1901 to 1910 Melbourne Cup Winners


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Revenue, 2nd Place San Fran, 3rd Place Khaki

Jockeys: F. Dunn, F. Kuhn, P. Houseman

Trainers: H. Munro, T. Payten, W. Duggan

Winner’s Time: 3:30.50

Weight: 48.99kg

Odds: 7/4 favourite

Prize money: £5,367


Known as one of the few horses who really hurt the bookies on race day, Revenue won the 1901 Melbourne Cup starting at odds of 7/4. His owner, C. Leslie Macdonald also raced 1903 Melbourne Cup winner Wakeful and Night Watch in 1918. Revenue’s race record includes winning the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes as well as the VATC St. Helier Stakes.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place The Victory, 2nd Place Vanity Fair, 3rd Place Abundance

Jockeys: R. Lewis, C. Cooper, W. Jennings

Trainers: R. Bradfield, F. Musgrave, F. McGrath

Winner’s Time: 3:29.0

Weight: 56.25kg

Odds: 25/1

Prize money: £5,855


This was Bobbie Lewis’s first race, the jockey who would go on to win a total of four Melbourne Cups. Wakeful was supposed to have raced in this year’s Cup, however would have been made to carry 10 stone 5 pounds, equalling Carbine’s weight record.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Lord Cardigan 2nd Place Wakeful, 3rd Place Seaport

Jockeys: N. Godby, F. Dunn, W. Barnett

Trainers: A. E. Cornwell, H. Munro, M. J. Carmdoy

Winner’s Time: 3:29.25

Weight: 41.73kg

Odds: 5/1

Prize money: £6,324


The tragic death of 1903 Melbourne Cup winner Lord Cardigan after his second Melbourne Cup race was both a shock and disappointment to fans. Determined to add the Cup to his winnings, jockey James Barden pushed Lord Cardigan to win, causing the horse to strain his heart and dying from the effects of the race a few days later.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Acrasia, 2nd Place Lord Cardigan, 3rd Place Blinker

Jockeys: T. Clayton, J. Barden, R. Brennan

Trainers: A. E. Wills, A. E. Cornwell, James Wilson

Winner’s Time: 3:28.25

Weight: 47.17kg

Odds: 14/1

Prize money: £6,632


1904 Melbourne Cup winner Acrasia was owned by bookmaker Humphrey Oxenham who had lost the mare in a poker game to John Mayo after the Caulfield Cup. However, the canny Oxenham repurchased Acrasia the following day, therefore able to reap the benefits from her win in the Cup.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Blue Spec, 2nd Place Scot Free, 3rd Place Tartan

Jockeys: F. Bullock, H. Coffney, J. Barden

Trainers: Walter Hickenbotham, T. Payten, J. Burton

Winner’s Time: 3:27.50

Weight: 50.8kg

Odds: 10/1

Prize money: £6,374


Blue Spec was the first Western Australian-owned stayer to make an impact on the Melbourne Cup and eastern coast. He was Walter Hickenbotham’s fourth Melbourne Cup winner and was owned by well known hotelier and entrepreneur Paddy Connelly.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Poseidon, 2nd Place Antonius, 3rd Place Proceed

Jockeys: T. Clayton, E. Turner, W. McLachlan

Trainers: I. Earnshaw, F. McGrath, J. Brown

Winner’s Time: 3:31.50

Weight: 47.17kg

Odds: 4/1

Prize money: £6,326


Perhaps the greatest 3 year old to race in Australia, Poseidon became the greatest stayer in Australian racing history during his 1906-07 racing season. No other horse has been capable of matching Poseidon’s record win of the AJC and Victoria Derby, AJC and VRC St Legers, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup, VRC Loch Plate, VATC Eclipse Stakes (twice), VATC St Helier Stakes, AJC Spring Stakes, RRC Rawson Stakes, VRC Melbourne Stakes, AJC Cumberland Stakes and the AJC Plate. One of his most loyal followers was Chinese market gardener Jimmy Ah Poon, who backed Poseidon in every one of his 11 wins.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Apologue, 2nd Place Mooltan, 3rd Place Mountain King

Jockeys: W. Evans, W. McLachlan, F. Hickey

Trainers: I. Earnshaw, H. Rayner, J. Burton

Winner’s Time: 3:27.50

Weight: 48.53kg

Odds: 3/1 favourite

Prize money: £4,909


In the 1907 Melbourne Cup, Apologue’s jockey William Evans was forced to lose 20 pounds before the race and therefore lost all strength during the race. He fainted whilst riding Apologue yet managed to be carried by the 5 year old Bay through to the end of the race.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Lord Nolan, 2nd Place Tulkeroo, 3rd Place Delaware

Jockeys: J. Flynn, N. Godby, F. Harmer

Trainers: E. A. Mayo, C. Wheeler, H. W. Taylor

Winner’s Time: 3:28.75

Weight: 42.64kg

Odds: 16/1

Prize money: £6,527


1908 Melbourne Cup winner, Lord Nolan was the three-quarter brother to former Melbourne Cup winner Lord Cardigan. Although devastated by Lord Cardigan’s death, his owner John Mayo was thrilled by Lord Nolan’s success five years later.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Prince Foote, 2nd Place Alawa, 3rd Place Aberdeen

Jockeys: W. McLachlan, R. Lewis, F. Harmer

Trainers: F. McGrath, J. Scobie, H. Connelly

Winner’s Time: 3:27.50

Weight: 48.08kg

Odds: 4/1 favourite

Prize money: £7,335


In the 1909 Melbourne Cup, Prince Foote took out the race carrying 7 stone 8 pounds and at odds of 4/1 as the favourite. However, prior to the big day many people had begun to think that Prince Foote was slipping due to his defeat to Malt King in the Caulfield Guineas earlier on. His trainer Francis McGrath dismissed claims that the colt had weakened, however many people was hesitant to bet on the horse.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Comedy King, 2nd Place Trafalgar, 3rd Place Apple Pie

Jockeys: W. McLachlan, R. Cameron, P. Foley

Trainers: J. Lynch, Walter Hickenbotham, T. Payten

Winner’s Time: 3:27.25

Weight: 49.44kg

Odds: 10/1

Prize money: £6,178


Comedy King was sired by English Derby winner and King Edward VIIs greatest racehorse, Persimmon out of Tragedy Queen. Born in England, Comedy King was the first internationally-bred horse to win the Melbourne Cup.

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