Sunday, October 24, 2010


Video of the Melbourne Cup Race 2009. This year we're expecting bigger and better to celebrate the Melbourne Cup Carnival's 150th Anniversary

Places to Be - Flemington

The Birdcage: (Map F1-G1)

The Birdcage is the place to be during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, that is if you can score an invitation to the exclusive celebrity filled marquees.

The Emirates Marquees is the most exclusive marquee in the Birdcage with an Invite only guest list of approximately 150 people per race day; if you can manage to score an invitation, then a day of luxury, decadence and pure enjoyment are sure to be had. There are also several other marquees in the Birdcage hosted by organisations such as Lavazza, SAAB and Lexus.

One of the big attractions of the Birdcage is the entertainment with big name artists performing throughout the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Myer Fashions on the Field & L'oreal Powder Room: (Map F2)

When attending the Carnival, a trip to the Myer Fashions on the Field (whether as a competitor or a spectator) is a must. Check out all the fashions and decide if you agree with the judges.

Right next door to the Fashion is the L'oreal Powder Room where you can go in and have a manicure, or check out the latest products with a goodies bag given away to all visitors. Get in early as there can be long lines to get in.

Both are open to the general public.

The Enclosures: Trackside (Map B3), Winning Post (Map D3)
& Ascot / Banks Enclosure (Map B2)

Many companies hire out Marquee's within the Trackside and Winning Post Enclosures for their employees to enjoy a day out at Melbourne Cup Carnival or to wine and dine current or prospective clients and enjoy the ambience of Flemington Racing.

Crown, ANZ, Telstra and Commonwealth Bank can all be found to have beautifully adorned marquee's with prime viewing of the track.

The Ascot / Banks Enclosure does not overlook the track but guests of the enclosure also have access to the Lawn Stands (ticketed area) overlooking the Winning Post. This area is outdoors and the band can be heard entertaining the crowds all day between races.

The Marquee's: Carbine (Map A4), Makybe Diva & Archers (Map A3-B3)

The Marquee's are open to the public to purchase seats or tables as long as you are willing to pay between 200 - 600 per person (depending on the Marquee and / or day). Makybe Dival and Archers marquee's both overlook the track whilst the Carbine Marquee overlooks the river and is a slightly more casual affair.
All 3 marquees provide access for their guests into the Lawn Stand.

The Nursery: (Map E1)

For those who want to enjoy Flemington and organise a gathering but not able to afford the marquee's or enclosures available, the nursery is a good alternative. Situated just outside Flemington Race track, you can book a Carpark for the day or for the entire carnival.

Completely self funded, purchasers of a carpark act as host and provide the catering / drinks and seating arrangements for their guests. The cost of the carpark includes the allocation of a number of entries and they may charge their guests are fee for attending, usually somewhere between $50 - $150 per person.

The carpark is fully decked out with big screens where all the races are shown live and TAB outlets available for plenty of wagering.

General Public Area's:

Their are several area's where you can go with a general public ticket but for good viewing, you need to get their early. The front of the grass has the best viewing with racegoers setting up picnic blankets for a day out in the sun with their friends - not so great when the unpredictable Melbourne weather turns wet however.

The Grandstand as well as being the oldest building at Flemington and listed on the Heritage List is also open to the public but again, visitors to the racetrack really need to get there early to get a good seat.

For those who want to enjoy the atmosphere but not necessarily the racing of Flemington, just outside the Grandstand (opposite the train station) is the stage where music can be found playing all day and visitors can take their shoes off and dance on the grass. Concerts are held every day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival until the late evening.

1961 - 2000.

Winner for 1961 - Lord Fury

Lap time of 3:19:50 with jockey Selkrig, he won 20,750 pounds for owner Cohen.

Winner for 1962 - Even Stevens

Lap time of 3:21:40 ridden by jockey Coles, and winning 20,750 for owner Wattie.

Winner for 1963 - Gatum Gatum

Won in 3:21:00 with jockey Johnston, winning a total of 25,200 pounds.

Winner for 1964 - Polo Prince.

Lap time 3:19:60 jockey Taylor, winnings total of 25,750 pounds.

Winner for 1965 - Light Fingers

Winning time of 3:19:50 wnet home with 30,750 pounds.

Winner for 1966 - Galilee

Lap time of 3:21:90.

Winner 1967 - Red Handed

Lap time 3:20:40

Winner 1968- Rain Lover

Lap time 3:19:10

Winner 1969 -Rain Lover

Lap time 3:21:50

Winner 1970- Baghdad note

Lap time 3:19:70

Winner 1971 - Silver Knight

Lap time 3:19:50

Winner 1972 - Piping lane.

Lap time 3:19:30

Winner 1973 - Gala Supreme.

Lap time 3:19:50

Winner 1974 - Thing Big.

Lap time 3:23:10.

Winner 1975 - Think Big

Lap time 3:29:60

Winner 1976 - Van Der Ham

Lap time 3:34:10

Winner 1977 - Gold and Black

Lap time 3:18:40

Winner 1978 - Arwon

Lap time 3:24:30

Winner 1979 - Hyperno

Lap time 3:21:80

Winner 1980 - Beldale Ball

Lap time 3:19:80

Winner 1981 - Just a Dash

Lap time 3:21:20

Winner 1982 - Gurner's Lane

Lap time 3:21:20

Winner 1983 - Kiwi

Lap top 3:18:90

Winner 1984 - Black Knight

Lap time 3:18:90

Winner 1985 - What A Nuisance

Lap time 3:23:00

Winner 1986 - At Talaq

Lap time 3:21:70

Winner 1987 - Kensei

Lap time 3:22:00

Winner 1988 - Empire Rose

Lap time 3:18:90

Winner 1989 - Tawrrific

Lap tim 3:17:10

Winner 1990 - Kingston Rules

Lap time 3:16:30

Winner 1991- Let's Elope

Lap time 3:18:90

Winner 1992 - Subzero

Lap time 3:24:70

Winner 1993 - Vintage Crop

Lap time 3:23:40

Winner 1994 - Jeune

Lap time 3:19:80

Winner 1995 - Doriemus

Lap time 3:27:60

Winner 1996 - Saintly

Lap time 3:18:80

Winner 1997 - Might and Power

Lap time 3:18:33

Winner 1998 - Jezabeel

Lap time 3:18:59

Winner 1999 - Rogan Josh

Lap time 3:19:64

Winner 2000 - Brew

Lap time 3:18:68

Winner 2001 - Ethereal

Lap tim 3:21:08

Winner 2002 - Media Puzzle

Lap time 3:16:97

Winner 2003 - Makybe Diva

Lap time 3:19:90

Winner 2004 - Makybe Diva

Lap time 3:28:55

Winner 2005 - Makybe Diva

Lap time 3:19:17

Winner 2006 - Delta Blue

Lap time 3:21:47

Winner 2007 - Efficient

Lap time 3:23:34

Winner 2008 - Viewed

Lap time 3:20:58

Winner 2009 - Shocked

Lap time 3:23:87.

FASHION......Emirates Melbourne Cup Day

What seperates Melbourne Cup Day from all other days in the Carnival.....The HEAD PIECES

Melbourne Cup Day is all about what's on your head, from beautifully crafted colourful fascinators to elaborately designed hats.

In the past, head pieces were extravagant and decorated with all sorts of embelishments such as feathers, beads and jewels, today they are more subdued but perhaps only slightly!

Melbourne’s expensive milliners, op-shops and other stores are busy selling hats and accessories in the lead up to Melbourne Cup Carnival and on the day itself, almost everyone can be found wearing some form of hat; whether it be craftily created self made hats made to celebrate the day or the more serious race goer who have diligently chosen their headpiece for this once a year event

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For more Melbourne Cup Fashion Tips- check out the link:  Melbourne Cup Fashion Rules - SMH

1951 -1960

Winner in 1951 - Delta.

With a winning time of 3:24:25 Delta carried jockey N. Sellwood. His owner A. Basser went home with 14,300 pounds.

Winner in 1952 - Delray.

Delray carried jockey B. Williamson in 3:23:75. His owner C. Neville went home with 14,550 pounds.

Winner in 1953 -Wodalla.

Jockied by Purtell Wodalla won the Cup in 3:23:75. With winnings of 14,550 pounds went home with owner Ted Underwood.

Winner in 1954 - Rising Fast.

Ridden by jockey Purtell, Rising Fast won the Cup in 3:23:00. His owner Spring went home with 15,500 pounds

Winner in 1955 - Toparoa.

Toparoa won the cup in 3:28:25 carrying jockey Sellwood, he won a total prize of 15,500 pounds.

Winner in 1956 - Evening Peal.

Jockey was Podmore who raced Evening Peal to win the Cup in 3:19:50, winning a total for owners Mr & Mrs White 15,500 pounds.

Winner in 1957 - Straight Draw.

Straight Draw won the Cup in 3:24:50 with jockey McGrowdie and owned by Norton who took winnings of 15,500 pounds.

Winner in 1958 - Baystone.

Baystone carrying Schumacher across the line in a time of 3:21:25, owner Burns took the winnings of 15,500 pounds total.

Winner in 1959 - MacDougal.

MacDougal won the Cup with jockey Glennon in 3:23:00, the winnings totalling 15,500 pounds went to owner Brown.

Winner in 1960 - Hi Jinx.

Hi Jinx was owned by Knowles and Sly. He carried across the Cup line jockey William Smith in 3:23:75.

1941 - 1950.

Winner in 1941 - Skipton.

Skipton was surrounded by thirteens, he was in barrier 13, wore the number 13 and by winning became the thirteenth horse to triumph in the Derby - Cup. Skipton's jockey Billy Cook won in a time of 3:23:75. His trainer J. Fryer and owned by J.J Kitson went home with winnings of 7,700 pounds.

Winner in 1942 - Colonus.

Colonus had one of the highest ever winning margins in the Melbourne Cup history when he beat Phoncion by seven lengths. Colonus and jockey H. McCloud crossed the Cup line in 3:33:25, trained by F. Manning. He was owned by L. O. Menck took winnings of 7,700 pounds.

Winner in 1943 - Dark Felt.

Dark Felt won his race in 3:23:25 while carrying jockey Vic Hartney. Being trained by Ray Webster, and he was owned by J. A. Cain leaving with winnings totalling 7,700 pounds.

Winner in 1944 - Sirius.

The jockey Darby Munro rode Sirius to his win in 3:24:50, he was trained by E. Fisher he's owned by R. Turnbull who took home winnings of 7,700 pounds.

Winner in 1945 - Rainbird.

Rainbird was the first mare to win the Melbourne Cup from South Australia. Carrying Billy Cook across the line in 3:24:25, owned by Clifford Reid he collected a prize total of 10,200 pounds.

Winner in 1946 - Russia.

Russia carried jockey Darby Munro across the line in 3:21:25, he was trained by Hush and Russia's owners were Hush & Leeds who split the winnings of 10,200 pounds. Russian finished his career with 32 wins from 89 starts.

Winner in 1947 - Hiraji.

Hiraji Melbourne Cup win was with jockey Jack Purtell in 3:28:00. His trainer J. W. McCurley and his owner Fred Hughes went home with winnings of 10,300 pounds.

Winner in 1948 - Rimfire.

Rimfire's jockey was 15-years-old Ray Neville the winning time was 3:21:00, the trainer Stan Boyden and owner H. Raymond won a total prize of 12,800 pounds.

Winner in 1949 - Foxami.

Foxami carried jockey William Fellows in 3:28:50. Owned by L. Robinson.

Winner in 1950 - Comic Court.

Jockey Pat Glennon rode Comic Court in 1950 Melbourne Cup to victory in 3:19:50, his owner's split the winnings of 12,800 pounds. Comic Court was trained by Bart Cummings (Snr.) himself.

1931 - 1940

Winner in 1931 - White Nose.

White Nose's victory in the Melbourne Cup was overshadowed by Phar Lap's defeat and the last race in Australia. After passing the judges box the first time, White Nose took control and as a veered around the bend, upped the pace. White Nose with jockey N. Percival crossed the line in 3:26:00, trainer E. J. Hatwell. With owner H. P. McLachlan went home with 7,150 gold sovereign.

Winner in 1932 - Peter Pan.

The Great Depression was still on everyone's mind during the Melbourne Cup, carrying Duncan, Peter Pan was at the rear of the group when he clipped the heels of the horse in front of him and fell onto his knees. The crowd thought it was over for Peter Pan. However approaching from behind him was stable mate Dennis Boy who bumped the struggling horse back onto his feet. Peter Pan then shot to the front of the pack, taking the Cup out by a neck. Peter Pan and jockey Duncan won the race in 3:23:25 and trained by Frank McGrath Snr. Peter Pan was owned by Rodney R. Dangar went ome with winnings totalling 7,150 gold sovereigns.

After the race spectators noticed the grass stain on Peter Pan's neck from his fall. It was this event that reinstated hope back into people's lives.

Winner in 1933 - Hall Mark.

Prior to the Cup race the colt developed infection in his leg and many thought it was lame. His jockey J. O'Sullivan was riding in his first Melbourne Cup and spent a fair amount of time with trainer Jack Holt, trying to patch up Hall Mark's leg. After the vet check two hours prior to the race gave all clear, O'Sullivan eased Hall Mark into the race and despite his bandages splitting during the race, Hall Mark just made it across the line first in a time of 3:27:25. Owner C. B. Kellow took home winnings worth 7,200 pounds.

Winner in 1934 - Peter Pan.

Peter Pan being riden by Darby Munro won the Melbourne Cup in a time of 3:40:50. His owner Dangar won 7,200 pounds in winning's.

Winner in 1935 - Marabou.

Marabou and jockey K. Voitre won in 3:23:27 weighting just 49.44kg the colt was relitavely helped to his victory by his light weight. Trained by Lou Robertson and owners J. Fell and T. Hogan went home with winnings totalling 8,200 pounds.

Winner in 1936 - Wotan.

Jockied by Ossie Phillips, Wotan's Melbourne Cup race time of 3:21:25. Wotan trained by J. Fryer and owned by T. A. W. & R. Smith went home with winnings totalling 10,200 pounds.

Winner in 1937 - The Trump.

Half-way down the straight jockey Ashley Reed, pulled the Trump to the outside in a display of riding mastery to fight their way to the front and triumph at Flemington by half a length over Willie Win. Trainer S. W. Reid and owner E. Eccles went home with 10,200 pounds in winnings.

Winner in 1938 - Catalogue.

Even though it had down as trainer Mr A McDonald it was his wife who trained Catalogue. Jockied by F. Shean he won the Cup in 3:26:25. Owned by Mrs A. Jameison went home with winnings totalling 10,200 pounds.

Winner in 1939 - Rivette.

Rivette with jockie T. Preston won the Melbourne Cup in 3:27:00. And the trainer and owner Henry Bamber took home 10,200 pounds.

Winner in 1940 - Old Rowley.

Old Rowley jockied by Andy Knox took the win in 3:26:00. Trained and owned by J. A. Scully took home the winnings of 7,700 pounds. Old Rowley won the 1940 Melbourne Cup at 100/1 odds, becoming one of only three horses to ever do so.

Melbourne Cup Carnival - Sponsorship

We all know that the Melbourne Cup Carnival is huge, and a part of that is due to the sponsorship the event recieves. HUGE companies are involved in the Carnival and contribute to the sucess and size of the event. Without these sponsorship deals, the Melbourne Cup Carnival wouldnt be what it is today. The Melbourne Cup Carnival lists the following as their Major Sponsors;
Emirates - The international Airline is the Pricipal Partner of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and as such, has a huge array of promotional materials throughout the Carnival. These range from the logo and tagline (Fly Emirates) all over the gate, and on the shirt of every person working for the Melbourne Cup and assisting with getting the horses into preparation before the race. "Emirates Melbourne Cup Day" is held on 2nd November this year, and is probably the biggest and most well known day of the entire Carnival and is often referred to as "The Race That Stops The Nation". The event and the day are huge and known all around Australia, and maybe even the world...

The other Emirates entry to the Carnival is the "Emirates Stakes Day" billed as the family day and the day has a much more relaxed atmosphere and features Fashions on the field for children.

AAMI - The Insurance company is such a large sponsor that there is a "AAMI Victoria Derby Day" this year held on 30th of October and claims to be "the best single day of thoroughbred racing" in Australia, if not the world

Crown - Hotels and the Crown Casino bring to the Carnival the "Crown Oaks Day" which claims to be the ultimate style day - which is the day when stylish women of all ages come together and celebrate feminine elegance and the heritage of Ladies Day at Flemington. It also incorporates MYER and the "Myer Fashions on the Field". The winner of the national competition of Myer Fashions on the Field is announced on Crown Oaks Day, reinforcing its importance on the fashion calendar.
Several other noteworthy sponors include;

                                          Invest Victoria

A more exhaustive list of the business partners can be found on the Melbourne Cup Website

The Melbourne Cup Carnival gets Interactive

With the advances in technology comes a whole new way to see, follow, and experience the spectacle that is the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

This year the options include the traditional watching the races on TV, or listening via the Radio, but in the lead up to the race that stops a nation, there are also plenty of other social and technical ways to get involved...

Follow the Cup on Facebook where you can keep up to date with the Emirates Cup Quest or read all the followers comments. Follow the pics of the cup as it travels!

Or follow it on Twitter - the tweets give you updates, clues and let you know whats happening and where!

Or even download the App on your Iphone - with information on news, whats on, form guide, photos, tips to win, maps, trivia, sweeps, and history!

1911 - 1920

Winner in 1911 - The Parisian.

The Parisian is one of the few winners of the Australian Cup - Melbourne Cup double. In 1911 the Melbourne Cup, The Parisian won by two-lengths, beating previous Melbourne Cup winner Comedy King and Walter Hickenbotham's Trafalgar. The Parisian with jockey R. Cameron won in 3:27:75, trained by C. Wheeler and owned by J. F. Kirby went home with a prize win totalling 8,742 gold sovereigns.

Winner in 1912 - Piastre.

In 1912 Piastre won the Melbourne Cup by more than a length over Hallowmass and Uncle Sam. Piastre was originally trained by James Scobie however was transferred to Richard O'Conner prior to the Cup. Piastre with jockey A. Shanahan winning time was 3:27:50. Owner W. Brown went home with a prize totalling 8,676 gold sovereigns.

Winner in 1913 - Posinatus.

The 1913 win of Posinatus has often been associated with strange stories of predictions after betters won based on predictions that they had been told and that some had dreamt of Posinatus winning. One punter won more then 36,000 pounds after his prediction. Posinatus with last years winning jockey A. Shanahan, with trainer and owner J. Chambers won in a time of 3:31:00, winning a total of 9,519 gold sovereigns.

Winner in 1914 - Kingsburgh.

Kingsburgh also known as L. K. S. Mackinnon, who apparently won more then 14,000 pounds in bets. He was later renamed in 1936 to Kingsburgh after his owner. Kingsburgh with jockey George Meddick won the Cup in a time of 3:26:00, trained by Isaac Foulsham and owner L. K. S. Mackinnon went home with winnings totalling of 9,890 gold sovereigns.

Winner in 1915 - Patrobas.

Patrobas was the first female owned horse, ridden to victory in the Melbourne Cup by jockey Bobbie Lewis in a time of 3:28:25. Trainer C. Wheeler was able to produce the victory for Mrs Edith Widdis, she was able to take away winnings totalling 9,364 gold sovereigns.

Winner in 1916 - Sasanof.

Sasanof won the Melbourne Cup by over two lengths and just missed the race record by half a second. He and jockey F. Fowley almost record time was 3:27:75, trained by M. Hobbs and the owner's W. G. Stead and E. S. Luttrell left the Melbourne Cup with a total winnings worth 9,205 gold sovereigns. He became the second New Zealand horse to win the Melbourne Cup.

This year's race was delayed until the following Saturday due to extreme rain. On the new race day, Sasanof's owner M. Stead sold a third of the horse of his good friend, E. S. Luttrell so that his friend could enjoy the winnings.

Winner in 1917 - Westcourt.

After being beaten by Patrobas in 1915 Melbourne Cup, Westcourt returned in 1917 with jockey W. McLachlan to beat Lingle and win the race. It was McLachlan's third win in the race and many though it was a deserving win for Westcourt, who had a history of finishing second in many prominent races. Westcourt won his race with a time of 3:26:75, trained by Joe Burton and owned by D. U. Seaton who left with winnings of 7,779 gold sovereigns.

Winner in 1918 - Night Watch.

Night Watch was the foal of the great Wakeful, who carried 10 stone across the finishing line. The 1918 Melbourne Cup marked the last of five Cups during World War I. Duncan was chosen to ride Night Watch as he was one of the riders who could make the weight of 6 stone 9 pounds (42kg). Trained by Richard Bradfield and owned by C. L. Mcdonald, Night Watch winning in a time of 3:25:75, left with winnings totalling 7,936 gold sovereigns.

Winner in 1919 - Artilleryman.

Winning with four time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Robert Lewis, Artilleryman winning in a time of 3:24:50. He won by at least six lengths and set a new race record. He was unexpectedly a handsome horse who had many fans just because of his appearance. Artilleryman was trained by P. T. Heywood and with owners Sir S. Horden/ A. D. Murphy won a total of 9,272 gold sovereigns.

Winner in 1920 - Poitrel.

Poitrel's stable mate Erasmus was in front, until the last half furlong when Poitrel shot thought to win with jockey Ken Bracken in a time of 3:25:75. He was trained by H. J. Robinson and owner's W. & F. A. Moses finished the cup with the winnings totalling 9,252 gold sovereigns.