It just happens to be the biggest race on the Australasian calendar. And possibly in the top ten races on the global calendar too. We all know it as ‘the race which stops a nation’. Well actually.. two nations if you include New Zealand.
Raced on that famous first Tuesday in November, the Melbourne Cup hasn’t actually changed a lot in terms of structure and stature over the years. It is the richest handicap in this part of the world (over A$6.2 million) and now draws the very best of international runners from across the globe.
The race goes right back to 1861, with Sydney trained Archer taking out the first two editions of the race. Over the following decades, some absolute legends of the Australian turf have won this prestigious event. Names such as: Carbine, Grand Flaneur, Phar Lap, Rising Fast, Rain Lover, Kiwi, Vintage Crop and more recently, three-time champion Makybe Diva.
Most Recent Winners
|Year||Winner||2nd Placegetter||3rd Placegetter|
|2013||Fiorente||Red Cadeaux||Mount Athos|
|2011||Dunaden||Red Cadeaux||Lucas Cranach|
|2010||Americain||Maluckyday||So You Think|
|2008||Viewed||Bauer||C’est La Guerre|
|2006||Delta Blues||Pop Rock||Maybe Better|
|2005||Makybe Diva||On A Jeune||Xcellent|
|2004||Makybe Diva||Vinnie Roe||Zazzman|
Located in Melbourne’s western suburbs, the Flemington course is one of three premier venues for horse racing in the city.
This race starts from the top of the 1200 metre chute (straight six), so there is ample time for horses drawn wide to get across to a more favoured position.
The last 30 years have seen only 8 favourites come first, 4 come second and 2 come third. (14 out of 30).
This Years Runners
The race is due to be run Tuesday November 4th, 2014. Luxbet’s team of experts will assess the line-up closer to the time.