2012 Melbourne Cup Silks, Jockey Colours & Saddlecloth Stats

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2012 Melbourne Cup Silks, Jockey Colours & Saddlecloth Stats

The countdown is on until the world’s richest handicap lights up Flemington Racecourse at 3:00pm (AEST) on Tuesday (November 6) and below we take a look at full Melbourne Cup Jockey Silks 2012 and provide some interesting facts and stats on the Melbourne Cup horse and jockey colours.


Melbourne Cup champion Dunaden has very distinctive jockey silks of yellow, royal blue stars and a yellow cap

A capacity 24-horse field is engaged to face off for Flemington Race 7, the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) and for punters looking to uncover the Melbourne Cup winner it is worth looking at the Melbourne Cup silks and jockey colours as much as any other form.

What does it take to win a Melbourne Cup trophy?

A champion stayer, a good run and a winning ride.

What else?

A bit of luck, good lead-up form, track cred and perhaps the right colours if you are a bit of a superstitious punter that likes to follow the winning Melbourne Cup Silks & Horse Colours.

Winning Melbourne Cup Silks Statistics

  • The most successful Melbourne Cup jockey silks colour is black (as a main colour) with 17 Melbourne Cup winning jockeys wearing this colour –  the most recent however was George Podmore on Evening Peal back in 1956
  • In the 2012 Melbourne Cup only two horses will be ridden by a hoop donning primarily black in their jockey silks with #11 Fiorente ($31) and #22 Unusual Suspect ($301)
  • As only three triple-figure horses have ever won the Melbourne Cup it makes the Gai Waterhouse-trained import Fiorente, formerly prepared in England by Sir Michael Stoute, the best of the above duo
  • The next most successful winning Melbourne Cup jockey colour is then navy blue and royal blue with 14 wins; this year that brings into contention Turnbull Stakes winner #14 Green Moon ($16), a scratching from the race on Melbourne Cup Day last year #16 Mourayan ($26), Sydney Cup champ #18 Niwot ($41) and French import #19 Tac De Boistron ($61)

Melbourne Cup Horse Colours

Speaking of Melbourne Cup colours, what about that of the horse?

There are six official colourings, not including combinations of both, a thoroughbred racehorse can be registered, but has a certain coloured horse dominated the Melbourne Cup results in recent years?

  • 10 of the past Melbourne Cup winners were officially ‘Bay’ coloured horses
  • 18 of the 24 horse in the Melbourne Cup field this year are bay, the shortest-priced of which is #1 Dunaden ($7.50)
  • Only six Grey horses have won the Melbourne Cup, the most famous of which was Subzero (1992)
  • This year #6 Voila Ici ($151) and #19 Tac De Boistron ($61) are the only two greys looking to break the hoodoo in 2012

Further adding to the woes of Peter Moody’s veteran import Voila Ici is that along with being the wrong colour they are also the wrong age to win the Melbourne Cup with just two 8YO’s taking it out in the race’s 152-year history – hence their triple figure price!

See below for the complete list of 2012 Melbourne Cup Silks, Melbourne Cup Jockeys & Colours for the 24 horses in the field.

#1 Dunaden (FR)

Dunaden Jockey SilksBreeder: Edouard Decazes

Owners: Pearl Bloodstock Pty (Mgr R M Levitt)

Colours: Yellow, Royal Blue Stars, Yellow Cap

Trainer: Mikel Delzangles (Chantilly (FR))

Jockey: Craig Williams (59kg)

Americain Jockey Silks#2 Americain (USA)

Breeder: Wertheimer & Frere

Owners: G T & Mrs V J Ryan, K L & Mrs C O Bamford

Colours: White, Royal Blue And White Stars Panel, Red, White And Royal Blue Striped Sleeves And Cap

Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupre (Chantilly (FR))

Jockey: Damien Oliver (58kg)

Jakkalberry Jockey Silks#3 Jakkalberry (IRE)

Owners: Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock (Mgr D Dance), T Porter, S Duke, M Casey, D McLennan, SCG Racing Pty Ltd (Mgr S Gereaux), Merlin B’stock (Mgr J Richards), D Love, G Gereaux, M Johnston, M Eastmure, P Brittain, S Davidson, Y Xie

Colours: Fluorescent Yellow, Navy Blue Seams

Trainer: Marco Botti (Newmarket (GB))

Jockey: Colm O’Donoghue (55.5kg)

Red Cadeaux Jockey Silks#4 Red Cadeaux (GB)

Breeder: Foursome Thoroughbreds

Owners: The Hon Ronald Arculli

Colours: Light Blue And Red Diamonds, Light Blue Sleeves, Red And Light Blue Diamond Cap

Trainer: Ed Dunlop (Newmarket (GB))

Jockey: Michael Rodd (55.5kg)

Winchester Jockey Silks#5 Winchester (USA)

Breeder: Mr & Mrs Bertram R Firestone

Owners: Rosemont Stud Pty Ltd (Mgr A Mithen), D M Harvey, M J Hirst, S R Curwood, Anembo Bloodstock Pty Ltd (Mgr A Hardwick), Obe One Syndicate (Mgr J O’Brien), P D McNamara, Swan Street Syndicate (Mgr E McKeon) & T G Casanelia

Colours: Red, White Gatecrasher

Trainer: John Sadler (Flemington)

Jockey: Jamie Mott (55.5kg)

Voila Ici Jockey Silks#6 Voila Ici (IRE)

Breeder: Soc. Finanza Locale Consulting Srl.

Owners: Glenlogan Park (Mgr: J M Haseler), B Danaher, P E Shadforth, E A & Mrs J A Galante, K A Miller, S Bishopp-Cruciani, D Bernsen, Dick & Morrissy Racing (Mgr: S P Morrissy), W S Vlahos

Colours: Maroon, White Epaulettes

Trainer: Peter G Moody (Caulfield)

Jockey: Vlad Duric (55kg)

Cavalryman Jockey Silks#7 Cavalryman (GB)

Breeder: Darley

Owners: Godolphin Management Co Ltd

Colours: Royal Blue, Fly Emirates Logo

Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor (Newmarket (GB))

Jockey: Frankie Dettori (54kg)

Mount Athos Jockey Silks#8 Mount Athos (IRE)

Owners: Dr M Koukash

Colours: Grey, Beige Star, Grey And Beige Stars Sleeves And Cap

Trainer: Luca Cumani (Newmarket (GB))

Jockey: Ryan Moore (54kg)

Sanagas Jockey Silks#9 Sanagas (GER)

Breeder: Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof

Owners: B C 3 Thoroughbreds (W H Vlahos), Dick & Morrissy Racing Synd(S Morrissy), T Helfers, J York-Helfers, J Black, G & R Wood, M Sutherland, Heinrich B’Stock Synd (G Heinrich), D Bernsen, A Patterson, S Davidson,J Zaiter & R Craigie

Colours: Royal Blue, Silver Horseshoe, Halved Sleeves, Striped Cap

Trainer: Bart Cummings (Flemington)

Jockey: Nicholas Hall (54kg)

Ethiopia Jockey Silks#10 Ethiopia

Breeder: Wyadup Valley Farm

Owners: Wyadup Valley Farm (Mgr: T J Delroy)

Colours: Light Blue, Green Hoops And Cap

Trainer: Pat Carey (Mornington)

Jockey: Rhys McLeod (53.5kg)

Fiorente Jockey Silks#11 Fiorentine (IRE)

Breeder: Ballymacoll Stud Farm Ltd

Owners: A T Roberts, McClure Ferguson Oman(Mgr: P C McClure), K R Wood, Fesen Pty Ltd (Mgr: P Pollicina), B Pang, Bongiorno Herron(Mgr: R M Herron), D J Deykin, Team McDonnell(Mgr: J S McDonnell, Henderson Racing(Mgr: D A Henderson)& Fiorente(Mgr: T Mitevski)

Colours: Black, Purple Sash

Trainer: Gai Waterhouse (Flemington)

Jockey: James McDonald (53.5kg)

Galileo's Choice Jockey Silks#12 Galileo’s Choice (IRE)

Breeder: Patrick F Kelly

Owners: Dr R Lambe, Dr M W J Smurfit, Mr D Keough, Newtown Anner Stud

Colours: Purple, Yellow Cross Of Lorraine And Cap

Trainer: Dermot K Weld (The Curragh (IRE))

Jockey: Patrick Smullen (53.5kg)

Glencadam Gold Jockey Silks#13 Glencadam Gold (IRE)

Breeder: Roalso Ltd

Owners: K Wood, Team McDonnell, R Smith, Paul McClure, B Pang, Bongiorno Herron, G Diamond, Fesen Pty Ltd, B Stracey & U K Stayers

Colours: White, Red Diamonds Sash, Grey Sleeves, Red Armbands, White And Red Diamond Cap

Trainer: Gai Waterhouse (Flemington)

Jockey: Tommy Berry (53.5kg)

Glencadam Gold Jockey Silks#14 Green Moon (IRE)

Breeder: Goldsmith Bloodstock Partnership

Owners: N C Williams, Mr & Mrs L J Williams

Colours: Navy Blue, White Armbands And Cap

Trainer: Robert Hickmott (Mt. Macedon)

Jockey: Brett Prebble (53.5kg)

Maluckyday Jockey Silks#15 Maluckyday (NZ)

Breeder: Karreman Bloodstock Ltd

Owners: N Moraitis A M

Colours: White, Grey Sash, Pink Striped Sleeves, Grey Cap

Trainer: Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes (Flemington)

Jockey: Jim Cassidy (53.5kg)

Mourayan Jockey Silks#16 Mourayan (IRE)

Breeder: His Highness the Aga Khan’s Studs S.C.

Owners: N C Williams, Mr & Mrs L J Williams, V Sammartino, A L & Mrs B A Green, B N Singer, P Mehrten & M S Gudinski

Colours: Navy Blue, White Armbands, Navy Blue Cap

Trainer: Robert Hickmott (Mt. Macedon)

Jockey: Hugh Bowman (53.5kg)

My Quest For Peace Jockey Silks#17 My Quest For Peace (IRE)

Breeder: Macquarie

Owners: OTI Racing (Mgrs: S O’Donnell & T Henderson), J Higgins, M Tripp, A Tripp, T Carroll, P Bartholomew, P Barnett, Menon Dugal Synd, Glenlogan Park Stud & Uthmeyer Racing

Colours: Navy Blue And Gold Hoops, White Sleeves And Cap

Trainer: Luca Cumani (Newmarket (GB))

Jockey: Corey Brown (53.5kg)

Niwot Jockey Silks#18 Niwot

Breeder: Mr a E Vrisakis

Owners: R & C Legh Racing Synd (Mgr: R & Mrs C Legh), S W Kay, Gurners Bloodstock Synd (Mgr: A Ramsden), M J & Mrs M A Calman & N J & Mrs J S Griffin

Colours: Navy Blue, Gold Lightning Bolt, Gold And White Armbands, Gold Cap

Trainer: Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes (Rosehill)

Jockey: Dwayne Dunn (53.5kg)

Tac De Boistron Jockey Silks#19 Tac de Boistron (FR)

Breeder: M M E Jean-Pierre Reverseau

Owners: Australian T’bred B’stock, Merlin B’stock, Greggie Synd, G Ferguson, G Connell, SCG Racing, I Johnson, New Era Racing, Boistron Cheval, Goulburn Valley Synd, D Lyall, R De Maria, Govan & Young Synd, M Eastmure, D Love, Y Xie, P Brittain, Twinspired Racing, The Boys Tron Legacy & G Peirson-Jones

Colours: Navy Blue, Fluorescent Yellow Braces, Quartered Cap

Trainer: Michael Kent (Cranbourne)

Jockey: Olivier Doleuze (53.5kg)

Lights Of Heaven Jockey Silks#20 Lights of Heaven (NZ)

Breeder: Mrs J M Wanless

Owners: Mrs J M Wanless

Colours: Dark Blue Tartan, Yellow Seams, Dark Blue Tartan Cap, Yellow Pom Pom

Trainer: Peter G Moody (Caulfield)

Jockey: Luke Nolen (53kg)

Precedence Jockey Silks#21 Precedence (NZ)

Breeder: Bloomsbury Stud & Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan

Owners: Dato Tan Chin Nam, Sir P Hogan, The Dowager Duchess Of Bedford & B A Schroder

Colours: Black And White Check, Yellow Sleeves, Black And White Checked Cap

Trainer: Bart Cummings (Flemington)

Jockey: Blake Shinn (53kg)

Unusual Suspect Jockey Silks#22 Unusual Suspect (USA)

Breeder: David Abrams

Owners: P Lord, S Rose, Baltimore Racing Synd, B Oakley, Ewart-Johnstone Winning Edge Synd, B Abrams, ATB Davidson Synd, B Bannister, Ms L Huddy & I Hicks

Colours: Black, Silver Star In White Disc, Silver Sleeves, Red Cap

Trainer: Michael Kent (Cranbourne)

Jockey: Glyn Schofield (53kg)

Zabeelionaire Jockey Silks#23 Zabeelionaire (NZ)

Breeder: Wyadup Valley Farm

Owners: B J Spicer, R Alvaro, J H Donegan, F D Magnabosco, Mrs C Elberg, Realize The Dream Synd, Coopers Inn No 2 Synd & Seljaci Synd

Colours: Yellow, Royal Blue Knight, Royal Blue And Yellow Stripe Sleeves, Yellow And Royal Blue Star Cap

Trainer: Leon Corstens (Kyneton)

Jockey: Craig Newitt (52kg)

Kelinni Jockey Silks#24 Kelinni (IRE)

Breeder: Newberry Stud Farm Ltd

Owners: F Cook, Mrs C Cook, I Bruce, G G Ltd Syn (Mgr: G Peterson), K Hunt, B Mathieson, R Smith, R Portaro, G Stead, Werrett B’stck P/L (Mgr: N Werrett) & Est B Wright

Colours: Maroon, White Crossed Sashes, Yellow Armbands And Cap

Trainer: Chris Waller (Rosehill)

Jockey: Glen Boss (51kg)

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