What horse colours have the most Melbourne Cup wins?


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.

Melbourne Cup Winners By Horse Colour

Horse Colour Wins Last
Bay 73 2020
Brown 37 2013
Chestnut 34 2002
Grey 6 2007
Bay Or Brown 4 2010
Black 3 1900
Brown Or Black 2 1931

2021 Melbourne Cup Field

No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
1 Twilight Payment Melbourne Cup 2021 Twilight Payment Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 2 58kg $11
2 Incentivise Melbourne Cup 2021 Incentivise Peter Moody Brett Prebble 16 57kg $2.50
3 Spanish Mission Melbourne Cup 2021 Spanish Mission Andrew Balding Craig Williams 14 57kg $9
4 Verry Elleegant Melbourne Cup 2021 Verry Elleegant Chris Waller James McDonald 19 57kg $15
5 Explosive Jack Melbourne Cup 2021 Explosive Jack C Maher & D Eustace John Allen 4 54kg $51
6 The Chose One Melbourne Cup 2021 The Chosen One M Baker & A Forsman Damian Lane 5 54kg $61
7 Delphi Melbourne Cup 2021 Delphi A & S Freedman Damien Oliver 3 53.5kg $41
8 Ocean Billy Melbourne Cup 2021 Ocean Billy Chris Waller Damian Thornton 13 53.5kg $101
9 Selino Melbourne Cup 2021 Selino Chris Waller Ron Stewart 24 53.5kg $151
10 Johnny Get Angry Melbourne Cup 2021 Johnny Get Angry Denis Pagan Lachlan King 22 53kg $101
11 Knights Order Melbourne Cup 2021 Knights Order G Waterhouse & A Bott Daniel Stackhouse 9 53kg $201
12 Persan Melbourne Cup 2020 Persan C Maher & D Eustace Luke Currie 11 53kg $31
13 Carif Melbourne Cup 2021 Carif P & P Snowden Blaike McDougall 8 52.5kg $201
14 Master Of Wine Melbourne Cup 2021 Master Of Wine Team Hawkes Fred Kersley 6 52.5kg $101
15 Pondus Melbourne Cup 2020 Pondus Robert Hickmott Rachel King 1 52.5kg $41
16 Grand Promenade Melbourne Cup 2021 Grand Promenade C Maher & D Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 21 52kg $21
17 Miami Bound Melbourne Cup 2021 Miami Bound Danny O’Brien Patrick Moloney 17 52kg $151
18 Port Guillaume Melbourne Cup 2021 Port Guillaume Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 23 52kg $151
19 She's Ideel Melbourne Cup 2021 She’s Ideel Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 20 52kg $101
20 Future Score Melbourne Cup 2021 Future Score Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 15 51.5kg $301
21 Tralee Rose Melbourne Cup 2021 Tralee Rose Symon Wilde Dean Holland 12 51kg $17
22 Floating Artist Melbourne Cup 2021 Floating Artist C Maher & D Eustace Teo Nugent 10 50kg $18
23 Great House Melbourne Cup 2021 Great House Chris Waller Michael Dee 7 50kg $31
24 Sir Lucan Melbourne Cup 2021 Sir Lucan G Waterhouse & A Bott Glen Boss 18 50kg $26

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1 month ago

Where are the horse colours in an article about exactly that

1 month ago

I would’ve liked to have seen the horse colors for this race as well. I clicked on this link expecting exactly that from the google description search engine. It wasn’t to be.