Melbourne Cup 2021

Date Tuesday, 5 November, 2019
Track Flemington Racecourse
Distance 3200m
Class Group 1
Race Type Handicap
Prize Money $7.75 million
Age 3YO and Upwards

2019 Melbourne Cup Tips

Australia’s most famous race, the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), is set to be run at Flemington Racecourse on November 5, 2019, and it promises to be another thriller and a race to remember.

Finding the winner on the first Tuesday in November is hard enough, let alone trying to find it months out from the race, but if you want to get the juiciest odds possible, it’s the only way to try and do it.

Read who the writers have tipped up, check out our big race preview and Melbourne Cup tips and read our runner-by-runner guide to the field.


The gruelling staying test is run over 3200m and carries more than just Group 1 status.

Horses that claim victory in the race will be forever etched into Australian racing folklore and be celebrated for generations to come.

Traditional lead-up races have been the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), held 17 days earlier, and, in more recent times, the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley and the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) have also been successful lead-up races.

Fiorente used the Cox Plate as his springboard into the Cup, as did Green Moon in 2012.

In 2010, Americain won the Geelong Cup before claiming Melbourne Cup victory, and in 2011 French galloper Dunaden followed the same path before recording the narrowest win in Cup history when he beat the gallant Red Cadeaux by a whisker.

Some key Melbourne Cup pointers are:

  • Six-year-olds have a great record in the races
  • Only three favourites have won the Melbourne Cup since 2000
  • Internationals to have had a lead up run in Melbourne perform better than those who haven’t, although Rekindling defied that last year


The final field for the 2019 Melbourne Cup will be declared on Saturday, November 2.

2019 Melbourne Cup Runners

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Weight / Barrier Draw Bet
1 Cross Counter Charlie Appleby William Buick 57.5kg / 5 LATEST ODDS
2 Mer De Glace Hisashi Shimizu Damian Lane 56kg / 2 LATEST ODDS
3 Master Of Reality Joseph O’Brien Frankie Dettori 55.5kg / 1 LATEST ODDS
4 Mirage Dancer Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 55.5kg / 13 LATEST ODDS
5 Southern France Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 55.5kg / 14 LATEST ODDS
6 Hunting Horn Aidan O’Brien Seamie Heffernan 55kg / 11 LATEST ODDS
7 Latrobe Joseph O’Brien James McDonald 55kg / 22 LATEST ODDS
8 Mustajeer Kris Lees Damien Oliver 55kg / 6 LATEST ODDS
9 Rostropovich David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 55kg / 12 LATEST ODDS
10 Twilight Payment Joseph O’Brien Hugh Bowman 55kg / 19 LATEST ODDS
11 Finche Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 54kg / 4 LATEST ODDS
12 Prince Of Arran Charlie Fellows Michael Walker 54kg / 8 LATEST ODDS
13 Raymond Tusk Richard Hannon Jamie Spencer 54kg / 3 LATEST ODDS
14 Downdraft Joseph O’Brien John Allen 53.5kg / 15 LATEST ODDS
15 Magic Wand Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 53.5kg / 24 LATEST ODDS
16 Neufbosc David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 53.5kg / 23 LATEST ODDS
17 Sound Michael Moroney James Winks 53.5kg / 10 LATEST ODDS
18 Surprise Baby Paul Preusker Jordan Childs 53.5kg / 20 LATEST ODDS
19 Constantinople David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 52.5kg / 7 LATEST ODDS
20 Il Paradiso Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 52.5kg / 17 LATEST ODDS
21 Steel Prince Anthony Freedman Brett Prebble 52.5kg / 16 LATEST ODDS
22 The Chosen One Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Tim Clark 52kg / 18 LATEST ODDS
23 Vow And Declare Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 52kg / 21 LATEST ODDS

24 Youngstar Chris Waller Tommy Berry 52kg / 9 LATEST ODDS


Australia’s leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Melbourne Cup (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge.

You can watch all Flemington races including the Melbourne Cup streamed live online at:

Become a member of any of the four bookmakers and enjoy the coverage free. To find out how to stream the Melbourne Cup live, click on the dedicated link.


Bookmakers Sportsbet, BetEasy and Neds are the best places to bet on the Melbourne Cup and all Flemington races. They offer some of the best odds and promotions on the big race and also stream the race live online. Or take advantage of the top 5 bookmakers below.

Melbourne Cup History and Guide

The Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) is held at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday of November each year and we provide expert tips for the Race That Stops A Nation.

The most most famous race on the Australian racing calendar looks set to be another memorable edition in 2016.

With prizemoney in excess of $6 million, the Melbourne Cup is the richest two-mile handicap race on the planet and attracts the finest stayers from Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan.

The field size is capped at 24 with balloting conditions determining the final field, which will be revealed on Saturday after the completion of Derby Day at Flemington.

First held in 1861, the Melbourne Cup was won by Archer in front of approximately 4,000 Flemington racegoers.

Since then, the race has grown in both status and popularity to become a significant part of Australia’s social and sporting culture and is affectionately known as ‘the race that stops a nation.’

Legend has it that the inaugural winner, Archer, walked all the way to Flemington from his stable in Nowra, New South Wales (approximately 800km) before winning the first Melbourne Cup.

Archer returned to claim back-to-back victories in 1862 for his trainer Etienne de Mestre who would go on to train five Melbourne Cup winners – an effort surpassed only by master trainer Bart Cummings, who died earlier this year.

Cummings has tasted more Cups success than any other trainer, jockey or owner, winning an unparalleled 12 Melbourne Cups; a feat that will more than likely stand the test of time.

Past winners of the Melbourne Cup have gone on to become household names with the immortal Makybe Diva topping the list with her unrivalled three consecutive Cup wins from 2003-2005.

Other greats of the turf to have won the prestigious race include Chester (1877), Carbine (1890), Poseidon (1906), Phar Lap (1930), Peter Pan (1932 & 1934), Galilee (1966), Rain Lover (1968-1969), Think Big (1974-1975), Kiwi (1983), Let’s Elope (1991), Saintly (1996) and Might And Power (1997).

Jockey Michelle Payne created history in 2015 when becoming the first female rider to win the Melbourne Cup when she rode Prince of Penzance to victory.

Melbourne Cup Champions (Since 2000)

2000 Brew
2001 Ethereal
2002 Media Puzzle
2003 Makybe Diva
2004 Makybe Diva
2005 Makybe Diva
2006 Delta Blues
2007 Efficient
2008 Viewed
2009 Shocking
2010 Americain
2011 Dunaden
2012 Green Moon
2013 Fiorente
2014 Protectionist
2015 Prince Of Penzance
2016 Almandin
2017 Rekindling
2018 Cross Counter
2019 Vow And Declare

Flemington Racecourse Track Description

Flemington is a spacious track with one of the longest straights in Australia at 450m which gives all horses an equal chance with luck in running.

Flemington also has a 1200 metre straight track for racing which is commonly referred to as “The Straight Six” course.

The run to first turn in the Melbourne Cup is 888m, ensuring that no horse has their chances hampered during the opening half-a-mile.

Flemington Racecourse History

Steeped in tradition and home of Australia’s most iconic race, the Melbourne Cup, Flemington is arguably Australia’s most famous racecourse.

Crowds in excess of 100,000 people are a common occurrence during Flemington’s biggest race days where the Victorian Racing Club provides an entertaining environment for all.

The racecourse was first built in the 1850s and made its way onto the National Heritage List in 2006.

Flemington was originally named the Melbourne Racecourse on Crown Land after the Governor of New South Wales in 1848 formally declared 352 acres as a public racecourse and set up a six-member trust to oversee the racecourse.

The Victoria Racing Club Act passed by the government in 1871, made the club the trustees of the racecourse.

The Gold Rush era brought great wealth to Melbourne and Flemington soon grew in popularity, attracting vibrant crowds by the thousands.

Races were initially run in autumn, however, in 1854 the Victoria Turf Club decided to hold spring meetings due to favourable weather conditions – this eventually led to the hosting of the Melbourne Cup.