1991 to 2000 Melbourne Cup Winners

The 1991 to 2000 Melbourne Cup winners were a mixed group, with Let’s Elope starting off this period as the first mare to win the Melbourne Cup-Caulfield Cup double since the ’30s. No single horse managed to take the Melbourne Cup more than once in the last decade leading to the new millennium, in a decade that saw some highly competitive fields and brought even more success for trainer Bart Cummings.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Let’s Elope, 2nd Place Shiva’s Revenge, 3rd Place Magnolia Hall

Jockeys : S. King, R. S. Dye, B. York

Trainers: J. B. Cummings, J. B. Cummings, Ms H. Page

Winner’s Time: 3:18.90

Weight: 51kg

Odds: 3/1f

Prize money: $2,035,000


Four-year-old Let’s Elope won the 1991 Caulfield and Melbourne Cup double, the first mare since Rivette in 1939 to win the Cups Double in the same year.

Trained by the ‘Cups King’ Bart Cummings, the New Zealand bred mare’s champion efforts saw her go on to win the prestigious Australian Horse of the Year award for the 1991-1992 season. She continued her winning streak with wins in the G2 CF Orr Stakes, G2 St George Stakes and the G1 Honda Australian Cup, in track record time.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Subzero, 2nd Place Veandercross, 3rd Place Castletown

Jockeys: Greg Hall, R. S. Dye, N. Harris

Trainers: L. Freedman, J. R. Wheeler, P. M. Bussutin

Winner’s Time: 3:24.70

Weight: 54.5kg

Odds: 4/1

Prize money: $2,035,000


Riding Subzero, jockey Greg Hall recorded his first Cup victory despite the heavy rain deteriorating the track conditions. This famed grey gelding’s winning performance didn’t stop with his 1992 Melbourne Cup victory, as he went on to win the Adelaide Cup and South Australian Derby in the same year, racking up an impressive lot of race results.

Over the next 15 years Subzero worked as a Clerk of the Course horse for owner Graham Salisbury. Known as an extremely well trained and disciplined horse, after retiring from racing he built a following as a real character on the track. Dubbed the nickname ‘Subbie’, he remained a very popular horse with the public, and for many will always be Australia’s greatest racing mascot as he continued to play his part as an Ambassador for Racing Victoria.



Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Vintage Crop, 2nd Place Te Akau Nick, 3rd Place Mercator

Jockeys: M. Kinane, R. Vance, C. Johnson

Trainers: D. K. Weld, Gai Waterhouse, R. B. Dowling

Winner’s Time: 3:23.40

Weight: 55.5kg

Odds: 14/1

Prize money: $2,035,000


Vintage Crop, a giant chestnut gelding, was Irish bred and trained and caused a stir with their 1993 Cup win. It was the first year European horses had been invited to the race, making Vintage Crop the first European trained runner to take Melbourne Cup victory. He surged through the wet conditions at Flemington, only improving rank on the track inside the half mile mark to surpass outsider Te Akau Nick and secure a three-length win.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Jeune, 2nd Place Paris Lane, 3rd Place Oompala

Jockeys: Wayne Harris, D. Oliver, L. Cassidy

Trainers: D. A. Hayes, L. Freeman, J. P. Wallace

Winner’s Time: 3:19.80

Weight: 56.5kg

Odds: 16/1

Prize money: $2,035,000


Jeune was ridden by star jockey Wayne Harris for his 1994 Melbourne Cup win, and this duo then went on win the 1995 CR Orr Stakes creating a course record.

Named Australasian Horse of the Year for the 1994-1995 season, over his racing career Jeune won ten races, including an impressive four Group One victories. He is know for his legendary versatility as both a racehorse and sire, and at the time of his death had sired 221 winners.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Doriemus, 2nd Place Nothin’ Leica Dane, 3rd Place Vintage Crop

Jockeys: D. Oliver, R. S. Dye, M. Kinane

Trainers: L. Freedman, Gai Waterhouse, D. K. Weld

Winner’s Time: 3:27.60

Weight: 54.5kg

Odds: 16/1

Prize money: $2,035,000


Six years old when he won the famous Flemington race by an impressive four lengths, Doriemus had a late arrival to Australian racing, proving through his wins that age statistics can be broken. Doriemus scored the Cups double in 1995, winning at both Caulfield and Melbourne. Following this successful year, he went on to place 2nd in both of the 1997 Cups. Known as one of Australia’s best stayers in recent years, he was an extremely popular racehorse.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Saintly, 2nd Place Count Chivas, 3rd Place Skybeau

Jockeys: D. Beadman, S. King, J. Holder

Trainers: J.B. Cummings, L. Freedman, L. Smith

Winner’s Time: 3:18.80

Weight: 55.5kg

Odds: 8/1

Prize money: $2,235,000


Dubbed ‘The Horse from Heaven’, the chestnut coated Saintly won the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup in the same year, and had a string of successes in other Group 1 races including the Australian Cup and CF Orr Stakes. The 1996 Cup win was the tenth for renowned trainer Bart Cummings.

Saintly was known for his exceptional acceleration and long stride, and there were high expectations for more success after being voted the 1997 Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year, which sadly he never lived up to.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Might and Power, 2nd Place Doriemus, 3rd Place Markham

Jockeys: Jim Cassidy, G. Hall, L. Dittman

Trainers: J. Denham, L. Freedman, C. Brown

Winner’s Time: 3:18.33

Weight: 56kg

Odds: 7/2f

Prize money: $2,235,000


One of the closest race victories, winning by only a nose over Doriemus, Might and Power was described as an exciting racehorse because of his free, front running style of racing and was immensely popular with the public. He had a treble win, starting with the 1997 Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup wins, followed by the 1998 Cox Plate. Ridden by Jim Cassidy for all three wins, Might and Power is one of only two horses to have had this treble win, the other was Rising Fast. This succession of wins rated him the World Champion Stayer of 1997, and the accolades continued to confirm his popularity as he won both the 1998 and 1999 Australian Horse of the Year. Then in 2002 he was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Jezabeel, 2nd Place Champagne, 3rd Place Persian Punch

Jockeys: C. Munce, G. Boss, T. Quinn

Trainers: B. L. Jenkins, L. Laxon, D. Elsworth

Winner’s Time: 3:18.59

Weight: 51kg

Odds: 6/1f

Prize money: $2,535,000


Since named the famous kiwi quinella, Jezabeel beat fellow New Zealand mare Champagne for the 1998 Cup. It was the second successive year that New Zealand bred horses won the Melbourne Cup quinella. Failing to impress or place only weeks before in the Caulfield Cup, Jezabeel managed to obtain a 6-1 favouritism moments before the stalls opened. Neck to neck down the straight for the final 200 metres of the Flemington race, Jezabeel and Champagne put on a show, with Jezabeel pushing past to win by a neck. Good form followed for Jezabeel who went on to win the 1998 Auckland Cup.


Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Rogan Josh, 2nd Place Central Park, 3rd Place Zazabelle & Lahar

Jockeys: J. Marshall, L. Dettori, C. Brown

Trainers: J. B. Cummings, Saaed Bin Suroor, P. Cave

Winner’s Time: 3:19.64

Weight: 50kg

Odds: 5/1

Prize money: $2,735,000


1999 saw Rogan Josh win the Melbourne Cup, thrusting trainer Bart Cummings into the record book with his eleventh Cup win. The gelding was second favourite for the race, after winning the Mackinnon Stakes three days earlier. Rogan Josh went on to beat Central Park by a half length in the last moments of the race. For the first time in Cup history there was a dead heat for third place.



Race Info:

Placings: 1st Place Brew, 2nd Place Yippiyio, 3rd Place Second Coming

Jockeys: K. McEvoy, D. Beadman, M. T. Coleman

Trainers: M. Moroney, A. Denham, M. Moroney

Winner’s Time: 3:18.68

Weight: 49kg

Odds: 14/1

Prize money: $3,035,000


Brew, a late developing horse with few races prior to the Cup win, was considered the best bred horse to win the Melbourne Cup since World War Two, but initially wasn’t favoured to place in the race. After the delayed start to the 2000 Cup race, when one of the horses refused to enter the stalls, Brew went on to win inside the 400 metre mark. His win led him to be named the 2000-2001 Champion Stayer in the Australian Horse of the Year awards.

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