The greatest Melbourne cup never run

Phar Lap is considered to be the greatest Australian race horse. Find out how he did when pitted against more than 100 years of other Melbourne Cup winners.

Here’s another great simulation of a race that was never run. To celebrate the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup, simulators created a race with 24 of the most famous Melbourne Cup runners, spanning the race’s history.

The Melbourne Cup has been Australia’s premier race since 1861. The Melbourne Cup is for horse three and older and is run over 3200 meters, or 2 miles (for comparison, the Belmont Stakes at 1.5 miles is one of the longest races in the US).

According to an article in

The race field and outcome was decided by a panel of 22 racing experts, based on variables including weight, barrier and jockey.

New Zealand-born Phar Lap carried the top weight of 60kg, as decided by Greg Carpenter, Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper, who handicapped his sixth Melbourne Cup this year. The 60kg is 2kg less than carried in his 1930 win.

Carbine was just behind on 59kg, ahead of the 58kg carried by three-times winner Makybe Diva, who won three consecutive Cups from 2003, and Peter Pan, who won in 1932 and 1934.

The champions who made the field are (in saddlecloth number order): Phar Lap (1930); Carbine (1890); Makybe Diva (2003-05); Peter Pan (1932,1934); Galilee (1966); Poseidon (1906); Rising Fast (1954); Rain Lover (1968-69); Comic Court (1950); Grand Flaneur (1880); Might and Power (1997); Archer (1861-62); Vintage Crop (1993); Delta (1951); Malua (1884); Nightmarch (1929); Poitrel (1920); Saintly (1996); The Barb (1866); Dalray (1952); Hall Mark (1933); Light Fingers (1965); Doriemus (1995); and Think Big (1974-75).

And they’re off!

Here’s the 1930 Melbourne Cup, where Phar Lap won. Isn’t it fun to see racing footage that’s 80 years old!

And here’s the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup, held last week.

Leave a Reply