Melbourne Cup

The 2021 Melbourne Cup takes place on Tuesday the 2nd of November 2021 at Flemington Racecourse at 3:00pm local time.

The 24 horse Melbourne Cup field features some of the best staying horses from Australia and around the world vying for the lucrative $8 million prize pool. Read on for the latest Melbourne Cup news plus form guides, betting updates, the latest odds and more.

2021 Melbourne Cup Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD
  • 4th: TBD



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The Lexus Melbourne Cup is the most important race on the Australian horse racing calendar. It isn’t called “The Race That Stops A Nation” for nothing – Australia really does come to a halt for an afternoon to watch the Melbourne Cup, which is the world’s richest handicap.

Held each year on the first Tuesday of November, the Melbourne Cup is a real test of staying power. The Melbourne Cup is raced over a distance of 3200 metres, far longer than any other major event in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, so it is certainly not a race that is easy to prepare for. Two miles is the traditional cup race distance and few races in Australia are still contested over these meters.

Every year the Melbourne Cup captures the attention of race fans around the country and abroad. It has now become a truly international affair too with nearly half of the 2021 Melbourne Cup field being raiders trained outside of Australia and New Zealand. Each year the international raiders are well-fancied in the Melbourne Cup Odds as they are bred to go the distance. That said, in 2019 the locally-trained Vow And Declare held off the raiders for a home town win!

In 2020 the internationals were back on top with three running the trifecta: Twilight Payment (1st), Tiger Moth (2nd) and Prince Of Arran (3rd) in his third Melbourne Cup placing.

The Melbourne Cup is one of the few remaining genuine, two-mile races held in Australia each year. The only other 3200m race at Flemington Racecourse is the Andrew Ramsden Stakes, while in New South Wales the Sydney Cup is the country’s other Group 1 over the distance. Australia isn’t known for breeding genuine stayers and that is one of the reasons why every year the Melbourne Cup field features more and more both internationally-bred and trained horses.

The race goes for roughly three and a half minutes with the Melbourne Cup race record held by the Bart Cummings-trained Kingston Rule who won in 3:16.30 minutes back in 1990.

The 2021 Melbourne Cup runs on Tuesday November 2, 2021 at 3pm local time as Flemington Race 7. 

2021 Melbourne Cup Odds

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The Melbourne Cup odds are open nearly all year round on the likely stayers set to line-up in the ‘race that stops a nation’ on the first Tuesday of November.

When looking for the best Melbourne Cup 2021 odds, it is best to start early when the first nominations for the race come out. Online betting sites like Ladbrokes.com.au put out early markets on the Melbourne Cup nominations and you can lock in generous prices on your early Melbourne Cup tips in these all-in markets.

If you prefer to leave your betting until later, then you can boost the lower Melbourne Cup odds you receive by taking exotic bets. The highest Melbourne Cup odds always entail an element of risk, but you will feel much better getting paid $1000 for a winning $5 bet than you would getting paid $6.50 just betting on a short Melbourne Cup favourite.

Recent Melbourne Cup history shows favourites have a poor record with the last to salute for the punters at the shortest Melbourne Cup starting price since Makybe Diva (2005) being Fiorente (2013).

The 2015 Melbourne Cup results showed that one of the longest-priced horses in that year’s Melbourne Cup odds was the one to back with Prince Of Penzance scoring an upset at $101.

For more information on analysing the odds as well as the latest odds on the Melbourne Cup, please visit our dedicated Melbourne Cup odds page.

2021 Melbourne Cup Field

The 2021 Melbourne Cup final acceptances close at 4:30pm (local time) on Saturday October 30, 2021, with the field made public and published below soon after.

Already those in the know including the punters are predicting the likely Melbourne Cup field and keeping an eye on the updated Melbourne Cup ballot and order of entry is a good guide to what stayers will make the cut.

The last chance for stayers to make the 2021 Melbourne Cup final field is Derby Day’s Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) – now run as the Lexus Hotham Handicap. The last Melbourne Cup winner to back-up off a run in the Lexus Stakes only three days before was Shocking (2009) who completed the double.

The Melbourne Cup field is restricted to 24 horses with no emergencies, but the race receives dozens more nominations in the lead up to the event. The final Melbourne Cup field for each year is released on the Saturday evening before the race, after the conclusion of Victoria Derby Day, and punters wait impatiently for this information each year as it allows them to lock in their final bets. Even still, many punters bide their time until the morning of the Melbourne Cup, just in case something gets scratched or odds improve.

Following the release of the Melbourne Cup field on Victoria Derby Day, which kicks off the four-meeting Melbourne Cup Carnival each year, the Melbourne Cup barrier draw is then released live form Flemington Racecourse.

The final acceptors then take their places at the track in three days’ time on Melbourne Cup Day for their shot at the major first prize on offer to the Melbourne Cup winner.

The horses that make up the Melbourne Cup field are decided based on a few different conditions, and lesser horses are balloted out based on prize money earned in the last two years, performance in specific lead up races, and handicap weight. Winners of a few select races are exempt from being balloted out, and these races include:

  • Tenno Sho (spring)
  • Irish St. Leger
  • Lexus Stakes
  • Caulfield Cup
  • Cox Plate

Some of these are overseas races, and the balloting exemptions provided by wins in these events have drawn many incredible foreign race horses to the Melbourne Cup field in recent years. For larger foreign staying events the ballot exemption is more of an invitation extended to those talented horses to come and race in Australia’s most prestigious staying event.

The Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) runs at Flemington on Derby Day and offers a last chance for horses to sneak into the Melbourne Cup field.

There is always a tense wait as the predicted Melbourne Cup field takes shape the Saturday before the classic with the winner of the Lexus Stakes – registered as the Hotham Handicap – capable of pushing out the horses sitting 24th on the Melbourne Cup ballot if they are further down the order of entry.

The winner of the Melbourne Cup is invited by the Japanese Racing Association to compete in the following Spring Tenno Sho in Japan, with many expenses covered. If a horse is a final acceptor but is subsequently balloted out of the final field, it will win a bonus if it can win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Mackinnon Stakes Day.

The link between the Melbourne Cup and Japan has been growing since the Japanese-trained stable mates Delta Blues and Pop Rock ran the Melbourne Cup quinella finishing first and second in the great race back in 2006.

That was one year after the three year reign of the magnificent mare Makybe Diva ended following her victories in 2003 – 2005.

Makybe Diva remains the only triple Melbourne Cup winner in history with jockey Glen Boss riding her to victory in all three of her successes.

For the current race field and more on how it is decided, please visit our Melbourne Cup field page.

Melbourne Cup Race Time

Every year the Melbourne Cup runs at the same time, 3:00pm in Melbourne on the first Tuesday in November. Here are the start times for when the Melbourne Cup will jump around the country. Don’t miss out on the ‘race that stops a nation’ by checking the Melbourne Cup start time in your state.

  • Melbourne: 3:00pm
  • Sydney: 3:00pm
  • Brisbane: 2:00pm
  • Adelaide: 2:30pm
  • Perth: 12:00pm
  • Canberra: 3:00pm
  • Hobart: 3:00pm
  • Darwin: 1:30pm

Wherever you are in the country, make sure you schedule a few minutes aside to watch the spectacle that is the Melbourne Cup. And don’t forget to head to a trusted Melbourne Cup betting agency like Ladbrokes.com.au to back your favourite to join the list of Melbourne Cup winners before race jumps!

As well as holding the same start time, the Melbourne Cup race number remains the same each Cup Day – Flemington Race 7. Many people have their once-a-year bet on the Melbourne Cup results so when you want to place your bets, remember it is Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEDT) on the first Tuesday of November.

Interestingly, the Melbourne Cup is the only Group 1 race on the Melbourne Cup Day schedule. There are still plenty of other exciting support races on the Melbourne Cup Day card so why not enjoy a full day of Melbourne Cup betting!

There are more choices now than ever before when it comes to Melbourne Cup betting.

Whether you are a once a year punter picking the Melbourne Cup winner based on a gut feeling or lucky number, a seasoned professional taking advantage of the generous Melbourne Cup odds available at the online bookmakers or you just pick a horse in your office Melbourne Cup sweep – there really is a way for everyone to get in on this iconic race.

2021 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

The Melbourne Cup second acceptances are the second round of declarations taken the Monday before the final field is released on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day. The Melbourne Cup second acceptances stage is the final step in the process before the announcement of the final field on Victoria Derby Day and traditionally attract around 30 – 40 hopefuls.

The 2021 Lexus Melbourne Cup second acceptances close on Tuesday September 28, 2021.

2021 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

Melbourne Cup first acceptances are the first round of declarations helping narrow down the original bumper crop of nominees for the classic ahead of the official Melbourne Cup final field of 24 being released on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day.

The 2021 Melbourne Cup first acceptances close in early late September or early October and can be viewed on our Melbourne Cup field page.

The Melbourne Cup 2021 first acceptances closed on Tuesday the 7th of September attracting 124 stayers including the Peter Moody-trained all-in favourite Incentivise and well-backed UK raider Spanish Mission.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 311x90x760 AKTAU (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney 97
2 732110x07x ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman
3 11x121x41x AMADE (IRE) G 8 Phillip Stokes 101
4 x66538x25x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 104
5 9x31111x14 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
6 4x241441x0 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 102
7 x3253x527x AWAY HE GOES (IRE) G 6 Ismail Mohammed
8 5212x6100x AZALY G 4 Ben & JD Hayes
9 9121345×24 BARADE (FR) G 7 Archie Alexander 89
10 528434x17x BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 90
11 307114411x BEAUDEN (NZ) G 7 Graeme Rogerson
12 x216570x5x BUCKHURST (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 105
13 751x07422x CARIF G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
14 2120421×40 CEPHEUS (GB) H 5 Matthew Dunn
15 93x73590x0 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 102
16 51622x32x0 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
17 1x07x6739x COGNAC (IRE) G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman
18 1x12454x6x COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 112
19 x0x0558x9x CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 6 Aaron Purcell 89
20 3x4514x926 COOLTH G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 74
21 2x14x4x4x0 CORMORANT (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 99
22 400x00x770 DARK DREAM G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 96
23 x524110x0x DARVIN (IRE) G 6 Matthew Williams 75
24 9x11400x9x DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 103
25 313616x2x0 DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 103
26 5111166x8x DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne 103
27 1x440x1x61 DEGRAVES (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 93
28 x1111x6x4x DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 103
29 1143x95x DICK WHITTINGTON (FR) G 5 Matthew Smith
30 00238375×5 DJUKON (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 87
31 x12821121x DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings
32 1x2031x EMISSARY (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 79
33 x1546x9x0x ENGLISH KING (FR) H 5 Michael Moroney 92
34 151132113x EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 108
35 x75x55x01x FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 86
36 388×31 FORGOT YOU (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 69
37 2634100×66 FUN FACT G 6 Bjorn Baker
38 1253x6133x FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani 100
39 0x34x52x3x GOLD TRIP (FR) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
40 27x855167x GOOD IDEA G 7 Phillip Stokes 95
41 4x2212112x GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
42 134x13275x GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
43 6221x5321x HARMYSIAN (GB) G 5 Clayton Douglas 78
44 22x541511x HARPO MARX (IRE) G 6 Bjorn Baker 83
45 x12x547x7x HASTA LA WAR G 6 Sue Murphy
46 x3621521x2 HEART OF PUISSANCE H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 91
47 031351414x HEIR TO THE THRONE (NZ) G 7 Andrea Leek 76
48 211131x48x HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 90
49 x512815x8x HORRIFYING (NZ) G 4 Mark & Levi Kavanagh 73
50 1549x9226x HORSE FOR HIGHER M 6 Dan O’Sullivan 66
51 7x78111x8x HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 106
52 x1x4339x4x IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 80
53 x68111111x INCENTIVISE G 5 Peter G Moody 104
54 1131112x5x INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) M 6 Danny O’Brien 110
55 111x5823x3 IRISH FLAME (NZ) G 7 Brett Scott 100
56 0329431x0x JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 104
57 11x330x72x KILLOURNEY (IRE) G 6 Paul Preusker 74
58 3x500x707x KINANE (NZ) G 5 Michael Kent 80
59 x211x2x03x KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 7 Robert Hickmott 104
60 35x111733x KING’S CHARISMA (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 76
61 6143x8511x KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
62 17x6321x28 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
63 6x21x0x10x LE BAOL (FR) G 6 Lindsey Smith 86
64 25x57170x5 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 103
65 1x4x16123x LONG ARM (IRE) G 6 Peter Gelagotis 90
66 101x71x57x LUNCIES (GB) G 5 Kris Lees
67 x31222x23x MANKAYAN (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 76
68 41x0x5542x MARCHONS ENSEMBLE (GB) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 71
69 21x0x25x1x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 7 Joseph O’Brien
70 508x663x00 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
71 4135P2x48x MAYFAIR SPIRIT (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 72
72 x878333x0x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 105
73 7215280x0x MILFORD (NZ) G 4 Michael Moroney 93
74 234x2125x MILITARY MISSION (IRE) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 70
75 9308x8268x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 104
76 861126x08x MOHICAN HEIGHTS (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 91
77 113x6345x3 MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne
78 651716x80x MOSH MUSIC M 7 Archie Alexander 99
79 x41x211x0x MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
80 x1211111x0 NANCHO (GER) G 7 Anthony Cummings 105
81 4612x9x77x NEVER LISTEN M 5 John Ramsey 80
82 1771x610x5 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) G 6 Bill Pomare
83 1215x1244x PERSAN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 104
84 24x2x22x5x PESTO (GB) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
85 40x22x722x PONDUS (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 103
86 11x1510x0 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 102
87 113x10113x PURRFECT DEAL M 5 Michael Costa
88 x75810x05x QUICK THINKER H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
89 62x62251x0 REALM OF FLOWERS M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 102
90 111x21322x RODRIGO DIAZ (GB) G 5 David Simcock
91 900x00x50x ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 95
92 9x4071251x ROYAL CROWN G 5 Michael Kent 80
93 18227x055x SECRET BLAZE G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 97
94 28x86541x0 SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
95 1122x3321x SHERAZ (FR) G 5 Chris Waller
96 178x0x574x SHERWOOD FOREST G 5 Tony Pike 97
97 5x32324x37 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker
98 97×0604117 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 106
99 6556253x1x SIGNORA NERA (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
100 16x794159x SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 116
101 x41x81x24x SIR LUCAN (IRE) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
102 x014140x6x SKYMAX (GER) G 6 Mark Newnham
103 114x33161x SONNYBOYLISTON (IRE) G 5 Johnny Murtagh
104 21x62309x9 SOUND (GER) H 9 Michael Moroney 104
105 0x6820532x SOUND OF CANNONS (GB) G 5 John O’Shea
106 341423x18x SOUS LES NUAGES (IRE) G 5 Matt Cumani
107 17x2513x2x SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 6 Andrew Balding
108 x250217x2x SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) G 7 Mark Newnham
109 2x90736x41 SUPERSTORM G 5 Danny O’Brien 109
110 91x211x SUREFIRE (GB) H 4 Chris Waller
111 48x753126x SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 10 Matthew Smith 93
112 734x2606x3 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 107
113 30x318514x THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney 98
114 03x1214x61 THINK IT OVER G 6 Kerry Parker
115 216811118x TIGRE ROYALE (NZ) G 6 Archie Alexander 80
116 x79288611x TOKEN SPIRIT G 4 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 71
117 63x112221x TOORADIN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 85
118 1112114x3x TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 5 Symon Wilde 100
119 1131x3391x TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 9 Joseph O’Brien
120 17x3112x2x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller
121 x9000x8x0x VOW AND DECLARE G 6 Danny O’Brien 107
122 x780x9x59x YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 7 Richard & Michael Freedman
123 123x75232x YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien 100
124 1122x05x6 ZEYREK (FR) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights

The 2021 Melbourne Cup nominations closed on Tuesday August 3, 2021 and attracted 174 early entries. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL 2021 MELBOURNE CUP NOMINATIONS.

The 2021 Melbourne Cup Weights are then declared in September. 

The 2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations close on a Tuesday in August at midday, along with those for the Caulfield Cup.

Get a good look at the 2021 Melbourne Cup nominations, because the impressive amount of talent nominated for this year’s edition will surely make picking the winner a challenging task. Not long after, the Melbourne Cup weights are also released. First Declarations will be announced in early October. Second Declarations will occur in late October.

The final Melbourne Cup field will be declared on Victoria Derby Day.

Each year of Melbourne Cup nominations feature more international competitors than previous editions, the race being “internationalised” in 1993 when Dermot Weld won with Irish raider Vintage Crop.

Vintage Crop remains the only international from over 60 who have tried to win the Melbourne Cup first-up without a previous run down under proving that even if a horse is bred for the distance, having previous form in Australia is key to their chances.

The 2021 Melbourne Cup nominations and weights can also be viewed on the Melbourne Cup field page as soon as announced by Racing Victoria.

Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

The 2021 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw will take place on Victoria Derby Day after the racing action on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup runs on the first Tuesday of November.

An interesting statistic that can impact betting is the 2021 Melbourne Cup barrier draw. While theoretically the distance of the race should make the Melbourne Cup barrier draw meaningless to the overall result, there have historically been a few barriers that have done particularly well and barriers that have performed poorly.

Every year the Melbourne Cup barrier draw is conducted live from the home of the great race, Flemington Racecourse, which is Victoria’s premier race track.

The Melbourne Cup barrier draw is an event in itself with the connections of the 24 horses engaged in the Melbourne Cup field invited up to select a gate for their runner to jump from the following Tuesday afternoon.

Barrier 11 is historically the most successful Melbourne Cup barrier producing nine wins over the years.

Barrier 5 follows with seven winners.

Other barriers with good numbers producing six winners each are 10 and 14.

Barrier 18 meanwhile is yet to produce a Melbourne Cup winner since the current starting system was introduced in 1925.

Most recently barrier five has been the best barrier producing back-to-back winners with Green Moon (2012) and Fiorente (2013).

That said, the wider gates have not been a total disadvantage either with the three runners before that jumping from double figure barriers with Vow And Declare (21 of 24 in 2019), Cross Counter (19 in 2018), Shocking (21 in 2009), Americain (11 in 2010), Dunaden (13 in 2011) and Protectionist (10 in 2014).

To find out all about how the barrier draw can affect your betting, be sure to read our Melbourne Cup barrier draw page.

Melbourne Cup Tips

Melbourne Cup tips are the most sought after set of racing predictions all year in Australia.

Early Melbourne Cup betting tips favour proven stayers that may have run in the previous year’s race or run well in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m). Vow And Declare (2nd in 2019) was the last Melbourne Cup winner to come out of the Caulfield Cup.

International raiders making the trip to Flemington Racecourse to line-up in the Melbourne Cup field are also popular when it comes to Melbourne Cup tipping each spring.

The best 2021 Melbourne Cup tips can be found by following the link to our dedicated page.

Melbourne Cup Form Guide

The Melbourne Cup form guide is a detailed run down of all the 24 horses making up that season’s Melbourne Cup field.

In the form guide for the Melbourne Cup 2021 punters will find all the must know information including: Melbourne Cup saddlecloth numbers, Melbourne Cup barriers, Melbourne Cup jockeys, Melbourne Cup trainers, lead-up form, weights, record at the track / distance as well as the winning percentages of all the Melbourne Cup horses.

Using the Melbourne Cup form guide and its facts / stats is the best way to predict the Melbourne Cup results.

For the best 2021 Melbourne Cup form guide check out Ladbrokes.com.au and see our dedicated Melbourne Cup form guide page.

Melbourne Cup History

Melbourne Cup history has been fascinating since the very first race in 1861, when Archer took the Melbourne Cup in a field of 17 horses. While Archer has the honour of being the first (and second) Melbourne Cup winner, he also retains the slowest time to date at 3:52.00. For years this was blamed on Archer travelling to the race by foot, but it has since been established that the legendary horse was transported by steam ship, so it appears the esteemed Melbourne Cup just wasn’t as competitive in the early days.

It didn’t take long for the Melbourne Cup to become one of the most popular races in Australia, and many of the race’s longest standing traditions began to form in the 1870s. For instance, the race began to be run on a Tuesday in 1875, and the first golden cup design of a Melbourne Cup trophy was used in 1876.

Throughout the early Melbourne Cup years, Etienne de Mestre was the most prominent trainer, with 5 of his horses winning from 1861 to 1878. However, he had a fierce rival in John Tait, who managed to train a Melbourne Cup winner 4 times in that same period.

The Melbourne Cup continued to grow throughout the late 1800s, and it was well established as the most important race in Australia by the time Mark Twain visited in 1895 and documented the unique character of the event. By this point, none could contest how central the Melbourne Cup had become to Australian culture – possibly the first Australian tradition that no one could deny.

More than a century later, with the 2010 Melbourne Cup marking the 150th running of the race, there have been many legendary horses that have contested the Cup. The most famous may be Phar Lap, who won in 1930, but other legends are Rain Lover, Think Big, Kingston Rule, Let’s Elope, Rogan Josh, and three-time winner Makybe Diva. Trainer Bart Cummings also belongs in any list of Melbourne Cup legends, as he has a dozen Melbourne Cup wins under his belt.

If you want to learn more about the legends of the Melbourne Cup, please visit our dedicated Melbourne Cup history section.

Melbourne Cup Facts and Statistics

In a race with as much history as the Melbourne Cup, you can bet that some fascinating records have been set. Here are some of the most interesting Melbourne Cup facts and statistics:

  • Most Wins – Horse: Makybe Diva, 3 wins (2003, 2004, 2005)
  • Most Wins – Jockey: Bobby Lewis, 4 wins (1902, 1915, 1919, 1927); Harry White, 4 wins (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979)
  • Most Wins – Trainer: Bart Cummings, 12 wins (1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2008)
  • Fastest Time: Kingston Rule, 3:16.30
  • Slowest Time: Archer, 3:52.00
  • Longest Odds Winners: The Pearl, Wotan and Old Rowley all at 100 to 1
  • Shortest Odds to Win: Phar Lap at 8/11 (about $0.73 or so)
  • Percentage of favourites to win: 23%
  • First woman to train a winner: Sheila Laxon with Ethereal in 2001

For more, please visit our Melbourne Cup facts and statistics page.

Melbourne Cup Betting

Australia is a nation of punters, and that is no more apparent when it comes to 2021 Melbourne Cup betting. Whether you are a dedicated racing fanatic or not, having a bet on the Melbourne Cup field on the first Tuesday of November is an Aussie tradition.

Everyone is keen to get in on the Melbourne Cup betting action on the famous Flemington Race 7 and Melbourne Cup sweeps are hugely popular.

Melbourne Cup betting is open at bookmakers around the country including Ladbrokes.com.au pretty much all year round. Futures Melbourne Cup betting odds on possible runners to line-up in the Melbourne Cup barriers come race day offer generous all-in pricing, while waiting for the official field to be announced on Derby Day offers more secure Melbourne Cup betting markets.

Exotic Melbourne Cup bet types like the Melbourne Cup quinella, trifecta and first four also give punters more than just the Melbourne Cup winner to invest in each spring.

For a full guide on betting and exotic bets, please visit our extensive Melbourne Cup betting section.

Melbourne Cup Trifecta

The 2021 Melbourne Cup trifecta is one of the most popular Melbourne Cup betting markets and involves picking the first three over the line in correct order in the ‘race that stops a nation’.

Not only do you have to predict which horse will join the prestigious list of Melbourne Cup winners, but you also have to successfully tip which two stayers will finish second and third in the official Melbourne Cup finishing order. That’s why a Melbourne Cup Box Trifecta is a popular option because it means your three horses can finish in any order and you still win.

To learn more about picking and placing a winning trifecta or box trifecta, please visit our Melbourne Cup trifecta page.

Melbourne Cup Quinella

Of all the exotic Melbourne Cup betting options, the quinella is the simplest. In a Melbourne Cup quinella, you must choose the first two finishers of the race, but the order they finish in does not matter.

This flexibility can be very helpful when there are two strong favourites in the race, as a Melbourne Cup quinella saves you from having to decide between two great horses when the statistics suggest it is an even race.

To learn all about making a winning quinella, please visit our Melbourne Cup quinella page.

Melbourne Cup Exacta

The Melbourne Cup exacta is a bit harder than the quinella, as it requires you to choose the first two finishers in exact order. It may seem odd that this is a popular Melbourne Cup betting option given the flexibility of the quinella, but a winning Melbourne Cup exacta pays out significantly better than a quinella.

As with the other less flexible exotic Melbourne Cup bets, many punters place a box exacta to cover multiple combinations of the first two finishers. This allows you to get the flexibility of the quinella at a higher cost, but with the massive payout of a Melbourne Cup exacta.

For more on placing a winning exacta, please read our Melbourne Cup exacta page.

Melbourne Cup First Four

The ultimate Melbourne Cup betting challenge is to correctly pick the Melbourne Cup First Four, and boy can it pay well. In a Melbourne Cup First Four bet, you must choose the first four finishers in correct order. It goes without saying that most punters go with a boxed Melbourne Cup First Four if they take on the challenge at all.

While a Melbourne Cup First Four bet pays off just extravagantly in years when the favourite wins, it will pay life changing sums of money any time a couple of outside chances finish in front. Forget 100 to 1 payouts – a correctly chosen Melbourne Cup First Four bet can payout hundreds of thousands of dollars per dollar wagered!

To learn more about placing a First Four bet, visit our Melbourne Cup First Four page.

Melbourne Cup Results

The 2021 Melbourne Cup results will be known when the race runs on Tuesday November 2, 2021. 

Please see the Melbourne Cup Results page for all the past Melbourne Cup winners and placegetters in the two-mile classic.

More often than not a roughie chance in Melbourne Cup betting gets up to dominate the Melbourne Cup results, including in 2015 when Prince Of Penzance ($101) saluted at triple-figures.

One of the most incredible Melbourne Cup results in recent years happened in 2006 when two Japanese trained horses took the first two places. Trainer Sumii Katsuhiko had the pleasure of being the first Japanese trainer to produce a Melbourne Cup winner in Delta Blues and also picked up the quinella at the same time with his horse Pop Rock.

The closest of all Melbourne Cup results was in 2011 when the French raider Dunaden only just held off Red Cadeaux in a photo finish.

Melbourne Cup Fashion

Ever since the beginning of the race, Melbourne Cup fashion has been a major part of the festivities at Flemington. While the focus on fashion started with women, in recent years the male attendees have been getting into Melbourne Cup fashion as well. To savvy up on the latest fashions, be sure to check out our Melbourne Cup fashion section.

Melbourne Cup Hats

One of the unique aspects of 2021 Melbourne Cup fashion is the focus on hats. Melbourne Cup hats tend to be a bit more flamboyant than day-to-day headwear, and the real stylistas have their Melbourne Cup hats custom made to really make a statement. To learn more about getting your own unique hat, please visit our Melbourne Cup hats page.

Melbourne Cup Fascinators

The most authentic Melbourne Cup fashion statement you can make is to wear a fascinator, as Melbourne Cup fascinators are one of the most striking features of the fashion scene at the Flemington Spring Carnival. You’ll want to visit a professional milliner for fascinators that really stand out, so check out our Melbourne Cup fascinators page for suggestions.

Women’s Race Wear

Women’s race wear at the Melbourne Cup changes every year, and it pays to read up on the latest fashions before putting an outfit together. From the dress to the shoes to the hat or fascinator, our women’s race wear page tells you all you need to know to make a splash at the 2021 Melbourne Cup.

Men’s Race Wear

Men’s race wear at the Melbourne Cup is a bit more timeless, but it is important to wear the right style and get your suit fitted properly. For tons of tips on men’s fashion for the Melbourne Cup, read our men’s race wear page.

Melbourne Cup Birdcage

The Melbourne Cup birdcage is the premium marquee area, where socialites and business leaders rub elbows while wearing the very best Melbourne Cup fashion. To learn more about the Melbourne Cup birdcage (and how you can get in) be sure to check out our dedicated page on the Melbourne Cup birdcage.

Melbourne Cup Design Award

Possibly the most important part of the Fashions on the Field events is the presentation of the Melbourne Cup Design Award. Celebrating the achievements of Australia’s top race wear designers, you can learn more about the Melbourne Cup Design Award on our info page.

Flemington Spring Fashion Lunch

The Flemington Spring Fashion Lunch is a major showcase of Melbourne Cup fashions, with people around Australia holding their own fashion functions when they cannot make it to Flemington or a local racecourse. To learn more about it, visit our Flemington Spring Fashion Lunch page.

Melbourne Cup Lunches & Events

Aside from the celebrations at Flemington, many Melbourne Cup lunches and events are held around the country on Cup day. The biggest events are held at racecourses and Turf Clubs around Australia, but most people just have a catered lunch at work or turn up to the pub to watch the race. For more information on organising fun events, please visit our Melbourne Cup lunches and events page.

Hotels in Melbourne

Aside from providing accommodation, many hotels in Melbourne also offer special events to entertain visitors to Melbourne. Visit our dedicated page on hotels in Melbourne to find out about special packages for staying near Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Melbourne Cup Restaurants

If you are in Melbourne and looking for a good restaurant to celebrate your Melbourne Cup winnings at, then check out our guide to Melbourne Cup restaurants! Covering many different kinds of cuisine, our guide will see you eating in style.

Melbourne Cup Tickets

It can be a bit tricky getting Melbourne Cup tickets, as the general admissions tend to sell out quickly once released. They also have conditions that you may not be aware of prior to purchase, as Flemington tends to keep ticketing for businesses restricted to marquees while general admissions are reserved for the public.

While getting Melbourne Cup tickets can sometimes seem like more of a challenge than picking the Melbourne Cup trifecta, it is easy enough if you simply know how the ticketing system works and which ticket types are restricted to VRC members. Please visit our Melbourne Cup tickets page to find out more!

Whatever you want to know about the Melbourne Cup and Melbourne Cup betting, you will be sure to find the information you need in one of our many Melbourne Cup pages. If you are simply looking for a place to bet on the Melbourne Cup, we recommend starting with Ladbrokes.com.au.

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