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Melbourne Cup

Fiorente won the Melbourne Cup 2013! Red Cadeaux came Second, and Mount Athos came Third!

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Melbourne Cup 2014

The 154th Melbourne Cup will be on Tuesday 4th November 2014, at 3pm. If you don’t make it to Flemington Racecourse to witness the excitement first-hand, turf clubs around the nation will hold Melbourne Cup race meetings and it would be sacrilege for a pub not to show the race!

It is the ‘the race that stops a nation™’, the Melbourne Cup is the richest and most celebrated two mile handicap race in the world. Australia’s premier thoroughbred horse race for three year olds and older is run over 3200m. Melbourne’s iconic Flemington Racecourse is home to the world-famous race which draws first-class stayers from around the globe all vying for a piece of the $6.2 million prize purse.

Seasoned racing fans and novice punters alike come out in force to place a Melbourne Cup bet. This year, you can bet the Melbourne Cup will cause a flutter frenzy, as traditionally every year in excess of $140million is bet on the Melbourne Cup alone. To get the best Melbourne Cup odds jump on with! For the 2013 Melbourne Cup, if your horse finishes 2nd, 3rd or 4th we’ll refunded your bet giving you more chance to not lose out!

When is the Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup will be held on Tuesday November 4th 2014, at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

Facts about the Melbourne Cup

  • In the 2012 Melbourne Cup, the first seven horses to finish were all bred in Ireland.
  • The 2011 Melbourne Cup was the closest finish ever in Melbourne Cup history when Dunaden won in a photo finish over Red Cadeaux.
  • Kingston Rule won the Cup in 1990 and holds the race record in a time of three minutes and 16.3 seconds.
  • Champion mare Makybe Diva won a history-making three consecutive Melbourne Cups – 2003, 2004 and 2005 with Glen Boss in the saddle.
  • The entry fee to the famed race is $50,000 plus.
  • Each year the winning connections are presented with an 18ct gold trophy valued at $175,000.
  • The Melbourne Cup Weather forecast is an important factor on Cup Day, check the Form Guide leading up to the race to pick your winner .

First held in 1861, the Melbourne Cup is part of Australia’s cultural identity – it’s more than a sporting event, it’s a national tradition. More than 100,000 spectators attend the Cup every spring, to be part of the fun, fashion and social occasion, and to watch a race or two!

The Victorian Racing Club receives 400 nominations for the Melbourne Cup every year, with only 24 horses making the field. “The Red Terror’, Australia’s favourite gelding Phar Lap won the Cup in 1930. The three-time favourite had a dream Melbourne Spring Carnival run that year, winning a race a day across the four day festival.

Winners of the Melbourne Cup

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

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
2013 Fiorente Damien Oliver Gai Waterhouse Andrew Roberts 3.20.30
2012 Green Moon B Prebble Robert Hickmott N C Williams, Mr & Mrs L J Williams 3:20.4
2011 Dunaden Christophe Lemaire Mikel Delzangles Pearl Bloodstock Pty (Mgr. R Levitt) 3.20.84
2010 Americain Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupre Gerry Ryan, K. C Bamford 3.26.87
2009 Shocking Corey Brown Mark Kavanagh Eales Racing Pty Ltd 3.23.87
2008 Viewed Blake Shinn Bart Cummings Tan Chin Nam, et al. 3.20.40
2007 Efficient Michael Rodd Graeme Rogerson Lloyd Williams et al. 3.23.34
2006 Delta Blues Yasunari Iwata Katsuhiko Sumii Sunday Racing Co Ltd 3.21.47
2005 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman Emily Krstina Syndicate 3.19.17
2004 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman Emily Krstina Syndicate 3.28.55
2003 Makybe Diva Glen Boss David Hall Emily Krstina Syndicate 3.19.90
2002 Media Puzzle Damien Oliver Dermot K. Weld Dr M. W. Smurfit, et al. 3.16.97
2001 Ethereal Scott Seamer Sheila Laxon P. J. & P. M. Vela 3.21.08
2000 Brew Kerrin McEvoy Mike Moroney Gurner’s Bloodstock Co. 3.18.68
1999 Rogan Josh John Marshall Bart Cummings Mrs W. L. Green, et al. 3.19.64

For more information on previous Melbourne Cups, check out Melbourne Cup 2012, Melbourne Cup 2011 and the Melbourne Cup 2010.

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Flemington Racecourse

Flemington Racecourse is Australia’s most well-known racing track. Racing at Flemington stretches back to 1840 when the first race met was held on a rough, river flat beside the Maribyrnong River. Thoroughbred races have been held on the track every year since, making it the oldest continuing metropolitan racecourse in the country.

The pear-shaped track has a 1200m straight known as the Straight Six. The Flemington grounds can accommodate over 120,000 spectators and has three grandstands; the perfect vantage points to take in the spectacular red rose display that blooms every spring.

Australia’s sporting capital Melbourne is home to the iconic turf track, which was replaced for the first time in 2006. That same year Flemington Racecourse was placed on the National Heritage List, such is the tracks significance to the Australian psyche.

Flemington boasts some of the best training facilities in the nation. Some 700 horses train there every year, including those under the guidance of some of Australia’s most respected names in the industry. ‘Cup King’ Bart Cummins – who has a record 12 Melbourne Cup titles, David Hayes, Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Brien call the hallowed turf home.

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Melbourne Cup 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 first race on Melbourne Cup day kicks off at 10.20am, with the 7News Plate. 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!

Time Race Name Prize Money Type Distance
10.20am 7News Plate $121,500 2YO Fillies SW (N/C) 1000m
11.00am TAB Trophy $101,500 Mares Hcp (N/C) 1700m
11.45am Lavazza Long Black $101,500 Rtg 0-95 Hcp (N/C) 2800m
12.30pm Herald Sun Stakes $201,500 Mares SW&P (N/C) 1400m
1.15pm Schweppes Tonic 1000 $101,500 3YO SW&P (N/C) 1000m
2.00pm Lexus Hybrid Plate $151,500 3YO Fillies SW&P (N/C) 1400m
3.00pm Emirates Melbourne Cup $6,200,000 Hcp (N/C) 3200m
3.55pm Diamond Jubilee Plate $151,500 Hcp (N/C) 1800m
4.35pm MSS Security Sprint $151,500 Hcp (N/C) 1200m
5.15pm Headquarters Tavern Plate $101,500 4&5YO Rtg 0-89 Hcp (No Greys)(N/C) 1400m

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