Flemington Racecourse - R7 Melbourne Cup Day


Melbourne Cup 2017

Flemington | 3200m | Group 1 | Open Handicap | $6,200,000Tuesday, 7th November 2017

In Turkmenistan, the musk melon is tremendously important. So important, that the country’s president declared a public holiday to enjoy the fruit. We laugh, yet in Victoria they get a day off to watch 24 miniature men in silk pyjamas ride horses in a circle. Ironically, everyone else dresses up in their Sunday (or Tuesday) best to watch the pyjama horse racing. The ACT also has ‘Melbourne Cup Day’ but in an attempt to pretend it’s not a celebration of men in pyjamas riding ponies it’s called ‘Family & Community Day’. Lovingly referred to as the ‘Race that Stops the Nation’, the Melbourne Cup is the richest and most prestigious horse race in Australia and the jewel in the Melbourne Spring Carnival's crown.

The race itself is run over 3200m at Flemington racecourse and is contested by a large field of 24 gallopers on the first Tuesday of November. Being the pinnacle of the sport in Australia (and renowned around the world) the list of Melbourne Cup winners includes many of the Australian racings legends like Archer, Carbine, Phar Lap, Peter Pan, Rain Lover and the Melbourne Cup champion of champions, Makybe Diva.

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Past winners of the Melbourne Cup

Below is a list of horses who have won the Melbourne Cup in the past few years:

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2016 Almandin Kerrin McEvoy Robert Hickmott 3.20.59
2015 Prince Of Penzance Michelle Payne Darren Weir 3.23.1
2014 Protectionist Ryan Moore Andreas Wohler 3:17.71
2013 Fiorente Damien Oliver Gai Waterhouse 3.20.30
2012 Green Moon B Prebble Robert Hickmott 3:20.4
2011 Dunaden Christophe Lemaire Mikel Delzangles 3.20.84
2010 Americain Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupre 3.26.87
2009 Shocking Corey Brown Mark Kavanagh 3.23.87
2008 Viewed Blake Shinn Bart Cummings 3.20.40
2007 Efficient Michael Rodd Graeme Rogerson 3.23.34
2006 Delta Blues Yasunari Iwata Katsuhiko Sumii 3.21.47
2005 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman 3.19.17
2004 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman 3.28.55
2003 Makybe Diva Glen Boss David Hall 3.19.90
2002 Media Puzzle Damien Oliver Dermot K. Weld 3.16.97
2001 Ethereal Scott Seamer Sheila Laxon 3.21.08
2000 Brew Kerrin McEvoy Mike Moroney 3.18.68
1999 Rogan Josh John Marshall Bart Cummings 3.19.64

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Melbourne Cup 2016 Race Day Schedule

If you are travelling to Flemington Racecourse for Cup Day, make sure to be there before 10am to ensure that you get a good place to set yourself up for a whole day of racing! The Melbourne Cup race is the 7th race of the day, at 3.00pm. It has $6.2 million at stake, and 3200m of battling it out for first place, which also sets it up to be the biggest day of the year in the racing calendar!

Race Name Prize Money Type Distance
Emirates Airlines Plate $151,500 2YO Fillies SW (N/C) 1000m
tab.com.au trophy $101,500 Mares Hcp (N/C) 1700m
Melbourne Plate $101,500 Rtg 0-95 Hcp (N/C) 2800m
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$101,500 4&5YO Rtg 0-90 Hcp (No Greys) 1400m
Schweppes #flemingtonfling $101,500 3YO SW&P (N/C) 1000m
Lexus Hybrid Plate $151,500 3YO Fillies SW&P (N/C) 1400m
Emirates Melbourne Cup $6,200,000 Hcp (N/C) 3200m
James Boag's Symphony Stakes $151,500 Hcp (N/C) 1800m
MSS Security Sprint $151,500 Hcp (N/C) 1200m
Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes $101,500 Mares SW&P (N/C) 1400m

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Melbourne Cup Fast Facts

  • The winner of the first Melbourne Cup in 1861 received a gold watch. We weren’t aware that horses could tell the time. Last year’s combined prize money was $6.2 million.
  • Makybe Diva is the horse with the most legs, so-to-speak, winning the Melbourne Cup on three successive occasions.
  • The late and legendary trainer JB (Bart) Cummings holds the record for the number of Melbourne Cup winners with 12. He must also have accrued quite a few gold watches.

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