2011 Melbourne Cup

The 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup, the 151st running of Australia's most prestigious Thoroughbred horse race, was held on Tuesday, 1 November 2011 at 3:00 pm (AEDT), at Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse. Dunaden won in a photo finish over Red Cadeaux in the closest finish in Melbourne Cup history.[2][3]

2011 Melbourne Cup
Melbourne Cup
LocationFlemington Racecourse
Melbourne, Australia
Date1 November 2011
Winning horseDunaden
JockeyChristophe Lemaire
TrainerMikel Delzangles

The winning jockey, Frenchman Christophe Lemaire, had arrived in Australia less than a day previously as a late replacement for Craig Williams.

Six out of seven finishers were international horses. Third placed Lucas Cranach was the best locally trained finisher and fourth placed was the pre-race favourite, the 2010 winner, Americain.

In related events the federal government's parliamentary question time was brought forward half an hour in order that it would conclude before the race began.[4]

Participating horses

Horses are bred and trained in Australia, unless otherwise indicated. All columns in this table can be sorted by clicking the icons in the top row.

1AmericainAlain de Royer-Dupre (France)Gérald Mossé58.0 kg154
2Jukebox JuryMark Johnston (UK)Neil Callan57.0 kg620
3DunadenMikel Delzangles (France)Christophe Lemaire54.5 kg131
4Drunken SailorLuca Cumani (UK)Dwayne Dunn54.0 kg812
5Glass HarmoniumMichael MaroneyLisa Cropp54.0 kg2322
6ManigharLuca Cumani (UK)Damien Oliver54.0 kg215
7Unusual SuspectMichael KentBrad Rawiller54.0 kg79
8Fox HuntMark Johnston (UK)Silvestre de Sousa53.5 kg197
9Lucas CranachAnthony FreedmanCorey Brown53.5 kg113
11PrecedenceBart CummingsDarren Beadman53.5 kg211
12Red CadeauxEd Dunlop (UK)Michael Rodd53.5 kg162
13Hawk IslandChris WallerGlyn Schofield53.0 kg1816
14IlloBart CummingsJim Cassidy53.0 kg119
10MourayanRobert HickmottHugh Bowman53.5 kg149999scratched
15Lost In The MomentSaeed Bin Suroor (UAE)William Buick53.0 kg36
16ModunSaeed Bin Suroor (UAE)Kieran McEvoy53.0 kg523
17At First SightRobert HickmottSteven King52.5 kg1010
18Moyenne CornicheBrian Ellison (UK)Brett Prebble52.0 kg1715
19SaptapadiBrian Ellison (UK)Chris Symons52.0 kg2216
20ShamrockerDanny O'BrienLuke Nolen52.0 kg2421
21The VerminatorChris WallerCraig Newitt52.0 kg413
22TullamoreGai WaterhouseChris Munce52.0 kg1214
23NiwotMichael, Wayne & John HawkesDean Yendall51.0 kg98
24Older Than TimeGai WaterhouseTim Clark51.0 kg2017


  1. "Track records and Attendances". Flemington.com.au. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. "French success in Melbourne Cup". RTÉ Sport. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  3. "Dunaden edges Red Cadeaux to keep Melbourne Cup in French hands". Daily Telegraph. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  4. "Politicians bicker over Cup day schedule change - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Abc.net.au. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
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