The countdown to the Sydney Spring Racing...
- 1901 MELBOURNE CUP – REVENUE
- 1902 MELBOURNE CUP – THE VICTORY
- 1903 MELBOURNE CUP – LORD CARDIGAN
- 1904 MELBOURNE CUP – ACRASIA
- 1905 MELBOURNE CUP – BLUE SPEC
- 1906 MELBOURNE CUP – POSEIDON
- 1907 MELBOURNE CUP – APOLOGUE
- 1908 MELBOURNE CUP – LORD NOLAN
- 1909 MELBOURNE CUP – PRINCE FOOTE
- 1910 MELBOURNE CUP – COMEDY KING
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.