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Recent Melbourne Cup Winners Bypass Caulfield

Friday, 19th October 2018

There is oft-stated rhetoric that the Caulfield Cup provides one of the strongest guides to the Melbourne Cup winner, so on the eve of Melbourne Racing Club's major 2400m event, it's worth assessing if that's actually the case by looking at the past 15 years' winners of the VRC flagship in the context of their Caulfield Cup result (assuming they actually competed). Whille the vast majority of recent Melbourne Cup winners never stood their ground for the Caulfield Cup of their year(s) of victory, the below results verify that no Caulfield Cup winner in the past 15 years has won the Melbourne Cup in the same year, with even hat-trick Melbourne Cup heroine Makybe Diva finishing 2nd and 4th at Caulfield in the two years she attempted the effort. With nine of the past Melbourne Cup winners not competing in the Caulfield Cup, there's a stong chance 2018 might make it 10 on the trot.

  • 2017: Rekindling (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2016: Almandin (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2015: Prince of Penzance (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2014: Protectionist (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2013: Fiorente (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2012: Green Moon (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2011: Dunaden (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2010: Americain (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2009: Shocking (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2008: Viewed (placed 10th in Caulfield Cup)
  • 2007: Efficient (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2006: Delta Blues (3rd in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2005: Makybe Diva (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2004: Makybe Diva (2nd in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2003: Makybe Diva (4th in the Caulfield Cup)
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