Over the years there have been some legendary jockeys who have won the Melbourne Cup and there have been many more who have never had the joy of winning Australia’s richest race.
Although the prize packet for winning the Melbourne Cup is substantial many jockeys see the victory as the prize itself with over 100,000 spectators to greet you as they make their way back to the winners circle.
Legendary jockey Damien Oliver has had the most recent success in the Melbourne Cup with 3 wins and 3 second places from 25 rides in the Cup. Glenn Boss however has the better strike rate with 3 wins and a 2nd placing from just 13 rides.
With a large field of potentially 24 horses the ride by each jockey becomes pivotal. Winning and losing can often come down to ride given by the jockey with many fancied runners over the years finding no luck in the running and ultimately costing them the race.
The Melbourne Cup not only attracts a host of international horses but international jockeys too. Champion Frenchman Gérald Mossé is the most successful of the internationals with a win on 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain.
Most Melbourne Cup Wins in History
4 – Bobby Lewis (1902, 1915, 1919, 1927)
4 – Harry White (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979)
Melbourne Cup Jockey Facts
There have been many historic moments in the Melbourne Cup and every winning jockey has written their name into the cups rich history. However there are some historic moments that stand above the rest.
The first female to ride a Melbourne Cup runner was Maree Lyndon who rode Argonaut Style in 1987. Claire Lindop became the first Australian women to ride a Melbourne Cup runner when she took the ride on Debben who finished unplaced in 2003. Michelle Payne made history in 2015 when she was the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup on the back of Prince of Penzance.
Frank Reys was the first Aboriginal to ride a Melbourne Cup winner. Reys rode Gala Supreme to victory in the 1973 Melbourne Cup.
Here’s a fact that might surprise you. The youngest jockey to ever win a Melbourne Cup was Peter St. Albans who took the honors on board Briseis in 1876. He was 12 years, 11 months and 23 days old at the time
Melbourne Cup winners by colour of silks
You don’t have to be a racing enthusiast to love having a bet on the Melbourne Cup. Each year thousands upon thousands bet on the Cup and many of those are omen bets.
Here are the statistics on the coloured silks the jockeys have worn when winning the Melbourne Cup.
|Red and Maroon||19|
|Pink and Purple||13|
|Yellow and Gold||24|
|Grey and Silver||5|
Recent Melbourne Cup Winning Jockeys
Recent years have seen some historic moments when it comes to the winning jockeys. Glen Boss wrote his name in history when he won 3 consecutive Melbourne Cups on Makybe Diva.
The world renowned French jockey Gerald Mosse became a Melbourne Cup champion in 2010 with his win on Americain.
|2015||Prince Of Penzance||Michelle Payne|
|2012||Green Moon||Brett Pebble|
|2006||Delta Blues||Yasunari Iwata|
|2005||Makybe Diva||Glen Boss|
|2004||Makybe Diva||Glen Boss|
|2003||Makybe Diva||Glen Boss|
|2002||Media Puzzle||Damien Oliver|
|1999||Rogan Josh||John Marshall|
Melbourne Cup Jockey Weights
The Melbourne Cup is a handicapped event which ideally should give each runner an even chance of winning. However history tells us that lower weighted horses have clearly had the better luck.