Melbourne Cup Betting Guide

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Melbourne Cup Betting Guide

All the facts, figures frequently asked questions (FAQs) you need to be an expert on the Melbourne Cup in 90 seconds. Don’t bet on The Cup without this important information.

What is the Melbourne Cup Race Record?

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

Who is the slowest Melbourne Cup winner in history?

  • The inaugural winner Archer (1861) has the slowest winning time with 3 minutes 52 seconds.
  • What is the closest Melb Cup finish?

    • 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.

    Who is the biggest winner of the Melbourne Cup?

    • 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.

    What was the smallest Melbourne Cup field to go around?

    • The smallest field to run in the Melbourne Cup was seven starters back in the 1863 cup won by Banker.

    What was the biggest Melbourne Cup Field to face the starter?

    • The the biggest field was 39 starters in 1890, the year the great Carbine won the Cup. For years now the Melbourne Cup field size has been limited to 24 horses, which is the maximum number of horses in a race that the local TAB pari-mutual totalisator pools can handle.

    What is the light weight a Melbourne Cup winner has carried?

    • Back in 1863 (the smallest field ever) Banker won carrying a mere 33.5kg. With Australian racing rules now declaring a minimum riding weight of 53kg, this record can never be beaten.

    What is the heaviest weight carried by a Cup winner?

    • Carbine outraced 38 rivals in 1890 lugging an incredible 65.8kg. The heaviest weight carried to victory in recent times was by the great mare Makybe Diva who carried 58kg to win her third successive Melbourne Cup.

    What is the heaviest weight carried by a mare to win The Cup?

    • You guessed it – The great immortal mare Makybe Diva holds the winning weight carrying record for a mare lumping 58kgs to her 2005 victory.

    What is the heaviest weight carried any Melbourne Cup starter?

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

    What is the most successful weight for a Melbourne Cup horse to carry?

    • Horses carrying 51.5kg have the best record in the modern age of the cup, winning 10 Melbourne Cups. Next best are horses weighted with 53kgs with nine wins, and horses with 52.5 and 54.5kgs who have both provided eight winners.The all time record though goes to those horses weighted with 45kgs! Horses weighted with 45kgs have 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 weight was 1988 winner Empire Rose. 2013 winner Fiorente carried 55kgs, Protectionist 56.5kgs, Prince Of Penzance 55kgs, Almandin 53kgs, and 2018 winner Rekindling carried just 51.5kgs.

     

    Melbourne Cup 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 3 2014
    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 6 2016
    51.5 10 2017
    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

     

    Who was the first international horse to win the Melbourne Cup?

    • In 1993, Vintage Crop became the first northern hemisphere-trained horse to win the great race. The Irish stayer was trained by Dermot Weld and ridden by Mick Kinanne and won at odds of $15 (14/1).

     

    Who are the international winners of the Melbourne Cup?

    • Seven 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, and Rekindling won the 2017 Melbourne Cup trained by Joseph O’Brien.

     

    How many Caulfield Cup win go on to win the Melbourne Cup in the same year?

    • No horse has completed the double in the past 17 years with Ethereal the last to do it in 2001.Overall 11 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). Best Solution is aiming to complete the double this year after winning the 2018 Caulfield Cup.

     

    How many horses have won three Melbourne Cups?

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

     

    What is the record of favourites in The Melbourne Cup?

    • 36 out of 157 favourites have won the Melbourne Cup; about 1 in 4 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.

     

    What is the shortest priced favourite to win the The Cup?

    • 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).

     

    What are the longest priced Melbourne Cup winners?

    • 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 roughies to win 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.

     

    What are the most successful draws for 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 seven winners, the most recent being Protectionist in 2014.  Barriers 5 and 14 have each produced five winners.

     

    What are the worst barriers to draw in the Melbourne Cup?

    • In the 157 runnings of the cup, and since barriers were introduced in 1958, barriers 12 and 18 have not produced a single winner yet. This year the Gai Waterhouse-trained Runaway and Chris Waller’s Who Shot TheBarman will be aiming to break the hoodoo.

     

    Melbourne Cup Winners By Barrier

    Barrier Wins Last
    1 1 1990
    2 2 1997
    3 3 2002
    4 3 2017
    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 3 2016
    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 Melbourne Cup.

     

    What sex of horse has the best record in the Melbourne Cup?

    • The most successful horse sexes have been Entires having won 69 Melbourne Cups, the last being 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling. Rekindling is often mistakenly recognised as a Colt winner, but was technically 4 years old at the time making him an Entire or Horse (Stallion).Not surprisingly Geldings have faired the next best with 52 wins, the last being Almandin in 2016. 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.

     

    Melbourne Cup Winners by Sex

    Sex Wins Last
    Entires 69 2017
    Geldings 52 2016
    Colts 19 1941
    Mares 13 2005
    Fillies 3 1921

     

    What is the best age to win a Melbourne Cup?

    • Four and five year old horses have the best record in the race with 44 wins each. Six year olds have five of the last eight runnings of The Cup and this year five and six years will comprise half the field.Three year olds had a good record in the race in early years, but a 3 year old has not won the cup now since Skipton won in 1941. Like wise 8 year olds do not have a great record in the cup having won only twice with the last being Catalogue in 1938.

     

    Melbourne Cup Winners by Horse Age

    Age Wins Last
    3 23 1941
    4 44 2017
    5 44 2014
    6 32 2015
    7 11 2016
    8 2 1938

     

    What colour of horse usually wins the Melbourne Cup?

    • Not surprisingly, Bay coloured horses have the most successful record looking through the past winners of the Melbourne Cup having won 70 cups and 14 of the last 18 cups.Brown horses have faired well with 37 wins. Blacks and Brown or Blacks have the worst record with just 3 and 2 wins respectively.

    Melbourne Cup winners by Horse Colour

    Horse Colour Wins Last
    Bay 70 2017
    Brown 37 2013
    Chestnut 34 2002
    Grey 6 2007
    Bay Or Brown 4 2010
    Black 3 1900
    Brown Or Black 2 1931

     

    What jockey colours (silks) win more Melbourne Cups?

    • Navy blue and royal blue have been very successful with 19 Melbourne Cup wins, with the last being Corey Brown on Rekindling in 2017.18 cup winning jockeys have worn black as their main colour. The most recent was Damien Oliver on Fiorente in 2013.

     

    Who are most successful Melbourne Cup jockeys?

    • The most successful Melbourne Cup jockeys are Bobbie Lewis (The Victory 1902, Patrobas 1915, Artilleryman 1919 and Trivalve 1927) and Harry White (Think Big 1974 and 1975, Arwon 1978 and Hyperno 1979) with four wins each.Damien Oliver is the most successful Melbourne Cup jockey currently riding with three wins, and takes the ride on Red Cardinal in the 2018 Cup.

     

    How many female jockeys have won the Melbourne Cup?

    • 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.In 2015, Michelle Payne became the first and only female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in aboard New Zealand gelding Prince of Penzance who was also one of the longest shot winners of The Cup. She was just the fourth woman to gain a ride in the race.

     

    Who are the best Melbourne Cup 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 (2001) and Fiorente (2013).

     

    Who are most successful Melbourne Cup 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.

     

    Which owners have won the most Melbourne Cups? Owners

    • Lloyd Williams (Just A Dash 1981, What A Nuisance 1985, Efficient 2007, Green Moon 2012, Alamndin 2016 and Rekindling 2017) is hands down the most successful owner in Melbourne Cup history, having won three of the last six runnings of the race.The next most successful owners are John Tait (The Barb 1866, Glencoe 1868, The Pearl 1871, The Quack1872), Etienne de Mestre (Archer 1861, Archer 1862, Tim Whiffler 1867, Calamia 1878), and Dato Tan Chin Nam (Think Big 1974, Think Big 1975, Saintly 1996, Viewed 2008) with four wins each.

     

    What are the best Melbourne Cup numbers (saddlecloths)?

    • The most successful saddlecloth number in the history of the Cup is numbers 1, 2, 4 and 8 having provided the cup winner on 11 occasions each.The least successful saddlecloth numbers 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.

     

    Melbourne Cup Winners by Saddlecloth Number

    Barrier Wins Last
    1 11 2005
    2 11 2006
    3 5 2011
    4 11 1986
    5 8 2014
    6 9 2013
    7 4 1981
    8 11 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 8 2016
    18 3 1932
    19 7 2015
    20 3 1897
    21 2 2009
    22 5 2017
    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).

     

    What are the best horse name letters to win a Melbourne Cup?

    • 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.Horse names starting with “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 11 2017
    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 10 2017
    S 12 2009
    T 16 1989
    U 0
    V 3 1993
    W 8 1985
    X 0
    Y 0
    Z 1 1881

     

    How many words in winning Melbourne Cup horse names?

    The vast majority of Melbourne Cup winning horses have had single word names having won 89 of the 157 cups to be raced. Two word names have won 62 Melbourne Cup and three word names have scored six times.

    Due to letter count restrictions on horses names there has never been a four worded horse name to have won the Melbourne Cup.

    Melbourne Cup Winners by Horse Name Word Count

    Words In Name Wins Last
    One Word 89 2017
    Two Words 62 2012
    Three Words 6 2015

     

    What odds are most Melbourne Cup winners?

    • Horses starting at odds of $11 (10/1) have the best record of wining the Melbourne Cup having won on 15 occasions. 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.

     

    Melbourne Cup winners by Horse Odds Starting Price (SP)

    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 15
    12.00 1
    13.00 9
    15.00 6
    16.00 5
    17.00 11
    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