1891 to 1900 Melbourne Cup Winners

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Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Malvolio, 2nd Place Sir William, 3rd Place Strathmore

Jockeys: G. Redfearn, Fielder, H. Cusdin

Trainer: J. Redfearn

Winner’s Time: 3:29.25

Weight: 52.62kg

Odds: 16/1

Prize money: £13,124


With Flemington taken over by floods in mid-July, it seemed that the 1891 Melbourne Cup would have to wait a few more weeks. However, the VRC managed to have the course dry and ready for Spring. Malvolio was the son to former Melbourne Cup winner Malua.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Glenloth, 2nd Place Ronda, 3rd Place Penance

Jockeys: G. Robson, James Gough, J. Hatch

Trainer: M. Carmody

Winner’s Time: 3:36.25

Weight: 41.73kg

Odds: 50/1

Prize money: £12,967


Glenloth created quite a scene at the 1892 Melbourne Cup when Carmody knotted the horse’s long tail to avoid picking up mud from the track. Due to heavy rain, the race was delayed for 20 minutes and upon entering the track, Glenloth was laughed at by the crowd for his comically shortened tail.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Tarcoola, 2nd Place Carnage, 3rd Place Jeweller

Jockeys: H. Cripps, H. Morn, W. Delaney

Trainer: J. Cripps

Winner’s Time: 3:30.50

Weight: 52.62kg

Odds: 40/1

Prize money: £13,124


Tarcoola was a handsome Golden Bay Thoroughbred who was almost beaten by Carnage in the 1893 Melbourne Cup. On entering the straight, Carnage had the lead, but Tarcoola emerged from the outside to win the race as a 7 year old.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Patron, 2nd Place Devon, 3rd Place Nada

Jockeys: H. Dawes, G. Robson, H. J. Morrison

Trainer: Richard Bradfield

Winner’s Time: 3:30.0

Weight: 58.51kg

Odds: 33/1

Prize money: £5,000


Patron had failed at the previous Melbourne Cup and despite the favourite being his older brother Ruenalf, Patron won the 1894 Melbourne Cup. After his career as a racehorse, Patron stood in Germany and was used to sire cavalry horses.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Auraria, 2nd Place Hova, 3rd Place Burrabari

Jockeys: J. Sevenson, Jas Hayes, S. G. Thomas

Trainer: J. H. Hill

Winner’s Time: 3:29.00

Weight: 46.27kg

Odds: 33/1

Prize money: £3,667


During her racing career, Auraria won 10 of her 24 starts and became one of only three fillies to have won the Melbourne Cup as well as win the Oaks Stakes and the C.B. Fisher Plate the following Saturday. Over the course of the week, she ran a total of seven miles. In the same year, the St. Albans property near Geelong was on sale, Auraria’s birth place.



Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Newhaven, 2nd Place Bloodshot, 3rd Place The Skipper

Jockeys: H. Gardiner, E. Power, W. Delaney

Trainer: W. R. Wilson

Winner’s Time: 3:28.50

Weight: 50.35kg

Odds: 4/1 favourite

Prize money: £4,148


Newhaven became the first media celebrity horse to win the Melbourne Cup. His 1896 Melbourne Cup win marked the first year that the race was filmed. Newhaven won by 6 lengths to give Walter Hickenbotham another win to add to his list.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Gaulus, 2nd Place The Grafter, 3rd Place Aurum

Jockeys: S. Callinan, W. Redfearn, H. J. Morrison

Trainer: W. Forrester

Winner’s Time: 3:31.0

Weight: 48.08kg

Odds: 14/1

Prize money: £4,163


Gaulus beat his brother The Grafter to go down in history as the only siblings to quinella the Melbourne Cup. A century after the race, the commemorative whip presented to Gaulus’ jockey was found in the attic of a Melbourne home. It was auctioned in 2002 and sold for $13,500.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place The Grafter, 2nd Place Wait-A-Bit, 3rd Place Cocos

Jockeys: John Gough, F. Fielder, W. Delaney

Trainer: W. Forrester

Winner’s Time: 3:29.75

Weight: 58.06kg

Odds: 8/1

Prize money: £3,524


Following in his brother’s tracks, The Grafter went on to win the 1898 Melbourne Cup, one year after his brother Gaulus won the Cup. A week after the Melbourne Cup, The Grafter was sold for 2,000 pounds, the second highest price paid for a gelding in Australia at the time.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Merriwee, 2nd Place Voyou, 3rd Place Dewey

Jockeys: V. Turner, F. Kuhn, L. Kuhn

Trainers: J. Wilson jnr., J. Allsop, T. Payten

Winner’s Time: 3:36.25

Weight: 47.17kg

Odds: 7/1 favourite

Prize money: £4,293


Merriwee’s owner Herbert Power was shattered after his stayer Savanaka was beaten by Chester in the 1877 Melbourne Cup. Determined to receive his winnings this time round, Power made Merriwee train almost non-stop. On the day, despite racing on a wet track, Merriwee fulfilled her owner’s demands and won the 1899 Melbourne Cup.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Clean Sweep, 2nd Place Maltster, 3rd Place Alix

Jockeys: A. Richardson, R. Lewis, W. Dunford

Trainers: J. Scobie, J. Scobie, Hodge

Winner’s Time: 3:29.0

Weight: 44.45kg

Odds: 20/1

Prize money: £4,397


This was the year that former jockey, James Scobie made the transition into a trainer and Clean Sweep was the first out of four Melbourne Cup winners that Scobie would train. Clean Sweeps racing career only took place from 1899 to 1901 when he was between two and three years old. During this time he won the VATDC Juvenile Stakes, Moonee Valley Cup, VRC Spring Stakes, VATC St. George Stakes and AJC St. Leger.

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