2019 Melbourne Cup

2019 Melbourne Cup

2019 Melbourne Cup


The 2019 Melbourne Cup was the 159th running of the ‘Race that Stops the Nation,’ and was hosted ont he 5th of November 2019.

There was a gun field chock-a-block full of Internationals – keen to continue their dominance in the Aussie’s biggest racing event of the season.

But, it was Vow and Declare from down under – who took out a thrilling 2019 Melbourne Cup Victory.

The Danny O’Brien-trained galloper was headed in the straight – but fought back, and took home a tantalising victory, by a head.

Master of Reality was second to cross the white line, but it was relegated to fourth, after a protest by stewards on behalf of fourth-placed Il Paradiso.

Prince of Arran was then relegated to second, and Il Paradiso to third.

Now, for the 2019 Melbourne Cup information.

There are 24 runners in the Melbourne Cup, who were narrowed down from the initial field of 300 to 400 nominated horses. These nominations are put forward in the first week of August.

A Committee ultimately decide the final 24.

After nomination, owners must confirm their intention to run four more times leading up to the Melbourne Cup. Owners are then forced to decide whether to continue with the race lead up, by paying the fees needed, or backing out.

Barriers are then drawn at the conclusion of racing on Derby Day.

The final runners are decided mostly on factors such as prize money over the past two years, wins and placing, and of course, allocated handicap.

Horses that have won other previous prestigious races around the world are actually exempted from the balloting process. These include:
the Victoria Derby, Lexus Stakes, Cox Plate, LKS Mackinnon Stakes, Caulfield Cup, Irish St. Leger (IRE), and the Tenno Sho (Spring) (JPN). There are some Australian races that allow for an automatic pass through the balloting process like the Bart Cummings, and the Andrew Ramsden Stakes.

2019 Melbourne Cup Details:

Date: November 3rd 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Winning Horse: Vow and Declare, $11
Winning Trainer: Danny O’Brien
Winning Jockey: Craig Williams
Winning Owner: G Corrigan

Melbourne Cup Field 2019

1. CROSS COUNTER (GB) — 57.5kg

Jockey: James Doyle, Trainer: Charlie Appleby, Barrier: 5, Odds: $13 (Win), $4 (Place)

2. MER DE GLACE (JPN) — 56kg

Jockey: Damian Lane, Trainer: Hisashi Shimizu, Barrier: 2, Odds: $6.50 (W), $2.30 (P)


Jockey: Frankie Dettori, Trainer: Joseph O’Brien, Barrier: 1, Odds: $21 (W), $6 (P)

4. MIRAGE DANCER (GB) — 55.5kg

Jockey: Ben Melham, Trainers: Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, Barrier: 13, Odds: $31 (W), $8.50 (P)


Jockey: Mark Zahra, Trainers: Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Barrier: 14, Odds: $26 (W), $7 (P)

6. HUNTING HORN (IRE) — 55kg

Jockey (TBC), Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Barrier: 11, Odds: $34 (W), $9 (P)

7. LATROBE (IRE) — 55kg

Jockey: James McDonald, Trainer: Joseph O’Brien, Barrier: 22, Odds: $26 (W), $7 (P)

8. MUSTAJEER (GB) — 55kg

Jockey: Damien Oliver, Trainer: Kris Lees, Barrier: 6, Odds: $17 (W), $5 (P)


Jockey: Dwayne Dunn, Trainers: David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Barrier: 12, Odds: $61 (W), $15 (P)


Jockey: Patrick Cosgrave, Trainer: Joseph O’Brien, Barrier: 19, Odds: $71 (W), $17 (P)

11. FINCHE (GB) — 54kg

Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy, Trainer: Chris Waller, Barrier: 4, Odds: $10 (W), $3.20 (P)

12. PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) — 54kg (1kg penalty)

Jockey: Michael Walker, Trainer: Charlie Fellowes, Barrier: 8, Odds: $17 (W), $5 (P)

13. RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) — 54kg

Jockey: Jamie Spencer, Trainer: Richard Hannon, Barrier: 3, Odds: $17 (W), $5 (P)

14. DOWNDRAFT (IRE) — 53.5kg

Jockey: John Allen, Trainer: Joseph O’Brien, Barrier: 15, Odds: $20 (W), $5.50 (P)

15. MAGIC WAND (IRE) — 53.5kg

Jockey: (TBC), Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Barrier: 24, Odds: $26 (W), $7 (P)

16. NEUFBOSC (FR) — 53.5kg

Jockey: Luke Nolen, Trainers: David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Barrier: 23, Odds: $151 (W), $26 (P)

17. SOUND (GER) — 53.5kg

Jockey: James Winks, Trainer: Michael Moroney, Barrier: 10, Odds: $101 (W), $21 (P)

18. SURPRISE BABY (NZ) — 53.5kg

Jockey: Jordan Childs, Trainer: Paul Preusker, Barrier: 20, Odds: $15 (W), $4.40 (P)


Jockey: Joao Moreira, Trainer: David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Barrier: 7, Odds: $8.50 (W), $2.80 (P)

20. IL PARADISO (USA) — 52.5kg

Jockey: Wayne Lordan, Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Barrier: 17, Odds: $14 (W), $4.20 (P)

21. STEEL PRINCE (IRE) — 52.5kg

Jockey: Brett Prebble, Trainer: Anthony Freedman, Barrier: 16, Odds: $61 (W), $15 (P)

22. THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) — 52kg

Jockey: TBC, Trainers: Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Barrier: 18, Odds: $81 (W), $17 (P)

23. VOW AND DECLARE — 52kg

Jockey: Craig Williams, Trainer: Danny O’Brien, Barrier: 21, Odds: $11 (W), $3.40 (P)

24. YOUNGSTAR — 52kg

Jockey: Tommy Berry, Trainer: Chris Waller, Barrier: 9, Odds: $34 (W), $9 (P)

2019 Melbourne Cup Favourites

Finche – Finche was a high-paying favourite, coming into the 2019 Melbourne Cup. The former French-trained galloper packed his bags for a second time and heading down under, after finishing fourth in 2018.

He had all the right ingredients for a win, but unfortunately, it turned into a recipe for disaster.

With a benefit of a long spell under the hot Aussie sun, Finche released his prominence in Cup betting markets for the entirety of the lead-up. The $8.50 favourite endured a wide run on the day, and battled well to take home seventh. Beaten by less than two lengths.

Il Paradiso – Il Paradiso was a Northern Hemisphere three-year-old targeting the Melbourne Cup, after watching other mates, Cross Counter and Rekindling claim success.

Coming in at $15, it was clear Aussie punters thought highly of the Irish-trained Aidan O’Brien spec horse. The 2019 Melbourne Cup was easily his biggest test to date, but after snagging a 3rd position, there was definitely some method behind the madness.

Prince of Arran – Prince of Arran loves the Aussie turf, and after visiting two times, has developed quite the following amongst racing fans. Sheer grit and determination being two of the key factors as to why.

The seven-year-old’s results since his return, show he was much more competitive and was set to get a great run from barrier eight. After a hard-fought win in the Geelong Cup, it was expected he was going to come out firing, but instead took home a close second.

Cross Counter – The defending Champion came back for more, after taking home the Melbourne Cup in 2018. He began his 2019 campaign with a strong victory in the 3,200m Dubai Gold Cup.

Then, swindled a fourth place in the Gold Cup (4,000m) at Royal Ascot, and a third in the Goodwood Cup (3,200m). His prep was rounded off with another fourth at the Irish St Leger (2,800m).

It was looking likely he was set to culminate with a peak performance at the 2019 Melbourne Cup; plenty of fans and punters alike were disappointed when he rounded in at 8th.

Mer De Glace – Japanese superstar, Mer De Glace, was one of those fluctuating favourites that you attempt to nab the right price on. He knocked Constantinople off the top tier as 2019 Melbourne Cup favourite, despite both faring well at the barrier draw.

He was building a promising record at home in Japan, before heading to Australia and making headlines with a staunch Caulfield Cup win (2,400m). At his first attempt beyond the 2,200 metres, Mer De Glace pumped up the acceleration from the back of field, to notch his winning streak up to six.

Although this performance hit the five-year-old with a cheeky 1kg penalty for the Melbourne Cup, he still remained one of the leading contenders despite stepping up the distance.

There was also the addition of an inside barrier draw, which assumably was going to give a soft run in transit.

But, it wasn’t just all or nothing for Mer De Glace – Victory would’ve also seen Damian Lane become the first jockey in history to take out all four major Aussie racing events in one year (Golden Slipper, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate). The distance proved too much for the International import, who slipped back into 6th.

Melbourne Cup 2019 Results

71169123VOW AND DECLAREDanny O’BrienCraig Williams2152kg
79633212PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB)Charlie FellowesMichael Walker0.2L854kg
83378320IL PARADISO (USA)Aidan O’BrienWayne Lordan0.3L1752.5kg
641743MASTER OF REALITY (IRE)Joseph O’BrienFrankie Dettori0.4L155.5kg
60994518SURPRISE BABY (NZ)Paul PreuskerJordan Childs0.9L2053.5kg
6769962MER DE GLACE (JPN)Hisashi ShimizuDamian Lane1.2L256kg
79731711FINCHE (GB)Chris WallerKerrin McEvoy1.4L454kg
942281CROSS COUNTER (GB)Charlie ApplebyWilliam Buick1.6L557.5kg
70419921STEEL PRINCE (IRE)Anthony FreedmanBrett Prebble2.1L1652.5kg
374411015MAGIC WAND (IRE)Aidan O’BrienRyan Moore3.6L2453.5kg
538671110TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE)Joseph O’BrienHugh Bowman3.8L1955kg
77371217SOUND (GER)Michael MoroneyJames Winks3.9L1053.5kg
108111319CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE)David & B Hayes & T DabernigJoao Moreira4.1L752.5kg
69501144MIRAGE DANCER (GB)Trent Busuttin & Natalie YoungBen Melham4.3L1355.5kg
6298156HUNTING HORN (IRE)Aidan O’BrienSeamie Heffernan4.5L1155kg
831601613RAYMOND TUSK (IRE)Richard HannonJamie Spencer5L354kg
812941722THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)Murray Baker & Andrew ForsmanTim Clark5.2L1852kg
76863187LATROBE (IRE)Joseph O’BrienJames McDonald6.45L2255kg
9647195SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE)Ciaron Maher & David EustaceMark Zahra6.55L1455.5kg
829532024YOUNGSTARChris WallerTommy Berry7.3L952kg
833772116NEUFBOSC (FR)David & B Hayes & T DabernigLuke Nolen8.3L2353.5kg
416422214DOWNDRAFT (IRE)Joseph O’BrienJohn Allen8.6L1553.5kg
36541238MUSTAJEER (GB)Kris LeesDamien Oliver10.85L655kg
83379249ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)David & B Hayes & T DabernigDwayne Dunn40.85L1255kg

Melbourne Cup 2019 Dividends

The 2019 Melbourne Cup quinella paid $82.40
The 2019 Melbourne Cup exacta paid $ 175.00
The 2019 Melbourne Cup first four paid $79,381.40.

2019 Melbourne Cup Trifecta Payout

The 2019 Melbourne Cup Trifecta paid $2,953.40.

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