Age of Melbourne Cup winner
The Melbourne Cup is open to all horses aged 3 years plus, but is is generally won by 4 and 5 year olds. The last three year old to win the Melbourne Cup was Skipton in 1941. The oldest winning age of a Melbourne Cup is an eight and the last eight year old to win was Catalogue in 1938.
Full List of Melbourne Cup Winners Ages
In modern times four and five year old have proved to be the most successful in the race with five year olds winning 47 times and four year olds winning 44 times.
|3 year old||23 times|
|4 year old||44 times|
|5 year old||47 times|
|6 year old||29 times|
|7 year old||10 times|
|8 year old||2 times|
Previous Melbourne Cup Winners Ages
There have been a few more six year olds winning the Melbourne Cup over the last twenty years, seven in total. This is probably due to the trend for Melbourne Cup trainers to run their horses in Melbourne Cups year after year in pursuit of a winner.
However, in terms of looking at Melbourne Cup betting trends, it's probably best to stick to horses that fit in the aged four to five bracket.
|2015||Prince Of Penzance||6|
|1997||Might And Power||4|