Melbourne Cup

Known as ‘the race that stops a nation’, The Melbourne Cup is the second richest prize in Australian sport.

With so many international entrants these days, it’s hard to find a good lean in on the Australian Group 1 circuit, but a few of the following races might be helpful to keep an eye on: Turnbull Stakes, The Bart Cummings, Herbert Power Stakes, Caulfield Cup, Geelong Cup and Cox Plate.

International races to follow include the Ascot Gold Cup, Ebor Handicap, Goodwood Cup, Hardwicke Stakes and Lonsdale Cup.

Melbourne Cup 2019 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
  • Race Starts: 3 PM (AEST)
  • Track Location: Flemington Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 3,200 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Handicap
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Victoria Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $7,300,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1861

Melbourne Cup Trifecta

In order to win the Melbourne Cup trifecta bet, you will have to successfully choose the first three runners over the line, in the correct order. To know more about how you can carefully consider this high payout bet, please refer to our Melbourne Cup Trifecta page.

Melbourne Cup First 4

In order to win the Melbourne Cup first four bet, you will have to successfully choose the first four horses over the line, in the correct order. To know more about how you can begin to consider this high payout bet, please refer to our Melbourne Cup First Four page.

Melbourne Cup Betting 2019

There are many different ways to bet on the Melbourne Cup, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Melbourne Cup
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Melbourne Cup.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Melbourne Cup. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Melbourne Cup, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Melbourne Cup, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Melbourne Cup to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Melbourne Cup to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Melbourne Cup to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Melbourne Cup, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Melbourne Cup in 2019

  1. Log in at
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Melbourne Cup Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Melbourne Cup 2019 Horses

If you are looking to find out which horses are running in 2019’s Melbourne Cup, then you would be well informed by taking the time to read the form guide and field. Please note that the field guide is usually not released by Racing Victoria until late October, and the final field is not named until Victoria Derby Day, taking place on the first Saturday of November.

Melbourne Cup 2019 Odds

Early market odds for the top forty-eight prospective runners are displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2018 edition of The Cantala Stakes here.

(Please note that the odds below are from 11/10/2019, after nominations, but prior to acceptances).

All In Win Odds Place Odds
Finche 9 3
Surprise Baby 10 3.25
Marmelo 12 4
Constantinople 15 4.5
Cross Counter 16 4.75
Master Of Reality 17 5
Vow And Declare 17 5
Il Paradiso 21 6
Ispolini 21 6
Mustajeer 21 6
Raymond Tusk 21 6
Mer De Glace 26 7.3
Raheen House 26 7.3
Southern France 26 7.3
Steel Prince 26 7.3
Torcedor 26 7.3
Rostropovich 31 8.5
Gold Mount 34 9
Kings Will Dream 34 9
Latrobe 34 9
Magic Wand 34 9
Prince Of Arran 34 9
Twilight Payment 34 9
Yucatan 34 9
Downdraft 41 11
Avilius 51 14
Homesman 51 14
Hunting Horn 51 14
Mr Quickie 51 14
Muntahaa 51 14
Verry Elleegant 51 14
Youngstar 51 14
Mirage Dancer 61 16
Shraaoh 61 16
True Self 71 19
Glory Days 81 21
Red Galileo 81 21
Red Verdon 81 21
Angel Of Truth 101 26
Haky 101 26
Qafila 101 26
Supernova 101 26
Brimham Rocks 151 39
Duretto 151 39
Gallic Chieftain 151 39
Neufbosc 151 39
Super Titus 151 39
Te Akau Caliburn 151 39
Hang Man 201 51
Humidor 201 51
Hush Writer 201 51
Scarlet Dream 201 51
Sir Charles Road 201 51
Sound 201 51
Wolfe 201 51
Big Duke 251 64
Alfarris 301 76
Attention Run 301 76
Azuro 301 76
Bondeiger 301 76
Dal Harraild 301 76
Etymology 301 76
Fairlight 301 76
Grey Lion 301 76
Just Thinkin’ 301 76
Looks Like Elvis 301 76
Lord Fandango 301 76
Master Of Wine 301 76
Our Century 301 76
Patrick Erin 301 76
Red Cardinal 301 76
Sully 301 76
Sweet Thomas 301 76
The Chosen One 301 76
Top Of The Range 301 76
Trap For Fools 301 76
Valac 301 76
Wall Of Fire 301 76
Zacada 301 76

Melbourne Cup 2018 Results

The top three finishers of 2018’s Melbourne Cup are displayed in the table below:

Finishing Order Horse Name Jockey Name
1st Cross Counter Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Marmelo Hugh Bowman
3rd A Prince Of Arran Michael Walker

Which Horse Will Win The Melbourne Cup in 2019

The best way to pick who will win the Melbourne Cup is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.

Additional factors to take into considerations are as follows:

  • Favourites – Between the years of 2005-2016, the favourite has only one the Melbourne Cup once.
  • Pay attention to sex – Geldings have taken first honours more times than any other.
  • Age is also a factor – Five-year old horses have historically been the most successful, taking out the Melbourne Cup 47 times.
  • Unlucky barrier – No horse has ever claimed first place from barrier 18.

Melbourne Cup Last Place

If you want to place bet on which horse will place last, then the table below will be of interest to you, displaying who took last place in the past ten years.

Melbourne Cup Race Year Last Finishing Horse Trainer Jockey
2017 Gallante Robert Hickmott Michael Dee
2016 Rose Of Virginia Lee & Shannon Hope Ben E Thompson
2015 Snow Sky Ed Dunlop Gérald Mossé
2014 Admire Rakti Tomoyuki Umeda Zac Purton
2013 Verema Alain de Royer-Dupré Christophe Lemaire
2012 Ethiopia Pat Carey Rhys McLeod
2011 Modun Saeed Bin Suroor Kieran McEvoy
2010 Zavite Anthony Cummings Michael Walker
2009 Warringah Chris Waller Damien Oliver
2008 Honolulu Aidan O’Brien Colm O’Donoghue

Melbourne Cup Favourites

Early favourites include Finche, Surprise Baby, Marmelo and Constantinople.

Melbourne Cup Form Guide

The form guide will become the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup. Once finalised, you will be able to read our 2018 Form Guid.

Melbourne Cup Trifecta Payouts

In 2017, naming the first 3 runners across the line for the trifecta paid out $2,863.40 in Queensland, $3,025.10 in Victoria and $3,410.20 in New South Wales.

Melbourne Cup 2019 Field

The field limit is 24. We show the 24 mostly likely to make the final field below.

  1. Finche
  2. Surprise Baby
  3. Marmelo
  4. Constantinople
  5. Cross Counter
  6. Master Of Reality
  7. Vow And Declare
  8. Il Paradiso
  9. Ispolini
  10. Mustajeer
  11. Raymond Tusk
  12. Mer De Glace
  13. Raheen House
  14. Southern France
  15. Steel Prince
  16. Torcedor
  17. Rostropovich
  18. Gold Mount
  19. Kings Will Dream
  20. Latrobe
  21. Magic Wand
  22. Prince Of Arran
  23. Twilight Payment
  24. Yucatan

Melbourne Cup 2019 Tips

Favourite: Finche.

Best Bet: Finche

Best Roughie: Marmelo.

Melbourne Cup Race Day

Race day takes place on Tuesday, the 5th of November, 2019.

Melbourne Cup Race Time

The race is scheduled to start at 3 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time. Melbourne Cup start times for various states appear in the table below.

State Start Time
Western Australia 12:00 PM
Queensland 2:00 PM
Australian Capital Territory 3:00 PM
Tasmania 3:00 PM
Victoria 3:00 PM
New South Wales 3:00 PM
Northern Territory 1.30 pm
South Australia 2.30 pm

Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

The 2019 Melbourne Cup barrier draw will be released to the public on Saturday, November 3 at 7.30 pm.

Melbourne Cup Nominations

The total number of nominations for the 2018’s Melbourne Cup is 183. The list of nominations was released on August 30th, 2019. You can view the full list of nominations on our Melbourne Cup 2018 Nominations page.

Melbourne Cup Weights

Handicap conditions apply to this race. Minimum weight is 29 kilograms. Weights were last published at 11:57 AM, Tuesday, the 11th of September, 2019.

Melbourne Cup Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9 AM on Friday, the 2nd of November, 2019.

Melbourne Cup Riders Announcement

Riders must be declared by 1 PM Wednesday, the 31st of October, 2019.

Melbourne Cup Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Tuesday, the 6th of November, 2019.

Melbourne Cup Prize Money

The Melbourne Cup prize purse is worth $7,300,000 in total, distributed from places first through to twelfth

Place Prize Money
1st $4,000,000
2nd $1,000,000
3rd $500,000
4th $300,000
5th $200,000
6th $150,000
7th $150,000
8th $150,000
9th $150,000
10th $150,000
11th $150,000
12th $150,000

Melbourne Cup Jockeys

Some of the most memorable Melbourne Cup jockeys of all time include amongst their ranks great people such as: Damien Oliver, Gérald Mossé and Bobby Lewis.

Because some jockeys have gone on to win several Melbourne Cups, it’s worth paying attention to who is riding who on race day.

Melbourne Cup Race Number

The Melbourne Cup is race number 7 on the 6th of November, 2019 part of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, the second race day event of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There are ten races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.

Melbourne Cup Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2019’s Coolmore Stud Stakes has been released.

Melbourne Cup Live

You can watch or listen to the 2019 Melbourne Cup live, across the following mediums.

Telecast: Channel Seven

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: 7Live

Melbourne Cup Sweep

All around the country, workplaces participate in putting together a Melbourne Cup sweep, allotting a horse (usually at random) to each person that decides to join the sweep. Please note that sweeps are a casual gambling environment organised amongst peers. You can learn more about sweeps here.

Melbourne Cup Tickets

Tickets for the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival are available through Ticketek.

Melbourne Cup Carnival

The 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival is from November the 3rd through to the 10th. The first race day is the AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday the 3rd of November, followed by the Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday the 6th of November. The next race meet is Kennedy Oaks Day on the Thursday the 8th of November, followed by the final race meet for the carnival, the Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday the 10th of November.

Melbourne Cup Big Bets

2017’s edition of the Melbourne Cup saw some pretty big bets, including someone who placed $30,000 on Marmelo. There was also $15,000 placed on Almandin, as well as two separate amounts of $12,500 and  $10,000, which were placed on Johannes Vermeer.

Melbourne Cup Race List

Race Number Race Name Prize Purse Distance
1 Ottawa Stakes $150,000 1000 metres
2 Schweppes Flemington Fling $120,000 1000 metres
3 Lexus Hybrid Plate $150,000 1400 metres
4 MSS Security Sprint $150,000 1200 metres
5 Lavazza Prontissimo $120,000 1400 metres
6 Melbourne Cup Day Plate $150,000 1800 metres
7 Lexus Melbourne Cup $7,050,000 3200 metres
8 BM96 Handicap $120,000 2800 metres
9 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes $200,000 1400 metres
10 Mares Handicap Trophy $120,000 1700 metres

Australian Horses In The Melbourne Cup

Australian horses which are likely to make the final field of the Melbourne Cup include Hamada, Unforgotten, Ace High and Sir Charles Road.

International Horses In The Melbourne Cup

International horses which are likely to make the final field of the Melbourne Cup include Kings Will Dream (Ireland), Magic Circle (Ireland), Torcedor (Ireland), Withhold (Great Britain), Cross Counter (Great Britain), Best Solution (Ireland), Chestnut Coast (Japan), Cliffs of Moher (Ireland) and Count Octave (Great Britain).

Grey Horse In The Melbourne Cup

Grey horses which have seenssuccess in the Melbourne Cup include Subzero (first place in 1992), Gunsynd (third place in 1972) Manighar (fifth place in 2010).

Melbourne Cup Winners

Winners of the Melbourne Cup for the past eighteen years are displayed in the table below. If you would like to view the full list of Melbourne Cup winners, going all the way back to 1861, please visit our Melbourne Cup Winners page.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Time
2018 Cross Counter Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 3:21.17
2017 Rekindling Joseph O’Brien Corey Brown 3:21.19
2016 Almandin Robert Hickmott Kerrin McEvoy 3:20.58
2015 Prince Of Penzance Darren Weir Michelle Payne 3:23.15
2014 Protectionist Andreas Wohler Ryan Moore 3:17.71
2013 Fiorente Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 3:20.30
2012 Green Moon Robert Hickmott Brett Prebble 3:20.45
2011 Dunaden Mikel Delzangles Christophe Lemaire 3:20.84
2010 Americain Alain de Royer Dupre Gerald Mosse 3:26.87
2009 Shocking Mark Kavanagh Corey Brown 3:23.87
2008 Viewed Bart Cummings Blake Shinn 3:20.40
2007 Efficient Graeme Rogerson Michael Rodd 3:23.34
2006 Delta Blues Katsuhiko Sumii Yasunari Iwata 3:21.42
2005 Makybe Diva Lee Freedman Glen Boss 3:19.79
2004 Makybe Diva Lee Freedman Glen Boss 3:28.55
2003 Makybe Diva David Hall Glen Boss 3:19.90
2002 Media Puzzle Dermot K Weld Damien Oliver 3:16.97
2001 Ethereal Sheila Laxon Scott Seamer 3:21.08
2000 Brew Michael Moroney Kerrin McEvoy 3:18.68
1999 Rogan Josh Bart Cummings John Marshall 3:19.64