Melbourne Cup Leadup Races
|Shocking was the last horse|
to win the Lexus before the Cup
Lead up races to the Melbourne Cup have been relatively standard for a long time, and trainers have developed "proven" lead up race patterns for their horses.
However with the advent of the European horses, differing approaches have occurred.
Below is a list of the major lead up races and trail followed by previous Melbourne Cup winners.
Media Puzzle (2002) won the Geelong Cup at his first Australian Start as did Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011).
(Doesn't apply now)
|2015||Prince Of Penzance||Pl||Unp|
|1997||Might And Power||Won|
|1985||What A Nuisance||Unp||Unp|
|1981||Just A Dash||Unp||Unp||Unp|
|1977||Gold And Black||Pl||Unp|
|1976||Van Der Hum||Unp||Pl||Won|
The two most successful lead up races in recent times have been the Mackinnon Stakes and the Caulfield Cup who between them have "produced" 27 of the last 49 Melbourne Cup winners.
Since the Mackinnon Stakes has moved to the final day of the carnival, this is not relevant now.
Horses having their lead up run in the Mackinnon Stakes had won the Cup 17 times in the last 49 years.
History also shows most Melbourne Cup runners also race in the Caulfield Cup. 21 of the last 49 Cup winners have done so. However none have done that since Viewed in 2008.
Some haven’t come through the main lead ups. Those winners include Cross Counter, Rekindling, Protectionist, Dunaden, Americain, Vintage Crop and Media Puzzle from Europe and Fiorente, Green Moon, Efficient, Saintly and Makybe Diva (2005) who came through the Cox Plate. Almandin was a locally trained runner who had a month between runs.
In fact Green Moon and Fiorente had exactly the same lead up races. Memsie/Dato Tan Chin Nam/Turnbull/Cox Plate before running at Flemington.
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