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Melbourne Cup 2015: Who won, came last

The Melbourne Cup is unique and can't be emulated. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)
3rd November, 2015

The 2015 Melbourne Cup has been won by Prince of Penzance, with Max Dynamite in second, Criterion in third and Trip to Paris in fourth.

Who came last: Cup veteran Red Cadeaux did not finish the race. Officially, he has been listed as last. Snow Sky, one of the pre-race favourites, was the last horse to pass the post.

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The six-year-old unfancied horse made a huge charge in the final to take the lead with 200 metres to run to take the race. He held off a massive challenge from Max Dynamite to win the Cup, and deliver Darren Weir his maiden Melbourne Cup Jockey Michelle Payne has become the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, being the only female jockey in the race.

He started the race at $100 on major betting agencies.

All the favourites, including Criterion, Trip to Paris, Max Dynamite and Preferment jumped well while favourite Fame Game fell back in the field, as he did in the Caulfield Cup earlier this year.

Big Orange, not a form horse in the lead-up to the race took up the leading role for the opening mile of the race.

Topweight Snow Sky slipped high up in the field early on, in a move that didn’t pay off as he was passed by the strong horses late in the race to pass the post in last.


Michelle Payne was simply astounded after the race, praising her horse which had been written off prior to the race in the face of the favourites like Trip to Paris, Fame Game and Max Dynamite.

The New Zealand bred horse, trained by Darren Weir, had barely any staying form in the lead-up to the race to suggest it would be a contender, but it shirked off all criticism with it’s bolt through the guts of the field.

After the race, Weir was astounded by the victory.

“We just beat the world.”

Cup legend Red Cadeaux, who had come second in the last three Melbourne Cups, was injured during the race but appeared to walk away from the incident with a leg bandaged. It pulled up badly late in the race, and didn’t cross the line.

Early reports indicate the horse is okay, aside from the tendon injury.

Full 2015 Melbourne Cup finishing order:

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
Winner 19 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) Darren Weir Ms Michelle Payne 1 53kg $101
2 8 MAX DYNAMITE (FR) William Mullins Frankie Dettori 0.5L 2 55kg $13
3 2 CRITERION (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 1.25L 4 57.5kg $19
4 10 TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) Ed Dunlop Tommy Berry 2L 14 55kg $6
5 5 BIG ORANGE (GB) Michael Bell Jamie Spencer 2.4L 23 55.5kg $61
6 24 GUST OF WIND (NZ) John Sargent Chad Schofield 2.6L 19 51kg $41
7 23 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) Gai Waterhouse Kerrin McEvoy 3.1L 24 51kg $31
8 13 THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 3.3L 13 54kg $31
9 16 QUEST FOR MORE (IRE) Roger Charlton Damian Lane 3.8L 21 53.5kg $81
10 4 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 3.9L 22 56kg $21
11 11 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 4L 6 54.5kg $21
12 21 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards Craig Newitt 4.75L 5 52.5kg $101
13 3 FAME GAME (JPN) Yoshitada Munakata Zac Purton 5.5L 12 57kg $5F
14 22 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) Robert Hickmott Joao Moreira 5.7L 3 52.5kg $21
15 6 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James McDonald 5.9L 17 55.5kg $31
16 20 BONDI BEACH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Brett Prebble 6.2L 18 52.5kg $21
17 7 HOKKO BRAVE (JPN) Yasutoshi Matsunaga Craig Williams 6.4L 20 55.5kg $41
18 17 ALMOONQITH (USA) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 6.9L 10 53kg $17
19 18 KINGFISHER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Colm O’Donoghue 7L 9 53kg $61
20 15 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 14L 11 53.5kg $9
21 14 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 14.75L 15 53.5kg $61
22 12 SKY HUNTER (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor William Buick 16L 7 54kg $31
23 1 SNOW SKY (GB) Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 18.25L 16 58kg $51
FF 9 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop Gerald Mosse 8 55kg $26