James McDonald is widely regarded as the best jockey in Australian racing at the moment, but how many times has he won the Melbourne Cup? Here, we look at J-Mac’s record in the race that stops a nation.
James McDonald’s Melbourne Cup record
At only 31 years of age, McDonald has ridden some 77 Group 1 winners in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. The star Kiwi has one Melbourne Cup win on the books having steered Verry Elleegant to success in the 2021 edition of the great race.
James Mcdonald’s Recent Melbourne Cup Rides
|2021||1/23||Verry Elleegant||Chris Waller||18||57kg||$18||–|
|2014||5/23||Willing Foe||Saeed Bin Suroor||16||55kg||$31||7L|
|2013||10/24||Voleuse De Coeurs||Michael Moroney||21||54kg||$18||7.95L|
Which horse is James McDonald riding in the 2023 Melbourne Cup?
James McDonald will ride reigning champion Gold Trip as they both look to secure their second win in the Melbourne Cup.
- Age: 7YO
- Color: Bay
- Sex: Horse
- Sire: Outstrip (GB)
- Dam: Sarvana (USA)
Career stats for Gold Trip
- Career: 24: 3-5-5
- Flemington: 3: 2-0-0
- Distance: 2: 1-0-0
- Soft: 11: 2-3-2
- Good: 9: 1-1-2
- Heavy: 4: 0-1-1
- Group 1: 15: 2-2-3
- Win %: 13%
- Place %: 54%