With the Spring Racing Carnival back in full bloom in 2023, the country’s biggest race isn’t far away.
And a key element to the big day is the responsible search for a Melbourne Cup winner.
Success achieved in previous major races can generally help bettors determine which horses should be in the mix to achieve their own career highlight.
However, when looking through the archives, it can be difficult to figure out how much each previous Melbourne Cup winner actually paid. So we did the hard work.
Let’s look at the last 11 winners, including some key details and the amount of dividends.
Previous Melbourne Cup winners and what they paid
Gold Trip – $19.40
Assistant trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace won the 2022 trophy together with jockey Mark Zahra. The Zahra story is a classic as he unfortunately missed the trip to “Very Elleegant” a year earlier.
Very Elegant – $14.50
The hottest tire in racing, James McDonald, celebrated his first Cup victory on the Chris Waller-trained mare Verry Elleegant; the first female horse to win the big race since the legendary Makybe Diva’s third victory in 2005.
Twilight Payment – $23
Joseph O’Brien’s gelding from Ireland shocked the nation and gave the trainer his second trophy. It was jockey Jye McNeil’s first win in the Flemington feature race.
Vow and Declaration – $11.70
Craig Williams’ only trip to the cup came in 2019 with local hope Vow and Declare. It is also trainer Danny O’Brien’s only success story in this race.
Cross Counter – $12
Cross Counter was the first British-trained horse to win the Melbourne Cup. Charlie Appleby with these honors. Kerrin McEvoy sat in the saddle of the three-year-old gelding.
Revival – $16.30
The British-bred and Irish-trained Rekindling saluted in 2017 for trainer Joseph O’Brien, ridden by Corey Brown.
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Almandine – $11
Lloyd Williams became the most successful owner of Melbourne Cup winners with Almandin, while Kerrin McEvoy rode his second Cup winner. Trained by Robert Hickmott, the seven-year-old gelding was a well-rounded $11 shooter.
Penzance Price – $86.70
In one of the most famous Cup victories, Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the race that brought the nation to a standstill. Trained by Darren Weir, six-year-old Prince of Penzance put in a stunning 3200m long-chance run.
Protectionist – $8
The Andreas Wohler-trained German striker claimed a four-length victory in the 2014 Melbourne Cup, beating three-time place winner Red Cadeaux.
Fiorentuck – $7
After an agonizing wait, racing’s first lady, Gai Waterhouse, finally found a Melbourne Cup winner. Fiorente was the favorite and finished second a year earlier, while Damien Oliver rode the six-year-old stallion.
Green Moon – $20.80
Green Moon, another winner for Lloyd Williams and trainer Robert Hickmott, won with the highest odds in five years. It is Brett Prebble’s only trip to win the Melbourne Cup.