1861 to 1870 Melbourne Cup Winners


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Archer, 2nd Place Mormon, 3rd Place Prince

Jockeys: J. Cutts, W. Simpson, Bishop

Trainer: Etienne de Mestre

Winner’s Time: 3:52.0

Weight: 60.33kg

Odds: 6/1

Prize money: £710


Many race enthusiasts have blamed the thoroughbred’s slow race time on the 800 kilometre trek the horse was required to walk from his stables in New South Wales to the race track in Melbourne. However, previous records state that Archer was transported via steamship.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Archer, 2nd Place Mormon, 3rd Place Camden

Jockeys: J. Cutts, W. Simpson, J. Morrison

Trainer: Etienne de Mestre

Winner’s Time: 3:47.0

Weight: 64.41kg

Odds: 2/1 favourite

Prize money: £830


Archer may have become the first horse to win three Melbourne Cups had his third nomination to race not been rejected after his entry form was received too late. This year’s Melbourne Cup also marked the second top weight ever with 10st 2 lbs.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Banker, 2nd Place Musidora, 3rd Place Rose of Denmark

Jockeys: H. Chifney, D. Fountain, H. Tothill

Trainer: Sam Waldock

Winner’s Time: 3:44.0

Weight: 33.57kg

Odds: 10/1

Prize money: £510


The 1863 Melbourne Cup race was also the smallest field in the Cup’s history with only 7 horses in total and Banker’s weight of 33.57kg was the lightest weight carried by any winning horse in the Melbourne Cup.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Lantern, 2nd Place Poet, 3rd Place Rose of Denmark

Jockeys: S. Davis, W. Perkins, H. Howard

Trainer: S. Mahon

Winner’s Time: 3:52.0

Weight: 39.46kg

Odds: 15/1

Prize money: £754


Lantern is remembered for holding the slowest winning running time in the Melbourne Cup. His time of 3 minutes 52 seconds is equal to that of Archer’s in the 1861 Melbourne Cup. His owner Hurtle Fisher also entered the colt into the Victoria Derby the following day and on the third day of the meeting, Lantern competed in a mile race. He won both races.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Toryboy, 2nd Place Panic, 3rd Place Riverina

Jockeys: E. Cavanagh, J. Morrison, W. Yeomans

Trainer: P. Miley

Winner’s Time: 3:44.0

Weight: 44.45kg

Odds: 25/1

Prize money: £1,034


Although he was the oldest horse to compete in the Melbourne Cup as an aged grey gelding at the time of his success, Toryboy still managed to win the race by two lengths over Panic. The 1865 Melbourne Cup was appealing to more serious betters, with some bets reported to be between £10,000 and £25,000.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place The Barb, 2nd Place Exile, 3rd Place Falcon

Jockeys: W. Davis, E. Kavanagh, C. Stanley

Trainers: John Tait & James Ashworth

Winner’s Time: 3:43.0

Weight: 43.09kg

Odds: 6/1 favourite

Prize money: £1,094


Known for his feisty temperament, The Barb was the 1866 Melbourne Cup winner and undeniably the champion of the racecourse until Carbine arrived. His owner/trainer John Trait, would go on to win another three Melbourne Cup races.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Tim Whiffler, 2nd Place Queen of Hearts, 3rd Place Exile

Jockeys: I. Driscoll, T. Bennett, Waterman

Trainer: Etienne de Mestre

Winner’s Time: 3:39.0

Weight: 55.79kg

Odds: 5/2 favourite

Prize money: £1,150


As there were two Tim Whifflers competing in the Melbourne Cup, the winning horse was named ‘Sydney’ Tim Whiffler, the other was named ‘Melbourne’ Tim Whiffler. Sydney Tim Whiffler was one of Etienne de Mestre’s five Melbourne Cup winning racehorses.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Glencoe, 2nd Place Strop, 3rd Place Shenandoah

Jockeys: C. Stanley, Walsh, T. Pullar

Trainer: John Tait

Winner’s Time: 3:42.0

Weight: 9st 1lb

Odds: 10/1

Prize money: £1,250


Glencoe was John Tait’s second win in the Melbourne Cup. However, he was not an easy horse to train or ride. Glencoe was often referred to as ‘a dog’ by his jockey, Charles Stanley, who detested riding him. He urged Tait to stop training the horse, which Tait eventually did.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Warrior, 2nd Place The Monk, 3rd Place Phoebe

Jockeys: J. Morrison, W. Enderson, S. Davis

Trainer: R. Sevior

Winner’s Time: 3:40.0

Weight: 55.34kg

Odds: 10/1

Prize money: £1,260


Warrior was owned by Melbourne bookmaker Austin Saqui who was regarded as a flamboyant bookmaker who attracted equal publicity as the good horses competing. After racing Warrior in the Metropolitan Handicap earlier in Spring and coming third, Saqui decided the horse was ready for the Melbourne Cup. Saqui backed warrior at 20/1 and won almost £20,000.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Nimblefoot, 2nd Place Lapdog, 3rd Place Valentine

Jockeys: J. Day, J. Wilson jun., H. Howard

Trainer: W. Lang

Winner’s Time: 3:37.0

Weight: 39.46kg

Odds: 12/1

Prize money: £1,280


Nimblefoot’s owner was Walter Craig, a wealthy publican in Ballarat, Victoria who had dreamt that Nimblefoot would win the 1870 Melbourne Cup and that the rider would be wearing a black armband. Prior to the Melbourne Cup race day, Craig died and in memory of him, the jockey wore a black armband… just as Craig had predicted.

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