2015 Melbourne Cup

The 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup was the 155th running of the Melbourne Cup, a prestigious Australian Thoroughbred horse race. The race, run over 3,200 metres (1.988 mi), was held on 3 November 2015 at Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse. The date is a public holiday in the state of Victoria. The final field for the race was declared on 31 October.[2] The total prize money for the race was A$6.2 million, the same as the previous year.[3]

2015 Melbourne Cup
Melbourne Cup
LocationFlemington Racecourse
Melbourne, Australia
Date3 November 2015
Winning horsePrince of Penzance
JockeyMichelle Payne
TrainerDarren Weir

The winner was Prince of Penzance, ridden by Michelle Payne, who became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. He was trained by Darren Weir, who has since been banned from horseracing & charged with animal cruelty offences.[4]

Max Dynamite ran second and Criterion third.[5]


Prior to the race, racehorse advocacy groups and animal rights activists attempted to highlight the number of racehorse deaths due to injuries sustained during a race.[6] The death of two horses in Melbourne Cup 2014 race[7] has called into question the use of the whip and whether it results in unnecessary harm to the animal.[8] Racing Australia has since amended its rules governing the use of the whip, effective from 1 December 2015.[9]

Race summary

Prince of Penzance, ridden by jockey Michelle Payne, won the race. He was trained by Darren Weir, who has since been banned from horseracing & charged with animal cruelty offences.[10]

Max Dynamite ran second and Criterion third.[5]

Prince of Penzance pulled ahead of the front-runners only around 100m from the finish of the race,[11] surprising many, including Payne.[12] Payne's technique focused on galloping, due to her belief that doing so was key to winning.[12]


1Snow SkySir Michael StouteRyan Moore58 kg1623
David Hayes
Tom Dabernig
Michael Walker57.5 kg43
3Fame Game†Yoshitada MunakataZac Purton57 kg1213
4Our IvanhoweLee Freedman
Anthony Freedman
Ben Melham56 kg2210
5Big OrangeMichael BellJamie Spencer55.5 kg235
6HartnellJohn O'SheaJames McDonald55.5 kg1715
7Hokko BraveYasutoshi MatsunagaCraig Williams55.5 kg2017
8Max DynamiteWillie MullinsFrankie Dettori55 kg22
9Red CadeauxEd DunlopGérald Mossé55 kg8DNF
10Trip To ParisEd DunlopTommy Berry55 kg144
11Who Shot ThebarmanChris WallerBlake Shinn54.5 kg611
12Sky HunterSaeed bin SuroorWilliam Buick54 kg722
13The OfferGai WaterhouseDamien Oliver54 kg138
14Grand MarshallChris WallerJim Cassidy53.5 kg1521
15PrefermentChris WallerHugh Bowman53.5 kg1120
16Quest For MoreRoger CharltonDamian Lane53.5 kg219
David Hayes
Tom Dabernig
Dwayne Dunn53 kg1018
18KingfisherAidan O'BrienColm O'Donoghue53 kg919
19Prince of PenzanceDarren WeirMichelle Payne53 kg11
20Bondi BeachAidan O'BrienBrett Prebble52.5 kg1816
21SertoriusJamie EdwardsCraig Newitt52.5 kg512
22The United StatesRobert HickmottJoão Moreira52.5 kg314
23Excess KnowledgeGai WaterhouseKerrin McEvoy51 kg247
24Gust Of WindJohn SargentChad Schofield51 kg196

Indicates race favourite


Three-time cup runner-up Red Cadeaux did not finish,[13] suffering a suspected fracture in the left fetlock,[14] a joint above the hoof similar to an ankle in humans.[15] The gelding was taken to a veterinary clinic for surgery.[16] Red Cadeaux's trainer initially announced that the horse would likely recover, but retired from racing.[16] However, on 21 November, Red Cadeaux was euthanised, due to complications from the injury.[17][18]

See also


  1. "Track records and Attendances". Flemington.com.au. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. 2015 Melbourne Cup Horses – racenet.com.au. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  3. 2015 Melbourne Cup – HorseRacingInfo.com.au. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  4. "Darren Weir charged with animal cruelty offences". abc.net.au. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  5. "Melbourne Cup 2015: Michelle Payne first woman to ride winner as long shot Prince of Penzance wins – as it happened". Guardian Australia.
  6. "127 horses killed on Australian tracks in a year". News. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  7. "Cup runner Admire Rakti died of heart attack, initial autopsy finds". ABC News. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  8. Chang, Charis (3 November 2015). "Courier Mail". Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  9. "Whips" (PDF). 2015 media releases. Racing Australia. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  10. "Darren Weir charged with animal cruelty offences". abc.net.au. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  11. "Fly Emirates Melbourne Cup 2015 Race (video)". Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  12. "Melbourne Cup: Michelle Payne lauds 'incredible' Prince Of Penzance after historic win". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 November 2015.
  13. "Melbourne Cup 2015 results: finishing order". The Age (Australia). Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  14. "Red Cadeaux breaks down: Trainer Ed Dunlop confirms retirement of popular Melbourne Cup runner". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  15. "Red Cadeaux 'alive and well'". NewsComAu. NewsComAu. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  16. "Red Cadeaux to retire after Melbourne Cup injury". 9news. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  17. "British Stayer Red Cadeaux Euthanized". bloodhorse.com. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  18. "Red Cadeaux euthanised after succumbing to injuries". Sydney Morning Herald. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
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