2013 Melbourne Cup Jockey Silks, Colours & Horse Facts

November 4, 2013

2013 Melbourne Cup Jockey Silks, Colours & Horse Facts

Every spring the punters go mad trying to discover the best Melbourne Cup betting tips for the first Tuesday of November, and with the Melbourne Cup 2013 nearly upon us, below we take a look at the statistics surrounding the Melbourne Cup jockey silks, colours and horse numbers to see if we can uncover a winner.

Damien Oliver

Jockey Damien Oliver (aboard #6 Fiorente) will wear the most successful Melbourne Cup jockey silk colour (black) this year. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

As is tradition, 24 of the world’s best stayers are engaged to square off in Flemington Race 7 this Tuesday, November 5, when the $6 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) jumps at 3:00pm (AEST).

Melbourne Cup betting has been dominated since the barriers were released on the weekend by last year’s runner-up Fiorente for Sydney’s Gai Waterhouse.

Waterhouse is after her maiden Melbourne Cup trophy and the imported Fiorente, runner-up to Green Moon in the Melbourne Cup Quinella last year, is paying $7.50 to win.

But is Melbourne Cup horse No. six the one with the form to beat?

There a literally hundreds of ways to pick a Melbourne Cup winner, including by chance from your office Melbourne Cup sweep!

The race history and past statistics can tell us a lot however, and so for those punters that like to follow the trends and hoodoos let’s see what the Melbourne Cup jockey silks, colours and saddlecloths have to say.

Winning Melbourne Cup Jockey Silks Statistics

  • More Melbourne Cup winning jockeys have worn black (as the primary colour) on their silks than any other colour
  • This year two horses in the Melbourne Cup field will be ridden by a jockey wearing predominantly black – the favourite #6 Fiortene ($7.50) ridden by Damien Oliver and their stablemate #22 Tres Blue ($21) to be ridden by Tommy Berry
  • Oliver is also a past Melbourne Cup winning jockey, one of nine in this year’s race, having saluted aboard international raider Media Puzzle in 2002
  • After black the next best colours for a Melbourne Cup jockey to don are then navy (15 winners) and royal blue (14 winners)
  • This year the six horses owned by Team Williams will wear the blue with: #2 Green Moon, #4 Sea Moon, #10 Fawkner, #11 Mourayan, #12 Seville and #14 Masked Marvel

Winning Melbourne Cup Horse Colour Facts

Aside from the jockey silks the other notable colour association with the Melbourne Cup winners is the horse themselves.

On record there are six official colours a Melbourne Cup contender can be registered as with some interesting horse colour statistics standing out.

  • ‘Bay’ coloured horses have won the most Melbourne Cups of any other registered colour
  • The most recent was Green Moon last year
  • #2 Green Moon ($41) returns this year to defend their title
  • Only five horses have managed to win multiple Melbourne Cups, most recently Makybe Diva (2003,2004,2005)
  • 21 of the 24 Melbourne Cup horses are registered as ‘Bay’ this year including, the shortest-priced of which is #15 Mount Athos ($9.50)
  • The least most successful coloured horse is grey with only six winners, most famously Subzero (1992)
  • There are no greys running in this year’s Melbourne Cup

Winning Melbourne Cup Saddlecloth Statistics

  • There are 24 horses and so 24 Melbourne Cup saddlecloth numbers
  • No. 1 is the most successful with 12 Melbourne Cup winners: #1 Duanden ($41) has that number this year
  • Dunaden also won the 2011 Melbourne Cup and is looking to become the sixth multiple winner of the iconic handicap
  • No. 4 and 12 are the next most successful with 11 Melbourne Cup winners a piece: this year those saddlecloths belong to #4 Sea Moon ($14) and #12 Seville ($16)

See below for a comprehensive listing of the 2013 Melbourne Cup Jockey Silks, Colours and Horse Saddlecloth Numbers so you know which gallopers to give a go based on the above facts and stats this Cup Day!

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Dunaden Jockey Silks

#1 Dunaden

Colours: Yellow, Royal Blue Stars, Yellow Cap

Trainer: Mikel Delzangles

Jockey: Jamie Spencer (58.5kg)

Barrier: 1

Last 5 Starts: 43228


Green Moon Jockey Silks

#2 Green Moon

Colours: Navy blue, white armbands and cap

Trainer: Robert Hickmott

Jockey: Brett Prebble

Barrier: 10

Last 5 Starts: 44599


Red Cadeaux Jockey Silks

#3 Red Cadeaux

Colours: Light blue and red diamonds, light blue sleeves, red and light blue diamond cap

Trainer: Ed Dunlop

Jockey: Gerald Mosse

Barrier: 23

Last 5 Starts: 89624


Sea Moon Jockey Silks

#4 Sea Moon

Colours: Navy blue, white armbands, navy blue cap

Trainer: Robert Hickmott

Jockey: Steven Arnold

Barrier: 7

Last 5 Starts: 80021


Brown Panther Jockey Silks

#5 Brown Panther

Colours: Turquoise, dark blue cap

Trainer: Tom Dascombe

Jockey: Richard Kingscote

Barrier: 38115

Last 5 Starts: 6


Fiorente Jockey Silks

#6 Fiorente

Colours: Black, purple sash

Trainer: Gai Waterhouse

Jockey: Damien Oliver

Barrier: 5

Last 5 Starts: 36143


Foreteller Jockey Silks

#7 Foreteller

Colours: Green, yellow star and armbands

Trainer: Chris Waller

Jockey: Craig Newitt

Barrier: 15

Last 5 Starts: 81024


Dandino Jockey Silks

#8 Dandino

Colours: Fluorescent yellow, navy blue seams

Trainer: Marco Botti

Jockey: Ryan Moore

Barrier: 4

Last 5 Starts: 72212


Ethiopia Jockey Silks

#9 Ethiopia

Colours: Light blue, green hoops and cap

Trainer: Pat Carey

Jockey: Rhys McLeod

Barrier: 14

Last 5 Starts: 05004


Fawkner Jockey Silks

#10 Fawkner

Colours: Navy blue, white armbands, royal blue cap

Trainer: Robert Hickmott

Jockey: Nicholas Hall

Barrier: 8

Last 5 Starts: 37531


Mourayan Jockey Silks

#11 Mourayan

Colours: Navy blue, white armbands, red cap

Trainer: Robert Hickmott

Jockey: Brenton Avdulla

Barrier: 19

Last 5 Starts: 41787


Seville Jockey Silks

#12 Seville

Colours: Navy blue, white armbands, gold cap

Trainer: Robert Hickmott

Jockey: Hugh Bowman

Barrier: 9

Last 5 Starts: 00917


Super Cool Jockey Silks

#13 Super Cool

Colours: Royal blue, large white brace, white stripe, red brace, royal blue and yellow star sleeves

Trainer: Mark Kavanagh

Jockey: Corey Brown

Barrier: 13

Last 5 Starts: 34935


Masked Marvel Jockey Silks

#14 Masked Marvel

Colours: Navy blue, white armbands, pink cap

Trainer: Robert Hickmott

Jockey: Michael Rodd

Barrier: 2

Last 5 Starts: 80320


Mount Athos Jockey Silks

#15 Mount Athos

Colours: Grey, beige star, grey and beige star sleeves and cap

Trainer: Luca Cumani

Jockey: Craig Williams

Barrier: 22

Last 5 Starts: 01582


Royal Empire Jockey Silks

#16 Royal Empire

Colours: Royal blue, fly Emirates logo

Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor

Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy

Barrier: 11

Last 5 Starts: 01122


Voleuse De Coeurs Jockey Silks

#17 Voleuse De Coeurs

Colours: Blue, white and orange Eliza Park logo, white sleeves, orange armbands, blue cap, gold pom pom

Trainer: Michael Moroney

Jockey: James McDonald

Barrier: 21

Last 5 Starts: 21321


Hawkspur Jockey Silks

#18 Hawkspur

Colours: White, black stars, purple and white star sleeves, purple and white quartered cap

Trainer: Chris Waller

Jockey: Jim Cassidy

Barrier: 18

Last 5 Starts: 71457


Simenon Jockey Silks

#19 Simenon

Colours: Purple, orange sleeves, purple and orange star cap

Trainer: Willie Mullins

Jockey: Richard Hughes

Barrier: 12

Last 5 Starts: 54223


Ibicenco Jockey Silks

#20 Ibicenco

Colours: Navy blue and gold hoops, white sleeves and cap

Trainer: Peter Moody

Jockey: Luke Nolen

Barrier: 17

Last 5 Starts: 51801


Verema Jockey Silks

#21 Verema

Colours: Green, red epaulettes, green sleeves and cap

Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupre

Jockey: Christophe Lemaire

Barrier: 3

Last 5 Starts: 32511


Dear Demi Jockey Silks

#22 Dear Demi

Colours: Royal blue, white crossed sashes

Trainer: Clarry Conners

Jockey: Chris Munce

Barrier: 16

Last 5 Starts: 73832


Tres Blue Jockey Silks

#23 Tres Blue

Colours: Black, gold collar and cap

Trainer: Gai Waterhouse

Jockey: Tommy Berry

Barrier: 20

Last 5 Starts: 13211


Ruscello Jockey Silks

#24 Ruscello

Colours: Navy blue and gold hoops, white sleeves, red cap

Trainer: Ed Walker

Jockey: Chad Schofield (a)

Barrier: 24

Last 5 Starts: 33321

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