Melbourne Cup statistics

Let’s face it, whenever you are planning to have a bet in this day and age statistics matter.

Whether it is on the Melbourne Cup or even the Hamilton Cup, it is important to be across every possible statistic you can be prior to placing your bet.

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.

Vow And Declare
One of Vow And Declare’s owners Geoff Corrigan leads the 2019 Melbourne Cup winner home after the race.

2021 Melbourne Cup Results & Dividends

Place No. Colours Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place
1st 4 Verry Elleegant Verry Elleegant Chris Waller James McDonald $18.00 $5.00
2nd 2 Incentivise Incentivise Peter Moody Brett Prebble $1.45
3rd 3 Spanish Mission Andrew Balding Craig Williams $3.30
4th 22 Floating Artist C Maher & D Eustace Teo Nugent
Quinella $21.80
Exacta $72.70
Trifecta $436.20
First Four $5413.50

2021 Melbourne Cup Finishing Order

2021 Melbourne Cup finishing order
Place Silks No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight Odds
1st Jockey Silks 4 Verry Elleegant Chris Waller James McDonald 18 57kg $16 2nd Jockey Silks 2 Incentivise Peter Moody Brett Prebble 4L 15 57kg $2.80 3rd Jockey Silks 3 Spanish Mission Andrew Balding Craig Williams 4.4L 14 57kg $10 4th Jockey Silks 22 Floating Agent Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teo Nugent 4.6L 10 50kg $11 5th Jockey Silks 6 The Chosen One Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 10.6L 5 54kg $31 6th Jockey Silks 16 Grand Promenade Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 12.6L 20 52kg $15 7th Jockey Silks 7 Delphi Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 13.35L 3 53.5kg $18 8th Jockey Silks 23 Selino Chris Waller Ron Stewart 13.45L 23 53.5kg $81 9th Jockey Silks 21 Tralee Rose Symon Wilde Dean Holland 16.7L 12 51kg $23 10th Jockey Silks 19 She’s Ideel Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 17.2L 19 52kg $126 11th Jockey Silks 1 Twilight Payment Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 19.45L 2 58kg $14 12th Jockey Silks 17 Miami Bound Danny O’Brien Patrick Moloney 21.45L 16 52kg $126 13th Jockey Silks 23 Great House Chris Waller Michael Dee 21.85L 7 50kg $26 14th Jockey Silks 24 Sir Lucan Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Glen Boss 21.95L 18 50kg $26 15th Jockey Silks 5 Explosive Jack Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 23.2L 4 54kg $51 16th Jockey Silks 14 Master Of Wine Team Hawkes Fred Kersley 24.2L 6 52.5kg $101 17th Jockey Silks 15 Pondus Robert Hickmott Rachel King 24.6L 1 52.5kg $20 18th Jockey Silks 13 Carif Peter & Paul Snowden Blaike McDougall 25.35L 8 52.5kg $101 19th Jockey Silks 11 Gai Waterhouse Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Daniel Stackhouse 25.65L 9 53kg $81 20th Jockey Silks 12 Persan Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie 28.9L 11 53kg $34 21st Jockey Silks 18 Port Guillaume Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 33.15L 23 52kg $126 22nd Jockey Silks 10 Johnny Get Angry Denis Pagan Lachlan King 41.15L 22 53kg $91 23rd Jockey Silks 8 Ocean Billy Chris Waller Damien Thornton 53.15L 13 53.5kg $31
🚫 Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 14 Future Score Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 15 51.5kg

2020 Melbourne Cup Results & Dividends

Place No. Colours Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place
1st 6 Twilight Payment Twilight Payment Jospeh O’Brien Jye McNeil $27.20 $8.10
2nd 21 Tiger Moth Tiger Moth Aidan O’Brien Kerrin McEvoy $2.90
3rd 12 Prince Of Arran Charlie Fellowes Jamie Kah $3.20
4th 17 The Chosen One M Baker & A Forsman Daniel Stackhouse
Quinella $97.20
Trifecta $1,806.900
First Four $38,939.00

2020 Melbourne Cup Finishing Order

2020 Melbourne Cup finishing order
Place Silks No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight Odds
1st Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 6 Twilight Payment Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 12 55.5kg $26
2nd Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 21 Tiger Moth Aidan O’Brien Kerrin McEvoy 0.4L 22 54kg $6.50
3rd Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 12 Prince Of Arran Charlie Fellowes Jamie Kah 0.6L 1 54.5kg $9.50
4th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 17 The Chosen One Muuray Baker & Andrew Forsman Daniel Stackhouse 2.35L 5 53kg $41
5th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 24 Persan Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 2.45L 19 51kg $41
6th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 5 Sir Dragonet Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 3.45L 14 55.5kg $14
7th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 7 Verry Elleegant Chris Waller Mark Zahra 3.85L 15 55.5kg $10
8th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 15 Russian Camelot Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 3.95L 16 53.5kg $13
9th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 11 Finche Chris Waller James McDonald 4.7L 6 54.5kg $21
10th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 18 Ashrun Andreas Wohler Declan Bates 4.8L 23 53kg $26
11th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 22 Oceanex Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 5.55L 17 51.5kg $81
12th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 19 Warning Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 6.8L 8 53kg $41
13th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 13 Surprise Baby Paul Preusker Craig Williams 8.8L 7 54.5kg $6.50
14th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 23 Miami Bound Danny O’Brien Ben Melham 10.55L 13 51kg $41
15th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 4 Master Of Reality Joseph O’Brien Ben Melham 10.75L 11 51kg $41
16th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 16 Raymond Tusk Anthony & Sam Freedman William Pike 10.95L 20 53.5kg $31
17th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 20 Etah James Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Billy Egan 12.7L 21 52.5kg $101
18th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 3 Vow And Declare Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 13.95L 4 55kg $61
19th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 8 Mustajeer C Maher & D Eustace Michael Rodd 14.95L 2 55kg $101
20th Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 9 Stratum Albion Willie Mullins Jordan Childs 17.95L 9 55kg $31
21st Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 10 Dashing Willoughby Andrew Balding Michael Walker 19.2L 18 54.5kg $101
22nd Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 2 Avilius James Cummings John Allen 20.95L 10 57kg $61
Last Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 1 Anthony Van Dyck Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman DNF 3 58.5kg $10
🚫 Jockey Silks for the Melbourne Cup 14 King Of Leogrance Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 16 55kg

2019 Melbourne Cup Results & Dividends

Pos. No. Colours Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place
1st 23 Melbourne Cup Silks Vow And Declare Danny O’Brien Craig Williams $11.70 $3.90
2nd 12 Melbourne Cup Silks Prince Of Arran Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker $4.60
3rd 20 Melbourne Cup Silks Il Paradiso Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan $6.80
4th 3 Melbourne Cup Silks Master Of Reality Joseph O’Brien Frankie Dettori
Quinella $82.40
Trifecta $2,953.40
First Four $79,381.00
*Across the line 23,3,12,20. Protest 4th vs 2nd due to intererference in the last 100m upheld.

2019 Melbourne Cup finishing order

2019 Melbourne Cup finishing order
Place Silks No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight Odds
1st 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 23 Vow And Declare Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 23 52kg $12
2nd 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 12 Prince Of Arran Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 0.2L 8 54kg $17
3rd 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 20 Il Paradiso Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 0.3L 17 52.5kg $15
4th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 3 Master Of Reality Joseph O’Brien Frankie Detorri 0.4L 1 55.5kg $26
5th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 18 Surprise Baby Paul Preusker Jordan Childs 0.9L 20 52.5kg $12
6th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 2 Mer De Glace Hisashi Shimizu Damian Lane 1.2L 2 56kg $9.50
7th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 11 Finche Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 1.4L 4 54kg $8.50
8th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 1 Cross Counter Charlie Appleby William Buick 1.6L 5 57.5kg $13
9th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 21 Steel Prince Anthony Freedman Brett Prebblk 2.1L 16 52.5kg $61
10th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 15 Magic Wand Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 3.6L 24 53.5kg $26
11th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 10 Twilight Money Joseph O’Brien Hugh Bowman 3.8L 19 55kg $41
12th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 17 Sound Mike Moroney James Winks 3.9L 10 53.5kg $91
13th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 19 Constantinople D & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 4.1L 7 52.5kg $9.50
14th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 4 Mirage Dancer T Busuttin & N Young Ben Melham 4.3L 13 55.5kg $51
15th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 6 Hunting Horn Aidan O’Brien Seamie Heffernan 4.5L 11 55kg $51
16th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 13 Raymond Tusk Richard Hannon Jamie Spencer 5L 3 54kg $21
17th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 22 The Chosen One M Baker & A Forsman Tim Clark 5.2L 18 52kg $31
18th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 7 Latrobe Joseph O’Brien James McDonald 6.45L 22 55kg $21
19th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 5 Southern France C Maher & D Eustace Mark Zahra 6.55L 14 55.5kg $26
20th 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 24 Youngstar Chris Waller Tommy Berry 7.3L 9 52kg $31
21st 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 16 Neufbosc D & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 8.3L 23 53.5kg $101
22nd 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 14 Downdraft Joseph O’Brien John Allen 8.6L 15 53.5kg $21
23rd 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 8 Mustajeeer Kris Lees Damien Oliver 10.85L 6 55kg $19
Last 2019 Melbourne Cup Field - Jockey Silks 9 Rostropovich D & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 40.85 12 55kg $41
Kerrin McEvoy and Charlie Appleby
Kerrin McEvoy and Charlie Appleby (GB) receive their Melbourne Cup trophies after Cross Counter wins the first ever Melbourne Cup for Godolphin. (John Donegan/Racing Photos)

2018 Melbourne Cup Results & Dividends

Pos. Colours Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place
1st Melbourne Cup Silks Cross Counter Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy $9 $4.40
2nd Melbourne Cup Silks Marmelo Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman $4.10
3rd Melbourne Cup Silks A Prince Of Arran Charlie Fellows Michael Walker $7
4th Melbourne Cup Silks Finche Chris Waller Zac Purton
Quinella $74.70
Trifecta $2,541.90
First Four $38,020.70

2018 Melbourne Cup finishing order

Place Silks No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight Odds
1 Melbourne Cup Silks 23 Cross Counter Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 19 51kg $15
2 Melbourne Cup Silks 9 Marmelo Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 1L 10 55kg $12
3 Melbourne Cup Silks 17 A Prince Of Arran Charlie Fellows Michael Walker 3L 20 53kg $23
4 Melbourne Cup Silks 13 Finche Chris Waller Zac Purton 3.5L 15 54kg $26
5 Melbourne Cup Silks 24 Rostropovich Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 4.5L 21 51kg $21
6 Melbourne Cup Silks 22 Youngstar Chris Waller Craig Williams 5.75L 21 51.5kg $11
7 Melbourne Cup Silks 19 Sir Charles Road Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Oliver Peslier 8.25L 14 53kg $126
8 Melbourne Cup Silks 1 Best Solution Saeed Bin Suroor Pat Cosgrove 8.75L 6 57.5kg $16
9 Melbourne Cup Silks 5 Muntahaa John Gosden Jim Crowley 9.5L 13 55.5kg $17
10 Melbourne Cup Silks 16 Ventura Storm David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig Mark Zahra 11L 7 54.5kg $31
11 Melbourne Cup Silks 11 Yucatan Aidan O’Brien James McDonald 11.75L 23 54.5kg $6
12 Melbourne Cup Silks 18 Nakeeta Iain Jardine Regan Bayliss 11.85L 3 53kg $81
13 Melbourne Cup Silks 18 Zacada Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 13.85L 20 53kg $151
14 Amelie's Star Melbourne Cup 2017 4 Chestnut Coat Yoshito Yahagi Yuga Kawada 16.1L 4 55.5kg $71
15 Melbourne Cup Silks 15 Vengeur Masque David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig Patrick Moloney 16.3L 2 54kg $51
16 Melbourne Cup Silks 3 Magic Circle Ian Williams Corey Brown 19.55L 15 56kg $7
17 Melbourne Cup Silks 7 Who Shot TheBarman Chris Waller Ben Melham 22.55L 17 55.5kg $31
18 Melbourne Cup Silks 6 Sound Check Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 27.55L 16 51kg $41
19 Melbourne Cup Silks 21 Runaway Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 28.05L 12 52kg $81
20 Melbourne Cup Silks 8 Ace High David Payne Tye Angland 28.15L 22 55kg $71
21 Melbourne Cup Silks 12 Auvray Richard Freedman Tommy Berry 68.15L 1 54kg $81
22 Melbourne Cup Silks 10 Avilius James Cummings Glyn Schofield 69.15L 11 54.5kg $16
23 Melbourne Cup Silks 14 Red Cardinal Darren Weir Damien Oliver 69.55L 5 54kg $31
24 Melbourne Cup Silks 2 The Cliffsofmoher Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore DNF 9 56.5kg $21

Melbourne Cup winners age statistics

AGE WINS
Three-year-olds 23 Wins
Four-year-olds 46 Wins
Five-year-olds 44 Wins
Six-year-olds 32 Wins
Seven-year-olds 11 Wins
Eight-year-olds 3 Wins

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 three 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 1958.

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 WINS
Barrier 11 6 Wins
Barrier 5 & 14 5 Wins
Barrier 21 4 Wins

Melbourne Cup Gender and Name statistics

No surprises for guessing the Melbourne Cup is a male dominated race. Stallions (Entires or Horses) have won the great race 70 times while Geldings fair next best with 54 wins.

Since the race’s inception all the way through to 2020, 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, T is the most popular letter to start the name of a Melbourne Cup winner, accounting for 17 victories, while P is just in arrears with 14 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. Fiorente was the last favourite to win the cup in 2013.

Horses paying $11 have been the most popular winners in the Cup, having saluted 15 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

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