2019 Melbourne Cup

The 2019 Melbourne Cup (known commercially as 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup) was the 159th running of the Melbourne Cup, a prestigious Australian Thoroughbred horse race. The race, run over 3,200 metres (1.988 mi), was held on 5 November 2019 at Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse.

2019 Melbourne Cup
Melbourne Cup
LocationFlemington Racecourse
Melbourne, Australia
Date5 November 2019
Distance3,200 metres
Winning horseVow and Declare
JockeyCraig Williams
TrainerDanny O’Brien
SurfaceGrass
Attendance81,408[1]

The race was overshadowed by recent news of the ill-treatment of horses in the Australian racing industry [2][3], and by the pulling out of notable celebrities including pop-star Taylor Swift[4], model Megan Gale[5], and X-Men actress Lana Condor[6].

The final field for the race was declared on 2 November.[7] The total prize money for the race was A$8 million, an increase of the previous year.[8]

The race was won by Vow and Declare, ridden by Craig Williams and trained by Danny O'Brien.[9]

Field

Number Horse Trainer Jockey Weight (kg) Barrier Placing
1 Cross Counter Charlie Appleby William Buick 57.5 5 8
2 Mer De Glace Hisashi Shimizu Damian Lane 56 2 6
3 Master of Reality Joseph O’Brien Frankie Dettori 55.5 1 4
4 Mirage Dancer Trent Busuttin & Natalia Young Ben Melham 55.5 13 14
5 Southern France Ciaron Maher-David Eustace Mark Zahra 55.5 14 19
6 Hunting Horn Aidan O'Brien Seamie Heffernan 55 11 15
7 Latrobe Joseph O’Brien James McDonald 55 22 18
8 Mustajeer Kris Lees Damien Oliver 55 6 23
9 Rostropovich David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 55 12 24
10 Twilight Payment Joseph O’Brien Hugh Bowman 55 19 11
11 Finche Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 54 4 7
12 Prince Of Arran Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 54 8 2
13 Raymond Tusk Richard Hannon Jr Jamie Spencer 54 3 16
14 Downdraft Joseph O’Brien John Allen 53.5 15 22
15 Magic Wand Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 53.5 24 10
16 Neufbosc David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig Luke Nolen 53.5 23 21
17 Sound Michael Moroney James Winks 53.5 10 12
18 Surprise Baby Paul Preusker Jordan Childs 53.5 20 5
19 Constantinople David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig Joao Moreira 52.5 7 13
20 II Paradiso Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 52.5 17 3
21 Steel Prince Anthony Freedman Brett Prebble 52.5 16 9
22 The Chosen One Murray Baker Tim Clark 52 18 17
23 Vow And Declare Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 52 21 1
24 Youngstar Chris Waller Tommy Berry 52 9 20

Broadcast

In 2018, Network 10 bought the rights to air the Melbourne Cup from 2019 to 2023 for $100 million, outbidding former broadcaster Seven Network.[10]

References

  1. "Track records and Attendances". Flemington.com.au. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. "Prosecutions 'should occur' after footage reveals racehorse slaughter and cruelty". theguardian.com. 2019-10-18. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  3. "Melbourne Cup: how Australia's signature race lost its hold on the nation". theguardian.com. 2019-11-02. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  4. "Taylor Swift pulls out of 2019 Melbourne Cup performance". abc.net.au. 2019-09-21. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  5. "Melbourne Cup regular Megan Gale pulls out after shocking doco reveals racehorse cruelty". news.com.au. 2019-10-31. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  6. "Bumble donates $130k to horse welfare fund as actress guest pulls out". theage.com.au. 2019-10-21. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  7. 2019 Melbourne Cup Horses – racenet.com.au. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  8. 2019 Melbourne Cup – Punters.com.au. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  9. "Melbourne Cup 2019: Vow And Declare captures first win for Danny O'Brien, Craig Williams". Herald Sun. 5 November 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  10. Duke, Jennifer (3 September 2018). "Ten punts $100 million on Melbourne Cup broadcast rights". smh.com.au. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
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