How many Melbourne Cups has John Allen won?

Can John Allen win the Melbourne Cup?

John Allen has brought terrific form into the Melbourne Cup Carnival, but what is his record like in the main event? Here, we cast an eye over the Irish jockey’s Melbourne Cup history.

John Allen’s Melbourne Cup record

Allen is yet to have any joy in Australia’s greatest race. He rode Downdraft to 22nd place in the 2019 edition, then achieved the same result with Avilius in 2020. This year he comes in off big wins in the Cox Plate and Victoria Derby, so will it be third time lucky for the Irishman in 2021?

Which horse is John Allen riding in the 2021 Melbourne Cup?

Allen has enjoyed plenty of success on Explosive Jack, steering him to wins in the South Australian Derby, Tasmanian Derby and ATC Derby. However, that autumn form has long since vanished into the ether, with the four-year-old stallion failing to run a drum in three goes this spring. After finishing 17th of 18 in the Caulfield Cup, it is hard to see how the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained runner does anything of note in the Melbourne Cup.

Explosive Jack silks

Explosive Jack

T: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
J: John Allen
  • Age: 4YO
  • Color: Bay
  • Sex: Stallion
  • Sire: Jakkalberry
  • Dam: Extra Explosive

Win: $34.00

Place: $9.00

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Career stats for Explosive Jack

  • Career: 12: 5-1-2
  • Flemington: 2: 0-0-0
  • Distance: 0: 0-0-0
  • Wet: 7: 3-1-0
  • Good: 5: 2-0-2
  • Group 1: 6: 2-0-1
  • Win %: 42%
  • Place %: 67%

2021 Melbourne Cup odds

Flemington - Race 7
Lexus Melbourne Cup
Status: Final
Track Rating: Good3
Weather: FINE
AUS
3200m03:00pm - Tue 2nd Nov
1. Delphi
A & S Freedman
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2. Miami Bound
D T O'brien
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3. Port Guillaume
Ben & J D Hayes
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4. Spanish Mission
Andrew Balding
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5. Tralee Rose
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6. Grand Promenade
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7. Floating Artist
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8. Knights Order
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9. Twilight Payment
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10. Great House
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11. She's Ideel
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12. Future Score
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13. The Chosen One
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14. Carif
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15. Ocean Billy
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16. Incentivise
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17. Master Of Wine
M, W & J Hawkes
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18. Pondus
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19. Verry Elleegant
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20. Persan
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21. Sir Lucan
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22. Johnny Get Angry
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23. Selino
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24. Explosive Jack
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