Tuesday 1st November, 2016
Melbourne Cup Statistics


Today is the 155th running of the “Race that Stops the Nation” in Australia, the Melbourne Cup, which is the world’s richest race over 3,200m or 2 miles.

Our research has uncovered some interesting statistics:

Barrier Statistics

  • Barrier 18 is the only gate never to produce a winner since barriers came in in 1924.
  • The most successful barriers have been 9 – 12 with eight victories from 2006 – 2015.

Saddlecloth Statistics

  • Numbers 4 and 12 are the most successful boasting 11 wins followed by:
  • No 1                        10 wins.
  • No 6                          9 wins.
  • No 5 and No 8           8 wins.
  • The last horse carrying No.1 to win was Makybe Diva in 2005 and prior to that was Rising Fast in 1954.

Winner Stats – Age

  • 4 and 5 year old horses have the best winning record.
  • In the last decade six 6YOs won the Melbourne Cup – including Prince Of Penzance (2015).
  • Only two 8YOs have won the Melbourne Cup.

Winner Stats – Sex

  • Makybe Diva is the most famous mare to win the Melbourne Cup (2003, 2004, and 2005).
  • Only 13 females have ever won the Cup.
  • No mare has won the Melbourne Cup since 2005.
  • Stallions (Entires) hold the record.

Weight Facts

  • In the past decade the average Melbourne Cup weight carried to victory is 54kg – 55kg.
  • Heaviest weight carried to victory was Carbine with 10 stone 5 pounds (66.0kg) in 1890.
  • Phar Lap carried the highest weight with 10 stone 10 pounds (68kg) but lost.
  • Lowest Weight carried to victory was Banker with just 33.5kg in 1863.
  • During the past 35 years only Makybe Diva (2005) has carried 58kgs or greater to victory.

Winning Colours

  • More winning jockeys have worn black as their main colour than any other colour.
  • Navy blue and royal blue is the next best and more popular in recent Melbourne Cup history.

Horse Colour Statistics

  • The colour Bay (reddish-brown coat with black mane, tail and lower legs) has produced 8 of the last 11 winners.
  • That being said Bay is one of the more common coat types among horse breeds.

Horse Name Stats

  • Only 9 horses with a first name that begins with a vowel have won.
  • Of these, 5 began with the letter E (Efficient, Ethereal, Empire Rose, Even Stevens and Evening Deal).
  • The most common are horses whose names begin with the letter S (9 winners), followed by R (8 victories).
  • In any event, no horse whose name starts with I, Q, U, X and Y has ever won the Cup.

Betting Favourites

  • Melbourne Cup betting favourites have won 32 times.
  • Fiorente (2013) was the last favourite to salute for the punters.
  • Did you know – Makybe Diva won the 2003 Melbourne Cup but she did not start favourite.
  • Phar Lap was the shortest priced favourite to win when 8/11 in 1930 followed by Revenue (7/4 in 1901) and Archer (2/1 in 1962).
  • Only three triple figure roughies have won the Melbourne Cup with The Pearl (100-1 in 1871), Wotan (100-1 in 1936) and Old Rowley (100-1 in 1940).

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