Top 5 Melbourne Cup Winners

Australian Cup winners


The Melbourne Cup (3200m) is simply the best race on the Australian calendar and has been won by some champion gallopers over the years. See who made our list of top 5 Melbourne Cup winners since 1990.

In modern times, the feature race has been taken out by some outstanding gallopers.

Top 5 Melbourne Cup winners.


1. MAKYBE DIVA (2003/2004/2005)

Maybe Diva gets the nod for top spot on this list and did what no horse has ever been able to do by winning the Melbourne Cup on three occasions. Only four horses have been able to win the Cup twice and they are Archer, Peter Pan, Rain Lover and Think Big. Despite being allotted 58kg in 2005, the Diva went one better than that quartet, going from champion to legend status by defeating the world’s best in 2005. Her first came in 2003 as a five-year-old and she backed up a year later to defeat Vinnie Roe. After her third win in 2005 she was immediately retired, bowing out with 15 wins from 36 starts with nine of those coming at Group 1 level, including the 2005 Cox Plate (2040m).


One of the best ever performances to win a Melbourne Cup came in 1997 when Might And Power was taken on by horse after horse from a long way out. With Jimmy Cassidy riding, the champion kept finding and was tackled late by Doriemus but edged out the 1995 winer. The free rolling front runner had earlier won the Caulfield Cup (2400m) by seven lengths that year before backing up in 1998 to win the Cox Plate.

3. SAINTLY (1996)

One of Bart Cummings finest ever horses, Saintly was one of a star-studded bunch of three-year-olds in the autumn of 1996 and stood up when it mattered most in the spring as a four-year-old, taking out the Cox Plate– Melbourne Cup double. Sadly, the cup was his second last start after injury took its toll the following year after he resumed with a win in the CF Orr Stakes (1400m)

4. DUNADEN (2011)

Dunaden featured in the closest ever finish in Melbourne Cup history, coming down the centre of the track with Red Cadeaux, with only one millimetre splitting that pair over the 3200 metres. The internationally trained galloper returned in 2012 to take out the Caulfield Cup (2400m) with 58kg and was a serious performer on the world stage, going on to win the Hong Kong Vase (2400m) later that year.

5. MEDIA PUZZLE (2002)

He may not have been the best to win the Melbourne Cup in the last 50 years but Media Puzzle played his part in what has to be one of the best ever moments in Australian sport by winning with Damien Oliver in the saddle, a week after Oliver’s older brother, Jason, died in a track-riding accident. The Irish galloper won six of his 20 career starts, providing Dermot Weld with a second win in the race.