The race that stops the nation has arrived and every man and his dog has already
started to give out their tip in the Cup. But there's one bloke who's view has
stood the test of time and he won't volunteer his thoughts. So we’ve looked
into the 154 years of results from the great race to see who History says will
win, and who won't win, the 2016 Melbourne Cup.
Most successful age and sex
5 year old colts and geldings have won The Cup 41 times – Bondi
, Grey Lion
fit this profile. Leaving the sex of the runner
of out of the equation, four and five year old thoroughbreds have been most
successful in the Melbourne Cup.
Preparation is Key
Three lead-up form races to the Melbourne Cup have produced 11 winners since
- Caulfield Cup – Our Ivanhowe, Exospheric,
Almoonqith, Jameka, Sir John Hawkwood
- Cox Plate – Hartnell
- Geelong Cup – Grey Lion, Oceanographer,
Seven of the past ten Cups have been won by a stallion. In 2016, Our
, Bondi Beach
, Excess Knowledge
are the stallions in the race.
Form down under
More than 50 international thoroughbreds have attempted to win the Melbourne
Cup at their first Australian start with only Vintage Crop in 1993 accomplishing
that feat. Curren Mirotic
, Wicklow Brave
and Beautiful Romance
be attempting to expand this lonely club on Tuesday.
Age shall weary them
Since 1938 no horse aged eight years or older has won The Cup, although freak
UK stayer Red Cadeaux came very close to breaking that record in the 2014 Cup.
On account of this fact, history will be against Sir John Hawkwood
Who Shot The Barman
, Curren Mirotic
Over the last ten years barriers 9 through to 12 have produced eight victories
which is good news for connections of Grand Marshall, Secret
Number, Oceanographer and Hartnell.
Barrier 18, which is where Curren Mirotic jumps from, is the
only gate that has never produced a winner in the Cup's history.
Add, subtract, multiply and divide – this is how history sees the finish
1st Bondi Beach.
Check out the latest odds for the Cup and follow
a winning punter here.