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. Join up 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 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 13/09/2018, after nominations, but prior to acceptances).

All In Win Odds Place Odds
Kings Will Dream 14 4.25
Magic Circle 15 4.5
Torcedor 16 4.75
Withhold 16 4.75
Cross Counter 18 5.25
Hamada 21 6
Best Solution 26 7.3
Chestnut Coat 26 7.3
Cliffs Of Moher 26 7.25
Count Octave 26 7.3
Marmelo 26 7.3
Muntahaa 26 7.3
Tosen Basil 26 7.3
Unforgotten 26 7.3
Admire Robson 31 8.5
Latrobe 31 8.5
Our Venice Beach 31 8.5
Stratum 31 8.5
Kew Gardens 35 10
Ace High 41 11
Avilius 41 11
Flag Of Honour 41 11
Hunting Horn 41 11
Ladies First 41 11
Lancaster Bomber 41 11
Sir Charles Road 41 11
Sound Check 41 11
Weekender 41 11
Yogi 41 11
Youngstar 41 11
Desert Skyline 51 14
Doha Dream 51 13.5
Duretto 51 14
Finche 51 13.5
Hiyaam 51 13.5
Humidor 51 14
Jaameh 51 14
Langley 51 13.5
Max Dynamite 51 14
Orderofthegarter 51 14
Prince Of Arran 51 14
Red Cardinal 51 14
The Taj Mahal 51 14
Walton Street 51 13.5
Best Of Days 61 16
Big Duke 61 16
Chelkar 61 16
Deauville 61 16

Melbourne Cup 2017 Results

The top four finishers of 2017’s Melbourne Cup are displayed in the table below:

Finishing Order Horse No. Horse Name Trainer Name Jockey Name
1 22 REKINDLING Joseph O’Brien Corey Brown
2 7 JOHANNES VERMEER Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham
3 9 MAX DYNAMITE William Mullins Zac Purton
4 13 BIG DUKE Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla

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 King’s Will Dream, Withhold, Torecador and Magic Circle.

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 Guide here.

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 in the table below.

Horse Age Sex Past Winnings Trainer
Kings Will Dream 5 Gelding $429,668 Darren Weir
Magic Circle 7 Gelding $409,751 Ian Williams
Torcedor 7 Gelding $399,458 Andreas Wohler
Withhold 5 Gelding $450,000 Tony Bloom
Cross Counter 4 Gelding $287,285 Charlie Appleby
Hamada 4 Mare $165 Gary Crispin
Best Solution 5 Horse $1,317,676 Saeed Bin Suroor
Chestnut Coat 5 Horse $1,286,055 Yoshito Yahagi
Cliffs Of Moher 5 Horse $1,366,115 Aidan O’Brien
Count Octave 5 Horse $142,028 Andrew Balding
Marmelo 6 Horse $697,298 Hughie Morrison
Muntahaa 6 Gelding $815,641 John Gosden
Tosen Basil 7 Horse $1,739,331 Darren Weir
Unforgotten 4 Mare $1,242,770 Chris Waller
Admire Robson 5 Horse $796,778 Darren Weir
Latrobe 4 Horse $1,356,502 Joseph O’Brien
Our Venice Beach 5 Horse $274,774 Liam Howley
Stratum 6 Gelding $128,262 William Mullins
Kew Gardens 4 Horse $844,881 Aidan O’Brien
Ace High 4 Horse $1,899,875 David Payne
Avilius 5 Gelding $323,710 James Cummings
Flag Of Honour 4 Horse $261,245 Aidan O’Brien
Hunting Horn 4 Horse $300,132 Aidan O’Brien
Ladies First 4 Mare $36,413 Michael Easterby

 

Melbourne Cup 2019 Tips

Favourite: Kings Will Dream. This Irish gelding has had a pretty good run so far in 2018, taking third place in the $1 million Memsie Stakes, as well as a handful of first place finishes over medium to long distances.

Best Bet: Magic Circle. Another Irish gelding, though lacking the Australian racetrack experience of Kings Will Dream. With a lot of long distance success in Britain, this import might just be the most likely to cross the line first, and with a good payout to boot.

Best Roughie: Marmelo. Hailing from Great Britain, this horse has snatched a few first place finishes at long distance in 2018 and 2017. If he makes it off the boat, then he might just cause an upset during this year’s Melbourne Cup.

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
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