Melbourne Cup 2022

Melbourne Cup 2022

The VRC Melbourne Cup is known as ‘the race that stops a nation’, and it’s even a public holiday for those living in Victoria! It is the biggest Group 1 race of the year held over a distance of 3200 metres at Flemington Racecourse. It is held on the first Tuesday of every November, and this year it will take place on the 1st of November, at 3pm.

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Melbourne Cup Quick Facts

In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the Melbourne Cup:

DateTuesday, 1st November, 2022
Start Time3pm
RacecourseFlemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia
Distance3,200 metres
GradeGroup 1
Prizemoney$7,750,000

Melbourne Cup Introduction

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most important, and most sought after, race in history. Dating back from the inaugural event in 1861, the Group 1 race has retained its prestige for almost a century with many punters keen to follow Melbourne Cup tips and score a winner in the big race.

The race is held over a distance of 3,200 metres, for horses three years and older – and is also the richest ‘two-mile’ handicap in the world. Aussies love the Melbourne Cup – giving it a fond nickname, ‘The Race that Stops a Nation;’ not stopping there, Melbournians also have the day off as a Public Holiday.

Held annually on the first Tuesday in November, the Cup is the headlining event at Melbourne’s Spring Carnival. Derby Day, Oaks Day and Stakes Day are all feature Group 1 races of their own, however they are seen as the supporting acts to the Melbourne Cup during a busy eight day period at Flemington.

The field at the Melbourne Cup is made up of the world’s best staying types with both local Australian horses and international raiders fighting it out for the $7,750,000 prizemoney, making the 3,200m ride the richest handicap prize every November.

Melbourne Cup Tips 2022

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s premier horse race and it happens to be the race most Aussies like to have a casual punt on. Our expert tipsters will put together a short list of Melbourne Cup tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.

With 24 horses gunning for the same prize at Flemington, reliable Melbourne Cup tips are tough to find. 22% of the pre-race favourites have gone onto win the race that stops the nation and throughout the past 10 years the pre-race favourite has placed on just three occasions.

Our tipsters keep a close eye on the rolling results of the Cup contenders throughout the entirety of Spring, so that we can give you the most detailed and accurate Melbourne Cup tips. Don’t get suckered in by that friend’s cousin that works at the track on Cup day, make sure you’re following the Shark for premium Melbourne Cup tips in 2022.

Melbourne Cup Tips From Experts

While our tips are not out for the Melbourne Cup in 2022, as it is too far out from the event, you can have a look below at our Melbourne Cup expert tips from the race in 2021.

Let’s take a look at each and every runner going around in The Race That Stops A Nation to fill our pockets and give you ultimate bragging rights with your friends, family and co-workers.

1. Twilight Payment (2) – $12

The defending champ is back and is potentially in better form than he was last year. He has contested the G1 2816m Irish St Leger in his last race before coming over in both years, coming third before winning in 2020 but he came second this year and Joseph O’Brien and the camp are extremely happy with his condition coming into this. He will be out the front again, taking plenty of chasing, and could very well give Incentivise a run for his money.

2. Incentivise (16) – $2.45

Can Incentivise live up to the hype, and the quote? Being the shortest-priced favourite since Phar Lap is an impressive feat, and he certainly has been impressive, but can you get stuck into him at $2.45 given this is his toughest test to date. In saying that, he has risen to the challenge every time he goes out to run, evidenced by his 3.5L win in the Caulfield Cup when wide throughout. He is definitely the horse to beat, but we are looking to get him beat given the price.

3. Spanish Mission (14) – $9

The main danger to Incentivise, Spanish Mission, has had a whirlwind lead-up into this year’s Melbourne Cup. After eye-balling Stradivarius last time out, going down by just 0.2L to the best stayer over the last five years, he made his way to Australia only to find himself the face of a vet-check news story. However, after three different examinations he has been passed fit to race and will find a rock hard track, which is important for him to be able to run well. Craig Williams couldn’t win on Winx at the moment, but the UK staying form, which is clearly superior to Australia’s, is hard to argue with.

4. Verry Elleegant (19) – $12

The James McDonald/Chris Waller show continues, this time with Verry Elleegant looking to improve on her 7th in last year’s Melbourne Cup. She hasn’t had quite as good of a lead up to the race as she did last year, but they wouldn’t have put her in the race if they didn’t think she was in good enough condition to win. Two weeks between runs, a good track and equal weights with the main chances may not be the best go for her, but dismiss her at your own peril.

5. Explosive Jack (4) – $41

Has run into Incentivise in all three runs and has only gotten as close as 3.9 lengths. Was potentially found out by a big and more talented field in the Caulfield Cup, which doesn’t bode well for this. John Allen is clearly in exceptional form, winning the last two majors, but is he good enough to get the job done here?

6. The Chosen One (5) – $51

Was a bit flat in the Caulfield Cup, finishing 11.3L off Incentivise there, but is clearly a talented horse. He finished 4th in this race last year and was impressive two runs back in the Herbert Power, but definitely needs to improve to compete here. He is always there abouts and $13 to place seems an alright shout, but is unlikely to be a winning chance.

7. Delphi (3) – $35

The market came for him in the Caulfield Cup but he couldn’t back up his Herbert Power win, fading away to finish 13th. He did finish 1st and 2nd in his two runs before that and was backing up off a tough run on a Good3 from the week before, so has room to improve with some more time between runs here.

8. Ocean Billy (13) – $101

The Kiwi-raider performed above expectations in the Caulfield Cup, finishing 9th, and is 1/1 at the distance. However, the New Zealand form doesn’t quite stack up the Australian form, let alone the European form as well.

9. Selino (24) – $126

Is priced the way he is for a reason. He finished 11.7L off in the Caulfield Cup and now has the widest barrier to overcome here as well.

10. Johnny Get Angry (22) – $71

Lots of media attention around Denis Pagan and Johnny Get Angry this week, with Glen Boss saying that he shouldn’t be in the race based on his form. He did win the Derby last year but we are with Bossy on this one, he won’t be a chance.

11. Knights Order (9) – $151

He has good early speed but doesn’t seem up to it against these.

12. Persan (11) – $35

Persan bounced back into form with a very impressive third in the Caulfield Cup, proving how good of a stayer he is. The camp is flying and he has every chance to improve on his 5th placing from last year.

13. Carif (8) – $151

He hasn’t won in over a year and doesn’t look like he will be up to the class here.

14. Master Of Wine (6) – $91

Master Of Wine looked back to his best when running third behind Grand Promenade and Tralee Rose two runs back, both of whom are fancied for this, but was no good in the Caulfield Cup. Back to a good track will help but he seems out of his depth, again.

15. Pondus (1) – $46

He has lots of followers due to the Robert Hickmont factor, but was disappointing in the Moonee Valley Cup last time out. He does drop 3.5kg from that effort, so can’t be easily dismissed, but Pondus likely won’t be up to it here.

16. Grand Promenade (21) – $19

Could he cause the upset? Grand Promenade comes from the best staying camp in Australia and absolutely loves Flemington, with three wins and a second from five starts. This is clearly his toughest test to date but he is certainly ready for this.

17. Miami Bound (17) – $151

Is a very nice stayer but Miami Bound needs a wet track to compete, and she won’t get that here.

18. Port Guillaume (23) – $151

Does have a bit of X-factor and finished off well in the Caulfield Cup but hasn’t finished better than 6th this prep and he is better with some give in the turf as well.

19. She’s Ideel (20) – $91

She’s Ideel was a fast finisher in the Caulfield Cup but had her preferred wet ground there and won’t get that here. Has been targeting this race the entire prep and there will be a fast tempo up front, but will she be able to catch them late?

20. Future Score (SCR)

21. Tralee Rose (12) – $16

Hasn’t missed the top three in all four runs this prep and was a very impressive winner in the Geelong Cup last start. Tralee Rose drops 4.5kg from that run to 51kg here, which is a massive bonus, and she has finished top three in seven of her nine runs on a good surface, including four wins. This is clearly tougher, but she seems like she will be up to the task.

22. Floating Artist (10) – $16

Floating Artist was a moral beaten in the Moonee Valley Cup, having no luck in transit but still powering home for second. He is another from the Maher/Eustace camp and has very good form coming into this. Being down at 50kg is a massive bonus and he has been drawn to win.

23. Great House (7) – $21

Can he complete the Hotham/Melbourne Cup double? Great House has had a very good preparation, winning the Newcastle Cup and running a powerful 5th in the Caulfield Cup. He has proven he is up to it, will be coming for them late and you can’t doubt Chris Waller’s plans for his horses.

24. Sir Lucan (18) – $23

While he was sweating on his entry into the race, Sir Lucan is another that bring UK staying form into the race. He has Glen Boss on board, which is always a good thing in the main races, and is a full brother to Sir Dragonet, who won the 2020 Cox Plate and ran 6th in last year’s Melbourne Cup. He is lightly raced and was brought over here with this race the main first target, and will be a chance.

Expert Melbourne Cup Tips: 1-2-23-4

Melbourne Cup Trifecta Tips

As an example, let’s look at 2021’s winning Melbourne Cup trifecta, which paid $436.20:

1st – Verry Elleegant

2nd – Incentivise

3rd – Spanish Mission

How to do a Melbourne Cup Trifecta

Winning a Melbourne Cup trifecta is not simple, to say the least. But there are definitely tips and tricks that you can consider to make punting a little bit easier.

Melbourne Cup Trifecta Tip 1

You shouldn’t blindly trust other punters, always go with your gut when it comes to selecting your favourites. Conduct your own research and look at all the relevant stats into runners you think may have a chance at the Melbourne Cup trifecta.

Melbourne Cup Trifecta Tip 2

If you’re a bit unsure where to start with your research, consider checking out a Melbourne Cup form guide – bookies like Sportsbet and Neds have them available year-round.

Melbourne Cup Trifecta Tip 3

Consider placing a box trifecta as opposed to a straight trifecta. A box trifecta covers you in all different combinations of finishing positions, once you’ve chosen three runners. It will also cost a bit extra to place your bet, but improves your chances of winning a Melbourne Cup trifecta by a significant amount.

Where to Place a Melbourne Cup Trifecta?

You’re able to place a Melbourne Cup trifecta through an online bookie – or in store at TAB. Online bookies often offer elite punting services – with plenty of fans placing a box trifecta with the 3 favourites in their bet.

Online bookies are great because they are also not subject to business hours or location – which means you have the ability to place a Melbourne Cup trifecta from your couch! Online bookies also offer a comprehensive step-by-step guide into placing a Melbourne Cup trifecta.

Melbourne Cup Betting 2022

As it is ‘the race that stops the nation’, the Melbourne Cup is usually the race that sees the once a year punter return to their bookies to see if they can find a winner. The 24 horse field means that there are endless opportunities to choose from when betting on the Melbourne Cup, so many that it can sometimes seem overwhelming.

Given the popularity of the event, Melbourne Cup betting is much easier with online bookies. This way you can avoid crowded and confusing TABs, while still having access to the many fantastic options around Australia.

As it is the most popular race in the nation, online bookies often have early market odds available for the Melbourne Cup! Giving you the chance to see and assess the Melbourne Cup odds as far as a few months out from the actual event.

Biggest Melbourne Cup Trifecta

The record Melbourne Cup trifecta dividend was a whopping $61,867.90 paid out back in 1993.

Most Money Gambled On The Melbourne Cup

In 2009 punters in Australia made history on Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup with a record $95.6 million outlaid on just the Victorian and New South Wales TABs. The average spend per punter on the Melbourne Cup odds is around $8.50, and only $7.30 is returned in revenue.

Melbourne Cup Favourites

Many people looking for Melbourne Cup tips turn to the favourites. But how do favourites typically fare in the Cup? Let’s take a look at the stats:

  • Melbourne Cup betting favourites have won 32 times (until 2021).
  • Fiorente (2013) was the last favourite to win for the punters.
  • Makybe Diva won the 2003 Melbourne Cup, although she didn’t start as favourite, Mamool was the favourite and ended up finishing last (23rd of 23rd).
  • Phar Lap was the shortest priced favourite to win at 8/11 in 1930, followed by Revenue (7/4 in 1901) and Archer (2/1 in 1962).
  • Only four triple figure roughies have won the Melbourne Cup: The Pearl (100/1 in 1871), Wotan (100/1 in 1936), Old Rowley (100/1 in 1940) and Prince Of Penzance (100/1 in 2015).
  • The biggest winning Melbourne Cup margin is Archer (1862) and Rain Lover (1968), who share the record with 8L.
  • The closest Melbourne Cup finish was Dunaden’s 2011 Melbourne Cup win over Red Cadeaux which took officials over five minutes to decide on the result via photo.
  • The first Melbourne Cup photo-finish was used in the 1948 Melbourne Cup when Rimfire beat home Dark Marne.

Melbourne Cup Best Bets

While our tips are not out for the Melbourne Cup in 2022, as it is too far out from the event, you can have a look below at our Melbourne Cup expert tips from the race in 2021:

Melbourne Cup Best Bet #1: Twilight Payment – $12

The defending champ is back and is potentially in better form than he was last year. He has contested the G1 2816m Irish St Leger in his last race before coming over in both years, coming third before winning in 2020 but he came second this year and Joseph O’Brien and the camp are extremely happy with his condition coming into this. He will be out the front again, taking plenty of chasing, and could very well give Incentivise a run for his money.

Melbourne Cup Best Bet #2: Incentivise – $2.45

Can Incentivise live up to the hype, and the quote? Being the shortest-priced favourite since Phar Lap is an impressive feat, and he certainly has been impressive, but can you get stuck into him at $2.45 given this is his toughest test to date. In saying that, he has risen to the challenge every time he goes out to run, evidenced by his 3.5L win in the Caulfield Cup when wide throughout. He is definitely the horse to beat.

Melbourne Cup Best Bet #3: Great House – $21

Can he complete the Hotham/Melbourne Cup double? Great House has had a very good preparation, winning the Newcastle Cup and running a powerful 5th in the Caulfield Cup before his win on Saturday. He has proven he is up to it, drops to 50kg for this race, will be coming for them late and you can’t doubt Chris Waller’s plans for his horses.

Melbourne Cup Best Bet #4: Verry Elleegant – $12

The James McDonald/Chris Waller show continues, this time with Verry Elleegant, who is looking to improve on her 7th in last year’s Melbourne Cup. She hasn’t had quite as good of a lead up to the race as she did last year, but they wouldn’t have put her in the race if they didn’t think she was in good enough condition to win. Two weeks between runs, a good track and equal weights with the main chances may not be the best go for her, but she is an extremely talented mare that will stay the distance, so dismiss her at your own peril.

Melbourne Cup Best Bet #5: Persan – $35

Persan bounced back into form with a very impressive third in the Caulfield Cup, proving how good of a stayer he is. He will eat up the extra distance, the camp is flying and he has every chance to improve on his 5th placing from last year.

Melbourne Cup Bet Types

Below is a table that outlines the basics on how to bet on the Melbourne Cup:

Bet TypeHow to Place This Type of Bet
Win BetPlace a bet on the horse you think will be the outright winner (1st place) in the 2021 Melbourne Cup.
Place BetPlace a bet on the horse you think will place in the top three in the 2021 Melbourne Cup. Pays less than a win bet, but the odds are safer
Each-Way BetPlace a bet on the horse you think will win the Melbourne Cup, with a safety net of a place bet. If your horse runs 1st, you will collect both the win and the place pay-out. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd, you will win only the place pay-out.
Quinella BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st and 2nd in any order in the Melbourne Cup.
Exacta BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order in the Melbourne Cup.
Trifecta BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order in the Melbourne Cup.
First FourPlace a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the correct order in the Melbourne Cup.
QuaddiePlace a bet on the winners of four nominated races to win a quaddie. This means you have to select three other races apart from the Melbourne Cup to place a quaddie.

Melbourne Cup Odds 2022

As the Melbourne Cup is the biggest race on the Australian racing calendar, bookies waste no time getting the odds out for the following year’s race shortly after the race concludes.

Although the odds for next year are out shortly after the last horse in the Melbourne Cup passes the post, the field is far from set. All potential horses are given Melbourne Cup odds by bookmakers so punters can participate in what’s called futures betting.

Futures betting occurs when a betting market is available before the final field is known, allowing punters to get in early on a horse that they believe will both make it into the final field of 24 and win or place in the race.

The 2022 Melbourne Cup odds are out, and Incentivise is currently the favourite, while the 2021 winner, Verry Elleegant is in the second line of betting. Here are the current odds, courtesy of Sportsbet, as of early-January:

HorseOdds
Incentivise $13
Verry Elleegant $14
Profondo$17
Hitotsu$21
Spanish Mission$21
Trueshan$21

Melbourne Cup Field 2022

When looking at a horse racing field, it is essentially just the lineup of horses that will be taking part in any given race. Given that there are 24 barriers that the best thoroughbreds in the world are competing for, the annual announcement of the Melbourne Cup field is one of the most eagerly anticipated moments on the racing calendar.

Following the nomination and entry stages, the final field for the Melbourne Cup is made public on the Saturday prior to the running of the race, meaning that the 2022 Melbourne Cup field will be announced on Saturday October 29th, following the running of the Victoria Derby.

Along with the announcement of the field, the Melbourne Cup barrier draw will also take place on the Saturday prior to the running of the race. A horses starting barrier is the gate that is used to keep the horses in line before the commencement of the race. For every race, each horse is assigned a barrier in the randomised draw.

To the untrained eye, the Melbourne Cup barrier draw should not have a major impact on the outcome of the race, given the long distance of the Melbourne Cup. However, Melbourne Cup barrier statistics suggest that certain barriers have historically performed better than others.

Here is the full 2021 Melbourne Cup field:

HorseBarrierJockey:Trainer: 
1. Twilight Payment (58kg)2Jye McNeilJoseph O’Brien
2. Incentivise (57kg)15Brett PrebblePeter Moody
3. Spanish Mission (57kg)14Craig WilliamsAndrew Balding
4. Verry Elleegant (57kg)18James McDonaldChris Waller
5. Explosive Jack (54kg)4John AllenCiaron Maher and David Eustace
6. The Chosen One (54kg)5Damian LaneMurray Baker & Andrew Forsman
7. Delphi (53.5kg)3Damien OliverAnthony & Sam Freedman
8. Ocean Billy (53.5kg)13Damien ThorntonChris Waller
9. Selino (53.5kg)23Ron StewartChris Waller
10. Johnny Get Angry (53kg)21Lachlan KingDenis Pagan
11. Knights Order (53kg)9Daniel StackhouseGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
12. Persan (53kg)11Luke CurrieCiaron Maher & David Eustace
13. Carif (52.5kg)8Blaike McDougallPeter & Paul Snowden
14. Master Of Wine (52.5kg)6Fred KersleyMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes
15. Pondus (52.5kg)1Rachel KingRobert Hickmott
16. Grand Promenade (52kg)20Kerrin McEvoyCiaron Maher & David Eustace
17. Miami Bound (52kg)17Patrick MoloneyDanny O’Brien
18. Port Guillaume (52kg)22Harry CoffeyBen & JD Hayes
19. She’s Ideel (52kg)19Craig NewittBjorn Baker
20. Future Score (SCR)Matt Cumani
21. Tralee Rose (51kg)12Dean HollandSymon Wilde
22. Floating Artist (50kg)10Teodore NugentCiaron Maher & David Eustace
23. Great House (50kg)7Michael DeeChris Waller
24. Sir Lucan (50kg)18Glen BossGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

The most successful Melbourne Cup barriers are as follows:

  • Barrier 5: 8 wins, last in 2013
  • Barrier 11: 7 wins, last in 2010
  • Barrier 10: 6 wins, last 2014
  • Barrier 14: 6 wins, last in 2005
  • Barrier 8: 5 wins, last in 2008

Barrier 5 has seen two Melbourne Cup back-to-back winners in Green Moon, 2012; and Fiorente, 2013. Barrier 10 has also produced 2 winners from 2006, with Delta Blues, 2006; and Protectionist, 2014. Vow and Declare became the first Aussie bred Melbourne Cup winner since Shocking, 2009, and won from gate 21.

Historically, there have been a few stinkers in terms of Melbourne Cup barriers. The worst ever leading up to the 2022 Melbourne Cup barrier draw are as follows:

  • Barrier 18: 1 win, in 2021
  • Barrier 15: 1 win, in 1973
  • Barrier 7: 2 wins, in 1924 and 2015

Verry Elleegant was originally supposed to jump from barrier 19 but after Future Score’s scratching she jumped from barrier 18, being the first horse to ever win from that barrier.

Is the Melbourne Cup barrier draw Important?

Short answer, yes. The Melbourne Cup barrier is important. There are barriers which have only seen one-off winners, while other barriers have seeen 6, 7 or 8 winners.

When looking at the Melbourne Cup odds, it definitely pays to keep the barrier draw in mind, whilst the long distance of the race, at 3,200m, obviously reduces the fear of drawing an outward barrier, your horse will fare better if starting from one of the first 12 gates.

2021 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

The barrier draw in 2021, like previous years, had an impact on the odds:

  • Floating Artist saw his odds come into $11, which was third favourite, after drawing barrier 10
  • Sir Lucan saw his odds blow out after drawing barrier 18 until Saturday morning when Future Score’s scratching meant that Verry Elleegant had the unlucky 18, seeing her odds blow out to $18 at the jump
  • Selino drew the outside barrier, jumping from barrier 23 on the day, and saw his odds blow out

Melbourne Cup Barrier Statistics

Since 1925 Barrier 5 has been the most successful with eight winners; plus it produced back-to-back winners in Green Moon (2012) and Fiorente (2013).

Prior to 2012-13 the last time the same Melbourne Cup barrier produced back-to-back winners was What A Nuisance (1985) and At Talaq (1986) from barrier 17. Barrier 1 last had a Melbourne Cup winner with Prince Of Penzance (2015).

After Future Score’s scratching, Verry Elleegant jumped from barrier 18 and became the first ever horse to win from that gate.

The last Melbourne Cup winner to win from the outside barrier was Brew (2000) from 22 of 22 after two scratchings before the race. Since 1983 Barriers 6, 15, 23 and 24 have not produced a Melbourne Cup winner.

Melbourne Cup Results 2022

As punter’s and racing enthusiasts around the world return to normality at the conclusion of the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup results are posted soon after the last horse passes the post at Flemington.

Ascertaining the finishing order of any Group 1 race can often be a long and arduous process. There are several factors that can potentially delay the announcement of any race, let alone a race with 24 competing horses. For example, should there be a photo finish at any position, officials may require extra time to determine an absolute winner.

We at Racing Sharks can assure you that as soon as the final results for the 2022 Melbourne Cup are made official, that they will be online and ready to be broken down by our racing experts.

In the meantime, take a look at the full field of results from the 2021 Melbourne Cup, a race that saw Verry Elleegant stamp herself as the horse of this generation, winning her 10th Group One in the 2021 Melbourne Cup.

FinishHorseJockeyMargin
1st4.Verry Elleegant (18)James McDonald
2nd2. Incentivise (15)Brett Prebble4L
3rd3. Spanish Mission (14)Craig Williams4.4L
4th22. Floating Artist (10)Teodore Nugent4.6L
5th6. The Chosen One (5)Damian Lane10.6L
6th16. Grand Promenade (20)Kerrin McEvoy12.6L
7th7. Delphi (3)Damien Oliver13.35L
8th9. Selino (23)Ron Stewart13.45L
9th21. Tralee Rose (12)Dean Holland16.7L
10th19. She’s Ideel (19)Craig Newitt17.2L
11th1. Twilight Payment (2)Jye McNeil19.45L
12th17. Miami Bound (16)Patrick Moloney21.45L
13th23. Great House (7)Michael Dee21.85L
14th24. Sir Lucan (17)Glen Boss21.95L
15th5. Explosive Jack (4)John Allen23.2L
16th14. Master Of Wine (6)Fred Kersley24.2L
17th15. Pondus (1)Rachel King24.6L
18th13. Carif (8)Blaike McDougall25.35L
19th11. Knights Order (9)Daniel Stackhouse25.65L
20th12. Persan (11)Luke Currie28.9L
21st18. Port Guillaume (22)Harry Coffey33.15L
22nd10. Johnny Get Angry (21)Lachlan King41.15L
23rd8. Ocean Billy (13)Damian Thornton53.15L

You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2021 Melbourne Cup race:

Melbourne Cup Winners

The results for the upcoming Melbourne Cup are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:

YearWinnerSecondThird
2022TBATBATBA
2021Verry ElleegantIncentiviseSpanish Mission
2020Twilight PaymentTiger MothPrince of Arran
2019Vow And DeclarePrince of ArranIl Paradiso
2018Cross CounterMarmeloPrince of Arran
2017RekindlingJohannes VermeerMax Dynamite
2016AlmandinHeartbreak CityHartnell
2015Prince Of PenzanceMax DynamiteCriterion
2014ProtectionistRed CadeauxWho Shot Thebarman
2013FiorenteRed CadeauxMount Athos
2012Green MoonFiorenteJakkalberry
2011DunadenRed CadeauxLucas Cranach
2010AmericainMalluckydaySo You Think

Melbourne Cup Jockeys 2022

As it one of the marquee races in not only Australia, but also the world, the Melbourne Cup attracts some of the most decorated nationals and international jockeys in the world. The winning horse is often remembered and recognised when looking at the history of Melbourne Cup winners, however the jockey is an integral part of every successful ride.

Damien Oliver and Glen Boss are two of the most accomplished jockeys in the history of Australian racing, and being three time champion Melbourne Cup jockeys is the most noteworthy accolade in their illustrious careers.

Both Oliver and Boss saddled up in pursuit of a fourth Melbourne Cup victory in 2021, however it was James McDonald who took out the crown, winning his first Melbourne Cup aboard Verry Elleegant.

Brett Prebble almost completed his full rise to the top, coming second on Incentivise, while Craig Williams, who win in 2019, finished third with Spanish Mission.

Here is the full list of Melbourne Cup jockeys from last year’s meeting at Flemington:

Most Melbourne Cup Wins For A Jockey:

  • Co-held by Bobbie Lewis (The Victory 1902, Patrobas 1915, Artilleryman 1919 & Trivalve 1927) and Harry White (Think Big 1974 and 1975, Arwon 1978 and Hyperno 1979) with four wins each.
  • White also rode in two Melbourne Cup doubles.
  • In the modern era (since 1983) both Damien Oliver (1995, 2002, 2013) and Glen Boss (2003, 2004, 2005) have ridden three Melbourne Cup winners.
  • First Aussie woman jockey to ride in the Melbourne Cup was Claire Lindop who rode Debben in 2003, who was unplaced.
  • The youngest jockey to win was Peter St. Albans on Briseis in 1876, who was only 12 years old!
  • Michelle Payne on Prince Of Penzance (2015) is currently the only woman to win a Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup Trainers 2022

Along with the horse and the jockey, the final piece to any winning horse’s puzzle is the trainer. Nature vs nurture is the age-old question surrounding how people develop, and it is no different with horses. The genetic makeup of a horse provides it with the necessary talent and durability to become a race horse, however for a horse to reach their full potential they must be trained.

Given the length of the Melbourne Cup, the importance of a Melbourne Cup trainer is magnified. Even the most talented horses require human intervention to hone their abilities, and a horse competing in the Melbourne Cup will need to maintain an elite level or power and speed to even be in contention to win the 3200m race.

There is no conversation that can be had about Melbourne Cup trainers without mentioning the late great Bart Cummings. Cummings’ record of training 12 Melbourne Cup winners throughout his 45 year career will likely not be matched for sometime, if ever.

Despite being, arguably, Australia’s best trainer, Chris Waller only just won his first Melbourne Cup with Verry Elleegant in 2021.

Which trainer has the most Melbourne Cup Wins?

  • Bart Cummings, with 12 Melbourne Cup wins as a trainer, holds the record for most wins as a trainer. He trained the winner in 1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999 and 2008.
  • In the modern era (since 1983) Lee Freedman has trained 5 Melbourne Cup winners (1989, 1992, 1995, 2004, 2005).

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