2012 Melbourne Cup

The 2012 Emirates Melbourne Cup was the 152nd running of the Melbourne Cup, Australia's most prestigious Thoroughbred horse race. The race, held on Tuesday, 6 November 2012, at Flemington Racecourse (in Melbourne, Victoria), was won by Green Moon, ridden by jockey Brett Prebble, trained by Robert Hickmott, and owned by businessman Lloyd Williams.[2]

2012 Melbourne Cup
Melbourne Cup
LocationFlemington Racecourse
Melbourne, Australia
Date6 November 2012
Winning horseGreen Moon
JockeyBrett Prebble
TrainerRobert Hickmott

The race was attended by Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall,[3] with the Duchess of Cornwall presenting the cup to the winner of the race.[4]

Prize Money

The prize money for the race, held over a distance of 3,200 metres, was A$6.2 million, increased from $6.175 million the previous year. The prize money is split between the first ten runners, with first place taking $3.6 million.[5] The actual cup awarded to the winner of the race (included in the value of the prize money) is valued at $175,000.[6] The race was attended by approximately 106,000 people.[7]


Dunaden (top) and Americain (below), both previous winners, were considered favourites to win the race, but placed 14th and 11th, respectively.

The field for the 2012 Melbourne Cup consisted of 24 horses,[8] with the barrier draw conducted three days prior to the race, on the day of the running of the Victoria Derby.[9] Going into the race, favourites included Americain (winner of the 2010 race), Dunaden (winner of the 2011 race), and Red Cadeaux (second in the 2011 race), with Dunaden having won the 2012 Caulfield Cup, considered an important lead-up race.[10] With Glencadam Gold leading for most of the race, Green Moon pulled clear in the final straight, and eventually won in 3 minutes, 20.45 seconds, with Fiorente a length behind in second place, and Jakkalberry in third.[11] Ethiopia finished last, 63 lengths behind the winner, having injured a tendon during the race.[12] Green Moon's win was the first in the cup for both the horse's jockey, Brett Prebble, and trainer, Robert Hickmott, and the fourth win overall for the owner, Lloyd Williams, who thus became the equal most successful owner in the race's history.[13] The win was later described as "a major upset", with Green Moon having been priced at $22.50 for a win and $7.40 for a place.[14]

Except where otherwise listed, horses are trained in Australia:
1Dunaden (IRE)Mikel Delzangles (FR)Craig Williams59 kg1614
2Americain (USA)Alain de Royer-Dupre (FR)Damien Oliver58 kg1211
3Jakkalberry (IRE)Marco Botti (UK)Colm O'Donoghue (IRE)55.5 kg193
4Red Cadeaux (GB)Ed Dunlop (UK)Michael Rodd55.5 kg188
5Winchester (USA)John SadlerJamie Mott55.5 kg2217
6Voila Ici (IRE)Peter MoodyVlad Duric55 kg1313
7Cavalryman (GB)Saeed bin Suroor (UAE)Frankie Dettori (ITA)54 kg612
8Mount Athos (IRE)Luca Cumani (UK)Ryan Moore (UK)54 kg85
9Sanagas (GER)Bart CummingsNicholas Hall54 kg418
10EthiopiaPat CareyRhys McLeod54 kg1424
11Fiorente (IRE)Gai WaterhouseJames McDonald (NZ)53.5 kg22
12Galileo's Choice (IRE)Dermot Weld (IRE)Pat Smullen (IRE)53.5 kg1120
13Glencadam Gold (IRE)Gai WaterhouseTommy Berry53.5 kg76
14Green Moon (IRE)Robert HickmottBrett Prebble53.5 kg51
15Maluckyday (NZ)Michael, Wayne
& John Hawkes
Jim Cassidy (NZ)53.5 kg919
16Mourayan (IRE)Robert HickmottHugh Bowman53.5 kg37
17My Quest For Peace (IRE)Luca Cumani (UK)Corey Brown53.5 kg110
18NiwotMichael, Wayne
& John Hawkes
Dwayne Dunn53.5 kg1515
19Tac De Boistron (FR)Michael KentOlivier Doleuze (FR)53.5 kg2123
20Lights of Heaven (NZ)Peter MoodyLuke Nolen53 kg1716
21Precedence (NZ)Bart CummingsBlake Shinn53 kg209
22Unusual Suspect (USA)Michael KentGlyn Schofield53 kg2321
23Zabeelionaire (NZ)Leon CorstensCraig Newitt52 kg2422
24Kelinni (IRE)Chris WallerGlen Boss51 kg104

See also


  1. "Track records and Attendances". Flemington.com.au. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. Green Moon wins 2012 Melbourne Cup Archived 9 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine – NineMSN. Published 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  3. Charles and Camilla arrive at FlemingtonHerald Sun. Published 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  4. Camilla to present Melbourne Cup – ABC News. Published 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  5. Melbourne Cup Prizemoney – Just Horse Racing. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  6. 2012 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour – Yahoo!7. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  7. Sankey, Daniel (2012). Live coverage: Melbourne Cup DaySydney Morning Herald. Published 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  8. Melbourne Cup field 2012 – ABC News. Published 5 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  9. Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw – Betting Directory. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  10. Thomas, Ray (2012). Dunaden not at peak, Sheikh warnsHerald Sun. Published 3 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  11. Green Moon wins Melbourne Cup 2012 – Radio Australia. Published 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  12. Melbourne Cup 2012: Video replay – The Roar. Published 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  13. Green Moon Bags 2012 Melbourne Cup; 4th Win for Owner Lloyd Williams Archived 14 July 2014 at the Wayback MachineInternational Business Times. Published 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  14. Green Moon bounces back from Cox Plate failure to win the Melbourne Cup from Fiorente and Jakkalberry – Fox Sports. Published 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
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