1971 to 1980 Melbourne Cup Winners


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Silver Knight, 2nd Place Igloo, 3rd Place Tails

Jockeys: R. B. Marsh, E. Didham, G. Howard

Trainers: E. Temperton, A. E. Didham, P. J. Murray

Winner’s Time: 3:19.50

Weight: 55kg

Odds: 10/1

Prize money: $102,000


The 1971 Melbourne Cup was an eventful run with one horse losing its rider and a further five breaking down. For winner Silver Knight, problems travelling to Melbourne had to be quickly overcome to charge down the straight and cross first at Flemington. Silver Knight later sired the Melbourne Cup winner for 1984, Black Knight.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Piping Lane, 2nd Place Magnifique, 3rd Place Gunsynd

Jockeys: J. Letts, R. B. Marsh, R. Higgins

Trainers: G. M. Hanlon, E. Temperton, T. J. Smith

Winner’s Time: 3:19.30

Weight: 48kg

Odds: 40/1

Prize money: $103,000


Piping Lane, late to mature and start racing, entered the 1972 Melbourne Cup with only a forty to one shot. The Cup’s sentimental favourite for the year was the champion grey Gunsynd, carring a hefty 60.5kg compared to lightweight Piping Lane carrying a mere 48kg. It was the first Melbourne Cup win for trainer George Hanlon and jockey John Letts. Due to the introduction of the metric system this was also the first year the Melbourne Cup was run over 3200 metres, slightly shorter than the traditional two mile distance.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Gala Supreme, 2nd Place Glengowan, 3rd Place Daneson

Jockeys: F. Reys, N. Harris, B. Gilders

Trainers: R. J. Hutchins, J. W. Harris, F. J. Penfolds

Winner’s Time: 3:19.50

Weight: 49kg

Odds: 9/1

Prize money: $153,600


Gala Supreme was the first Victorian bred horse to win the Melbourne Cup since Wodalla in 1953. Though not favoured to place, Gala Supreme surged forward on the straight to nose between the two leaders Glengowan and Daneson. The 1973 Cup is most remembered for the long and emotional speech given by winning jockey Frank Reys, who just prior to the race had nearly retired after a chequered career that saw him break nearly every bone in his body over the years.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Think Big, 2nd Place Leilani, 3rd Place Captain Peri

Jockeys: H. White, P. Cook, M. Baker

Trainers: J. B. Cummings, J. B. Cummings, J. E. Wood

Winner’s Time: 3:23.20

Weight: 53kg

Odds: 12/1

Prize money: $153,600


New Zealand bred Think Big’s first Melbourne Cup victory was in 1974, he later went on to win the 1975 Cup as well, ridden for both victories by Harry White. Think Big had shown he had the stamina for the race, having placed in the Brisbane Cup, and left the stables with 12/1 odds after winning the Hotham Handicap four days earlier. However, his stablemate Leilani had still been seen as the favourite.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Think Big, 2nd Place Holiday Waggon, 3rd Place Medici

Jockeys: H. White, John Duggan, M. Johnston

Trainers: J. B. Cummings, J. B. Cummings, M. D. Hennah

Winner’s Time: 3:20.60

Weight: 58.5kg

Odds: 33/1

Prize money: $155,600


Inside the 100 metre mark of the 1975 Melbourne Cup, Think Big’s chances of success did not look good, but he managed to push forth with gusto from second last to beat Leilani by a length. Think Big had not won a race since his victory in the previous year’s Melbourne Cup, and punters didn’t think he would win in 1975 due to the wet conditions.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Van Der Hum, 2nd Place Gold and Black, 3rd Place Kythera

Jockeys: R. J. Skelton, John Duggan, B. Thomson

Trainers: L. H. Robinson, J. B. Cummings, W. McEwn

Winner’s Time: 3:34.10

Weight: 54.5kg

Odds: 9/2f

Prize money: $155,600


The extremely fit Van Der Hum won one of the most memorable Melbourne Cups of the modern era in 1976. Torrential rain late in the day made conditions on the track, though disastrous for many, perfect for the New Zealand stayer who was known as a wet track specialist. After a delayed start caused by the storm, ‘mudlark’ Van Der Hum beat favourite Gold and Black to the line through the mud and slush, putting a short-lived halt to Gold and Black’s trainer Bart Cummings’ series of Cup wins. Jockey Bob Skelton is remembered as having won the largest number of 3200 metre races in Australasian history.



Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Gold And Black, 2nd Place Reckless, 3rd Place Hyperno

Jockeys: John Duggan, P. Trotter, B. Andrews

Trainers: J. B. Cummings, T. Woodcock, G. T. Murphy

Winner’s Time: 3:18.40

Weight: 57kg

Odds: 7/2f

Prize money: $156,700


After placing second in the 1976 Melbourne Cup, following a win in the Mackinnon Stakes, Gold And Black was first to the line at Flemington the next year. Gold And Black charged steadily forth from the half mile mark to hit the straight in front, and had plenty of reserve to keep his lead over Reckless throughout the final metres, winning by a length.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Arwon, 2nd Place Dandaleith, 3rd Place Karu

Jockeys: H. White, T. Autride, W. Robinson

Trainers: G. M. Hanlon, A. P. Pringle, J. Holme

Winner’s Time: 3:24.30

Weight: 50.5kg

Odds: 5/1

Prize money: $210,000


After having begun his racing career in his birthplace New Zealand under the name Flash Guy, Arwon was bought and trained by a syndicate in Australia, headed by former jockey Ted Doon. In the 1978 Melbourne Cup Arwon eased past Dandaleith to win by half a neck. It was jockey Harry White’s third Cup win. Other significant wins for the brown gelding included the 1980 Sandown Cup and the 1978 Herbert Power Handicap.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Hyperno, 2nd Place Salamander, 3rd Place Red Nose

Jockeys: H. White, R. Higgins, E. Didham

Trainers: J. B. Cummings, T. J. Huges, T. Green

Winner’s Time: 3:21.80

Weight: 56kg

Odds: 7/1

Prize money: $310,000


Hyperno was six years old when Harry White rode him to victory in the 1979 Melbourne Cup. As Hyperno edged out Salamander on the straight, the exciting finish and win equaled White’s record with that of Bobbie Lewis’ of four Cup victories for a jockey, and also saw trainer Bart Cummings’ seventh Cup victory.

Hyperno was described as a ‘psycho’ in his earlier years, and much controversy surrounded his 1979 Cup win when he trod over and shattered the pelvis of Dulcify before going on to win the race. Despite this, he was an excellent racehorse and was honoured with the Australian Horse of Year Award for 1980-1981.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Beldale Ball, 2nd Place My Blue Denim, 3rd Place Love Bandit

Jockeys: J. Letts, P. Cook, W. Treloar

Trainers: C. S. Hayes, D. J. O’Sullivan, R. E,. Hoystead

Winner’s Time: 3:19.80

Weight: 49.5kg

Odds: 11/1

Prize money: $310,000


Beldale Ball, low down in the weights with only 49.5kg, was the first of a new wave of international horses sent to Australia for the lucrative race prize money. He was the first overseas horse to win the Melbourne Cup in a one and a half length victory over My Blue Denim.

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