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Melbourne Cup Trainers

The Melbourne Cup attracts world class trainers from all over the world, it’s no surprise with a $8,000,000 prize pool up for grabs.

There is no doubting the greatest Trainer in Melbourne Cup history is the legendary Bart Cummings. Cummings trained 12 Cup winners in his career, 7 more than his closest rival.

Cummings trained one of only 5 horses to win multiple Melbourne Cups with Think Big winning in both 1974 & 1975. His final victory came in 2008 with Viewed winning the Cup.

Notable women to train Melbourne Cup runners

It’s not just men who have tasted Melbourne Cup success as trainers with 3 women training winners in the feature event. In 1938 Mrs. A. McDonald won the Cup with her horse Catalogue however due to the rules at the time Mrs. McDonald was technically not allowed to be a registered trainer in Australia so the horse was under her husbands name.

Sheila Laxon and Gai Waterhouse are other notable women who have trained Melbourne Cup winners.

Most Melbourne Cup wins by a trainer

You could ask any ordinary Australian about the Melbourne Cup and most would be quick to associate Bart Cummings. They don’t call Bart the “King of the Cup” for no reason and his 12 Melbourne Cup wins eclipses all competitors with the next best trainer trailing by 7.

12 – Bart Cummings (1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2008)
5 – Etienne de Mestre (1861, 1862, 1867, 1877, 1878)
5 – Lee Freedman (1989, 1992, 1995, 2004, 2005)

Melbourne Cup Trainer Records

TrainerMelbourne Cup Wins
12Bart Cummings
5Etienne De Mestre
5Lee Freedman
4John Tait
4Walter Hickenbotham
4Richard Bradfield
4Jim Scobie
3George Hanlon
3Frank McGrath

Previous Melbourne Cup Winning Trainers

Recent years have seen a host of new Melbourne Cup trainers write their names into history.  Darren Weir won a historic Melbourne Cup in 2015 when Michelle Payne delivered $101 shot Prince Of Penzance his first Cup victory.

Other notable winners include Gai Waterhouse who famously won her first Melbourne Cup with Fiorente in 2013.

Bart Cummings won his final Melbourne Cup in 2008 with Viewed.

2020Vow And DeclareJoseph O’Brien
2019Vow And DeclareDanny O’Brien
2018Cross CounterCharlie Appleby
2017RekindlingJoseph O’Brien
2016AlmandinRobert Hickmott
2015Prince Of PenzanceDarren Weir
2014ProtectionistAndreas Wohler
2013FiorenteGai Waterhouse
2012Green MoonRobert Hickmott
2011DunadenMichael Delzangles
2010AmericainAlain De Royer-Dupre
2009ShockingMark Kavanagh
2008ViewedBart Cummings
2007EfficientGraeme Rogerson
2006Delta BluesKatsuhiko Sumii
2005Makybe DivaLee Freedman
2004Makybe DivaLee Freedman
2003Makybe DivaDavid Hall
2002Media PuzzleDermot K. Weld
2001EtherealSheila Laxon
2000BrewMike Moroney
1999Rogan JoshBart Cummings
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