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The Melbourne Cup is the biggest and most anticipated horse racing event on the Australian calendar. Every year, this race manages to attract a high quality field from around the world, who compete for $6.2 million worth of prize money. The past winners list for the Melbourne Cup reads like a who’s who of Australian horse racing, with international horses also starting to have an impact on the “race that stops a nation.”

Some of the most famous winners of the Melbourne Cup include inaugural champion Archer who won the first two events, the legendary Phar Lap, and the sole triple Melbourne Cup winner between 2003-05, Makybe Diva. However, the list certainly does not stop there, with other notable Melbourne Cup winners including Carbine in 1890, Peter Pan in 1932 & 1934, Comic Court in 1951, Rising Fast in 1954, Galilee in 1966, Rain Lover in 1968 & 1969, Kiwi in 1983, Vintage Crop in 1993, Saintly in 1996, and Might And Power in 1997.

International horses have started to have a big impact on the Melbourne Cup, which is now the richest handicap event in the entire world. Irish horse Vintage Crop won the Cup in 1993, with trainer Dermot K Weld returning to win another Melbourne Cup with European horse Media Puzzle in 2002. Japanese horse Delta Blues also won the event in 2006, with the two most recent Melbourne Cup winners, Americain in 2010 and Dunaden in 2011, both prepared in France.

You can read more about the Melbourne Cup HERE.

List of Melbourne Cup Winners

There has been no shortage of champions win the Melbourne Cup over the races long history. Browse through the list below and you’ll see the likes of Phar Lap, Kingston Rule, Might and Power and Makybe Diva forever penned into Melbourne Cup history.

Year Winner Weight (kg) Jockey Trainer
2018 Cross Counter 51.0 Kerrin McEvoy Charlie Appleby
2017 Rekindling 51.5 Corey Brown Joseph O’Brien
2016 Almandin 52.0 Kerrin McEvoy Robert Hickmott
2015 Prince of Penzance 53.0 Michelle Payne Darren Weir
2014 Protectionist 56.5 Ryan Moore Andreas Wohler
2013 Fiorente 55.0 Damien Oliver Gai Waterhouse
2012 Green Moon 53.5 Brett Pebble Robert Hickmott
2011 Dunaden 54.5 Christophe Lemaire Mikel Delzangles
2010 Americain 54.5 Gerald Mosse Alain de Royer-Dupre
2009 Shocking 51.0 Corey Brown Mark Kavanagh
2008 Viewed 53.0 B Shinn Bart (J.B.) Cummings
2007 Efficient 54.5 Michael Rodd Graeme Rogerson
2006 Delta Blues 56 Yasunari Iwata Katsuhiko Smuii (Japan)
2005 Makybe Diva 58 Glen Boss Lee Freedman
2004 Makybe Diva 55.5 Glen Boss Lee Freedman
2003 Makybe Diva 52 Glen Boss D. J. Hall
2002 Media Puzzle 52.5 D. Oliver D. K. Weld
2001 Etheral 52 S. Seamer Ms. S. Laxon
2000 Brew 55.05 K. McEvoy M. Moroney
1999 Rogan Josh 53.5 J. MARSHALL J.B.CUMMINGS
1998 Jezabeel 53 C. MUNCE B. JENKINS
1997 MIGHT AND POWER 56 J.CASSIDY J.DENHAM
1996 SAINTLY 55.5 D.BEADMAN J.B.CUMMINGS
1995 DORIEMUS 54.5 D.OLIVER D.L.FREEDMAN
1994 JEUNE 56.5 W.HARRIS D.A.HAYES
1993 VINTAGE CROP 55.5 M.KINANE D.WELD
1992 SUBZERO 54.5 G.HALL D.L.FREEDMAN
1991 LET’S ELOPE 51 S.R.KING J.B.CUMMINGS
1990 KINGSTON RULE 53 D.BEADMAN J.B.CUMMINGS
1989 TAWRIFFIC 54 R.S.DYE D.L.FREEDMAN
1988 EMPIRE ROSE 53.5 T.K.ALLAN L.K.LAXON
1987 KENSEI 51.5 L.OLSEN L.J.BRIDGE
1986 AT TALAQ 54.5 M.CLARKE C.S.HAYES
1985 WHAT A NUISANCE 52.5 P.T.HYLAND J.F.MEAGHER
1984 BLACK KNIGHT 50 P.COOK G.M.HANLON
1983 KIWI 52 J.A.CASSIDY E.S.LUPTON
1982 GURNER’S LANE 56 L.DITTMAN G.T.MURPHY
1981 JUST A DASH 53.5 P.COOK T.J.SMITH
1980 BELDALE BALL 49.5 J.LETTS C.S.HAYES
1979 HYPERNO 56 H.WHITE J.B.CUMMINGS
1978 ARWON 50.5 H.WHITE G.M.HANLON
1977 GOLD AND BLACK 57 J.DUGGAN J.B.CUMMINGS
1976 VAN DER HUM 54.5 R.J.SKELTON L.H.ROBINSON
1975 THINK BIG 58.5 H.WHITE J.B.CUMMINGS
1974 THINK BIG 53 H.WHITE J.B.CUMMINGS
1973 GALA SUPREME 49 F.REYS R.J.HUTCHINS
1972 PIPING LANE 48 J.LETTS G.M.HANLON
1971 SILVER KNIGHT 8.9 R.B.MARSH E.TEMPERTON
1970 BAGHDAD NOTE 8.7 E.J.DIDHAM R.HEASLEY
1969 RAIN LOVER 9.7 J.JOHNSON M.L.ROBINS
1968 RAIN LOVER 8.2 J.JOHNSON M.L.ROBINS
1967 RED HANDED 8.9 R.HIGGINS J.B.CUMMINGS
1966 GALILEE 8.13 J.MILLER J.B.CUMMINGS
1965 LIGHT FINGERS 8.4 R.HIGGINS J.B.CUMMINGS
1964 POLO PRINCE 8.3 R.TAYLOR J.P.CARTER
1963 GATUM GATUM 7.12 J.JOHNSON H.G.HEAGNEY
1962 EVEN STEVENS 8.5 L.COLES A.McGREGOR
1961 LORD FURY 7.8 R.SELKRIG F.B.LEWIS
1960 HI JINX 7.1 W.A.SMITH T.H.KNOWLES
1959 MACDOUGAL 8.11 P.GLENNON R.W.RODEN
1958 BAYSTONE 8.9 M.SCHUMACHER J.GREEN
1957 STRAIGHT DRAW 8.5 N.McGROWDIE J.M.MITCHELL
1956 EVENING PEAL 8 G.PODMORE E.D.LAWSON
1955 TOPAROA 7.8 N.SELLWOOD T.J.SMITH
1954 RISING FAST 9.5 J.PURTELL I.J.TUCKER
1953 WODALLA 8.4 J.PURTELL R.SINCLAIR
1952 DALRAY 9.8 W.WILLIAMSON C.C.McCARTHY
1951 DELTA 9.5 N.SELLWOOD M.McCARTEN
1950 COMIC COURT 9.5 P.GLENNON J.CUMMINGS
1949 FOXZAMI 8.8 W.FELLOWS D.LEWIS
1948 RIMFIRE 7.2 R.NEVILLE S.BOYDEN
1947 HIRAJI 7.11 J.PURTELL J.W.McCURLEY
1946 RUSSIA 9 D.MUNRO E.HUSH
1945 RAINBIRD 7.7 W.COOK S.EVANS
1944 SIRIUS 8.5 D.MUNRO E.FISHER
1943 DARK FELT 8.4 V.HARTNEY R.WEBSTER
1942 COLONUS 7.2 H.McCLOUD F.MANNING
1941 SKIPTON 7.7 W.COOK J.FRYER
1940 OLD ROWLEY 7.12 A.KNOX J.A.SCULLY
1939 RIVETTE 7.9 E.PRESTON H.BAMBER
1938 CATALOGUE 8.4 F.SHEAN A.McDONALD
1937 THE TRUMP 8.5 A.REED S.W.READ
1936 WOTAN 7.11 O.PHILLIPS J.FRYER
1935 MARABOU 7.11 K.VOITRE L.ROBERTSON
1934 PETER PAN 9.1 D.MUNRO F.McGRATH
1933 HALL MARK 7.8 J.O’SULLIVAN J.HOLT
1932 PETER PAN 7.6 W.DUNCAN F.McGRATH
1931 WHITE NOSE 6.12 N.PERCIVAL E.J.HATWELL
1930 PHAR LAP 9.12 J.E.PIKE H.R.TELFORD
1929 NIGHTMARCH 9.2 R.REED A.McAULAY
1928 STATESMAN 8 J.MUNRO W.KELSO
1927 TRIVALVE 7.6 R.LEWIS J.SCOBIE
1926 SPEARFELT 9.3 H.CAIRNS V.O’NEILL
1925 WINDBAG 9.2 J.MUNRO G.PRICE
1924 BACKWOOD 8.2 P.BROWN R.BRADFIELD
1923 BITALLI 7 A.WILSON J.SCOBIE
1922 KING INGODA 7.1 A.WILSON J.SCOBIE
1921 SISTER OLIVE 6.9 E.O’SULLIVAN J.WILLIAMS
1920 POITREL 10 K.BRACKEN H.J.ROBINSON
1919 ARTILLERYMAN 7.6 R.LEWIS P.T.HEYWOOD
1918 NIGHT WATCH 6.9 W.DUNCAN R.BRADFIELD
1917 WESTCOURT 8.5 W.McLACHLAN J.BURTON
1916 SASANOF 6.12 F.FOLEY M.HOBBS
1915 PATROBAS 7.6 R.LEWIS C.WHEELER
1914 KINGSBURGH 6.12 K.G.MEDDICK I.FOULSHAM
1913 POSINATUS 7.1 A.SHANAHAN J.CHAMBERS
1912 PIASTRE 7.9 A.SHANAHAN R.O’CONNER
1911 THE PARISIAN 8.9 R.CAMERON C.WHEELER
1910 COMEDY KING 7.11 W.McLACHLAN J.LYNCH
1909 PRINCE FOOTE 7.8 W.McLACHLAN F.McGRATH
1908 LORD NOLAN 6.1 J.FLYNN E.A.MAO
1907 APOLOGUE 7.9 W.EVANS I.EARNSHAW
1906 POSEIDON 7.6 T.CLAYTON I.EARNSHAW
1905 BLUE SPEC 8 F.BULLOCK W.HICKENBOTHAM
1904 ACRASIA 7.6 T.CLAYTON A.E.WILLS
1903 LORD CARDIGAN 6.8 N.GODBY A.E.CORNWELL
1902 THE VICTORY 8.12 R.LEWIS R.BRADFIELD
1901 REVENUE 7.1 F.DUNN F.MUNRO
1900 CLEAN SWEEP 7 A.RICHARDSON J.SCOBIE
1899 MERRIWEE 7.6 V.TURNER J.WILSON (JNR)
1898 THE GRAFTER 9.2 J.GOUGH W.FORRESTER
1897 GAULUS 7.8 S.CALLINAN W.FORRESTER
1896 NEWHAVEN 7.13 H.J.GARDINER W.HICKENBOTHAM
1895 AURARIA 7.4 J.STEVENSON J.H.HILL
1894 PATRON 8.3 H.G.DAWES R.BRADFIELD
1893 TARCOOLA 8.4 H.CRIPPS J.CRIPPS
1892 GLENLOTH 7.13 G.ROBSON M.CARMODY
1891 MALVOLIO 8.4 G.REDFEARN J.REDFEARN
1890 CARBINE 10.5 R.RAMAGE W.HICKENBOTHAM
1889 BRAVO 8.7 J.ANWIN T.WILSON
1888 MENTOR 8.3 M.O’BRIEN W.HICKENBOTHAM
1887 DUNLOP 8.3 T.SANDERS J.NICHOLSON
1886 ARSENAL 7.5 W.ENGLISH H.RAYNER
1885 SHEET ANCHOR 7.11 M.O’BRIEN T.WILSON
1884 MALUA 9.9 A.ROBERTSON I.FOULSHAM
1883 MARTINI-HENRI 7.5 J.WILLIAMSON M.FENNELLY
1882 THE ASSYRIAN 7.13 C.HUTCHENS J.E.SAVILL
1881 ZULU 5.1 J.GOUGH T.LAMOND
1880 GRAND FLANEUR 6.1 T.HALES T.BROWN
1879 DARRIWELL 7.4 S.CRACKNELL W.E.DAKIN
1878 CALAMIA 8.2 T.BROWN E.DE MESTRE
1877 CHESTER 6.12 P.PIGOTT E.DE MESTRE
1876 BRISEIS 6.4 P.ST ALBANS J.WILSON
1875 WOLLOMAI 7.8 R.BATTY S.MOON
1874 HARICOT 6.7 P.PIGOTT S.HARDING
1873 DON JUAN 6.12 W.WILSON J.WILSON
1872 THE QUACK 7.1 W.ENDERSON J.TAIT
1871 THE PEARL 7.3 J.CAVANAGH J.TAIT
1870 NIMBLEFOOT 6 J.DAY W.LANG
1869 WARRIOR 8.1 J.MORRISON R.SEVOIR
1868 GLENCOE 9.1 C.STANLEY J.TAIT
1867 TIM WHIFFLER 8.11 J.DRISCOLL E.DE MESTRE
1866 THE BARB 6.9 W.DAVIS J.TAIT
1865 TORYBOY 7 E.CAVANAGH P.MILEY
1864 LANTERN 6.3 S.DAVIS S.MAHON
1863 BANKER 5.4 H.CHIFNEY S.WALDOCK
1862 Archer 10.2 J.CUTTS E.DE MESTRE
1861 Archer 9.7 J.CUTTS E.DE MESTRE

 

Last Years Melbourne Cup Winner

The 2018 Melbourne Cup was run on Tuesday, November 6th at Flemington Racecourse. Cross Counter won with Kerrin McEvoy riding.

Multiple Winners of the Melbourne Cup

There are only five horses who have managed to win the Melbourne Cup more than once, including four double winners and a single triple champion.

Winner Years Won
Makybe Diva 2003, 2004, 2005
Think Big 1974, 1975
Rain Lover 1968, 1969
Peter Pan 1932, 1934
Archer 1861, 1862

Winners of the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup double

A few great horses have managed to take out the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup double over the years, including some of the most famous names in Australian racing.

Winner Year
Ethereal 2001
Might and Power 1997
Doriemus 1995
Let’s Elope 1991
Gurner’s Lane 1982
Galilee 1966
Even Stevens 1962
Rising Fast 1954
Rivette 1939
The Trump 1937
Poseidon 1906

Most Successful Trainers

There have been many great trainers who have had great success in the Melbourne Cup but none more so than the “Cups King” Bart Cummings.

The words Melbourne Cup and Bart Cummings have gone hand in hand for many years with the famous trainer training no less than 11 horse to 12 Melbourne Cup wins.

Bart’s success started in 1965 when Roy Higgins rode Light Fingers to victory. Cummings went on to win the following two Cups with Galilee (1966) and Red Handed (1967).

Think Big was the only horse that Cummings managed to train to two Melbourne Cup victories in 1974 & 75.

In 2008 Bart Cummings would train his final Melbourne Cup winner in Viewed.

Trainer Years Won
Bart Cummings 1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2008
Etienne de Mestre 1861, 1862, 1867, 1877, 1878
Lee Freedman 1989, 1992, 1995, 2004, 2005

Our favourite Melbourne Cup winner

You don’t need to be a racing fan to understand just how incredible Makybe Diva’s 3 consecutive Melbourne Cup wins was. It’s a feat that is unlikely to be replicated again in our lifetime.

 
 
 
 
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