The 2012 Melbourne Cup has been run and won. Winning the big race was Green Moon with Brett Prebble on board. Finishing second was Fiorente, with Jakkalberry third.
The pre-race favorites were Americain (finished 11th), Dunaden (14th), Red Cadeaux (8th) and Mount Athos (5th).
This year's Melbourne Cup field:
Number, Horse, (Barrier), Jockey, Weight
- Dunaden (16) Craig Williams 59
- Americain (12) D Oliver 58
- Jakkalberry (19) Colm O'Donoghue 55.5
- Red Cadeaux (18) M Rodd 55.5
- Winchester (22) J Mott 55.5
- Voila Ici (13) V Duric 55
- Cavalryman (6) L Dettori 54
- Mount Athos (8) Ryan Moore 54
- Sanagas (4) Nicholas Hall 54
- Ethiopia (14) R McLeod 53.5
- Fiorente (2) J B McDonald 53.5
- Galileo's Choice (11) P J Smullen 53.5
- Glencadam Gold (7) Tommy Berry 53.5
- Green Moon (5) B Prebble 53.5
- Maluckyday (9) J A Cassidy 53.5
- Mourayan (3) J Bowman 53.5
- My Quest For Peace (1) C W Brown 53.5
- Niwot (15) D Dunn 53.5
- Tac De Boistron (21) O Dolueze 53.5
- Lights Of Heaven (17) L Nolen 53
- Precedence (20) B Shinn 53
- Unusual Suspect (23) G Schofield 53
- Zabeelionaire (24) C Newitt 52
- Kelinni (10) G Boss 51
The final field for the 2012 Melbourne Cup was announced sometime after the last race on Derby Day, November 3.
The 2012 Melbourne Cup, the 152nd race in an unbroken series since 1861, will be run at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, November 6, at the scheduled time of 3pm, Australian eastern daylight saving time.
This is Australia's biggest and richest horse racing event and has been dubbed the "race that stops a nation" as the country almost literally stops to watch the running of the Cup.
Already, Melbourne Cup fixed-odds pre-race futures betting at the end of September had placed UK gelding Mount Athos, trained by Luca Cumani and to be ridden by English jockey Ryan Moore, as favorite for the 3200m race.
Close behind Mount Athos in the end-of-September betting were former Melbourne Cup winners Americain (winner 2010, fourth 2011) and Dunaden (winner 2011) together with 2011 Caulfield Cup second placer Green Moon, French stayer Tac de Boistron, 2011 Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux, and American St Leger winner Jakkalberry.
First Melbourne Cup
The very first Melbourne Cup was run in 1861 over a distance of two miles or about 3218 metres. With metrification, the Melbourne Cup distance was fixed at 3200 metres in 1972.
The inaugural Melbourne Cup had 17 runners with one bolting before the race and three falling during the race. Two of the three horses that fell died. Winning the 1861 race was a New South Wales horse named Archer from Nowra on the state's South Coast.
Racing folklore has it that Archer walked all the way from Nowra to Melbourne to participate in the first Melbourne Cup. Newspapers of the day purport to show that the horse was actually shipped from Sydney to Melbourne by steamboat.
Archer went on to win a second Melbourne Cup the following year.
Multiple Cup winners
Only a handful of other horses have won more than one Melbourne Cup. In addition to Archer, these include two-time winners Peter Pan (1932, 1934), Rain Lover (1968, 1969) and Think Big (1974, 1975). Supermare Makybe Diva is the only horse to have won three Melbourne Cups and in consecutive years (2003, 2004, 2005), too.
The legendary Phar Lap contested three Melbourne Cups from 1929 to 1931, winning in 1930.
The first Melbourne Cup was run on a Thursday — November 7, 1861 — and started being run on the first Tuesday in November from 1876.
A number of races leading to the Melbourne Cup give an indication of the speed and staying power of potential Cup winners.
These lead-up races include the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington Racecourse, Caulfield Cup at Caulfield Racecourse, Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse and Victoria Derby at Flemington.
It is not particularly the winners of these races that interest track watchers but rather those horses that are seen to be still full of running before the finish line and who could potentially complete a 3200-metre course at a winning speed.
The 2000m Turnbull Stakes, run on October 6 at Flemington Racecourse, was won by Green Moon, with Seville second and December Draw third. The first four placegetters, including Voila Ici fourth, are European-bred gallopers.
After the major Group 1 races in Sydney and Melbourne on October 6, Glencadam Gold, all-the-way winner of the 2400m Metopolitan at Sydney's Royal Randwick Racecourse, displaced Mount Athos as favorite in the fixed-odds list for the Melbourne Cup. Green Moon and Seville, Turnbull Stakes winner and runner-up, were in the third and fourth line of fixed-odds betting after Mount Athos.
The 2400m Caulfield Cup, run on October 20 at Caulfield Racecourse, saw last year's Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden romp home last-to-first with Alcopop second and Lights of Heaven third.
The French-trained Dunaden is unbeaten in Australia with wins in the Geelong and Melbourne Cups last year. With Dunaden's win in the Caulfield Cup, the thoroughbred went to the top of the fixed-odds betting table, followed by 2012 Caulfield Cup fourth-placer and 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain, Mount Athos, Green Moon and Red Cadeaux.
The 2040m Cox Plate on October 27 was won by New Zealand racehorse Ocean Park with All Too Hard second and pre-race favorite Pierro third.
Fixed-odds betting for the Melbourne Cup remained relatively unchanged after the running of the Cox Plate with Dunaden retaining favoritism.
A week away from the big race, the French stayer Americain moved to outright favoritism in the Melbourne Cup after it was announced Australian jockey Damien Oliver would ride the 2010 Melbourne Cup winner. Frenchman Gerald Mosse rode Americain in the Caulfield Cup where the horse finished fourth.
Dunaden remained a solid second favorite.
The last major lead-up race to the Melbourne Cup, the Victoria Derby was run on November 3 at Flemington Racecourse and won by Fiveandahalfstar ridden by jockey Damien Oliver who is to ride Americain in the big race on November 6.
Coming second and third in the Victoria Derby were Super Cool and Rawnaq.