The 2010 Melbourne Cup is just around the corner, so we thought we’d take a look back at the each of the Melbourne Cup winners’ performances over the past decade. Read on for our Melbourne Cup video retrospective to get a better feel for how the race that stops a nation is run.
2009 Melbourne Cup Winner – Shocking
Shocking has no business being the 2009 Melbourne Cup winner given his barrier 22 start. Despite a win the 2500 metre Lexus Stakes just a few days before, Shocking was at odds of $10 coming into the Cup due to his disastrous barrier. It made no difference to him, though, as a strong run home gave Shocking the win over Mourilyan.
2008 Melbourne Cup Winner – Viewed
Viewed did not look a good chance to become the 2008 Melbourne Cup winner at all, with odds of $40 come race time. You couldn’t blame the punters as Viewed had not impressed in the season leading up to the race, with not even a place and having finished last in his last start. It was thus hard to believe that Viewed had just barely beaten Bauer at the finish line, but so he had.
2007 Melbourne Cup Winner – Efficient
The 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient showed punters that the Melbourne Cup really is any horse’s race. Without a Group 1 win before, Efficient nevertheless won his Melbourne Cup debut in style. Coming up the outside from the back, Shocking overtook the leader with less than 100 metres to go and took a victory that none would have expected up until the very finish.
2006 Melbourne Cup Winner – Delta Blues
Delta Blues made history in the 2006 Melbourne Cup by becoming the first Japanese horse to win the race. He proved his worth in Australia by coming third in the Caulfield Cup that year, but still few suspected he would win the race and he started at $18. Incredibly, stable mate Pop Rock took second place, leading to what will likely be the only Japanese-trained Melbourne Cup quinella for some time.
2005 Melbourne Cup Winner – Makybe Diva
2005 was just Makybe Diva’s year. Maybe she knew she was coming to the end of her racing career, but she put forth some incredible efforts to win both the Melbourne Cup and the Cox Plate. Despite her previous two Melbourne Cup wins, Makybe Diva was actually at longer odds in this run than in the 2004 Melbourne Cup. She proved the doubters wrong, however, and finished on top with a Melbourne Cup achievement that is unlikely to be repeated.
2004 Melbourne Cup Winner – Makybe Diva
In 2004, Makybe Diva took a shot at a second Melbourne Cup victory and was as strongly favoured as she would ever be in the race at $2.50. It seems utterly bizarre, as she had a mixed season leading up to the race, with a couple of second place finishes but no wins. Nevertheless, the punters were right to put their faith in her, as Makybe Diva took her second Melbourne Cup.
2003 Melbourne Cup Winner – Makybe Diva
Perhaps the most unusual thing about looking back at the 2003 Melbourne Cup is that we did not know how great a champion Makybe Diva would be at that time. It was still an impressive run, however, and a great follow up to her second place Caulfield Cup finish a few weeks earlier.
2002 Melbourne Cup Winner – Media Puzzle
Media Puzzle demonstrated the value of a Geelong Cup win, coming off that 2400 metre run into a Melbourne Cup win in 2002. It was an important race for jockey Damien Oliver, who had recently lost his brother around the time of this Melbourne Cup run. Media Puzzle went on to mediocrity after the race, unfortunately, with almost a two year break greatly diminishing him. A tendency toward injury did not help the horse, and he was eventually put down after shattering his leg in the Ascot Gold Cup in 2006.
2001 Melbourne Cup Winner – Ethereal
Ethereal started the recent era of incredible Melbourne Cup runs in 2002 with a win that saw her come from 12 lengths back to take the win by less than a length. This run was made doubly memorable because Ethereal was the first Melbourne Cup winner to ever be trained by a female trainer – Sheila Laxon.