Melbourne Cup 2021

Melbourne Cup 2021

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 2nd 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, 2nd November, 2021
Start Time3pm
RacecourseFlemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia
Distance3,200 metres
GradeGroup 1

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 seven 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 $8,000,000 prizemoney, making the 3,200m ride the richest handicap prize every November.

Melbourne Cup Tips 2021

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. Only 23% 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 two occasions, which means an outside chance is the first horse past the post in three of every four Melbourne Cup meetings.

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 2021.

We will list The Sharks’ Melbourne Cup best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!

Melbourne Cup Tips From Experts

While our tips are not out for the Melbourne Cup in 2021 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 2020.

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 – Anthony Van Dyck – $9

A monster effort in the Caulfield Cup when second behind Verry Elleegant, who had the odds stacked in her favour with the soft track and better draw.

It’s going to take a very good horse to win with 58.5kg, but he looks one of the better Melbourne Cup tips and certainly one of the best internationals to come out in recent times. In with a massive chance with the good track and kind draw, and must be on your side and in all exotics.

2 – Avilius – $51

The old stager is travelling well this preparation and was blocked out of a run in the Caulfield Cup, where he very well could have placed with clear air. Probably needs a softer track at this stage, the price is about right.

3 – Vow And Declare – $67

Last year’s winner just isn’t travelling as well this time around, and is carrying 5kg more this time around. Willo jumping off is a big negative, happy to be against him.

4 – Master Of Reality – $26

It looks like a nice setup for Master Of Reality, who was second across the line last year but relegated to fourth after Frankie Dettori did Frankie Dettori things. Has to be a live hope, Melham should roll forward from the gate and he’ll be a major player at nice odds.

5 – Sir Dragonet – $10

Outstanding win in the Cox Plate, with Group 1 winning veteren Glen Boss delivering again on the big stage. He gets another chance here, with the negative being the good track, which could be quite unforgiving by 3pm Tuesday.

If the track was wet, he’d be a best bet for sure and certainly a quality Melbourne Cup tip. At the short quote, happy to be against him, but must go in all exotics.

6 – Twilight Payment – $26

Was plain out here last year finishing 11th in the Melbourne Cup, but seems to be travelling better than he was this time around. Has taken care of Master Of Reality a few times this preparation and must be an outside chance at the odds.

7 – Verry Elleegant – $13

Can’t knock the star mare who has shot the lights out this preparation, and has to be right in this. If you’ve been with her this preparation you can’t jump off, she’s won the Turnbull Stakes and the Caulfield Cup as the $5 favourite, and you’re getting $13 about her here. Shouldn’t have any issue staying the trip and is right in this.

8 – Mustajeer – $101

Would need to start running now.

9 – Stratum Albion – $51

Interesting runner who has been going over the sticks. Second behind Enbihaar in a flat race is very good form, but not sure he’s the right type of horse with a dynamic turn of foot to win this.

10 – Dashing Willoughby – $101

This galloper looks like an absolute plodder, was happy to be against him in the Caulfield Cup and he performed so badly that connections scanned him twice for an explanation. Price is about right.

11 – Finche – $19

Speaking of turn of foot, it’s probably the one thing the big giraffe lacks. He should roll forward from the gate and loom in the straight, but not sure he’s got the required x factor to win against some of these. Goes in all exotics and is sure to try his heart out.

12 – Prince Of Arran – $12

Hit the line well in the Caulfield Cup and looks to be in the finish once again, and gets Jamie Kah on who is absolutely flying. Stats aren’t great for returning horses in the Melbourne Cup, let alone those having their third attempt… has he had his chance already? Goes in all exotics.

13 – Surprise Baby – $9.50

Has been earmarked as his race ever since he flashed home to finish 5th in last year’s edition. Willo on is a massive tick and he’s drawn well. Should be in the finish but think he’s running into a few that may be too smart on the day.

14 – King Of Leogrance – $51

Hasn’t looked up to it this time around.

15 – Russian Camelot – $13

Has been monstrous all preparation and fought on well in the Cox Plate after doing a stack of work in the run. The Cox Plate was the grand final but it’s been a great platform for a Melbourne Cup tilt, and he’s drawn well enough to sit with some cover with Ollie onboard. Will stay all day and has to be a massive chance, and he’s at a nice price.

16 – Steel Prince – $41

Travelling really well this preparation and won his way in with a strong victory in the Geelong Cup. Don’t think he’s got the class to win a Melbourne Cup.

17 – The Chosen One – $41

Bobbed up to place in the Caulfield Cup and won’t mind the step up in trip. One to include in wider exotics.

18 – Ashrun – $23

Won his way in with a massive run in the Hotham Handicap, and looks like he’ll be right in the finish up in trip. Think Flemington suits him with the long straight that allows him to wind up and keep going. Think he has to be on your side at the price.

19 – Warning – $51

Only Phar Lap and Efficient have returned to win the Melbourne Cup the year after taking out a Victoria Derby, and don’t think he’s quite at that class. Happy to be against him.

20 – Etah James – $201

The price says it all, no.

21 – Tiger Moth – $8

Outstanding profile for the Melbourne Cup, a northern hemisphere three-year-old with feather weight. Kerrin McEvoy on is a big plus, and so is the dry track. Has drifted since the barrier draw but I think it’s an overreaction, and he is the one to beat. Must be on your side and goes in everything.

22 – Oceanex – $91

The price tells the tale.

23 – Miami Bound – $41

Would’ve been a live chance on a wet deck but the conditions make it tough. Can be included in wider exotics.

24 – Persan – $41

Great training effort to get Persan into the Cup but this looks too tough.

Expert Melbourne Cup Tips: 21-1-15-4/7

Melbourne Cup Trifecta Tips

As an example, let’s look at 2020’s winning Melbourne Cup trifecta:

1st – Twilight Payment

2nd – Tiger Moth

3rd – Prince of Arran

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 2021

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 2020).
  • 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 it is still a while out from the Melbourne Cup, our experts have looked at the potential runners and already provided our current Melbourne Cup best bets for 2021. We will keep updating the Melbourne Cup best bets as the days roll on, so make sure you keep checking this section for our latest best bets.

Melbourne Cup Best Bet #1: Prince of Arran $15

Hit the line superbly in the 2020 Caulfield Cup and looked to be in the finish once again in the Melbourne Cup. The last three years have seen Prince of Arran place in every Melbourne Cup, but never win.

Stats aren’t great for returning horses in the Melbourne Cup, let alone those having their third attempt… has he had his chance already? We think there’s still one more shot. Jamie Kah on board again would also be an absolute plus, she’s absolutely flying at the moment and has been unofficially named 2020’s best jockey.

Melbourne Cup Best Bet #2: Surprise Baby $26

Surprise Baby had been earmarked for the 2020 Melbourne Cup win ever since he flashed home to finish 5th in the 2019 edition. He was in line for a strong finish but ran into a few that were too smart on the day. He’s getting older now, aged six, but continues to win strongly, and with prize money of almost $1 mil, shouldn’t be looked past for the 2021 Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup Best Bet #3: Verry Elleegant $26

Verry Elleegant shot the lights out during his 2020 racing campaign and was in amongst it for the Melbourne Cup. Although that title isn’t hers yet, the Turnbull Stakes and the Caulfield Cup as the $5 favourite are nothing to frown about. Jumping on Verry Elleegant for the 2021 Melbourne Cup at $26 now is a smart investment. Shouldn’t have any issue staying the trip next year, and will be right in it.

Melbourne Cup Best Bet #4: Cherry Tortoni $34

Cherry Tortoni should be Melbourne Cup ready by 2021. Considering he’s won at Group Two level and amassed almost $500,000 in career earnings – he’s definitely well on his way.

On the 24th of October 2020, Cherry Tortoni took home his most significant win to date, $300,000 at Moonee Valley, defeating Khoekhoe. There’s definitely more to come from this star – and I’d look towards the 2021 Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup Best Bet #5: Finche $34

Finche came out of nowhere in 2020, with odds fluctuating in the moments before the Melbourne Cup. Turn of foot wasn’t his strong point, but he’s definitely looking stronger coming into 2021. Finche is the son of champion racehorse Frankel, who graced the winners’ circle on three separate occasions from 8 starts in France. Finche wasn’t ready for the 2020 Melbourne Cup, but we think 2021 could be his 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 2021

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.

Here are the current odds for the top 10 favorites in the 2021 Melbourne Cup, thanks to Sportsbet:

Name:Odds To Win:Odds To Place:
Incentivise 13.004.00
Prince Of Arran15.004.60
Realm Of Flowers17.005.00
Tiger Moth17.005.00
Explosive Jack26.007.50
Nickajack Cave26.007.50

(Melbourne Cup odds current as at 23rd July, 2021.)

Melbourne Cup Field 2021

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 2021 Melbourne Cup field will be announced on Saturday October 30th, following the running of the 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 Melbourne Cup field from last year’s meeting at Flemington:

Finishing Position:Name (Barrier):Jockey:Trainer:
1stTwilight Payment (12)Jye McNeilJoseph O’Brien
2ndTiger Moth (22)Kerrin McEvoyAdrian O’Brien
3rdPrince Of Arran (1)Jamie KahCharlie Fellowes
4thThe Chosen One (5)Daniel StackhouseMurray Baker and Andrew Forsman
5thPersan (19)Michael DeeCiaron Maher and David Eustace
6thSir Dragonet (14) Glen BossCiaron Maher and David Eustace
7thVerry Elleegant (15)Mark ZahraChris Waller
8thRussian Camelot (16)Damien OliverDanny O’Brien
9thFinche (6)James McDonaldChris Waller
10thAshrun (23)Declan BatesAndreas Wohler
11thOceanex (17)Dean YendallMick Price
12thWarning (8)Luke CurrieAnthony Freedman
13thSurprise Baby (7)Craig WilliamsPaul Preusker
14thMiami Bound (13)Daniel MoorDanny O’Brien
15thMaster Of Reality (11)Ben MelhamJoseph O’Brien
16thSteel Prince (20)William Pike Anthony Freedman
17thEtah James (21)Billy EganCiaron Maher and David Eustace
18thVow And Declare (4)Jamie MottDanny O’Brien
19thMustajeer (2)Michael RoddKris Lees
20thStratum Albion (9)Jordan ChildsWilliam Mullins
21stDashing Willoughby (18)Michael WalkerAndrew Balding
22ndAvilius (10) John AllenJames Cummings
Failed To FinishAnthony Van Dyck (3)Hugh BowmanAdrian O’Brien

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 2021 Melbourne Cup barrier draw are as follows:

  • Barrier 18: 0 wins
  • Barrier 15: 1 win, in 1973
  • Barrier 7: 2 wins, in 1924 and 2015

Barrier 12 recorded it’s third win in history this year, 2020, with Twilight Payment – while Barriers 2 and 20 have only 2 wins notched up on the board.

Is the Melbourne Cup barrier draw Important?

Short answer, yes. The Melbourne Cup barrier is important. There are gates which have never produced a winner, as well as barriers which have only seen one-off 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.

2020 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

The barrier draw in 2020, like previous years, had an impact on the odds:

  • Anthony Van Dyck (3) became the new favourite after drawing barrier 3 in 2020
  • 2019 winner Vow And Declare (4) redrew in gate 4 in 2020
  • Prince Of Arran (1) a dual placegetter in the race had the inside barrier
  • Lexus Hotham Stakes winner Ashrun (24) got the outside gate, fluctuating the odds
  • Barrier 11 (the most successful in the race’s history) was drawn by Master Of Reality, lowering odds

Melbourne Cup Barrier Statistics

Barrier 18 is the only gate never to produce a winner. 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).

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, 18, 23 and 24 have not produced a Melbourne Cup winner.

Melbourne Cup Results 2021

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 2021 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 2020 Melbourne Cup, a race that saw Twilight Payment becoming the first start to finish winner since ​​Might and Power led from post to post in 1997.

Finish:Name (Barrier):Margin:
1stTwilight Payment (12)
2ndTiger Moth (22)0.4L
3rdPrince Of Arran (1)0.6L
4thThe Chosen One (5)2.3L
5thPersan (19)2.4L
6thSir Dragonet (14) 3.4L
7thVerry Elleegant (15)3.8L
8thRussian Camelot (16)3.9L
9thFinche (6)4.7L
10thAshrun (23)4.8L
11thOceanex (17)5.5L
12thWarning (8)6.8L
13thSurprise Baby (7)8.8L
14thMiami Bound (13)10.5L
15thMaster Of Reality (11)10.7L
16thSteel Prince (20)10.9L
17thEtah James (21)12.7L
18thVow And Declare (4)13.9L
19thMustajeer (2)14.9L
20thStratum Albion (9)17.9L
21stDashing Willoughby (18)19.2L
22ndAvilius (10) 20.9L
Failed To FinishAnthony Van Dyck (3)

You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2020 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:

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 2021

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 2020, however it was 26 year old jockey Jye McNeil who was crowned victorious on the first Tuesday in November, leading from start to finish on Twilight Payment to win his first Melbourne Cup.

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

Jye McNeilTwilight Payment1st
Kerrin McEvoyTiger Moth2nd
Jamie KahPrince Of Arran3rd
Daniel StackhouseThe Chosen One4th
Michael DeePersan5th
Glen BossSir Dragonet 6th
Mark ZahraVerry Elleegant7th
Damien OliverRussian Camelot8th
James McDonaldFinche9th
Declan BatesAshrun10th
Dean YendallOceanex11th
Luke CurrieWarning12th
Craig WilliamsSurprise Baby13th
Daniel MoorMiami Bound 14th
Ben MelhamMaster Of Reality15th
William Pike Steel Prince16th
Billy EganEtah James17th
Jamie MottVow And Declare18th
Michael RoddMustajeer19th
Jordan ChildsStratum Albion20th
Michael WalkerDashing Willoughby21st
John AllenAvilius 22nd
Hugh BowmanAnthony Van DyckFailed To Finish

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 2021

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.

However, Cummings’ legacy at the Cup continues to live on through his grandson James, who trained Avilius in last year’s Melbourne Cup. Avilius finished last of the horses that finished in 2020. Joseph O’Brien, who trained Twilight Payment to victory, was the winning Melbourne Cup trainer in 2020.

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

Joseph O’BrienTwilight Payment1st
Adrian O’Brien Tiger Moth2nd
Charlie Fellowes Prince Of Arran3rd
Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman The Chosen One4th
Ciaron Maher and David EustacePersan5th
Ciaron Maher and David EustaceSir Dragonet 6th
Chris WallerVerry Elleegant7th
Danny O’BrienRussian Camelot8th
Chris WallerFinche9th
Andreas WohlerAshrun10th
Mick PriceOceanex11th
Anthony FreedmanWarning12th
Paul Preusker Surprise Baby13th
Danny O’BrienMiami Bound 14th
Joseph O’BrienMaster Of Reality15th
Anthony FreedmanSteel Prince16th
Ciaron Maher and David EustaceEtah James17th
Danny O’BrienVow And Declare18th
Kris LeesMustajeer19th
William Mullins Stratum Albion20th
Andrew Balding Dashing Willoughby21st
James CummingsAvilius 22nd
Adrian O’Brien Anthony Van DyckFailed To Finish

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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