The 2012 Melbourne Cup will feature horses prepared by some of the world’s leading trainers.
It takes a devoted trainer to get a horse fit and ready for a race as grueling as the Melbourne Cup and some trainers have proven better at it than others.
Veteran trainer Bart Cummings has tasted success in the Melbourne Cup more times than you can count with your fingers while leading Victoria trainer Peter Moody has never had a horse finish in the top ten.
There will be seventeen trainers saddling up runners for the 2012 Melbourne Cup and we will analyse these trainers’ previous efforts in the race that stops the nation.
2012 Melbourne Cup Trainers Records
Mikel Delzangles – #1 Dunaden
Delzangles currently has a perfect record in the Melbourne Cup having only prepared Dunaden who won last year.
Alain de Royer Dupre – #2 Americain
The leading French trainer won the Melbourne Cup at his first attempt in 2010 and was unlucky not to go back to back last year.
Marco Botti – #3 Jakkalberry
Jakkalberry will be the Italian-born trainers first Melbourne Cup runner.
Ed Dunlop – #4 Red Cadeaux
The English trainer went desperately close to winning at his first attempt at the Melbourne Cup last year when Red Cadeaux finished a nostril behind Dunaden.
John Sadler – #5 Winchester
Sadler trained C’est La Guerre who finished third behind Viewed in the 2008 Melbourne Cup. He also prepared popular galloper Zipping who finished an unlucky ninth in the same race.
Peter Moody – #6 Viola Ici and #20 Lights of Heaven
The Melbourne Cup has not produced many happy memories for Peter Moody. He hasn’t had a runner in the race since Vouvray who finished fifteenth behind the great Makybe Diva in 2005.
Saeed Bin Suroor – #7 Cavalryman
The Godolphin trainer has come close on several occasions but is yet to win the Melbourne Cup. He has trained the runner-up on three occasions – Crime Scene (2009), Give the Slip (2001) and Central Park (1999) but has also had a number of high profile Melbourne Cup flops.
Luca Cumani – #8 Mount Athos and #17 My Quest For Peace
The ace trainer is another European who has gone close without winning the famous race. He trained the runner-up in back-to-back years – Bauer in 2008 and Purple Moon in 2007.
Bart Cummings – #9 Sanagas and #21 Precedence
The most famous trainer in the history of the Melbourne Cup has trained the winner an incredible twelve times. He has also produced the quinella on five occasions. His last winner was Viewed in 2008.
Pat Carey – #10 Ethiopia
Ethiopia will be the Mornington trainer’s first Melbourne Cup runner.
Gai Waterhouse – #11 Fiorente and #13 Glencadam Gold
The Melbourne Cup is one of the few major races Waterhouse has never won. She has trained the runner-up on two occasions – Tea Akau Nick who almost stole the race at long odds in 1993 and brave three-year-old Nothin’ Leica Dane who backed up from the Victoria Derby and was narrowly defeated by Doriemus in 1995.
Dermot Weld – #12 Galileo’s Choice
Weld is the only European trainer that has won the Melbourne Cup on multiple occasions. He opened the door to European trainers by winning with Vintage Crop in 1993 and confirmed his reputation as a legendary trainer by winning with Media Puzzle in 2002.
Robert Hickmott – #14 Green Moon
Hickmott has had two Melbourne Cup runners since becoming the exclusive trainer for Lloyd Williams. Zipping and Linton finished fourth and twenty-second respectively in the 2010 Cup.
Team Hawkes – #15 Maluckyday and #18 Niwot
The Melbourne Cup is one race that has eluded John Hawkes. He went closest with Maluckyday who finished second behind Americain in 2010.
Michael Kent – #19 Tac De Boistron and #22 Unusual Suspect
Kent hasn’t prepared many Melbourne Cup runners and will be hoping that Unusual Suspect can improve on his ninth in last year’s Cup.
Leon Corstens – #23 Zabeelionaire
Zabeelionaire will be Corstens first Melbourne Cup runner but the local trainer spent a number years as the stable foreman for Bart Cummings and had a hand in preparing several of Cummings’ Melbourne Cup winners.
Chris Waller – #24 Kelinni
The leading New South Wales trainer hasn’t had much luck in the Melbourne Cup. His best result was with The Verminator who finished thirteenth in last year’s race.
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