What horse colours have the most Melbourne Cup wins?

Persan

The Melbourne Cup is one of the biggest betting events in world horse racing. The 2020 edition will go ahead on Tuesday, November 3 despite the COVID pandemic, although Flemington will be devoid of spectators for what is usually one of the world’s great race days.

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.

Melbourne Cup winners by horse colour

Melbourne Cup statistics show that bay horses have won 74 of the 159 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.

Fiorente (2013) was the last of 36 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.

2020 Melbourne Cup Field

No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
1 Anthony Van Dyck Melbourne Cup 2020 Anthony Van Dyck Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman 3 58.5kg $8.50
2 Avilius Melbourne Cup 2020 Avilius James Cummings John Allen 10 57kg $51
3 Vow And Declare Melbourne Cup 2020 Vow And Declare Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 4 57kg $51
4 Master Of Reality Melbourne Cup 2020 Master Of Reality Joseph O’Brien Ben Melham 11 56kg $26
5 Sir Drgonet Melbourne Cup 2020 Sir Dragonet C Maher & D Eustace Glen Boss 14 55.5kg $10
6 Twilight Payment Melbourne Cup 2020 Twilight Payment Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 12 55.5kg $31
7 Verry Ellegant Melbourne Cup 2020 Verry Elleegant Chris Waller Mark Zahra 15 55.5kg $13
8 Mustajeer Melbourne Cup 2020 Mustajeer Kris Lees Michael Rodd 2 55kg $101
9 Stratum Albion Melbourne Cup 2020 Stratum Albion Willie Mullins Jordan Childs 9 55kg $47
10 Dashing Willoughby Melbourne Cup 2020 Dashing Willoughby Andrew Balding Michael Walker 19 54.5kg $101
11 Finche Melbourne Cup 2020 Finche Chris Waller James McDonald 6 54.5kg $19
12 Prince Of Arran Melbourne Cup 2020 Prince Of Arran Charlie Fellowes Jamie Kah 1 54.5kg $12
13 Surprise Baby Melbourne Cup 2020 Surprise Baby Paul Preusker Craig Williams 7 54.5kg $9.50
14 King Of Leogrance Melbourne Cup 2020 King Of Leogrance Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 18 53.5kg $61
15 Russian Camelot Melbourne Cup 2020 Russian Camelot Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 16 53.5kg $13
16 Steel Prince Melbourne Cup 2020 Steel Prince A & S Freedman William Pike 21 53.5kg $44
17 The Chosen one Melbourne Cup 2020 The Chosen One M Baker & A Forsman Daniel Stackhouse 5 53.5kg $42
18 Ashrun Melbourne Cup 2020 Ashrun Andreas Wohler Declan Bates 24 53kg $23
19 Warning Melbourne Cup 2020 Warning A & S Freeman Luke Currie 8 53kg $51
20 Etah James Melbourne Cup 2020 Etah James C Maher & D Eustace Billy Egan 22 52.5kg $201
21 Tiger Moth Melbourne Cup 2020 Tiger Moth Aidan O’Brien Kerrin McEvoy 23 52.5kg $8.60
22 Oceanex Melbourne Cup 2020 Oceanex M Price & M Kent jnr Dean Yendall 17 51.5kg $101
23 Miamia Bound Melbourne Cup 2020 Miami Bound Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 21 51kg $41
24 Persan Melbourne Cup 2020 Persan C Maher & D Eustace Michael Dee 20 51kg $42

2.7 3 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments