Melbourne Cup Winner

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.

Year Winner Age
2015 Prince Of Penzance 6
2014 Protectioniste 4
2013 Fiorente 5
2012 Green Moon 5
2011 Dunaden 5
2010 Americain 5
2009 Shocking 4
2008 Viewed 5
2007 Efficient 4
2006 Delta Blues 6
2005 Makybe Diva 7
2004 Makybe Diva 6
2003 Makybe Diva 5
2002 Media Puzzle 6
2001 Ethereal 4
2000 Brew 6
1999 Rogan Josh 7
1998 Jezabeel 6
1997 Might And Power 4
1996 Saintly 5
1995 Doriemus 5
1994 Jeune 6
1993 Vintage Crop 7
1992 Subzero 4
1991 Let's Elope 4
1990 Kingston Rule 5
1989 Tawrrific 5

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