2017 Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup during the Melbourne Cup parade.The 2016 Melbourne Cup was won by Almandin when it was run on Tuesday, November 1.

In a quickly-run race, Almandin edged out Heartbreak City by a nose in a time of 3 minutes, 20.58 seconds, after the two had broken away from the rest of the field as they headed down the Flemington straight. Pre-race favourite Hartnell was third, followed by Qewy in fourth.

Rose of Virginia was the final horse to pass the post, finishing a massive 99.9 lengths behind Almandin.

The win gave Almandin’s camp $3.6 million of the $6.2 million total purse, as well as giving them the opportunity to get their hands on the famous cup. It also made Lloyd Williams the first owner to win the Melbourne Cup five times.

Almandin followed in the footsteps of Just a Dash (1981), What A Nuisance (85), Efficient (2007) and Green Moon (12) in becoming Williams’ fifth horse to win Australia’s biggest race.

The victory was also the second Cup success for jockey Kerrin McAvoy. McAvoy rode Brew to victory in 2000.

More 2016 Melbourne Cup:
» Melbourne Cup highlights, results, replay
» 2016 Melbourne Cup: Who won, came last
» 2016 Melbourne Cup full finishing order
» 2016 Melbourne Cup: Who came second

2016 Melbourne Cup final finishing order

Place Horse Barrier Jockey Age Trainer Weight Odds Margin
1 Almandin 17 Kerrin McEvoy 7 Robert Hickmott 52kg $10.00 03:20:58
2 Heartbreak City 23 Joao Moreira 7 Tony Martin 54kg $19.00 0.2L
3 Hartnell 12 James McDonald 6 John O’Shea 56kg $5.50 4.45L
4 Qewy 15 Craig Williams 7 Charlie Appleby 51.5kg $29.00 6.7L
5 Who Shot Thebarman 20 Hugh Bowman 8 Chris Waller 56kg $34.00 6.8L
6 Almoonqith 19 Michael Walker 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 54.5kg $34.00 6.9L
7 Beautiful Romance 1 Damian Lane 5 Saeed Bin Suroor 52.5kg $67.00 7.9L
8 Exospheric 13 Damien Oliver 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 56kg $21.00 8.65L
9 Pentathlon 4 Mark Du Plessis 5 John Wheeler 51.5kg $126.00 9.4L
10 Big Orange 7 Jamie Spencer 6 Michael Bell 57kg $13.00 9.5L
11 Grand Marshal 9 Ben Melham 7 Chris Waller 54.5kg $31.00 9.8L
12 Oceanographer 11 Chad Schofield 5 Charlie Appleby 52kg $9.00 10L
13 Bondi Beach 5 Ryan Moore 5 Aidan O’Brien 56kg $10.00 10.75L
14 Grey Lion 16 Glen Boss 5 Matt Cumani 52kg $61.00 13.75L
15 Jameka 3 Nicholas Hall 4 Ciaron Maher 54.5kg $8.00 13.95L
16 Excess Knowledge 21 Vlad Duric 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 53.5kg $67.00 15.7L
17 Our Ivanhowe 6 Dwayne Dunn 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman 57kg $41.00 15.8L
18 Sir John Hawkwood 14 Blake Spriggs 8 John P Thompson 54kg $67.00 20.8L
19 Assign 22 Katelyn Mallyon 6 Robert Hickmott 52kg $71.00 20.9L
20 Gallante 2 Blake Shinn 6 Robert Hickmott 54.5kg $51.00 22.15L
21 Secret Number 10 Stephen Baster 7 Saeed Bin Suroor 52kg $31.00 22.35L
22 Wicklow Brave 24 Frankie Dettori 8 William Mullins 56kg $16.00 24.35L
23 Curren Mirotic 18 Tommy Berry 9 Osamu Hirata 56.5kg $51.00 27.35L
24 Rose Of Virginia 8 Ben E Thompson 7 Lee & Shannon Hope 51.5kg $101.00 99.9L

Odds were correct as of 1:45pm (AEDT), November 1

The Group 1 Melbourne Cup is run over 3200m and is the world’s richest turf race with a total prize pool of $6.2 million, attracting quality staying horses from around the globe every year.

Only the Dubai Cup ($10 million USD) and the Japan Cup ($6.8 million) offer more prizemoney than the Melbourne Cup.

The 2016 edition was the 156th running of Australia’s most famous and popular thoroughbred race, held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on the first Tuesday of November.

What, Where and When

Date: Tuesday, November 1
Time: 3pm local (AEDT)
Distance: 3200 metres
Venue: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Prizemoney: $6.2 million
Race Type: Handicap

Q: What time does the Melbourne Cup start?
A: The 2016 Melbourne Cup is run at 3.00pm AEDT (Melbourne time)**.

**The race will be run at 3pm AEDT, provided there are no delays in the lead-up to the event, which may occur with horses needing a farrier for horseshoe issues, delays in lead-up races, and other unforeseen events. However, most races will run at 3pm or within a few minutes. One thing is definite: it will not start before 3pm AEDT!

Whatever the issue, The Roar will have all the live race updates as they develop over on the live blog

Other times: Queensland: 2pm AEST, South Australia: 2:30pm ACDT, Western Australia: 12pm AWST

Q: What channel is the Cup on?
A: Channel Seven have the rights to the live race, at 3pm**, provided there are no delays in the lead-up to the event.

Whilst 7TWO, 7Mate have been used previously, the main Channel Seven station will be broadcasting. Long time Melbourne horse racing caller Greg Miles will again call the race. Sky Racing will show an immediate replay in TABs and pubs and clubs.

2015 Melbourne Cup:
» 2015 Melbourne Cup: Who won, came last
» Full finishing order
» Full report on Red Cadeaux
» Melbourne Cup live blog
» Melbourne Cup winners and losers

Jockey Michelle Payne riding Prince Of Penzance crosses the finish line to win the $6,000,000 Melbourne Cup race at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.(AAP Image/Julian Smith) Jockey Michelle Payne rode Prince Of Penzance across the finish line to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015 and become the first female to do so.

2015 Race Result:

1. Prince of Penzance
2. Max Dynamite
3. Criterion

4. Trip to Paris

Last updated: 9 August, 2017

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