver, who was dropped by the owner, Lloyd Williams, after being accused of illegal betting.
2011 ~ DUNADEN the bay stallion thoroughbred racehorse ridden by Christophe Lemaire won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 1st November 2011. Dunaden was trained by Mikel Delzangles. He was the 1st horse to win the Hong Kong Vase (11 December 2011) after winning the Melbourne Cup. Dunaden was originally purchased for €1,500 as a foal at a sale in France in 2006, and sold to Pearl Bloodstock Pty (Mgr. R Levitt) in 2010 for about $200,000., and won $3.3 million at the 2011 Melbourne Cup. Dunaden beat Red Cadeaux in the closest photo-finish ever in the Melbourne Cup.
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2010 ~ Americain
2008 ~ Viewed
2007 ~ EFFiCiENT the grey gelding thoroughbred racehorse ridden by Michael Rodd won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 6th November 2007. Efficient was trained by Graeme Rogerson.
2006 ~ Delta Blues
2005 ~ Makybe Diva
2004 ~ Makybe Diva
2003 ~ Makybe Diva
2002 ~ Media Puzzle
2001 ~ ETHERAL the bay mare thoroughbred racehorse ridden by Scott Seamer won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 6th November 2001. Etheral was trained by Sheila Laxon.
2000 ~ Brew
1999 ~ Rogan Josh
1998 ~ JEZABEEL the brown mare thoroughbred racehorse ridden by Chris Munce won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 3rd November 1998, trained by Brian Jenkins. Jezabeel was the only horse to have won both the Melbourne Cup and the Auckland Cup in 1998.
1997 ~ Might and Power
1996 ~ Saintly
1995 ~ Doriemus
1994 ~ Jeune
1993 ~ Vintage Crop
1991 ~ Let’s Elope
1989 ~ Tawrrific
1988 ~ Empire Rose
1987 ~ KENSEi (NZ) the chestnut gelding thoroughbred racehorse ridden by Larry Olsen won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 3rd November 1987. Kensei was trained by Les J. Bridge.
1986 ~ At Talaq
1985 ~ What A Nuisance
1983 ~ Kiwi
1982 ~ GURNER’S LANE the chestnut gelding thoroughbred racehorse ridden by Mick Dittman won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 3rd November 1978, trained by Geoff T. Murphy. Gurner’s Lane is best remembered for winning the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double in 1982.
1981 ~ Just A Dash
1980 ~ Beldale Ball
1979 ~ HYPERNO the bay gelding thoroughbred racehorse ridden by Harry White won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 6th November 1979, trained by Bart Cummings. Hyperno enjoyed his retirement on Harry White’s rural property until he died in 2002.
1978 ~ Arwon
1977 ~ Gold and Black
1976 ~ Van der Hum
1975 ~ Think Big
1974 ~ Think Big
1973 ~ GALA SUPREME the Victorian bred grey gelding thoroughbred racehorse ridden by Frank Reys won the 1973 Melbourne Cup, on Tuesday 6th November 1973, trained by Ray J. Hutchins. Gala Supreme became a successful show horse after his racing days were over. Frank Reys (1931–1984) was the first and only Australian Aboriginal jockey to win the Melbourne Cup when he rode to victory on Gala Supreme.
1972 ~ Piping Lane
1971 ~ Silver Knight
1970 ~ Baghdad Note
1969 ~ RAiN LOVER won the Melbourne Cup on the 4th November 1969 with jockey Jim Johnson, and also won the 1968 Melbourne Cup. The Melbourne Cup prize money was $77,000.
1968 ~ RAiN LOVER
1967 ~ Red Handed
1966 ~ Galilee
1965 ~ Light Fingers
1964 ~ Polo Prince
1963 ~ Gatum Gatum
1962 ~ EVEN STEVENS the chestnut stallion thoroughbred racehorse ridden by Les Coles won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 6th November 1962, trained by Arch McGregor. Even Stevens was the 1st “fly in” to win the Melbourne Cup, when he was on the inaugural Qantas flight for horses from Wellington to Melbourne on the 2nd October 1962.
1961 ~ Lord Fury
1960 ~ Hi Jinx
1956 ~ EVENiNG PEAL the mare ridden by George Podmore won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 6th November 1956, trained by E. D. Lawson. Evening Peal was the 1st mare to win the Melbourne Cup since Rainbird won in 1945, and was the 1st horse to have an Oaks-Cup double victory in successive years.
1930 ~ PHAR LAP won the Melbourne Cup on the 4th November 1930 with jockey Jim Pike. Phar Lap was the only horse to be given legend status by the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. He holds the record for the shortest priced favourite in the Melbourne Cup. During the 1930 Melbourne Cup, bookmakers realised they would lose a fortune if Phar Lap was to win, and incidentally, he was shot at by gangsters on that day. Tommy Woodcock saved Phar Lap by placing himself and his pony between the shot.The Melbourne Cup prize money was £12,429.
1928 ~ STATESMAN won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday the 6th November 1928.
1923 ~ BiTALLi won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday the 6th November 1923.
1917 ~ WESTCOURT won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday the 6th November 1917
1906 ~ POSEiDON won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday the 6th November 1906.
1900 ~ CLEAN SWEEP won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday the 6th November 1900.
1890 ~ CARBiNE won the Melbourne Cup on the 4th November 1873 with jockey R. Ramage. Carbine came from New Zealand and was a direct descendant of Phar Lap. He competed carrying the weight record of 65.77kg, beating 38 other runners. The Melbourne Cup prize money was £13,230.
1877 ~ CHESTER won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday the 6th November 1877. This was the first time the Melbourne Cup was held on a Tuesday, from which it was then held traditionally on the first Tuesday of November to current time.
1862 ~ Archer
1861 ~ ARCHER the Australian Thoroughbred racehorse won the 1st Melbourne Cup on the 7th November 1861.