Melbourne Cup Winners Statistics

Melbourne Cup 2014



Leading Melbourne Cup Trainers


Lee Freedman has the equal
second best record in Cup History


Trainer
 
# Winners
 
Winners
 
Bart Cummings  12 winners  Light Fingers (1965), Galilee (1966), Red Handed (1967), Think Big (1974), Think Big (1975), Gold And Black (1977), Hyperno (1979), Kingston Rule (1990), Let's Elope (1991), Saintly (1996), Rogan Josh (1999) & Viewed (2008) 
Etienne de Mestre  5 winners  Archer (1861), Archer (1862), Tim Whiffler (1867), Chester (1877) and Calamia (1878) 
Lee Freedman  5 winners  Tawriffic (1989), Subzero (1992), Doriemus (1995), Makybe Diva (2004), Makybe Diva (2005) 
John Tait  4 winners  The Barb (1866), Glencoe (1868), The Pearl (1871), The Quack (1872) 
Walter Hickenbotham  4 winners  Mentor (1888), Carbine (1890), Newhaven (1896), Blue Spec (1905) 
Richard Bradfield  4 winners  Patron (1894), The Victory (1902), Night Watch (1918), Backwood (1924) 
Jim Scobie  4 winners  Clean Sweep (1900), King Ingoda (1922), Bitalli (1923), Trivalve (1927) 
George Hanlon  3 winners  Piping Lane (1972), Arwon (1978), Black Knight (1984) 
Frank McGrath  3 winners  Prince Foote (1909), Peter Pan (1934), Peter Pan (1932)  
Note: The most successful overseas trainer has been Irishman Dermot Weld with 2 winners Vintage Crop (1993) and Media Puzzle (2002) and two placings Vintage Crop (1995) and Vinnie Roe (2004).

Leading Melbourne Cup Riders

Rider
 
# Winners
 
Winners
 
Bobbie Lewis  4 winners  The Victory (1902), Patrobas (1915), Artilleryman (1919), Trivalve (1927) 
Harry White  4 winners  Think Big (1974), Think Big (1975), Arwon (1978), Hyperno (1979) 
William McLachlan  3 winners  Prince Foote (1909), Comedy King (1910), Westcourt (1917) 
Darby Munro  3 winners  Peter Pan (1934), Sirius (1944), Russia (1946) 
Jack Purtell  3 winners  Hiraji (1947), Wodalla (1953), Rising Fast (1954) 
Jimmy Johnson  3 winners  Gatum Gatum (1963), Rain Lover (1968), Rain Lover (1969) 
Glen Boss  3 winners  Makybe Diva (2003, 2004, 2005) 
Damien Oliver  3 winners  Doriemus (1995), Media Puzzle (2002), Fiorente (2013) 
Kerrin McEvoy  3 winners  Brew (2000), Almandin (2016), Cross Counter (2018) 

Female Melbourne Cup Winners

Year
 
Horse (Jockey/Trainer)
 
A&S
 
Wgt Cd
 
1876  Briseis (P St Albans/James Wilson)  3YOF  40.0kgs 
1895  Auraria (J Stevenson/J.H.Hill)  3YOF  46.5kgs 
1904  Acrasia (T.Clayton/A.E.Wills)  7YOM  47.0kgs 
1921  Sister Olive (E.O'Sullivan/J.Williams)  3YOF  44.0kgs 
1939  Rivette (E.Preston/H.Bamber)  6YOM  48.5kgs 
1945  Rainbird (W.Cook/S.Evans)  4YOM  47.5kgs 
1956  Evening Peal (G.Podmore/E.D.Lawson)  4YOM  51.0kgs 
1960  Hi Jinx (W.A.Smith/T.H.Knowles)  5YOM  49.0kgs 
1965  Light Fingers (R.Higgins/J.B.Cummings)  4YOM  52.5kgs 
1988  Empire Rose (T.K.Allan/L.K.Laxon)  6YOM  53.5kgs 
1991  Let's Elope (S.R.King/J.B.Cummings)  4YOM  51.0kgs 
1998  Jezabeel (C.Munce/B.Jenkins)  6YOM  51.0kgs 
2001  Ethereal (S.Seamer/S.Laxon)  4YOM  52.0kgs 
2003  Makybe Diva (G.Boss/D.Hall)  5YOM  51.0kgs 
2004  Makybe Diva (G.Boss/D.L.Freedman)  6YOM  55.5kgs 
2005  Makybe Diva (G.Boss/D.L.Freedman)  7YOM  58.0kgs  
Record - 16 female winners in 156 Melbourne Cup runnings.

Ten Shortest-Priced Melbourne Cup Favourites

Year
 
Horse
 
Odds/Div
 
FP
 
1930  Phar Lap  8/11 ($1.70)  Won 
1929  Phar Lap  1/1 ($2.00)  3rd 
1912  Duke Foote  6/4 ($2.50)  14th 
1901  Revenue  7/4 ($2.80)  Won 
1917  Lanius  7/4 ($2.80)  6th 
1925  Manfred  7/4 ($2.80)  2nd 
1940  Beau Vite  7/4 ($2.80)  4th 
1948  Howe  7/4 ($2.80)  4th 
1956  Redcraze  7/4 ($2.80)  2nd 
1971  Gay Icarus  7/4 ($2.80)  9th 

Five Longest-Priced Melbourne Cup Winners

Year
 
Horse
 
Odds/Div
 
1871  The Pearl  100/1 ($101.00)  
1936  Wotan  100/1 ($101.00) 
1940  Old Rowley  100/1 ($101.00) 
2015  Prince Of Penzance 100/1 ($101.00) 
1948  Rimfire  80/1 ($81.00) 
1892  Glenloth  50/1 ($51.00) 

Biggest Winning Margins in Melbourne Cup

Year
 
Horse
 
Margin
 
1862  Archer  8 lengths 
1968  Rain Lover  8 lengths 
1942  Colonus  7 lengths 
1861  Archer  6 lengths 
1896  Newhaven  6 lengths 
1919  Artilleryman  6 lengths 
1946  Russia  6 lengths 

Heaviest Winning Weights in Melbourne Cup

Year
 
Horse
 
Weight
 
1890  Carbine  65.5kgs (10 stone 5 pounds) 
1862  Archer  64.5kgs (10 stone 2 pounds) 
1920  Poitrel  63.5kgs (10 stone) 

Note: Heaviest weight ever carried in a Melbourne Cup was by Phar Lap in 1931. He lumped 68kgs (10 stone 10 pounds) into eighth place.

Mares to Carry Top weight in a Melbourne Cup

Year
 
Horse
 
Weight
 
1903  Wakeful  63.5kgs (10 stone) 
1918  Desert Gold  60.0kgs (9 stone 6 pounds) 
1916  Carlita  59.5kgs (9 stone 5 pounds) 
1917  Thana  59.0kgs (9 stone 4 pounds) 
1942  Tranquil Star  58.5kgs (9 stone 3 pounds) 
2005  Makybe Diva  58.0kgs (9 stone 2 pounds) 
1924  Wynette  56.0kgs (8 stone 11 pounds) 
1872  Barbelle  54.0kgs (8 stone 7 pounds) 
1885  Blink Bonny  53.0kgs (8 stone 5 pounds) 

Most Runs in a Melbourne Cup

Horse
 
Runs
 
Dates - FP
 
Shadow King  6 Runs  (1929 - 6th, 1930 - 3rd, 1931 - 2nd, 1932 - 3rd, 1933 - 2nd, 1935 - 4th) 
Toryboy  5 Runs  (1861 - 5th, 1862 - 6th, 1865 - Won, 1866 - 4th, 1867 - unp) 
Barwon  5 runs  (1864 - unp, 1865 - 4th, 1866 - unp, 1867 - unp, 1868 - unp) 
Musidora  5 runs  (1862- unp, 1863 - 2nd, 1864 - unp, 1865 - unp, 1866 - unp) 
Skybeau  5 runs  (1996 -3rd, 1997 - 7th, 1998 - 8th, 1999 - 16th, 2000 - 9th) 
Red Cadeaux  5 runs  (2011 - 2nd, 2012 - 8th, 2013 - 2nd, 2014 – 2nd, 2015 – FTF) 
Doriemus  4 runs  (1995 - Won, 1996 - 6th, 1997 - 2nd, 1998 - 19th) 
Strop  4 Runs  (1867 - unp, 1868 - 2nd, 1869 - unp, 1870 - unp) 
Who Shot Thebarman  4 Runs  (2014 - 3rd, 2015 - 11th, 2016 - 5th, 2018 - 17th) (was scratched in 2017) 

Female Milestones for Melbourne Cup

First female to own a Melbourne Cup winner was Mrs E A Widdis successful with Patrobas (1915)

First Female jockey to ride in a Melbourne Cup was Maree Lyndon (Argonaut Style - 20th in 1987)

First Female jockey to win a Melbourne Cup was Michelle Payne (Prince Of Penzance 2015)

First Female to Trainer a Melbourne Cup winner (officially) was Sheila Laxon (Ethereal - 2001) before Gai Waterhouse did it in 2013 with Fiorente.


Melbourne Cup Field Size

Largest Melbourne Cup field was 39 runners in 1890 - Winner Carbine

Smallest Melbourne Cup field was 7 runners in 1863 - Winner Banker


Melbourne Cup - Fastest Race Time

The distance of the Melbourne Cup was two miles until the introduction of metrics in 1972 when the Cup was run over 3200m for the first time. The 3200m distance was 18.7m shorter in distance than two miles.

Rain Lover (1968) held the race record of 3 minutes 19.1 seconds for the two miles but a pacesetter record was established converting Rain Lover's imperial time to a metric equivalent of 3:17.9.

Since 1972 three horses have clocked faster times than the Rain Lover metric converted time.

Tawrrific ran 3:17.1 in 1989. Current race record-holder Kingston Rule posted 3:16.3 winning in 1990 and the Irish horse Media Puzzle ran 3:16.9 in 2002.

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