If you are interested in the Melbourne Cup and want to learn more about Melbourne Cup horses, you have come to the right place. Read on to find more about the fascinating world of Melbourne Cup favourites and Melbourne Cup runners participating in the “Race that Stops a Nation.”

Melbourne Cup Horses

 

Melbourne Cup 2019 favourites – 3 horses to watch

The pinnacle of horse racing events in Australia, the Melbourne Cup, is a Thoroughbred handicap race for three-year-olds or over, ran on the Flemington race track (3,200m) on the first Tuesday in November. The horses are qualified based on a handicap – the minimum required weight is 49 kilograms, and even though there is no maximum allocated weight, the highest should not be less than 57 kilograms.

Between 300 and 400 horses participate in the Melbourne Cup field, and the committee selects the final 24 Melbourne Cup horses that will start the race. The popularity of this event gives Melbourne Cup horses celebrity status and three horses are seen as the biggest Melbourne Cup favourites this year. Keep on reading to find out more about the biggest contenders to win the 2019 Melbourne Cup.

Cross Counter (GB)

  • Age: 4
  • Jockey: TBA
  • Weight: TBA
  • Trainer: Charlie Appleby

Cross Counter, owned by Godolphin, was the winner of the 2018 Melbourne Cup, which is why he is a prominent betting favourite this year, as well. The four-year-old gelding, who has Northern Dancer and Mr Prospector, both legendary 20th-century sires of sires in his lineage, has 3 major wins in his career. He was the winner of Gordon Stakes and the Melbourne Cup in 2018, and Dubai Gold Cup in 2019. In the last year’s Melbourne Cup his handicap was 51 kg (or 8-0) and his jockey was the renowned Kerrin McEvoy who has two Melbourne Cup wins under his belt. Having won the Dubai Gold Cup in March 2019, he appears to be in excellent form so it will be exciting to see whether he can defend his Melbourne Cup title come November.

Avilius (GB)

  • Jockey: TBA
  • Weight: TBA
  • Age: 5
  • Trainer: James Cummings

Another top contender among Melbourne Cup horses is Avilius, a 5-year-old gelding from the UK trained by James Cummings and owned by Godolphin. He has started 18 races and finished first in ten of them. He has three wins in 2,000m races, two in 1,600m and 1,900m, and one in 1,800m, 2,400m, and 2,500m. He was first trained in France and managed to take two wins there, but reached his true potential in Australia where he recorded the other eight wins, which is why he is one of the top Melbourne Cup favourites.

Finche (GB)

  • Jockey: TBA
  • Weight: TBA
  • Age: 5
  • Trainer: Chris Waller

The five-year-old stallion sired by the champion Frankel (GBR) and out of the dam Binche (USA) was foaled on February 22, 2014. As one of the Melbourne Cup favourites, he managed to finish in fourth place at the 2018 Melbourne Cup, after Cross Counter, Marmelo, and Prince of Arran. His trainer Chris Waller had outstanding success with Winx, who was the world’s highest ranked filly and the world’s highest-ranked turf horse at the same time. He believes that Finche is a strong contender among the Melbourne Cup runners this year as he appears in excellent form, which is why he hopes his horse places in top three come November 5, 2019.

Melbourne Cup 2019 Runners

It is always useful to know the favourites when it comes to horse racing, but the Melbourne Cup history has also taught us that they usually do not fare rather well. In the past ten years, only one favourite has managed to win – Fiorente in 2013, and only one horse has managed to take three wins in a row – Makybe Diva in 2002, 2003, and 2004.   

On the other hand, there is Prince of Penzance, who was an outsider and definitely not one of the Melbourne Cup favourites. He started the race at 100/1 in 2015, managed to win and become known as one of the legendary Melbourne Cup horses. This is why we have compiled a list of ten more Melbourne Cup runners to look out for in 2019.

Melbourne Cup 2019 Runners

Sorted by 2018 Results

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Ghostwatch (IRE)

Weight: TBA / Age: 4 /Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Another one of Melbourne Cup runners to keep an eye on trained by Charlie Appleby is Ghostwatch, a 4-year-old Irish gelding. He has won in 40% of his races so far – came first four times, second twice, and third three times. Even though his last win came in October 2018, he appears to be in excellent form and is definitely one of the Melbourne Cup runners to watch out for.
Ghostwatch 20/1
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A Prince of Arran (GB)

Weight: TBA / Age: 6 /Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Charlie Fellowes
This six-year-old bay British gelding trained by Charlie Fellowes has an impressive list of races and wins under his belt. This is why he is considered to be of above-average ability on our list of Melbourne Cup horses. He has run in 28 races, finished first four times, second four times, and third four times, as well. This year he competed in Dubai Gold Cup-G2 with Oisin Murphy as his jockey and he finished ninth.
A Prince of Arran 25/1
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Marmelo (GB)

Weight: TBA / Age: 6 /Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Hughie Morrison
One of this year’s Melbourne Cup horses that is probably well-known in the racing community is definitely Marmelo, last year’s runner-up. This six-year-old bay stallion trained by Hugh Morrison has recently recorded a victory in Group III John Porter Stakes at Newbury. This was his first race after the Melbourne Cup when he lost to Cross Counter, and his trainer is optimistic about taking him back to Australia as long as the “handicapper doesn’t over-do him.”
Marmelo 25/1
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Magic Circle (IRE))

Weight: TBA / Age: 7 / Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Ian Williams
Ian Williams, a renowned English horse trainer, has high hopes for Magic Circle this year following a not so successful run at the 2018 Melbourne Cup. The 7-year-old Irish gelding finished in the 16th place last year, even though he was a strong favourite with many bookmakers giving him the odds of 6/1. He was given the same odds for his last race in May – at Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes (Group 3)(Class 1) when he finished third, with just half a length behind. His jockey was Jim Crowley, who has been a leading jockey for Hamdan al-Maktoum.
Magic Circle 25/1
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Sound Check (GER)

Weight: TBA / Age: 6 /Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Michael Moroney
Sired by Lando and out of the dam Sky Dancing, Sound Check is a 6-year-old black/brown gelding trained by Michael Moroney. He has shown significant improvement in the past year, with four out of seven wins on good ground. His significant wins include finishing first on Baden Racing Steher Cup, Altano-Rennen, Oleander-Rennen-G2, and Hoppergarten G2, to name just a few. He placed 18th at the 2018 Melbourne Cup but his trainer is hopeful that this year he can place much higher.
Sound Check 25/1
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Amade (IRE)

Weight: TBA / Age: 5 / Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Alessandro Botti
This five-year-old Irish gelding sired by Casamento and out of the dam Sheba Five has nothing but first, second, and third places under his belt. In nine races he has started so far, he finished first five times, second two times, and third once which is more than impressive. As soon as he was announced as one of the Melbourne Cup runners, he was immediately picked as a strong candidate for winning among the Melbourne Cup horses participating in the event. Even though he has mostly run on synthetic surfaces in England and France, in his third race on the turf he managed to win over Arklow, who was a 2/1 favourite.
Amade (IRE) 25/1
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Torcedor (IRE)

Weight: TBA / Age: 7 /Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Andreas Wohler
Foaled on April 20th, 2012, Torcedor is a bay gelding who was among the top favourites at last year’s Melbourne Cup. Unfortunately, he spiked a high temperature before he was supposed to enter quarantine in the UK, and was unable to qualify for the Cup. His trainer, legendary Andreas Wohler, has had a lot of success in his professional career. He was responsible for Protectionist’s success by leading him to the 2014 Melbourne Cup victory.
Torcedor 21/1
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Nelson (IRE)

Weight: TBA / Age: 4 /Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
Another one of Melbourne Cup horses to pay attention to is Nelson, a four-year-old bay colt. He has started 10 races, finished first three times, second twice, and third once. His trainer is Aidan O’Brien who set a world record in 2017 when he trained 26 winners belonging to Group or Grade 1.
Nelson 25/1
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Verry Elleegant (NZ)

Weight: TBA / Age: 3 /Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Chris Waller
Being the winner of 2019 Australian Oaks, a 2,400m race for three-year-old fillies, Verry Eleegant is a brown filly to watch out for. Could she bee the next Makybe Diva, the only Melbourne Cup triple winner? She has won in 6 out of 11 races she has started and is in excellent form for the upcoming Melbourne Cup.
Verry Elleegant 26/1
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Almond Eye (JPN)

Weight: TBA / Age: 4 /Jockey: TBA / Trainer: Sakae Kuenida
Almond Eye is the only Japanese Thoroughbred on our list of Melbourne Cup horses and she’s been making waves since her racecourse debut. She has competed in eight races so far and was victorious in seven of them, having reached second only in her first race ( Niigata Racecourse 1,400m for newcomers). She won the 2019 Dubai Turf on her first run this year.
Almond Eye 34/1
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