Let’s face it, whenever you are planning to have a bet in this day and age statistics matter.
There’s barrier numbers, age profiles, weight profiles, male versus female and many more. While they say history is made to be broken, often the statistics surrounding an event can give us a clear indication of how it might unfold.
Surprisingly, even in a highly competitive race such as the Melbourne Cup, trends continue as the years progress.
2018 Melbourne Cup Results & Dividends
|1st||Cross Counter||Charlie Appleby||Kerrin McEvoy||$9||$4.40|
|2nd||Marmelo||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||$4.10|
|3rd||A Prince Of Arran||Charlie Fellows||Michael Walker||$7|
|4th||Finche||Chris Waller||Zac Purton|
2018 Melbourne Cup finishing order
|1||23||Cross Counter||Charlie Appleby||Kerrin McEvoy||19||51kg||$15|
|2||9||Marmelo||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||1L||10||55kg||$12|
|3||17||A Prince Of Arran||Charlie Fellows||Michael Walker||3L||20||53kg||$23|
|4||13||Finche||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||3.5L||15||54kg||$26|
|5||24||Rostropovich||Aidan O’Brien||Wayne Lordan||4.5L||21||51kg||$21|
|6||22||Youngstar||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||5.75L||21||51.5kg||$11|
|7||19||Sir Charles Road||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Oliver Peslier||8.25L||14||53kg||$126|
|8||1||Best Solution||Saeed Bin Suroor||Pat Cosgrove||8.75L||6||57.5kg||$16|
|9||5||Muntahaa||John Gosden||Jim Crowley||9.5L||13||55.5kg||$17|
|10||16||Ventura Storm||David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Mark Zahra||11L||7||54.5kg||$31|
|11||11||Yucatan||Aidan O’Brien||James McDonald||11.75L||23||54.5kg||$6|
|12||18||Nakeeta||Iain Jardine||Regan Bayliss||11.85L||3||53kg||$81|
|13||18||Zacada||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Damian Lane||13.85L||20||53kg||$151|
|14||4||Chestnut Coat||Yoshito Yahagi||Yuga Kawada||16.1L||4||55.5kg||$71|
|15||15||Vengeur Masque||David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Patrick Moloney||16.3L||2||54kg||$51|
|16||3||Magic Circle||Ian Williams||Corey Brown||19.55L||15||56kg||$7|
|17||7||Who Shot TheBarman||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||22.55L||17||55.5kg||$31|
|18||6||Sound Check||Michael Moroney||Jordan Childs||27.55L||16||51kg||$41|
|19||21||Runaway||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||28.05L||12||52kg||$81|
|20||8||Ace High||David Payne||Tye Angland||28.15L||22||55kg||$71|
|21||12||Auvray||Richard Freedman||Tommy Berry||68.15L||1||54kg||$81|
|22||10||Avilius||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||69.15L||11||54.5kg||$16|
|23||14||Red Cardinal||Darren Weir||Damien Oliver||69.55L||5||54kg||$31|
|24||2||The Cliffsofmoher||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||DNF||9||56.5kg||$21|
Melbourne Cup winners age statistics
History shows four-year-olds and five-year-olds dominate the Melbourne Cup, combining for just over half of the overall victories.
Three-year-olds’ numbers look decent on paper, but prior to Rekindling’s win in 2018 the last horse of that age to win the cup was Skipton in 1941.
Given just two eight-year-olds in the history of the event have won it is probably best to avoid the veterans, although Red Cadeaux, which placed in the Melbourne Cup three times, was nine years of age in the 2014 running, a race in which it placed.
Melbourne Cup barrier statistics
Never have the numbers mattered more in the Melbourne Cup following the introduction of barriers back in 1924.
While getting an elect in a popular barrier is important, there are some numbers that are best to avoid. No horse has ever won from barrier 18.
The number 13 may be unlucky for some, but since Phar Lap saluted from that stall back in 1930, three horses have gone on to win from that particular draw.
The most successful barriers in Melbourne Cup history are:
|Barrier 5||8 Wins|
|Barrier 10||7 Wins|
|Barriers 11, 14 & 17||6 Wins|
Melbourne Cup Gender and Name statistics
No surprises for guessing the Melbourne Cup is a male dominated race.
Since the race’s inception all the way through to 2016, just 13 mares and three fillies have taken out the race that stops a nation, with Makybe Diva accounting for three of those successes.
In terms of names, S is the most popular letter to start the name of a Melbourne Cup winner, accounting for nine victories, while R is just in arrears with eight wins.
There are five letters that you want to avoid heading into the Melbourne Cup.
I, Q, U, X and Y haven’t had a Cup winner attributed.
Melbourne Cup dividend statistics
Just like with the barrier draw, the price a horse is paying prior to the jump is vitally important.
In the Melbourne Cup the favourite has won 34 times, a strikerate of just under 25 percent, and has finished inside the placings on 73 occasions.
Horses paying $11 have been the most popular winners in the Cup, having saluted 16 times at that price. $9 is the next-best after 14 elects delivered the win at the quote.
Punters looking for a life-changing dividend have only had four opportunities in history to cash in on a triple figure winner.
The Pearl in 1871, Wotan in 1936 and Old Rowley in 1940 all returned a price above $100. Prince Of Penzance was the last horse to return a triple-figure price in 2015.
The biggest-ever trifecta payout on the Melbourne Cup was during Vintage Crop’s 1993 win. The winning dividend was $61,867.90.
On the other side of the coin, it is no surprise to see which horse returned the smallest dividend. Phar Lap returned a measly $1.73 in 1930.
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Fun Melbourne Cup statistics
The Melbourne Cup is one of the richest races on turf, with the competitors in 2017 vying for $6.8 million in prize money, but a pay packet was not always the decisive factor in the race.
For winning the inaugural Melbourne Cup, Archer’s connections pocketed 710 gold sovereigns and a gold watch for their efforts way back in 1861, a far cry from the $3.6 million winner’s cheque the connections of 2016 victor Almandin was handed.
Some records were made to be broken in racing, while others, not so much.
Although its hard to believe in this day and age, but teenagers as young as 13 routinely took part as jockeys in the Melbourne Cup. In fact, Peter St Albans become the youngest-ever jockey to win the Melbourne Cup at age 11, despite his recorded age being 13.
We doubt that one will ever be beaten.
While the Melbourne Cup can be a boozy affair for the patrons, the competitors are not given the same amount of leniency.
Jockeys will be disqualified from the race if they return over 0.02% in a alcohol breath analysis.
Other notable Melbourne Cup statistics
- Banker carried the lowest weight in Melbourne Cup history (33.57kg) to claim the 1863 Melbourne Cup
- The 1863 was also notable as it was the smallest field in the race’s history with just seven runners taking part
- The largest field for the Melbourne Cup was held in 1890 and contained 39 runners
- The highest weight carried to victory was 65.5kg by Carbine in 1890
- Kingston Rule posted the fastest-ever Melbourne Cup time of 3:16.3 in 1990
- Vintage Crop became the first-ever international winner of the Melbourne Cup in 1993
- Maree Lyndon become the first female jockey to ride in the Melbourne Cup aboard Argonaut Style in 1987
- Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the cup after piloting Prince Of Penzance to the win in 2015
- The highest-ever attendance for the Melbourne Cup was set in 2003 when 122,736 fans rolled through the gates
- Most runs by a horse in the Cup was Shadow King, making six attempts to win the cup in seven years . The horse ran 6th, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd and 4th
- Rekindling became the first UK-trained horse to win the Melbourne Cup in 2017. It was trained by Joseph O’Brien
- After 30 years of trying Godolphin finally won the trophy they most coveted after Charlie Appleby-trained Cross Counter stormed home to win the 2018 Melbourne Cup