Melbourne Cup Winners, Past Results & Latest News

Melbourne Cup. The race that stops the nation. The Melbourne Cup has become a global event since 1993 with international horses now competing to win the big prize money on offer. View all the Melbourne Cup winners and results since the first cup in 1861 when the famous Archer won.

The Melbourne Cup is a VRC Group 1 for 3 year olds and over and is held under open handicap conditions.

The Melbourne Cup is contested over a distance of 3200 metres and is held annually at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday in November.

Prize Money - Melbourne Cup is Now Worth $8,000,000

The Melbourne Cup Race has been held since 1861 and was originally held over two miles (about 3,218 metres) but following preparation for Australia's adoption of the metric system in the 1970s, the current race distance of 3,200 metres was established in 1972.

Melbourne Cup Finishing Order

Often, a highly touted horse does not place in the Melbourne Cup winners and placings list, but finished strong and near the lead, which often bodes well for future races and an additional try in the following year’s Melbourne Cup.

Racing fans and even those with only a minimal interest in racing know Melbourne Cup results, sometimes going back many years. Melbourne Cup winners assume near-mythical status, whether it is the Melbourne Cup 2019 results winner, Vow And Declare, or the 1919 Melbourne Cup winner, Artilleryman.

Vow And Declare has not won since and 2018 Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter has won only once since.

Races such as the Group 2 Lexus Stakes or Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes on href="/group-races/victoria-racing-club/victoria-derby">Victoria Derby Day are traditional lead up races to the Melbourne Cup.

International Horses Make an Impact on Melbourne Cup Results

The Melbourne Cup has become a global event since 1993 with a number of international horses from a variety of countries making the trek to Australia in a hit or miss mission to win the big prize money on offer.

Form followers check the Melbourne Cup Results for 2019, hoping to find a stayer that ran well and in participating in the next Melbourne Cup. Melbourne Cup placings influence the quotes for other staying races, although Melbourne Cup 2019 last place, Rostropovich, mostly likely was not treated kindly by the punters and bookies for future races.

The Melbourne Cup was First Raced on 7th November 1861 Over a Distance of Two Miles

Melbourne Cup Day is the first Tuesday in November and has been a public holiday for the city since the mid-1870s.

The Melbourne Cup is celebrated as a special day around the country. Who won the Melbourne Cup is often the first question asked, usually within minutes of the conclusion, by anyone not able to follow the race on the day.

When Archer (6/1) won the first Melbourne Cup, there were 17 in the field. First prize was a gold watch and £170.

His was the slowest winning time yet recorded for the race (3:52). The Cup was first presented to a winner in 1916. Since 1875 the Melbourne Cup has been held on the first Tuesday in November.

Melbourne Cup Attendance

This 1st Melbourne Cup race attracted just 4000 people. Over the next 20 years over 100,000 people would come to see the race each year.

The largest ever attendance for the Melbourne Cup was in 2003 when more than 122,000 people attended and saw Makybe Diva win the Melbourne Cup.

In 1972 the Melbourne Cup race was converted to the metric distance of 3200 metres which is 1.869 kilometres or 61.30 feet short of two miles. Looking for more Melbourne Cup Trivia ?

YearPast Winners Melbourne Cup
2020Twilight Payment
2019Vow And Declare
2018Cross Counter
2017Rekindling
2016Almandin
2015Prince Of Penzance
2014Protectionist
2013Fiorente
2012Green Moon
2011Dunaden
2010Americain
2009Shocking
2008Viewed
2007Efficient
2006Delta Blues
2005Makybe Diva
2004Makybe Diva
2003Makybe Diva
2002Media Puzzle
2001Ethereal
2000Brew
1999Rogan Josh
1998Jezabeel
1997Might And Power
1996Saintly
1995Doriemus
1994Jeune
1993Vintage Crop
1992Subzero
1991Let's Elope
1990Kingston Rule
1989Tawrrific
1988Empire Rose
1987Kensei
1986At Talaq
1985What A Nuisance
1984Black Knight
1983Kiwi
1982Gurner's Lane
1981Just A Dash
1980Beldale Ball
1979Hyperno
1978Arwon
1977Gold And Black
1976Van Der Hum
1975Think Big
1974Think Big
1973Gala Supreme
1972Piping Lane
1971Silver Knight
1970Baghdad Note
1969Rain Lover
1968Rain Lover
1967Red Handed
1966Galilee
1965Light Fingers
1964Polo Prince
1963Gatum Gatum
1962Even Stevens
1961Lord Fury
1960Hi Jinx
1959Macdougal
1958Baystone
1957Straight Draw
1956Evening Peal
1955Toparoa
1954Rising Fast
1953Wodalla
1952Dalray
1951Delta
1950Comic Court
1949Foxzami
1948Rimfire
1947Hiraji
1946Russia
1945Rainbird
1944Sirius
1943Dark Felt
1942Colonus
1941Skipton
1940Old Rowley
1939Rivette
1938Catalogue
1937The Trump
1936Wotan
1935Marabou
1934Peter Pan
1933Hall Mark
1932Peter Pan
1931White Nose
1930Phar Lap
1929Nightmarch
1928Statesman
1927Trivalve
1926Spearfelt
1925Windbag
1924Backwood
1923Bitalli
1922King Ingoda
1921Sister Olive
1920Poitrel
1919Artilleryman
1918Night Watch
1917Westcourt
1916Sasanof
1915Patrobas
1914Kingsburgh
1913Posinatus
1912Piastre
1911The Parisian
1910Comedy King
1909Prince Foote
1908Lord Nolan
1907Apologue
1906Poseidon
1905Blue Spec
1904Acrasia
1903Lord Cardigan
1902The Victory
1901Revenue
1900Clean Sweep
1899Merriwee
1898The Grafter
1897Gaulus
1896Newhaven
1895Auraria
1894Patron
1893Tarcoola
1892Glenloth
1891Malvolio
1890Carbine
1889Bravo
1888Mentor
1887Dunlop
1886Arsenal
1885Sheet Anchor
1884Malua
1883Martini Henry
1882The Assyrian
1881Zulu
1880Grand Flaneur
1879Darriwell
1878Calamia
1877Chester
1876Briseis
1875Wolloma
1874Haricot
1873Don Juan
1872The Quack
1871The Pearl
1870Nimblefoot
1869Warrior
1868Glencoe
1867Tim Whiffler
1866The Barb
1865Toryboy
1864Lantern
1863Banker
1862Archer
1861Archer

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