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2022 Melbourne Cup Winner Gold Trip
2022 Melbourne Cup winner Gold Trip. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Known as ‘the race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup is one of the richest prizes in Australian racing along with the $20 million The Everest and $10 million The Golden Eagle held in Sydney. 

Contested over the traditional two-mile Cup distance of 3200m, the Melbourne Cup is run and won on the first Tuesday of November annually at Flemington Racecourse. As of 2022, Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse will host the $3 million The Big Dance (1600m) on Melbourne Cup Day each year.

The world’s richest handicap race, first run in 1861 with Archer taking out the opening two editions of the event, now offers over $8 million in prize money and is the jewel race of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The Melbourne Cup runs as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (local time) and has been won by many greats of the turf, including a host of international raiders the first of the Northern-hemisphere champions being Vintage Crop (1993).

There has only been one triple Melbourne Cup winner with the mighty mare Makybe Diva securing her hat-trick from 2003-05.

Verry Elleegant made history winning the 2021 Melbourne Cup as a 57kg weighted mare dominating by four lengths as the first winner from barrier 18.

In 2022 Gold Trip (57.5kg) became the latest Melbourne Cup top-weight to win with his upset success at $21.

In 2023 Without A Fight made history as the 12th horse to complete the Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double and the first since Ethereal (2001).

Find out more about the iconic Melbourne Cup winners throughout history here.

Melbourne Cup 2023 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Tuesday, November 7th, 2023
  • 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: $8,410,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1861
  • 2023 Melbourne Cup Winner: Without A Fight

Melbourne cup 2023 RESULTS

The official 2023 Melbourne Cup results will be available below once the race takes place on Tuesday November 7, 2023 at 3:00pm (local Melbourne time).

2023 Melbourne Cup winner Without A Fight
2023 Melbourne Cup winner Without A Fight got the gap late and charged up the middle to win the 163rd edition by over two lengths. Photo: Steve Hart.
  1. #3 Without A Fight
  2. #6 Soulcombe
  3. #14 Sheraz
  4. #11 Ashrun

The Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Caulfield Cup winner Without A Fight was given a perfectly-timed ride by Mark Zahra, who opted to come off last year’s champ Gold Trip, to become the 12th horse in history to complete the Spring Cups double.

Zahra made up ground from the back hitting the front on the eventual 2023 Melbourne Cup winner the closing stages as Without a Fight charged strongly down the middle before drawing clear for an impressive two length victory over the Chris Waller-trained Soulcombe who missed the kick by three lengths.

Waller also prepared the third place-getter Sheraz who ran out of his skin as a triple-figure roughie to complete the Melbourne Cup trifecta.

Melbourne Cup Betting 2023

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Melbourne Cup, and we have 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 2023

  1. Log in at neds.com.au
  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 2024 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Melbourne Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

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Melbourne Cup 2023 Acceptance Dates

  • 2023 Melbourne Cup Nominations: Closed on Tuesday September 5, 2023 at 12:00pm (local time) – drew 132 nominees.
  • 2023 Melbourne Cup First Declarations: Closed on Tuesday October 3, 2023 at 12:00pm (local time) – 72 first acceptances taken. 
  • 2023 Melbourne Cup Second Declarations: Closed on Tuesday October 17, 2023 at 12:00pm (local time) – 51 second acceptances taken. 
  • 2023 Melbourne Cup Third Declarations: Closed on Monday October 30, 2023 at 12:00pm (local time) – 32 third acceptances taken. 
  • 2023 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Announced Saturday November 4, 2023 at 4:30pm (local time) – 24 final acceptances taken.
  • 2023 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: Took place Saturday November 4, 2023 at 7:00pm (local time)

Melbourne Cup Field 2023

The official Melbourne Cup 2023 field of final acceptances is announced by the VRC on the Saturday prior to the race following the action of Victoria Derby Day, Saturday November 4, 2023 live from Flemington Racecourse and will be published in full below. 

The Melbourne Cup has a field limit of 24 starters and there are no emergency runners.

The official 24-horse Melbourne Cup 2023 final field has been confirmed with the defending champion Gold Trip looking to go back-to-back with James McDonald coming aboard. Race favourite Vauban will wear the No. 5 Melbourne Cup saddlecloth first-up down under as one of four international raiders in the field.

The 2023 Melbourne Cup barrier draw took place on Saturday evening with the favourite Vauban drawing ideally with barrier three, while Gold Trip will defend his title one closer to the rails jumping from gate two.

  • 2023 Melbourne Cup Scratchings Update: No. Cleveland (23) has been withdrawn on Monday evening due to an elevated temperature.

2023 Melbourne cup field news updates

Stay tuned for the latest Melbourne Cup 2023 Field news updates.

  • The Kris Lees-trained Cleveland has come out of the race on Monday night due to an elevated temperature.
  • The Kris Lees-trained Kalapour has won the Group 3 Lexus Archer Stakes on Derby Day to gain a ballot free ride into the Melbourne Cup field pushing Ladies Man (24th) outside the Top 24 on the latest order of entry. Zac Lloyd has picked up the Cup ride on the Lexus winner after earlier being booked for Valiant King.
  • The Joseph O’Brien-trained Irish raider Valiant King is an early 2023 Melbourne Cup withdrawal. Failed Friday’s vet check and owners opted to pull the pin despite being given a chance at a Saturday morning re-examination. Goes for a spell and will stay in Australia with Chris Waller.
  • After riding the Ladbrokes Cox Plate winner on October 28 jockey James McDonald has been snapped up by the Maher/Eustace stable to partner reigning Melbourne Cup champion Gold Trip.
  • The GOAT, Damien Oliver, will have his final Lexus Melbourne Cup ride ahead of his retirement at the end of the spring partnering the Michael Moroney-trained Alenquer.
  • After his fifth in the Cox Plate on reigning Melbourne Cup winner Gold Trip, jockey Mark Zahra has opted to come off the horse and stick with the Caulfield Cup winner Without A Fight for Anthony & Sam Freedman in the November 7 feature.
  • A top contender exempt from ballot, the Grahame Begg-trained Lunar Flare, is out of Melbourne Cup contention after being retired with the mare suffering a career-ending injury in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup on October 27.
  • One-time favourite Francesco Guardi from the Chris Waller stable will not contest the Melbourne Cup with the import’s spring carnival shelved after a number of disappointing recent runs including his second last when 17th in the Caulfield Cup.

melbourne cup JOCKEYS 2023

Mark Zahra is the latest Melbourne Cup winning jockey aboard Without A Fight in 2023. He also won the year before on Gold Trip in 2022. He is the first since four-time winner Harry White for his last two victories in 1978 and 1979 to go back-to-back in the race on different horses.


The official 2023 Melbourne Cup jockeys must be declared by 4:30pm (Melbourne time) on Saturday the 4th of November, 2023 and will be updated in our above Melbourne Cup Field section.

Stay up to date below to see what jockeys have confirmed rides in the Melbourne Cup 2023 field.

Confirmed 2023 Melbourne Cup Jockeys: 
  • James McDonald to ride Gold Trip for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
  • Damien Oliver to ride Alenquer for Michael Moroney
  • Mark Zahra to ride Without A Fight for Anthony & Sam Freedman
  • Kohei Matsuyama to ride Breakup for Tatsuya Yoshioka
  • Ryan Moore to ride Vauban for Willie Mullins
  • Joao Moreira to ride Soulcombe for Chris Waller
  • Zac Purton to ride Absurde for Willie Mullins
  • John Allen to ride Right You Are for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
  • Billy Egan to ride Vow And Declare for Danny O’Brien
  • Michael Dee to ride Cleveland for Kris Lees – SCRATCHED
  • Kerrin McEvoy to ride Ashrun for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
  • Daniel Stackhouse to ride Daqiansweet Junior for Phillip Stokes
  • Dylan Gibbons (a) to ride Okita Soushi for Joseph O’Brien
  • Beau Mertens to ride Sheraz for Chris Waller
  • Craig Williams to ride Lastotchka for Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr
  • Mark Du Plessis to ride Magical Lagoon for Chris Waller
  • Rachel King to ride Military Mission for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
  • Jye McNeil to ride Serpentine for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
  • Craig Newitt to ride Virtuous Circle for Liam Howley
  • Jamie Kah to ride More Felons for Chris Waller
  • Hollie Doyle to ride Future History for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
  • Teo Nugent to ride Interpretation for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
  • Zac Lloyd (a) to ride Kalapour for Kris Lees
  • Ben Thompson to ride True Marvel for Matthew Smith

Which Horse Will Win The Melbourne Cup in 2023

The best way to pick which horse will win the Melbourne Cup in 2023 is to take into account their lead-up spring racing form, assess the Melbourne Cup barriers, consider the Melbourne Cup weights, and look for the proven stayers in the field. 

Additional factors to consider when selecting the Melbourne Cup winner include: 

  • Favourites – The favourites in Melbourne Cup betting have a poor record overall in the event.
  • Barrier Hoodoo – Verry Elleegant (2021) became history’s first Melbourne Cup winner from barrier 18, while barrier 11 is considered the luckiest Melbourne Cup gate.
  • Internationals Rule – Since the race opened up to contenders outside of Australia and New Zealand, the internationals from the Northern Hemisphere have dominated the Melbourne Cup results including in 2020 when three ran the trifecta: Twilight Payment (1st), Tiger Moth (2nd) and Prince Of Arran (3rd).
  • Six Is It – Six-year-olds have the best recent record in the Melbourne Cup with Zed mare Verry Elleegant (2021) followed by the imported Gold Trip (2022) the last six-year-old Melbourne Cup winners.

Melbourne Cup Last Place

If you want to place bet on which horse will place last in this year’s Melbourne Cup results, then the table below will be of interest to you, displaying who took last place in the past ten years. Often Melbourne Cup sweeps pay out for the last place-getter, so keeping on the unlucky horse at the tail end of the field is popular. 

Melbourne Cup Race Year Last Finishing Horse Trainer/s Jockey
2023* Magical Lagoon Chris Waller Mark Du Plessis
2022* Camorra Ben & JD Hayes Craig Newitt
2021 Ocean Billy Chris Waller Damien Thornton
2020* Avilius James Cummings John Allen
2019 Rostropovich David Hayes Dwayne Dunn
2018* Red Cardinal Darren Weir Damien Oliver
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

*Notes:

  • 2023 Right You Are failed to finish the Melbourne Cup, subsequently found to be lame in the behind after suffering heat stress but cleared of any serious injury.
  • 2022 Interpretation failed to finish the Melbourne Cup, but was subsequently cleared of any injury with his failure put down to a wind issue.
  • 2020 Anthony Van Dyck was pulled-up 350m out from the line and subsequently euthanised due to fracturing his fetlock.
  • 2018 The Cliffsofmoher failed to finish after fracturing a shoulder and sadly having to be subsequently euthanised post-race.

Melbourne Cup Favourites 2023

Early favourites in Melbourne Cup 2023 betting include the Willie Mullins-trained Irish raider Vauban, the defending champion Gold Trip from the Maher/Eustace stable who will carry the 58.5kg top-weight, and Anthony & Sam Freedman’s Caulfield Cup winner Without A Fight who jockey Mark Zahra has opted to ride. 

Fiorente ($7 in 2013) was the last Melbourne Cup favourite to win.

The 2021 Melbourne Cup favourite Incentivise ($2.90) finished second to Verry Elleegant ($18).

In 2022 the Melbourne Cup favourite was the James Ferguson-trained Deauville Legend ($4.40) who was in a gun position fourth at the top of the straight before being running down by the Aussies to finish fourth.

The 2023 Melbourne Cup favourite was the Willie Mullins-trained Irish raider Vauban ($5.50) who ran a disappointing 14th over 13 lengths beaten.

Melbourne Cup 2023 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week prior to the race following the final acceptances for the Melbourne Cup on Derby Day. You can check below for a link to our full 2023 Melbourne Cup Form Guide following final acceptances.

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Melbourne Cup 2023 Tips

Our insider Melbourne Cup 2023 betting tips will be provided right here the week of the race and a full Melbourne Cup tipping preview available on the Neds Blog.

To Win: #5 Vauban ($4.60 at time of publish) 

He’s been a dominant favourite in Melbourne Cup betting for a long time now and while we’d like to find some value or be cheering home a local this Willie Mullins-trained raider really does look hard to beat. The classy Galiway gelding is out to be the fifth Irish-trained Melbourne Cup winner in history and Mullins had him pegged for this a long way out with confidence. No horse has jumped under $3.50 in Melbourne Cup betting and won since Makybe Diva for her second in 2004 so the fact he is now out over $4 for the win at time of publish is a plus for the deserving favourite. A seven-time winner from 14 starts his latest was a gutsy effort in a Group 3 at a mile and a half in August. Before that he floored them putting an easy 7.5 lengths on his rivals with a hefty 61kg on his back. He looks extremely well weighted for the Cup with 55kg.  It has been a while between runs but his outstanding lead-up work at Flemington suggests he is fit and ready to fire. He has winning form up to 3382m so the Melbourne Cup distance is no stress and he’ll appreciate the room at the course. Carries big weights to victory in the hurdle races at home but does need to break his Group 1 flat racing duck here. Will take some beating especially with one of the best riders in the world in Ryan Moore on his back.

To Challenge: #4 Breakup ($19 at time of publish)

Cannot believe you can get this gun Japanese galloper at $17 at time of publish. That is a huge price for a dour stayer that should run out the two miles. Odds went out when he drew barrier 18. Yes, that is wide but there is time to overcome the alley, and let’s not forget that Verry Elleegant (2021) broke the gate 18 hoodoo winning from this gate a couple of years back. Fitter second-up after a Caulfield Cup eighth that was better than it looks on paper and predicting sharp improvement. Gets Japanese hoop Kohei Matsuyama on now in a plus. A nicely-bred Novellist stallion who was good in April’s coveted Group 1 Tenno Sho (3200m) finishing fourth at a big price with 58kg. Back to 55kg here. Definitely one of the forgotten dark horse international Melbourne Cup contenders.

To Feature: Gold Trip ($7.50 at time of publish)

Is Gold Trip an outright champion? We’re about to find out! Just looking at what this Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained import has done in the majors over the past two years already suggests he’s a very good horse. Won the race last year with 57.5kg after runs in the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate. Same lead-up this year with equally impressive performances. That said, they were tougher runs than last year on firmer going so he’s got to be feeling it. Carries the 58.5kg top-weight and Think Big (1975 for his second) was the last to cart those kilos to a Melbourne Cup win. Mark Zahra coming off could be a worrying sign, but I think he might be reading too much into the weight. James McDonald is a star and won the Cox Plate on Romantic Warrior so makes a perfectly fine replacement. In a Cup field where a lot of the big players still have a 3200m question mark, this dour former French galloper has that over his rivals. Drawn to win with the class to back him up. Back-to-back?

To Improve: #7 Absurde ($9.50 at time of publish) 

We’ve got money coming in for the stablemate to the favourite with Mullins’ other runner heavily backed since final acceptances on Saturday afternoon. Was as long as $23 but since drawing a treat in gate eight his quote has halved. Zac Purton is over from Hong Kong and takes the ride on 53kg. Was brained by Absurde eight lengths beaten at home in a recent run but think he’ll be improving notable on that. Subsequent win last start in the Ebor Handicap (2816m) at York in late August to win his spot in the Melbourne Cup field. Did that with 60.5kg from barrier 22. Gets a better barrier and will be airborne dropping so many kilos here. Two-miles? No worries!  He has won up to 4023m so is one of the genuine stayers in the race. Rarely misses a spot in the top three and he’ll relish the firm going with an outstanding dry track record. Look out!

To Surprise: #15 Lastotchka ($17) and #21 Future History ($18) 

A couple of light weights at good prices for exotics for those chasing the value. Lastotchka looks a little pocket rocket. She’s a French import now with Price & Kent Jnr. racing first-up down under with Craig Williams aboard. A bit of a tough one to gauge the form lines, but she’ll get the 3200m as a last start Group 3 winner with 56kg at Longchamp over 3100m. Needs to be good, but can surprise a few. Future History has a more proven lead-up down under and is one in the Maher/Eustace contingent down in weight and coming off a Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup third. Flemington winner in The Bart Cummings before that. Let’s see how Hollie Doyle goes!

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Melbourne Cup Race Day 2023

Race day takes place on Tuesday, the 7th of November, 2023. Melbourne Cup Day 2023 is the second of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. It follows on from Victoria Derby Day and runs on the first Tuesday of November annually. After Cup Day the Carnival continues with VRC Oaks Day on the Thursday and comes to a close with Mackinnon Stakes Day on the Saturday. 

The key support races on the 2023 Melbourne Cup Day Race Card are the:

Melbourne Cup Race Time 2023

The Melbourne Cup race is scheduled to start at 3 PM Australian Eastern Daylight 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 2023 Barrier Draw

The official 2023 Melbourne Cup barrier draw will be released to the public on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 7.30 pm following the VRC Derby Day racing action at Flemington Racecourse and published in full in our above Melbourne Cup Field section. 

Melbourne Cup 2023 Nominations

The 2023 Melbourne Cup nominations close on Tuesday September 5, 2023 at 12:00pm (Melbourne time).

The official Melbourne Cup 2023 nominations attracted 132 early entries including Andrew Ramsden winner Lunar Flare who is a daughter of the 2013 champion Fiorente, the defending champion Gold Trip who is one of 17 entries from the Maher/Eustace stable, the Chris Waller-trained son of Frankel Francesco Guardi, and 15 international raiders including the all-in favourite Vauban for leading Irish horseman Willie Mullins.

You can view the full list of nominations on our Melbourne Cup Nominations page.

Melbourne Cup 2023 first acceptances

The 2023 Melbourne Cup first acceptances close on Tuesday October 3, 2023 at 12:00pm (Melbourne time).

The Melbourne Cup 2023 first acceptances attracted 72 stayers with updated markets led by Willie Mullins’ Irish raider Vauban and the Chris Waller-trained import Soulcombe who recently ran fourth to Alligator Blood in Caulfield’s Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).

You can view the full list of first declarations on our Melbourne Cup Nominations page. 

Melbourne Cup 2023 second acceptances

The 2023 Melbourne Cup second acceptances close on Tuesday October 17, 2023 at 12:00pm (Melbourne time). 

The Melbourne Cup 2023 second acceptances are now out featuring 51 stayers including five internationals led by the all-in favourite Vauban for Willie Mullins, while the defending champion Gold Trip is the other best fancied of the updated entries.

You can view the full list of second declarations on our Melbourne Cup Nominations page. 

Melbourne Cup 2023 third acceptances

The 2023 Melbourne Cup third acceptances close on Monday October 30, 2023 at 12:00pm (Melbourne time). 
You can view the full list of third declarations on our Melbourne Cup Nominations page.

Melbourne Cup Weights 2023

Handicap conditions apply to this race. The early 2023 Melbourne Cup weights on the nominated horses are announced in September and will be detailed here. 

Gold Trip (57.5kg in 2022) was the last Melbourne Cup top-weight to salute.

Gold Trip carried the 58.5kg top weight in 2023 running 17th in his failed title defence.

2023 Melbourne Cup Top-Weight:

  • Gold Trip (58.5kg)

The 2023 Melbourne Cup weights (handicaps) were declared on Tuesday September 19 with the reigning champion Gold Trip allocated 58.5kg, a kilo more than his winning weight for 2022.

Melbourne Cup 2023 Scratchings

2023 Melbourne Cup scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Tuesday, the 7th of November, 2023. 

  • #10 Cleveland (23)

Melbourne Cup Prize Money 2023

The 2023 Melbourne Cup prize purse is worth $8,410,000 in total, distributed from places first through to twelfth including $4.4 million going to the Melbourne Cup winner in 2023. 

Place Prize Money
1st $4,400,000
2nd $1,100,000
3rd $550,000
4th $350,000
5th $230,000
6th $160,000
7th $160,000
8th $160,000
9th $160,000
10th $160,000
11th $160,000
12th $160,000

 

Melbourne Cup Race Number 2023

The 2023 Melbourne Cup runs as Flemington Race 7 on the 7th of November, 2023 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 Live 2023

You can watch or listen to the 2023 Melbourne Cup live, across the following mediums.

Telecast: Network 10

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: Racing.com

Mobile: Neds App

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 among peers. You can learn more about sweeps here.

Melbourne Cup Tickets 2023

Tickets for the Melbourne Cup Carnival are available through Ticketek

Melbourne Cup Carnival 2023

The 2023 Melbourne Cup Carnival is from November 4th until the 11th of November, 2023. 

The first race day is the Victoria Derby Day on Saturday the 4th of November, followed by the Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday the 7th of November. The next race meet is Kennedy Oaks Day on the Thursday the 9th of November, followed by the final race meet for the carnival, VRC Champion Stakes Day held on Saturday the the 11th of November, 2023. 

Australian Horses In The Melbourne Cup

Australian horses dominated the Melbourne Cup 2021 field with COVID-19 restrictions and the early withdrawal of a number of internationals. 

Vow And Declare in 2019 beat out a host of international fancies to become the last Australian horse to win the Melbourne Cup.

New Zealand-bred Verry Elleegant (1st) prepared in Sydney by Chris Waller defeated the Queensland-bred Incentivise (2nd) who is trained in Victoria by Peter Moody defeated the UK raider Spanish Mission (3rd) in the 2021 Melbourne Cup results.

French-bred expat Gold Trip won the 2022 Melbourne Cup prepared in Australia by Ciaron Maher & David Eustace. The first three over the line in the Melbourne Cup 2022 results were Australian-trained with Deauville Legend (4th) the best of the internationals.

In 2023 the Melbourne Cup winner was the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Without A Fight who is prepared in Australia but was an international import last year.

International Horses In The Melbourne Cup

International horses dominate the Melbourne Cup field each year. From 2010 – 2023 six internationally-trained raiders prepared from outside of Australian / New Zealand saluted in the Melbourne Cup most recently Cross Counter (2018) for Godolphin followed in 2020 by Twilight Payment (Joseph O’Brien) who beat fellow internationals Tiger Moth (2nd) and Prince Of Arran (3rd). 

There were just two internationally-trained horses in the 2021 Melbourne Cup field from outside of Australia and New Zealand: Twilight Payment (Joseph O’Brien) and Spanish Mission (Andrew Balding). They finished 11th and 3rd respectively.

The 2022 Melbourne Cup field featured two official internationally-trained raiders with Deauville Legend (James Ferguson) running fourth as the beaten favourite and Without A Fight (Simon & Ed Crisford) a disappointing 13th.

The 2023 Melbourne Cup final field featured four international horses from outside of Australia or New Zealand with No. 4 Breakup (Japan), No. 5 Vauban (Ireland), No. 7 Absurde (Ireland), and No. 13 Okita Soushi (Ireland).

Grey Horse In The Melbourne Cup

Grey horses which have seen success in the Melbourne Cup include Subzero (first place in 1992), Gunsynd (third place in 1972) Manighar (fifth place in 2010). A total of six grey horses have won the Melbourne Cup throughout history. 

Melbourne Cup Winners

Winners of the Melbourne Cup going back to 1999 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/s Jockey Time
2023 Without A Fight Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 3:18.37
2022 Gold Trip Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 3:24.04
2021 Verry Elleegant Chris Waller James McDonald 3:17.43
2020 Twilight Payment Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 3:17.34
2019 Vow And Declare Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 3:24.76
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