6 Melbourne Cup Winners and Scandals

The Melbourne Cup is the biggest horse race in Australia, which is why it’s important to mention the protagonist of this event. We have gathered the best winning horses that have stood on the carts as cup winners in history. Enjoy the stories about winners and scandals of the Melbourne Cup.


Makybe Diva

Makybe Diva is a mare horse, winner of the 2003, 2004, and 2005 competitions earning the position as one of the greatest cup winners. Despite being a female horse, Makybe Diva ruled the competition breaking a winning record and establishing a high benchmark.

In the 2005 competition, Makybe Diva broke the mare weight record by carrying 58kg and winning the cup.


Archer is the famous cup winner since it won the first Melbourne Cup competition in 1861. Additionally, Archer came back in 1861 to participate again in the Race Cup, winning one more time. Archer is one of the first 3 horses to win the cup, becoming a legend.

Phar Lap

Phar Lap is the most famous racehorse ever trained in Australia, winning 37 of the 56 races he participated in. Phar Lap was even a legend in North America and Mexico for winning the Agua Caliente handicap. Unfortunately, it suddenly died while recovering from a tendon injury and its cause of death is still a mystery.

Rising Fast

Rising Fast was a famous racehorse, winner of the 1954 Melbourne Cup competition.  Its fame is due to winning the most challenging competitions of the race, becoming the champion of the famous Australian race.

Kingston Rule

Kingston Rule is known as the fastest horse to ever run the Melbourne competition, winning the race in just 3:16.3 in 1990. Its record has stood over two decades.


Retired Racehorses

Michelle Payne became the first woman to win a Melbourne Cup competition by riding on Prince of Penzance in the 2015 contest. After that, the movie Ride Like a Girl was a huge success until they decided to cancel it due to the recent events about retired racehorses.

According to official reports, in Australia, only less than 1% of the horses end up in abattoirs after its careers, which would be around 34 horses every year. However, they have been implementing plans for securing the life of the racehorses after retirement.

That includes a full program of the welfare task force, national responsible breeding campaigns, and improved tracking on animals for a decent life.

The Melbourne Cup has been proven to have such excellent horses that are sort of heroes for the horse racing industry, and it’s quite important to care for them after retirement. That will be accomplished with the program that the horseracing industry is implementing on animals.

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