The Melbourne Cup is one of the biggest betting events in world horse racing. The 2021 edition will go ahead on Tuesday, November 2.
The Melbourne Cup is a quality handicap open to thoroughbred horses aged three years and older, so it has always drawn a wide variety of runners. However, certain types of horses have fared markedly better than others over the years, and that applies to colour as well as sex and age.
You can learn about what colours have historically been the most dominant in the Melbourne Cup below, or see this the 2021 silks on our Melbourne Cup horses page.
Melbourne Cup winners by horse colour
Melbourne Cup statistics show that bay horses have won 73 of the 160 races to date, make it far and away the most successful colour in the event’s history. That dominance is especially pronounced in the modern era, as bays have won all but four Melbourne Cup titles since 2000.
Bay coloured horses have won 15 of the last 18 runnings of the Melbourne Cup.
Fiorente (2013) was the last of 37 brown horses to win the race, Media Puzzle (2002) made it 34 for chestnut horses, and Efficient (2007) brought up only the sixth win for the greys. A pure black horse has not won the Melbourne Cup since Clean Sweep in 1900.
|Bay Or Brown||4||2010|
|Brown Or Black||2||1931|
2021 Melbourne Cup Field
|1||Twilight Payment||Joseph O’Brien||Jye McNeil||2||58kg||$11|
|2||Incentivise||Peter Moody||Brett Prebble||16||57kg||$2.50|
|3||Spanish Mission||Andrew Balding||Craig Williams||14||57kg||$9|
|4||Verry Elleegant||Chris Waller||James McDonald||19||57kg||$15|
|5||Explosive Jack||C Maher & D Eustace||John Allen||4||54kg||$51|
|6||The Chosen One||M Baker & A Forsman||Damian Lane||5||54kg||$61|
|7||Delphi||A & S Freedman||Damien Oliver||3||53.5kg||$41|
|8||Ocean Billy||Chris Waller||Damian Thornton||13||53.5kg||$101|
|9||Selino||Chris Waller||Ron Stewart||24||53.5kg||$151|
|10||Johnny Get Angry||Denis Pagan||Lachlan King||22||53kg||$101|
|11||Knights Order||G Waterhouse & A Bott||Daniel Stackhouse||9||53kg||$201|
|12||Persan||C Maher & D Eustace||Luke Currie||11||53kg||$31|
|13||Carif||P & P Snowden||Blaike McDougall||8||52.5kg||$201|
|14||Master Of Wine||Team Hawkes||Fred Kersley||6||52.5kg||$101|
|15||Pondus||Robert Hickmott||Rachel King||1||52.5kg||$41|
|16||Grand Promenade||C Maher & D Eustace||Kerrin McEvoy||21||52kg||$21|
|17||Miami Bound||Danny O’Brien||Patrick Moloney||17||52kg||$151|
|18||Port Guillaume||Ben & JD Hayes||Harry Coffey||23||52kg||$151|
|19||She’s Ideel||Bjorn Baker||Craig Newitt||20||52kg||$101|
|20||Future Score||Matt Cumani||Dean Yendall||15||51.5kg||$301|
|21||Tralee Rose||Symon Wilde||Dean Holland||12||51kg||$17|
|22||Floating Artist||C Maher & D Eustace||Teo Nugent||10||50kg||$18|
|23||Great House||Chris Waller||Michael Dee||7||50kg||$31|
|24||Sir Lucan||G Waterhouse & A Bott||Glen Boss||18||50kg||$26|