Melbourne Cup 2023
Last Updated Monday, July 31, 2023
It’s the race that supposedly stops the nation.
Well actually, that’s only half true.
Actually, it stops two nations if you include New Zealand.
These days if you include all international countries where they take a vested interest in the race, this would include countries such as Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland, England, France, Germany, and maybe United Arab Emirates.
Probably not enough interest to stop those nations, considering also the time difference, as the race will be screened live early on Tuesday morning in the wee hours.
So, the Melbourne Cup – it truly is a global event on the international horse racing calendar.
And we know how to find the winner.
The cup has the history, the tradition, and is considered without doubt an elite horse race for connections to win, and at present it is the richest handicap race in the world, prize money now stands at A$8 million.
To a man, woman and child in Australia, everyone will know what’s happening on the first Tuesday of November every year.
Australians seem to have this innate ability to celebrate this race on an annual basis, as if born to it.
Melbourne Cup Information
The Melbourne Cup is a fast-approaching event, with the 2023 Melbourne Cup set to start at 3 PM on Tuesday, November 7th. This year’s race is more exciting than ever, with many celebrations occurring both inside and outside the racecourse. The Lexus Melbourne Cup is the major attraction of the Melbourne Cup Festival, but several more races and social gatherings keep everyone occupied.
The Melbourne Cup is a ten-race program that features various race lengths and monetary targets. While the 3200-metre Lexus Melbourne Cup is undoubtedly the most prestigious event on Australia’s racing calendar, the entire Melbourne Cup day event is structured as a complete and exciting experience.
Flemington Melbourne Cup Timetable
|Darley Maribyrnong Plate (Group 3)||1000m||TBC|
|The Macca's Run||2800m||TBC|
|MSS Security SubZero Handicap||1400m||TBC|
|Furphy Plate (Listed)||1800m||TBC|
|The Schweppervescence Plate||1000m||TBC|
|Lexus Melbourne Cup (Group 1)||3200m||TBC|
|The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (Group 3)||1400m||TBC|
|TAB Trophy (Listed)||1800m||TBC|
|Desirable Stakes (Listed)||1400m||TBC|
With ladies donning their most lavish headwear and brilliant dresses, it is no surprise that everyone knows how much individuals like getting dressed up and making a bet on this momentous occasion.
Several marquees will be available for hire, some being equipped for VIP guests. In addition to this, their entertainment and other activities will take place throughout the day. If interested, corporate marquee and dining packages are already available for bookings!
The Melbourne Cup hosts the second biggest prize in Australian sport, contested by horses worldwide. So it is incredible when you think that Australia stops to a standstill to listen to and watch the big event, with a 100,000-plus crowd also expected to witness the race live.
It’s not all about racing, however, with a wide range of fashion, dining, and entertainment. This November, the Flemington Racecourse will roar to life with fashion presentations, live music, and the most incredible foods and beverages available.
The Melbourne Cup will be held on November 1, 2023, the first Tuesday of the month. The race will begin at 3 PM at Flemington racecourse and go for about (3 kilometres).
The last field for the Melbourne Cup in 2023 will be determined on Saturday, October 29. The Lexus Hotham Stakes will take place to decide the final remaining position in the Melbourne Cup field.
Out of the 24 runners in the Melbourne Cup Field, prize money is given to the first ten horses that cross the finish line. View the amounts allocated to each position below with a total prize pool of $8 million.
- 1st $4,400,000
- 2nd $1,10,000
- 3rd $550,000
- 4th $350,000
- 5th $230,000
- 6th $160,000
- 7th $160,000
- 8th $160,000
- 9th $160,000
- 10th $160,000
- 11th $160,000
- 12th $160,000
Melbourne Cup Betting
The Melbourne Cup is the most-viewed and wagered upon events in Australia. The Victoria Racing Club hosts the Melbourne Cup with a betting turnover of about $80 million USD with just the TAB. If you’re looking for more information on Melbourne Cup betting, we suggest visiting our page to learn about different wager options.
Do you want to bet on the Melbourne Cup? Learn how to wager on the Melbourne Cup with us.
Melbourne Cup betting odds go hand in hand with Melbourne Cup betting; however, there are some minor differences. Betting describes the entire market in a race, while odds refer to each horse’s price when betting. The horse with the lowest odds is considered the race favourite, and betting odds are decided by who the bookmaker feels has the best chance of winning. Pundits frequently bet on horses that start at a specific price and then drift lower or higher after they have been backed into these particular figures.
Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s most significant betting events, and it’s not uncommon for work conversations and family banter to centre around who people are betting on. Unfortunately, as we don’t know the official field for the race yet, we can’t give any tips, but we can provide the best methods for selecting your tips. So check out our Tips page to find out more.
Melbourne Cup day
The Melbourne Cup race is held every year on the first Tuesday of November. The event consists of ten races, with the main race – the Melbourne Cup – being seventh on the schedule at 3 PM. Most businesses and schools usually stop work for this duration so that employees and students can tune into their TVs or radios to listen to what has been dubbed ‘the race that stops a nation.
Melbourne Cup field
Hundreds of horses are suggested by their connections for the Melbourne Cup every year. There are several levels of acceptances to qualify for before the race, which connections must pay a fee to continue with their bid to win the Melbourne Cup Field.
The race is named for the second horse who has won a Group race from around the world more than 2400 meters, stirring debate about whether specific international runners could make the field.
Melbourne Cup Stats
There are various elements to consider when selecting the Melbourne Cup winner. With a probable field size of 24 horses, it’s often down to the jockey’s ride on the horse, so we look at the most successful Melbourne Cup jockeys, with Damien Oliver and Glen Boss having ridden three winners each.
The Melbourne Cup, held annually at Flemington Racecourse since its inception in 1864, is the world’s most prestigious and valuable Thoroughbred horse race. The racecourse’s circumference is 2,312 meters. There are 1.27 kilometres between the racecourse and various adjacent areas.
Melbourne Cup Carnival
The 2023 Melbourne Cup Carnival lasts an entire week, consisting of four race days. Derby day, Melbourne Cup, Oaks day, and the carnival’s final day are all Victoria Derby day in 2023. Our suggested date for families is Lexus Stakes day, which is the last race of the carnival.
The 2023 carnival will begin on October 29 and conclude on November 6, with the race being held on November 1.
Fashionable men and women flock to Flemington for the Melbourne Cup Carnival every year. In recent years, menswear has become more competitive than ever–a far cry from its former days as a fashion event dominated by women.
Melbourne Cup barrier draw
The Melbourne Cup barrier draw is held on Victoria Derby day, October 29 this year.
The Lexus Hotham Stakes is the final race on Derby day, and it’s when Melbourne Cup hopefuls can try to make it into the closing field. As a result, the barrier draw must start after this moment.
Therefore, the VRC announces the final Melbourne Cup Field and barriers at 5:30 PM sharp.
Melbourne Cup order of entry
While the Melbourne Cup attracts hundreds of nominations yearly, only twenty-four runners are allowed in the final field. Unfortunately, this means that most nominated horses won’t get a chance to compete.
Melbourne Cup Sweep
If you’re looking for a cheap, fun way to experience the Melbourne Cup this year, look no further than participating in a Sweep! We provide all the information you need to organise your own Work Sweep. It’s simple and easy – so be sure to join in on the fun this year!
Melbourne Cup International runners
The Melbourne Cup, the most watched horse race in Australia, is a 3200-meter race contested by three-year-old horses and above. The Melbourne Cup held on November 1 at Flemington Racecourse, has become known as “the race that stops a nation.” Throughout its lengthy history, which dates back to 1861, several foreign horses have prevailed in this prestigious event.
The best winners
Horses who win the Melbourne Cup are considered some of the best in history, especially those that have won multiple times. However, with increased weights and changing conditions, it takes an exceptional horse to achieve this; multiple winners typically go to extremes to ensure their horses are healthy and up for the challenge on race day.
Makybe Diva has won the Melbourne Cup three times, most recently in 2015, while Archer and arguably Australia’s most well-known horse Phar Lap have won the race twice each.
Previous Melbourne Cup Winners
|2022||Gold Trip||6||Stallion||Mark Zahra||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Australian Bloodstock et al.||3:24:04||22|
|2021||Verry Elleegant||6||Mare||James McDonald||Chris Waller||Jomara Bloodstock Ltd et al.||03:17.4||23|
|2020||Twilight Payment||8||Gelding||Jye McNeil||Joseph O'Brien||Lloyd Williams et al.||03:17.3||23|
|2019||Vow And Declare||4||Gelding||Craig Williams||Danny O'Brien||G Corrigan et al.||03:24.8||24|
|2018||Cross Counter||4||Gelding||Kerrin McEvoy||Charlie Appleby||Godolphin||03:21.2||24|
|2017||Rekindling||4||Stallion||Corey Brown||Joseph O'Brien||Lloyd Williams et al.||03:21.3||23|
|2016||Almandin||7||Gelding||Kerrin McEvoy||Robert Hickmott||Lloyd Williams et al.||03:20.6||24|
|2015||Prince of Penzance||6||Gelding||Michelle Payne||Darren Weir||A McGregor et al.||03:23.1||24|
|2014||Protectionist||5||Stallion||Ryan Moore||Andreas Wöhler||Australian Bloodstock et al.||03:17.7||22|
|2013||Fiorente||6||Stallion||Damien Oliver||Gai Waterhouse||Andrew Roberts et al.||03:20.3||24|
|2012||Green Moon||6||Stallion||Brett Prebble||Robert Hickmott||Lloyd Williams et al.||03:20.4||24|
|2011||Dunaden||6||Stallion||Christophe Lemaire||Mikel Delzangles||Pearl Bloodstock Pty (Mgr. R Levitt)||03:20.8||23|
|2010||Americain||6||Stallion||Gérald Mossé||Alain de Royer-Dupré||Gerry Ryan, K. C Bamford||03:26.9||23|
|2009||Shocking||4||Stallion||Corey Brown||Mark Kavanagh||Eales Racing Pty Ltd||03:23.9||23|
|2008||Viewed||5||Stallion||Blake Shinn||Bart Cummings||Dato Tan Chin Nam et al.||03:20.4||22|
|2007||Efficient||4||Gelding||Michael Rodd||Graeme Rogerson||Lloyd Williams et al.||03:23.3||21|
|2006||Delta Blues||6||Stallion||Yasunari Iwata||Katsuhiko Sumii||Sunday Racing Co Ltd||03:21.5||23|
|2005||Makybe Diva||7||Mare||Glen Boss||Lee Freedman||Emily Krstina Syndicate||03:19.2||24|
|2004||Makybe Diva||6||Mare||Glen Boss||Lee Freedman||Emily Krstina Syndicate||03:28.5||24|
|2003||Makybe Diva||5||Mare||Glen Boss||David Hall||Emily Krstina Syndicate||03:19.9||23|
|2002||Media Puzzle||6||Gelding||Damien Oliver||Dermot K. Weld||Dr M. W. Smurfit, et al.||03:17.0||23|
|2001||Ethereal||4||Mare||Scott Seamer||Sheila Laxon||P. J. & P. M. Vela||03:21.1||22|
|2000||Brew||6||Gelding||Kerrin McEvoy||Mike Moroney||Gurner's Bloodstock Co.||03:18.7||22|
|1999||Rogan Josh||7||Gelding||John Marshall||Bart Cummings||Mrs W. L. Green, et al.||03:19.6||24|
|1998||Jezabeel||6||Mare||Chris Munce||Brian Jenkins||A. K. Burr, et al.||03:18.6||24|
|1997||Might and Power||4||Stallion||Jim Cassidy||Jack Denham||Mr N. Moraitis||03:18.3||22|
|1996||Saintly||4||Gelding||Darren Beadman||Bart Cummings||Dato Tan Chin Nam et al.||03:18.8||22|
|1995||Doriemus||5||Gelding||Damien Oliver||Lee Freedman||Pacers Australia Syndicate||03:27.6||21|
|1994||Jeune||6||Stallion||Wayne Harris||David Hayes||Shadwell Racing||03:19.8||24|
|1993||Vintage Crop||7||Gelding||Michael Kinane||Dermot K. Weld||Dr M. W. Smurfit||03:23.4||24|
|1992||Subzero||4||Stallion||Greg Hall||Lee Freedman||D H K Investments||03:24.7||21|
|1991||Let's Elope||4||Mare||Steven King||Bart Cummings||Shoreham Park Syndicate||03:18.9||24|
|1990||Kingston Rule||5||Stallion||Darren Beadman||Bart Cummings||Mr & Mrs D. H. Hains||03:16.3||24|
|1989||Tawrrific||5||Stallion||Shane Dye||Lee Freedman||B. F. Avery, et al.||03:17.1||23|
|1988||Empire Rose||6||Mare||Tony Allan||Laurie Laxon||Mr & Mrs F. R. Bodle||03:18.9||22|
|1987||Kensei||5||Gelding||Larry Olsen||Les J. Bridge||K. M. Mitchell, et al.||03:22.0||21|
|1986||At Talaq||6||Stallion||Michael Clarke||C S Hayes||Shadwell Racing||03:21.7||22|
|1985||What A Nuisance||7||Gelding||Pat Hyland||John Meagher||Lloyd Williams et al.||03:23.0||23|
|1984||Black Knight||5||Gelding||Peter Cook||George Hanlon||Robert Holmes à Court||03:18.9||19|
|1983||Kiwi||6||Gelding||Jim Cassidy||Ewen S. Lupton||Mr & Mrs E. S. Lupton||03:18.9||24|
|1982||Gurner's Lane||4||Gelding||Mick Dittman||Geoff Murphy||Williams St. Syndicate No 2||03:21.2||23|
|1981||Just A Dash||4||Gelding||Peter Cook||T J Smith||Lloyd Williams et al.||03:21.2||22|
|1980||Beldale Ball||5||Stallion||John Letts||C S Hayes||Swettenham Stud Syndicate||03:19.8||22|
|1979||Hyperno||6||Gelding||Harry White||Bart Cummings||Mr & Mrs T. L. North, et al.||03:21.8||22|
|1978||Arwon||5||Gelding||Harry White||George Hanlon||Doon Bros Syndicate et al.||03:24.3||22|
|1977||Gold and Black||5||Gelding||John Duggan||Bart Cummings||Mr & Mrs J. Harris, et al.||03:18.4||24|
|1976||Van der Hum||5||Gelding||Robert J. Skelton||Len H. Robinson||L. H. & R. A. Robinson, et al.||03:34.1||23|
|1975||Think Big||5||Gelding||Harry White||Bart Cummings||Dato Tan Chin Nam et al.||03:29.6||20|
|1974||Think Big||4||Gelding||Harry White||Bart Cummings||Dato Tan Chin Nam et al.||03:23.1||22|
|1973||Gala Supreme||4||Gelding||Frank Reys||Ray Hutchins||J. P. Curtain||03:19.5||24|
|1972||Piping Lane||6||Gelding||John Letts||George Hanlon||R. W. Trinder||03:19.3||22|
|1971||Silver Knight||4||Stallion||R. Bruce Marsh||Eric Temperton||Sir W. Norwood||03:19.5||21|
|1970||Baghdad Note||5||Gelding||Midge Didham||Robert Heasley||E. C. S. Falconer||03:19.7||23|
|1969||Rain Lover||5||Stallion||Jim Johnson||Mick L. Robins||Clifford A Reid||03:21.5||23|
|1968||Rain Lover||4||Stallion||Jim Johnson||Mick L. Robins||Clifford A. Reid||03:19.1||26|
|1967||Red Handed||5||Gelding||Roy Higgins||Bart Cummings||F. W. Clarke, et al.||03:20.4||22|
|1966||Galilee||4||Gelding||John Miller||Bart Cummings||Mr & Mrs M. L. Bailey||03:21.9||22|
|1965||Light Fingers||4||Mare||Roy Higgins||Bart Cummings||W. J. Broderick||03:21.1||26|
|1964||Polo Prince||6||Gelding||Ron Taylor||John P. Carter||Mr & Mrs L. W. Davis||03:19.6||26|
|1963||Gatum Gatum||5||Gelding||Jim Johnson||H. Graeme Heagney||M. P. Reid||03:21.1||26|
|1962||Even Stevens||5||Stallion||Les Coles||Arch McGregor||James Wattie||03:21.4||26|
|1961||Lord Fury||4||Stallion||Ray Selkrig||Frank B. Lewis||Mr & Mrs N. S. Cohen||03:19.5||25|
|1960||Hi Jinx||5||Mare||William A. Smith||Trevor H. Knowles||T. H. Knowles & K. R. Sly||03:23.7||32|
|1959||Macdougal||6||Gelding||Pat Glennon||Richard W. Roden||R. N. & N. H. B. Brown||03:23.0||28|
|1958||Baystone||6||Gelding||Mel Schumacher||Jack Green||R. A. & N. Burns||03:21.2||29|
|1957||Straight Draw||5||Gelding||Noel L. McGrowdie||J. M. Mitchell||Ezra Norton||03:24.5||19|
|1956||Evening Peal||4||Mare||George Podmore||E. D. Lawson||Mr & Mrs R. White||03:19.5||22|
|1955||Toparoa||7||Gelding||Neville Sellwood||T J Smith||N. H. McDonald||03:28.3||24|
|1954||Rising Fast||5||Gelding||Jack Purtell||Ivan Tucker||L. R. Spring||03:23.0||25|
|1953||Wodalla||4||Stallion||Jack Purtell||Robert Sinclair||E. A. "Ted" Underwood||03:23.7||21|
|1952||Dalray||4||Stallion||Bill Williamson||C. C. McCarthy||C. Neville||03:23.7||30|
|1951||Delta||5||Stallion||Neville Sellwood||Maurice McCarten||Adolph Basser & John Emanuel Levy||03:24.2||28|
|1950||Comic Court||5||Stallion||Pat Glennon||J. M. Cummings||R. A., J. D. & A. J. Lee||03:19.5||26|
|1949||Foxzami||4||Stallion||William Fellows||D. Lewis||L. G. Robinson||03:28.5||31|
|1948||Rimfire||6||Gelding||Ray Neville||Stan Boyden||H. G. Raymond||03:21.0||30|
|1947||Hiraji||4||Gelding||Jack Purtell||J. W. McCurley||Fred W. Hughes||03:28.0||30|
|1946||Russia||6||Stallion||Darby Munro||E. Hush||J. G. Leeds & E. Hush||03:21.2||35|
|1945||Rainbird||4||Mare||Billy Cook||S. Evans||Clifford A. Reid||03:24.2||26|
|1944||Sirius||4||Stallion||Darby Munro||E. Fisher||R.Turnbull||03:24.5||23|
|1943||Dark Felt||6||Stallion||Vic Hartney||Ray Webster||J. A. Cain||03:23.3||24|
|1942||Colonus||4||Stallion||Harry McCloud||F. Manning||L. O. Menck||03:33.2||24|
|1941||Skipton||3||Colt||Billy Cook||J. Fryer||J. J. Kitson||03:23.7||23|
|1940||Old Rowley||7||Gelding||Andy Knox||J. A. Scully||J. A. Scully||03:26.0||20|
|1939||Rivette||6||Mare||Teddy Preston||Harry Bamber||Harry Bamber||03:27.0||26|
|1938||Catalogue||8||Gelding||Fred Shean||Mr. Allan McDonald||Mrs. A. Jamieson||03:26.2||22|
|1937||The Trump||5||Gelding||Ashley Reed||S. W. Reid||E. Eccles||03:21.5||28|
|1936||Wotan||4||Stallion||Ossie Phillips||J. Fryer||T. A., W. & R. Smith||03:21.2||20|
|1935||Marabou||4||Stallion||Keith Voitre||Lou Robertson||J. Fell & T. Hogan||03:23.7||22|
|1934||Peter Pan||5||Stallion||Darby Munro||Frank McGrath Sr.||Rodney R. Dangar||03:40.5||22|
|1933||Hall Mark||3||Colt||Jack O'Sullivan||Jack Holt||C. B. Kellow||03:27.5||18|
|1932||Peter Pan||3||Colt||Bill Duncan||Frank McGrath Sr.||Rodney R. Dangar||03:23.3||27|
|1931||White Nose||5||Stallion||Neville Percival||E. J. Hatwell||H. P. McLachlan||03:26.0||14|
|1930||Phar Lap||4||Gelding||James E. Pike||Harry R. Telford||Harry R. Telford and David J. Davis||03:27.7||15|
|1929||Nightmarch||4||Stallion||Roy Reed||A. McAulay||A. Louisson||03:26.5||14|
|1928||Statesman||4||Stallion||James L. Munro||William Kelso||William Kelso||03:23.3||17|
|1927||Trivalve||3||Colt||Bobbie Lewis||James Scobie||E. E. D. Clarke||03:24.0||26|
|1926||Spearfelt||5||Stallion||Hugh Harold Cairns||V. O'Neill||D. C. Grant||03:22.7||21|
|1925||Windbag||4||Stallion||James L. Munro||George R. Price||R. Miller||03:22.7||28|
|1924||Backwood||6||Stallion||Bunty Brown||Richard Bradfield||Clark & Baillieu||03:26.5||18|
|1923||Bitalli||5||Gelding||Titch Wilson||James Scobie||A. T. Craig||03:24.2||26|
|1922||King Ingoda||4||Stallion||Titch Wilson||James Scobie||C.L. Dubois/R.W. Bennett||03:28.3||32|
|1921||Sister Olive||3||Filly||Ted O'Sullivan||J. Williams||F. W. Norman||03:27.7||25|
|1920||Poitrel||6||Stallion||Ken Bracken||H. J. Robinson||W. & F. A. Moses||03:25.7||23|
|1919||Artilleryman||3||Colt||Bobbie Lewis||P. T. Heywood||S. Hordern/A.D. Murphy||03:24.5||20|
|1918||Night Watch||5||Gelding||Bill Duncan||Richard Bradfield||C. L. Macdonald||03:25.7||27|
|1917||Westcourt||5||Stallion||William H. McLachlan||Joe Burton||D. U. Seaton||03:26.7||20|
|1916||Sasanof||3||Gelding||Fred Foley||M. Hobbs||W.G. Stead/E.S. Luttrell||03:27.7||28|
|1915||Patrobas||3||Colt||Bobbie Lewis||C. Wheeler||Mrs E. A. Widdis||03:28.3||24|
|1914||Kingsburgh||4||Stallion||George Meddick||Isaac Foulsham||L. K. S. Mackinnon||03:26.0||28|
|1913||Posinatus||5||Gelding||Albert Shanahan||J. Chambers||J. Chambers||03:31.0||20|
|1912||Piastre||4||Stallion||Albert Shanahan||R. O'Connor||W. Brown||03:27.5||23|
|1911||The Parisian||6||Gelding||Ronald Cameron||C. Wheeler||J. F. Kirby||03:27.7||33|
|1910||Comedy King||4||Stallion||William H. McLachlan||James Lynch||Sol Green||03:27.7||30|
|1909||Prince Foote||3||Colt||William H. McLachlan||Frank McGrath Sr.||John Brown||03:27.5||26|
|1908||Lord Nolan||3||Colt||J. R. Flynn||E. A. Mayo||J. Mayo||03:28.7||22|
|1907||Apologue||5||Stallion||Bill Evans||Isaac Earnshaw||R. L. Cleland||03:27.5||19|
|1906||Poseidon||3||Colt||Tom Clayton||Isaac Earnshaw||Sir Hugh Denison||03:31.2||21|
|1905||Blue Spec||6||Stallion||Frank Bullock||Walter Hickenbotham||P. A. Connolly||03:27.5||27|
|1904||Acrasia||7||Mare||Tom Clayton||A. E. Wills||H. Oxenham||03:28.3||34|
|1903||Lord Cardigan||3||Colt||Norman Godby||A. E. Cornwell||J. Mayo||03:29.2||24|
|1902||The Victory||4||Stallion||Bobbie Lewis||Richard Bradfield||Clark & Robinson||03:29.0||22|
|1901||Revenue||5||Gelding||Frederick J. Dunn||Hugh Munro||C. L. Macdonald||03:30.5||19|
|1900||Clean Sweep||3||Colt||Andrew Richardson||James Scobie||Frank Cumming ("Mr. F. T. Forrest")||03:29.0||29|
|1899||Merriwee||3||Colt||Vivian Turner||James Wilson Jr.||Herbert Power||03:36.5||28|
|1898||The Grafter||5||Gelding||John Gough||William "Black Bill" Forrester||William "Black Bill" Forrester||03:29.7||28|
|1897||Gaulus||6||Stallion||Stephen Callinan||William "Black Bill" Forrester||William "Black Bill" Forrester||03:31.0||29|
|1896||Newhaven||3||Colt||Harry Gardiner||Walter Hickenbotham||W. T. Jones & S. Cooper||03:28.5||25|
|1895||Auraria||3||Filly||J. Stevenson||J. H. Hill||D. James||03:29.0||36|
|1894||Patron||4||Stallion||Henry G. Dawes||Richard Bradfield||F. W. Purches||03:31.0||28|
|1893||Tarcoola||7||Stallion||Herbert Cripps||Joseph Cripps||J. D. Lewis||03:30.5||30|
|1892||Glenloth||5||Stallion||G. Robson||M. Carmody||M. Carmody||03:36.2||35|
|1891||Malvolio||4||Stallion||G. Redfearn||J. Redfearn||J. Redfearn||03:29.2||34|
|1890||Carbine||5||Stallion||Robert Ramage||Walter Hickenbotham||Donald Smith Wallace||03:28.3||39|
|1889||Bravo||6||Stallion||Jack Anwin||T. Wilson||W. T. Jones||03:32.5||20|
|1888||Mentor||4||Stallion||Mick O'Brien||Walter Hickenbotham||Donald Smith Wallace||03:30.7||28|
|1887||Dunlop||5||Stallion||Tom Sanders||John Nicholson||Richard Donovan||03:28.5||18|
|1886||Arsenal||4||Stallion||W. English||H. Rayner||W. Gannon||03:31.0||28|
|1885||Sheet Anchor||7||Stallion||Mick O'Brien||T. Wilson||Martin Loughlin||03:29.5||35|
|1884||Malua||5||Stallion||Alick Robertson||Isaac Foulsham||J. O. Inglis||03:31.8||24|
|1883||Martini-Henry||3||Colt||J. Williamson||Michael Fennelly||Hon. James White||03:30.5||29|
|1882||The Assyrian||5||Stallion||C. Hutchins||J. E. Savill||J. E. Savill||03:40.0||25|
|1881||Zulu||4||Stallion||Jim Gough||T. Lamond||C. McDonnell||03:32.5||33|
|1880||Grand Flaneur||3||Colt||Thomas Hales||T. Brown||William A. Long||03:34.7||22|
|1879||Darriwell||5||Stallion||S. Cracknell||W. E. Dakin||W. A Guesdon||03:30.7||27|
|1878||Calamia||5||Stallion||T. Brown||Etienne de Mestre||Etienne de Mestre||03:35.7||30|
|1877||Chester||3||Colt||P. Pigott||Etienne de Mestre||Hon. James White||03:33.5||33|
|1876||Briseis||3||Filly||Peter St. Albans||James Wilson||James Wilson||03:36.2||33|
|1875||Wollomai||6||Stallion||R. Batty||S. Moon||J. Cleeland||03:38.0||20|
|1874||Haricot||4||Gelding||P. Pigott||S. Harding||Andrew Chirnside||03:37.5||18|
|1873||Don Juan||4||Stallion||W. Wilson||James Wilson||W. Johnstone||03:36.0||24|
|1872||The Quack||6||Stallion||W. Enderson||John Tait||John Tait||03:39.0||22|
|1871||The Pearl||5||Stallion||J. Cavanagh||John Tait||John Tait||03:39.0||23|
|1870||Nimblefoot||7||Gelding||John Day||William Lang||Walter Craig||03:37.0||28|
|1869||Warrior||6||Gelding||J. Morrison||R. Sevior||A. Saqui||03:40.0||26|
|1868||Glencoe||5||Stallion||C. Stanley||John Tait||John Tait||03:42.0||25|
|1867||Tim Whiffler||4||Stallion||John Driscoll||Etienne de Mestre||Etienne de Mestre||03:39.0||27|
|1866||The Barb||3||Colt||W. Davis||John Tait||John Tait||03:43.0||28|
|1865||Toryboy||8||Gelding||E. Cavanagh||P. Miley||B. Marshall||03:44.0||23|
|1864||Lantern||3||Colt||S. Davis||S. Mahon||H. Fisher||03:52.0||19|
|1863||Banker||3||Colt||H. Chifney||Sam Waldock||Joseph Harper||03:44.0||7|
|1862||Archer||6||Stallion||John Cutts||Etienne de Mestre||Etienne de Mestre||03:47.0||20|
|1861||Archer||5||Stallion||John Cutts||Etienne de Mestre||Etienne de Mestre||03:52.0||17|
Melbourne Cup Horses 2023
Fear not, our finger is certainly on the pulse in the lead-up to that first Tuesday in November 2023.
Head-down-bum-up approach, we deep dive each week into the staying races that are happening all over the world (not just in our own backyard)
You can read all our in-depth weekly previews below to give you some insight into the best horses that will be in the running for the Melbourne Cup 2023.
There is a raft of local horse race meetings around the country that happens on the day, culminating in the big race from Flemington usually around 3 pm Eastern Standard Time.
Plus there are the usual family BBQs going on playing our famous song, so long as the weather does its part it’s usually a great day and a great occasion.
It also happens to be a public holiday in the state of Victoria.
The Melbourne Cup has generated an entire industry all on its own, and it’s not necessarily all about horse racing.
There are all those punting websites and journalists who write about horseracing.
Those involved with TV and media, there are all the people involved with stables and training facilities leading up to the 4-day carnival, and let’s not forget the girls.
There are all the businesses around the fashion industry including the wide variety of fascinators from milliners and of course all the dresses and outfits that the ladies will wear on cup day.
Then there is the hospitality industry; all the restaurants and pubs will be doing a roaring trade over that period with all visitors from out of town coming down to Melbourne to witness Cup day as well as the other 3 days of the Carnival.
And of course, people will be pumping our famous cup song.
Melbourne Cup Field
As the races get closer, we tend to keep an eye on the major races to assess how each horse is travelling and share the results with you fine ladies and gentlemen to hopefully give you a better shot of getting a good return.
As it stands, both Incentivise and Spanish Mission are both leading the pack by a long shot as favourites to take the win and the prize money; The odds for each are currently at 5.50, coming in third is Delphi at 10.00 followed by Twilight Payment.
Currently, there is a vast list of horses competing to be part of the Melbourne Cup 2021, but the day is still a few weeks away and is always held on the first Tuesday of November; needless to say, there is still plenty of time for this to change.
You can find a list below of all the horses currently eligible to race.
|Without A Fight||13.00
|West Wind Blows||13.00|
|Tower Of London||17.00|
|Hoo Ya Mal||34.00|
|Vow and Declare||51.00
|Right You Are||51.00|
|Duke De Sessa||51.00|
|Hasta La War||101|
|St Vincents Garden||101|
|Affaire A Suivre||201|
|Duke of Hasting's||201|
|Ess Vee Are||201|
|Full Of Sincerity||201|
|Noah N A Deal||201|
|Win O Clock||201|
Kruzey.com.au has assembled a series of pages to help those of you that are interested in the 2023 Melbourne Cup. Refer to the following links.
Getting to the track
If you are a local Melburnian, then you can probably skip over this section because you’ll know it intimately. But for those of you who live out of town and are wanting to get to the Flemington course, you might be asking the question how do we do that?
Well, it depends where you live, what direction you’re coming from, and what mode of transport you’ll be using.
Let’s start with using your own vehicle. As to be expected, parking will be an issue. There are car park spots all along Fisher Parade but you’ll need to get in early. You can even park in one of the outer suburbs that is within walking distance like Footscray or Ascot Vale. However, the majority of the side streets are for resident parking only so you’ll get frowned upon if you try it on. Bringing your vehicle is a bit of a pain especially if you want to enjoy the day out, so I would be inclined to leave it at home in the garage and use public transport instead.
There are many bus services traversing the western side of the CBD of Melbourne. A good Central hub to catch a bus up to the racecourse is via Footscray. For instance, the 472 service which leaves Footscray every 20 minutes and travels up through Droop St, Farnsworth Ave, and Fisher Parade will drop you right off outside the racecourse itself. This bus goes through Moonee Ponds and is very handy to know for WS Cox Plate day.
You can either catch a dedicated service from Southern Cross to Flemington, or catch a train out to Footscray (most western destination trains stop at Footscray anyway), then walk across into the Footscray city centre right opposite the Markets, and catch the aforementioned 472 bus to Flemington.
We mention these two services, mainly because of ticketing issues. If you catch the train directly out from Southern Cross, you’ll need to have your ticket to get into the racecourse on you. When you get into Flemington railway station there is no ticketing booth, you’ll get access directly to the racecourse and you’ll need to have your ticket on you to be scanned in.
If you come to the racecourse via the main gate from the Fisher Parade side, no problem you can buy a ticket from the ticketing booth which is located just behind the main gate entrance. Once you have your ticket, you can then get in.
The best way to get admission to the racecourse is to purchase your tickets in advance via the Melbourne Cup web page and Ticketek. Not only is this convenient but you may also get a discount. No guarantees though. Your tickets can be physically sent to you in the post, or perhaps the easiest way is to have your tickets sent to you electronically so they sit on your phone, so that when you go through the main gate you just have your e-ticket on your phone being scanned to get onto the course. A tip: make sure to turn up the brightness of your phone so the gate scanner can read your ticket bar code.
If it turns out you’re not that well-organised, you can still buy a physical ticket from the ticket booth located behind the main gate entrance on the Fisher Parade side of the racecourse entrance.
Prices will vary across the four days. The two most expensive days are Derby Day and Cup Day, with Oaks Day and Stakes Day being lesser in price. If you have a VRC membership, the prices will be cheaper still if you buy a Season Pass that takes in other race days at Flemington prior to the Cup Carnival, such as Turnbull Stakes Day and Makybe Diva Stakes Day. You’ll also be able to use your season pass in the Autumn as well, for Lightning Stakes Day, Australian Guineas Day, Super Saturday (Newmarket Hcp and Australian Cup), etc.
The Track Configuration
The oval track at Flemington is a touch over 2300m. The Melbourne Cup itself starts halfway up the 1200m shoot which is called the Straight Six (as in six furlongs). Horses will run approximately 900m down the home straight before doing a full lap to reach the winning post in approximately 3 minutes 25 seconds.
The Flemington course has very good drainage and very rarely does it get super wet. This has improved remarkably in the last few years due in part to technology. The ideal rating for the course will be somewhere between a Good 4 and a Dead 5. Not so hard that it will jar up some horses that don’t like hard tracks, and not so soft that it will inconvenience those that don’t like wet tracks. Usually, the track managers get it right on the major race day of the year.
The weather for Melbourne around the late October and early November period is a bit hit-and-miss at the best of times. In last year’s 2022 Cup, the rain bucketed down for the first part of Cup Day but eventually evened out by the time the Cup was run at around 3 pm. There have been some notable years when it was extremely wet. 1976 and 2010 are two examples. If you are dressing for the occasion, then keep an eye out on the weather forecast at least two days beforehand. Use the data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology as your guide. (bom.gov.au)
Usually a few months out from the Cup, the VRC Handicapper will assign a weight to all nominations at the first round. This is a highly anticipated and highly contentious area for all connections.
Whether it’s the trainer, the owner, the journos, and more importantly the punters, the determination of the final makeup of the field and what eventual weight each horse will carry is of extreme importance.
It is both an art form and a science and not everyone appreciates the complexity of the final allotted weights to each horse as determined by the Handicapper Greg Carpenter. Trying to marry up the form between European horses and local Australian horses can be a ticking time bomb.
There are age considerations, especially for the Northern Hemisphere 3-year-olds. There is the weight for age considerations too, particularly where horses have raced one year and have gone up in age for the next year and their weight has markedly increased as well. Penalties come into account if a horse wins a graduating race such as the Caulfield Cup. Mares normally get given a lighter weight in comparison to male horses.
In recent times, the maximum weight has tended to top out at around 58 kgs. A far cry from some of the heavyweights that used to be carried back in the earlier years of the race, especially horses given 60 kgs plus.
There has been criticism that the weight scales between the top and bottom have been compressed. So for example, in the 2019 weight allocations, all 152 nominated horses have been assigned weights between 58 kgs and 49 kgs. So that’s 9 kgs spread over 152 horses. I don’t think there is any way around that, it is what it is.
Despite all the conjecture, I believe the weight allocations are fair and sporting and are based adequately on each horse form leading into the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Good luck on the day and may you achieve financial success.
How to watch the Melbourne Cup
Switch up? in a change of pace for this year’s running of the cup.
They have announced their broadcast team who will consist of…
Peter Moody, Michael Felgate, Caty Price, Francesca Cumani, David Gately, Brittany Taylor (what a great lineup)
This can be viewed on free-to-air television on Channel 10 and also online.
Live Streaming Of The Cup
Live vision can certainly stream for the race that stops the nation on Sky Racing.
Melbourne Cup 2023 Tickets
Searching for Melbourne Cup Tickets 2023? Easy done.
You can simply purchase tickets to the cup at Ticketek.
What Time Is The Melbourne Cup?
The gates will crash back at around 3 pm on November 5th, 2023.
Make sure you clear your schedule (it should be cleared anyway)
Here is a list of start times for each state.
The race will go for around 3 1/2 minutes give or take.
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4 Day Carnival
Melbourne Cup week is comprised of 4 days of racing.
As a carnival, the Melbourne Cup is similar in scope to Royal Ascot which also runs a 4-day program during the English summer, and there is also the Ebor carnival at York during late August.
Melbourne Cup History
In 2023, the running of the Melbourne Cup will be the 162nd version of the race, since its origins back in 1861.
Throughout that time in history, the race has been through two world wars, the Great Depression, the ascent of several kings and queens, and the making of several equine legends of the turf. Read more.
International racehorses have been a mainstay for nearly 25 years, but Vintage Crop’s victory in 1993 wasn’t the first participation of an international horse in the great race.
There were others in the ’80s that became the trailblazers to today’s ex-European ‘let’s migrate to Australia’ industry.
Like Authaal for instance, the son of ill-fated stallion Shergar, and a handful of other ex-Europeans.
These days the Melbourne Cup field is dominated by English and Irish stayers with very little room left for Australian and New Zealand stayers, which is a complete turnaround from thirty or forty years ago.
The race has become a truly global event now, with horses victorious in recent years coming from countries such as Japan, France, Germany, England and Ireland, not forgetting New Zealand too.
The 2023 event is looking very likely to contain a stacked field of international visitors, judging by the look of the first round of nominations.
As the field thins towards the end of October, it is expected that the remaining horses will be predominantly European.
Keep an eye out on the Melbourne Cup form, through our Cup watch reports, and also on this website.
Horse Racing Tips
Keep up-to-date with all the best Horse Racing tips today.
Want to know the odds of your horse winning? take a look at the horse racing statistics.
Betting On The Melbourne Cup
No need to worry; there are still plenty of ways to place a bet on the Melbourne Cup, and thanks to Ladbrokes, there is now a way to bet with mates that allows you to bet on the cup at home like the betting sweep, which can easily be found in their app under the function ‘Mates Mode‘. Additionally Neds also has ‘Group Betting‘ which essentially the same thing, they are both under the same sports betting umbrella so they essentially have the same functionality but are a great way to have little bit of fun with your friends.
Additionally, several bookies have fantastic promotions, bonus bets and cashback options for the spring racing carnival available throughout the next few weeks that are definitely worth taking advantage of listed below.
Frequently Searched Questions
What time is the 2023 Melbourne Cup?
The 2023 Melbourne Cup will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2023, at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, at 3:00 PM.
How many horses are in the Melbourne Cup?
Hundreds of horses compete for a spot in the Melbourne Cup field every year. The race consists of 24 horses, selected using a ballot system and handicapping after the Lexus Stakes on Derby Day.
Who will win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?
It’s tough to predict an outcome before the field is set, but bookmark this page and check back when it is. In the meantime, enjoy our free tips and bets for the race!
How do I bet on the Melbourne Cup?
By far, the simplest and easiest way to bet on the Melbourne Cup is with an online bookmaker. We recommend registering with Neds, bet365, Unibet or Ladbrokes. The process is safe, easy and fast. After you have completed registration, locate the appropriate market and click on your desired horse’s odds.
When is the Melbourne Cup?
The Melbourne Cup for 2023 will take place on Tuesday, November 1, at Flemington Racecourse. The race is set to start at 3:00 PM sharp.
Where is the Melbourne Cup 2023?
On Tuesday, November 1, the Melbourne Cup will be held at Flemington Racecourse.
How do I live stream the 2023 Melbourne Cup?
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