To help you make a selection or confirm your choice in the 2018 Melbourne Cup, UBET has provided key statistics on this year’s race.
UBET Melbourne Cup Stats provide vital information in key areas such lead-up form, winning profile, betting, barriers, jockeys, trainers, weights and general facts about the race. It is designed to ensure you’re better-informed when putting ‘some skin in the game’.
Recent race trends will be reviewed, along with past race history, jockey and trainer performances in the particular event, best barriers etc.
There is never a more exciting race to be a part of than the Melbourne Cup and UBET Racing Stats are just another way to stay 'ahead of the game'.
16 of the past 30 winners had won their final lead up run, while another 6 were placed.
4 Caulfield Cup winners -Ethereal 2001, Might And Power 1997, Doriemus 1995, Let’s Elope 1991 have backed up successfully in the Melbourne Cup in the same year from 27 that have attempted the double.
17 Herbert Power winners have run in the Cup in the past three decades, but Rogan Josh -1999 is the only one to complete the double.
In the last decade, runners from the Cox Plate have won 4 Cups -Fiorente 2013, Green Moon 2012, Efficient 2007 & Makybe Diva 2005 with only Makybe Diva completing the double.
Since 1983, 19 Metropolitan winners have run in the Melbourne Cup and Natski -2nd in 1988 is the only one to be in the finish.
Horses that have won the Lexus on Saturday to qualify have fared well in the Cup. 9 of the past 11 winners of the Lexus have then finished in the top-10 of the Cup with Shocking in 2009 the last to complete the double and two others placing. Brew did the double in 2000 as well. Cismontane 13th in 2017, Oceanographer 12th in 2016, Excess Knowledge 7th in 2015, Signoff 4th in 2014, Kelinni 4th 2012, Niwot 8th 2011, Maluckyday 2nd 2010, Shocking 1st 2009, Moatize 6th 2008, Sculptor 9th 2007, Maybe Better 3rd 2006.
In 2017 Rekindling became the first International to win the Melbourne Cup without a prior run in Australia. Prior to that there had been 90 horses all come-up short attempting the Cup without a local start.
The most significant lead up race for the internationals is the Prix Kergolay at Deauville in France which Protectionist -2015, Americain -2010 and Dunaden -2011 contested prior to their Cup success.
Only 1 horse in the past 25 years -Brew 2000 has won the Melbourne Cup after failing at a previous attempt.
Fiorente 2013, Empire Rose 1988, Gold And Black 1977, The Grafter 1898 and Carbine 1890 are the only horses to claim the Cup 12 months after finding one better.
11 of the past 19 winners were six year-olds, including 6 of the last 8 -Almandin, Prince Of Penzance, Fiorente, Green Moon, Dunaden & Americain.
Overall, horses aged 6YO and above have won 19 of the last 35 editions Almandin the most recent in 2016.
5YO’s have won 8 times -Protectionist the most recent in 2014.
4YO’s on 8 occasions -Rekindling the latest in 2017.
Geldings have won 15 of the 35 editions since 1983, the most recent Almandin 2016.
Entires have saluted 13 times in that period- the most recent Rekindling.
Mares have taken the honours 7 times in the last three decades with Makybe Diva the latest in 2005.
Three-year-olds had a great record in early Cup history winning 22 of the first 60 renewals. But the last of that age group to salute was Skipton in 1941.
25 of the past 35 winners carried 55kg or less.
Just 5 winners have carried 56kg or more -Protectionist 56.5kg in 2014, Delta Blues 56kg in 2006, Makybe Diva 58kg in 2005, Might And Power 56kg in 1997 & Jeune 56.5kg in 1994.
Makybe Diva was the last winner to wear the Number 1 saddlecloth to victory. Prior to that it was Rising Fast in 1954.
Just six outright favourites and two equal favourites have saluted in the last 35 editions, with Fiorente at $5 the most recent in 2013.
9 of the past 12 winners started at double figure odds.
The longest priced winner in the past three decades was Prince Of Penzance -$74. Viewed -$41 in 2008, the last of ‘Cups King’ Bart Cummings 12 winners was the previous longest.
The shortest priced winner since 1983 was Makybe Diva -$3.50, when she notched the second of her three Cups in 2004.
Barrier 5 is the most successful since 1983, producing 4 of the 35 winners.
Stalls 6, 12, 15, 18, 19, 23 & 24 have not produced a winner in the past 30 years.
Since the barrier stalls were introduced in 1924, no winner has ever jumped from gate 18.
21 of the past 35 winners jumped from the inside half of the field; i.e. barriers 1-12 in fields of 24.
Since 1996, 13 of 21 winners jumped from the inside division.
The last winner from the outside barrier was Brew -22/22 in 2000.
The most recent winner from the coveted inside stall was Prince Of Penzance in 2015.
Harry White -1974/75/78/79 and Bobby Lewis -1902/15/19/27 have ridden four winners each.
Of the current crop, Damien Oliver has had 27 Cup rides for 3 wins and 3 seconds. 2017 was the first time since 2006 that Oliver had missed a Cup ride.
Glen Boss has a record of 15: 3-1-1, with all 3 wins coming aboard Makybe Diva.
There was a feeling that you need a ‘local’ jockey on board for the Cup, but foreign riders have won 4 of the past 12 Cups.
Corey Brown scored his 2nd Cup win in 2017 aboard Rekindling adding to his 2009 win aboard Shocking.
Kerrin McEvoy scored his 2nd Cup win in 2016, breaking a 16 year drought from his 1st Cup back in 2000 with Brew.
Other current riders to have Cup success include Corey Brown, Michael Rodd, Brett Prebble and Blake Shinn.
For others, Cup success eludes them; Luke Nolen, Craig Williams, Steven Arnold, Dwayne Dunn and Craig Newitt.
While arguably one of the world’s greatest jockeys Frankie Dettori 16: 0-2-0 continues to chase his maiden success in the Cup.
The ‘great race’ is synonymous with the legendary Bart Cummings. With a record 12 wins on the first Tuesday in November, James Bartholomew Cummings well and truly earned the nickname of the ‘Cups King’. Cummings first Melbourne Cup runner was Asian Court in 1958. His first winner was Light Fingers, who beat stablemate Ziema in 1965. His last Cup winner was Viewed in 2008.
Trainers with multiple wins in the Cup include Lee Freedman with 5 wins, Robert Hickmott with 2 and Dermot Weld with 2.
Gai Waterhouse, Mike Moroney, David Hayes , Darren Weir and Mark Kavanagh have all trained 1 winner.
For some well-known trainers, this race has proven a difficult assignment – one of Godolphin’s head trainers Saeed Bin Suroor 23: 0-3-1 continues to chase an elusive Cup win.
2017 provided a unique result with Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien training the winner Rekindling at his first attempt. Aidan O’Brien, father of Joseph trained the 2nd placed Johannes Vermeer.
This $7.3m Handicap over 3200m dates back to 1861 when won by Archer, who was also successful the following year.
In 2018 the winner will receive $4m and a trophy valued at $250,000.
The race is always held on the first Tuesday in November, but that wasn’t always the case. Up until 1875 the race was held on a Thursday.
The Pearl -1871, Wotan -1936 & Old Rowley -1940 have the record for the longest odds -$101.
Phar Lap holds the record for the shortest odds -1930, starting at $1.73 and also the record for the most weight, lumping 68kgs when finishing eighth to White Nose in 1931.
The highest weight carried to victory was 65.5kg by Carbine in 1890. The highest weight carried by a filly or a mare was 58kg when Makybe Diva recorded the third of her three successive Cups victories in 2005.
The horse with the lowest weight on record was in 1863 when Banker carried just 33.57kg in a seven horse field. There is a minimum these days of 49kg.
Super staying mare, Makybe Diva, is the only horse to win three Cups -2003, 2004 & 2005. Archer -1861-62, Rain Lover -1968-69, Think Big -1974-75 and Makybe Diva -2003-5 have won consecutive Cups, while Peter Pan also won the Cup twice in 1932 and 1934.
The fastest winning time 3:16.3 was posted by Kingston Rule in 1990.
The biggest winning margin is eight lengths, recorded by two dual Cup winners - Archer in 1862 and Rain Lover in 1968.
The 1891 Melbourne Cup was an all family affair with James Redfearn training, owning and breeding winner Malvolio, and his son George Redfearn riding the four-year-old to victory and netting the Melbourne family 13,124 pounds.
The first truly international horse to win the Melbourne Cup was Vintage Crop -trained by Irishman Dermot Weld in 1993. Japan’s first success came in 2006 when Delta Blues beat home another horse from the ‘land of the rising sun’ in Pop Rock.
French trained horses Americain and Dunaden claimed back-to-back victories in 2010 & 2011, while Germany celebrated its first success with Protectionist in 2014. It was trained by Andreas Wohler.
Connections of the first Cup winner -Archer in 1861 received 710 gold sovereigns and a hand-beaten gold watch, compared to a winner’s cheque of $4m and a solid gold trophy valued at $200,000 in 2018.
A trophy -originally in the form of a miniature horse and jockey atop a silver bowl with handles was introduced in 1865, before the Melbourne Cup trophy itself was first used in 1919.
The honour roll includes; Dunaden -2011, Americain -2010, Efficient -2007, Makybe Diva -2003/04/05, Ethereal -2001, Might and Power -1997, Saintly -1996, Jeune -1994, Vintage Crop -1993, Empire Rose -1988, Kiwi -1983, Think Big -1974/75, Rain Lover -1968/69, Light Fingers -1965, Comic Court -1950, Peter Pan -1932/34, Phar Lap -1930, Poseidon -1906, Carbine -1890 and Archer -1861/62.