Which Horse And Jockey Won The Melbourne Cup In 2002?

Media Puzzle took out the 142nd Melbourne Cup to give Irish trainer Dermot Weld and grieving jockey Damien Oliver their second victories in Australia’s richest and most famous race.

Who was the first horse to win the Melbourne Cup?

  • The first ever winner of the event was a classy thoroughbred named Archer on the race’s inaugural run in 1861. Archer would prove his worth when he won the Melbourne Cup once again the year after. On their website, the Victoria Racing Club acknowledges other past winners as well as the more ‘famous’ ones.

Is Media Puzzle still alive?

Media Puzzle (May 7, 1997 – June 22, 2006), foaled in the United States was an Irish horse best known for his win in the 2002 Melbourne Cup.

Which jockey won most Melbourne Cup?

Most wins by a jockey

  • 4 – Bobbie Lewis (1902, 1915, 1919, 1927)
  • 4 – Harry White (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979)
  • 3 – Glen Boss (2003, 2004, 2005)
  • 3 – Jim Johnson (1963, 1968, 1969)
  • 3 – Kerrin McEvoy (2000, 2016, 2018)
  • 3 – William H.
  • 3 – Darby Munro (1934, 1944, 1955)
  • 3 – Damien Oliver (1995, 2002, 2013)

Who won the Melbourne Cup in 2001?

Ethereal wins the 2001 Melbourne Cup to complete the coveted Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double. The Caulfield and Melbourne Cup double is considered the holy grail of Australasian racing.

How many GREY horses have won the Melbourne Cup?

Subzero and 5 other grey horses have won the Melbourne Cup.

Who rode Media Puzzle in the Melbourne Cup?

The race, run over 3,200 metres (1.988 mi), was held on 5 November 2002 at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse. It was won by Media Puzzle, trained by Dermot Weld and ridden by Damien Oliver.

Did Media Puzzle win the Melbourne Cup?

Media Puzzle landed an emotional triumph for Irish trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Damien Oliver in the Tooheys New Melbourne Cup at Flemington. The five-year-old gave Weld a second success in Australia’s premier race after Vintage Crop in 1993.

Who won the Melbourne Cup in 2003?

To put the record straight, the 2003 Melbourne Cup winner was the immortal Makybe Diva.

2002 Melbourne Cup – Wikipedia

2002 Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup
Location Flemington RacecourseMelbourne, Australia
Date 5 November 2002
Winning horse Media Puzzle
Jockey Damien Oliver
Trainer Dermot Weld
Surface Grass
Attendance 102,533

This year’s Melbourne Cup was the 142nd running of the race, which is considered to be Australia’s most prestigious thoroughbred horse race. The event, which took place on November 5, 2002, at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse, covered a distance of 3,200 metres (1.988 miles). Media Puzzle, trained by Dermot Weld and ridden by Damien Oliver, took home the victory. A week before the race, Damien’s younger brother Jason, who was also a rider, was murdered after falling during a trial the day before at Belmont Park Racecourse in Perth, sustaining severe brain injuries.

Three lengths in front of the media puzzle.

Damien raises his arms high in the irons and salutes the skies, all in honor of Jason!

Wayne Wilson, a racing commentator, narrates the finale of the race.


The following is a list of horses that competed in the 2002 Melbourne Cup.

Place Number Horse Trainer Jockey
1st 14 Media Puzzle(USA) Dermot Weld(IRE) Damien Oliver
2nd 15 Mr. Prudent George Hanlon Corey Brown
3rd 11 Beekeeper (GB) Saeed bin Suroor(UAE) Kerrin McEvoy
4th 1 Vinnie Roe(IRE) Dermot Weld(IRE) Pat Smullen
5th 16 Pentastic David Hall Glen Boss
6th 20 Distinctly Secret (NZ) Mark Walker (NZ) Steven King
7th 2 Jardines Lookout (IRE) Alan Jarvis (GB) Patrick Payne
8th 10 Rain Gauge George Hanlon Greg Childs
9th 7 Freemason John Hawkes Darren Gauci
10th 23 Miss Meliss (NZ) Bart Cummings Craig Newitt
11th 12 County Tyrone Max Lees Jim Cassidy
12th 13 Hail(NZ) Bruce Marsh (NZ) Noel Harris
13th 22 Thong Classic Pat Carey Brett Prebble
14th 17 Prized Gem (NZ) Murray Baker(NZ) Michael Rodd
15th 21 Grey Song Tommy Hughes Snr. Chris Munce
16th 3 Daliapour(IRE) Michael Stoute Michael Kinane
17th 19 Cyclades (NZ) Cydne Evans (NZ) Scott Seamer
18th 9 Pugin (IRE) Saeed bin Suroor(UAE) Frankie Dettori
19th 18 Victory Smile Donna Logan (NZ) Darren Beasley
20th 6 Hatha Anna (IRE) Saeed bin Suroor(UAE) Richard Hills
21st 5 Helene Vitality (NZ) David Hayes Gerald Mosse
22nd 24 Requiem Tony McEvoy Craig Williams
Last 4 Sandmason (GB) Tony McEvoy Steven Arnold
SCR 8 Maguire (NZ) John Collins (NZ)


Damien Oliver
Damien Oliver after winning the 2014 Darley Australian Cup
Nickname Ollie
Occupation Professional jockey
Born 22 June 1972(age 49)Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Australian

Damien Oliver (born June 22, 1972) is an Australian thoroughbred racing rider who specializes in sprints. Richard Oliver was born and raised in a racing family; his father Ray Oliver had an accomplished racing career that ended when he was killed in a race crash at the 1975 Kalgoorlie Cup in Western Australia. In 2008, Oliver was elected into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, which is a prestigious honor.

Racing career

Having begun his riding career with his stepfather Lindsey Rudland in 1988, Oliver finished his apprenticeship with Lee Freedman and Lindsey Rudland’s son Oliver. His first win as an apprentice came in March 1988 on Mr. Gudbud at Bunbury, Western Australia, and his first feature race success came in the AJC Warwick Stakes the following month. He was a member of the Australian Jockey Club (AJC). Unfortunately, he endured a succession of injuries, the most serious of which was a shattered spine in 1996, received in a fall at Moonee Valley.

Following that back injury, he returned to riding and rode the Japanese horse Pop Rock in the 2006 Melbourne Cup, where he came second to stablemate Delta Blues.

Oliver has won the Melbourne Cup on Doriemus (1995), Media Puzzle (2002), and Fiorente (2013), the Caulfield Cup on Mannerism (1992), Paris Lane (1994), Doriemus (1995), and Sky Heights (1999), the Cox Plate on Dane Ripper (1997) and Northerly (2001), and the Blue Diamond Stakes on Dane Ripper (1997) and Northerly (2001).

  • He was also a frequent rider for Lee Freedman’s great sprinterSchillaci (1991–95) and top fillyAlinghi (2003–05), both of whom were champions at the time.
  • Having taken his maiden ride in the Melbourne Cup in 1989, Oliver has only missed two editions of the event since then: in 2005 due to injury and in 2017 owing to a ban from racing.
  • The Cup, a biopic featuring Stephen Curry, was released in 2011 and received positive reviews.
  • On the favorite, Fiorente, Oliver achieved his third Melbourne Cup victory in the same year.

This was also his 100th victory in a Group 1 competition. The victory was the first time that trainer Gai Waterhouse had won the Melbourne Cup. To date, Oliver has rode 3,056 wins, including 126 in Group One races, according to the most recent available data.

Illegal betting and suspension

When Oliver was accused of making a $10,000 bet on a rival horse, Miss Octopussy, to beat a horse that Oliver was riding, Europa Point in the same race atMoonee Valley Racecourse on October 1, 2010, he pleaded not guilty to the charges. In spite of the fact that Europa Point ended in sixth place, the stewards found nothing wrong with the manner Oliver rode his horse, stating that there was no deviation from the typical racing pattern or any other cause to suspect his animal’s integrity throughout the ride.

  1. It was not until 2012 that the claimed occurrence was found, as part of an inquiry into the racing sector.
  2. This decision was apparently met with displeasure by several members of the general public and the racing business.
  3. Oliver was charged with the alleged crime on November 13, 2012, according to court documents.
  4. Until the 13th of September, he was unable to compete in any races.
  5. There has been debate over whether Oliver’s punishment was sufficient, and the maximum penalty for this offense has been increased dramatically since then as a result.


Damien Oliver has won the Scobie Breasley Medal eleven times in the history of Racing Victoria (1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020). The award, which recognizes excellence in race riding on Melbourne racetracks, is decided by stewards on the day of the race in a 3:2:1 format for the best race ride of the day on the day of the event. As the victor of the Victorian jockeys’ premiership in 2014, he was awarded the first Roy HigginsMedal, which was presented to him.

Oliver received the prize for the tenth time, following only Roy Higgins and Bill Duncan, both of whom have won the award eleven times.

Personal life

Oliver is married to Trish, with whom he has three children together. They reside in Port Melbourne, a Melbourne suburb, and have two children. In addition to Oliver, his older brother Jason was also a rider; he died on October 29, 2002, after collapsing at Belmont Park Racecourse in Western Australia. While participating in a racing trial, a young horse he was riding broke both of its front legs and fell.

It was discovered that the horse had been given phenylbutazone before to the trial, and it was speculated that this may have had a role in the disaster. The West Coast Eagles of the Australian Football League are supported by Oliver.

Group 1 winners (126)

  • The Adelaide Cup was won by Sheer Kingston in 1999
  • The AJC Derby was won by Don Eduardo in 2002
  • The All Aged Stakes was won by Hurricane Sky in 1995
  • Danleigh (2009)
  • Tivaci (2017)
  • The Auckland Cup was won by Zavite (2017)
  • The Australian Cup was won by Fiorente in 2014
  • The Australian Guineas was won by Flying Spur in 1996
  • Mr. Murphy in 2001
  • Grunt (2018)
  • The Brisbane Cup was won by Sheer Kingston in 1999
  • The Can


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  2. “Gai Waterhouse’s Fiorente wins the 2013 Melbourne Cup,” by Will Brodie, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 November 2013, retrieved 8 November 2013
  3. Ab”Gai Waterhouse’s Fiorente wins the 2013 Melbourne Cup,” by Will Brodie, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 November 2013, retrieved 8 November 2013
  4. A. Dowsley and A. Dunn and Kerri-Ann Hobbs are the authors of this article (22 September 2010), According to the Herald Sun and ABC, “Star jockey Damien Oliver was questioned by police.” Mr. Habel, Mr. Tim (17 August 2014). A Scobie Award is given to “Damien Oliver” for the sixth time. The Age (Fairfax Media), 18 August 2014
  5. “Damien Oliver Horse Jockey Profile – Stats,News,Runners”
  6. “Damien Oliver breaks down at stewards hearing” by Courtney Walsh and Brendan Cormick, The Australian, 20 November 2012
  7. “Damien Oliver breaks down at stewards hearing” by Courtney Walsh and Brendan Cormick, The Australian, 20 November 2012. 9 November 2013
  8. Ab”Damien Oliver’s holiday at the cost of mug punters” by Andrew Webster in the Sydney Morning Herald on October 31, 2013. Obtainable on November 9th, 2013
  9. This article appeared in The Age on November 9, 2013. abc”Melbourne Cup champion Damien Oliver’s arduous journey to redemption” by Ron Reed in the Herald Sun on November 9, 2013. “Officials demand for stand-down powers,” according to a report published on November 9, 2013. 3 News NZ, Friday, November 6, 2012. The original version of this article was published on November 5, 2013. “Damien Oliver has been charged in connection with a betting scandal,” according to a news article published on November 6, 2012. The 13th of November, 2012, according to 3 News NZ A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Australian on November 21, 2012. “Racing’s master of disguises Damien Oliver conceals a second life of sorrow,” by Courtney Walsh, The Australian, 22 November 2012. On November 8, 2013, Rod Nicholson said, “”Deeply regretful” champion rider Damien Oliver has been banned from racing for a period of ten months,” according to News Ltd. As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on November 20, 2012, “Out for 10 months: Oliver banned for unlawful bet” by Michael Lynch was published on November 8, 2013. “Damien Oliver wraps up the 10th Melbourne Jockeys’ Premiership,” Racenet, 7 November 2013
  10. “Damien Oliver wraps up the 10th Melbourne Jockeys’ Premiership,” Racenet, 7 November 2013
  11. On October 30, 2002, the Age published an article titled “Jockey Jason Oliver dies.” Riley and Beveridge (29 January 2016). From Barack Obama to Cam Newton, your AFL club’s most prominent fans are represented here. Fox Sports is a television network that broadcasts sports events. retrieved on the 29th of January, 2016


ByGrant Holloway CNN SydneyMELBOURNE, Australia (CNN) -Irish horse Media Puzzle has triumphed over a star-studded international field to win the 142nd Melbourne Cup.Media Puzzle, one of the favorites for the $2 million event, was trained by Dermot Weld and ridden by Australian jockey Damien Oliver.It is only the second time a Northern Hemisphere horse has won the prestigious race. The last time was in 1993 when Vintage Crop, also trained by Weld, became the first non-Australasian horse to lift the trophy.The win was a bitter-sweet victory for jockey Oliver however, who last week lost his brother, Jason, to a horse-racing accident and will attend his funeral on Wednesday.Speaking immediately after he won Tuesday’s race, Oliver said he would swap any Melbourne Cup victory to have his brother back.Media Puzzle won the 3,200 meter race by two lengths from Australia’s Mr Prudent and Beekeeper from the Emirates-backed Godolphin stables. The time was a fast 3 minutes and 16.9 seconds.Trainer Weld told media it was a special moment to win with a horse which had travelled 12,000 miles to be at the race and had to recover from a fractured pelvis several years ago.”Today was Media Puzzle’s day,” Weld said.Weld’s other entrant, early favorite Vinnie Roe, finished fourth.The Melbourne Cup is known internationally as the “race that stops a nation”. Across Australia, all work ceased at 3.10 pm (AEDT) Tuesday while the 23 horses battled it out for one of the thoroughbred racing world’s richest purses.Restaurants, hotels and betting agencies were jam-packed as Australians flocked to Melbourne Cup lunches and celebrations, which provided much more of an excuse to have a party than to study the equine form.A record $80 million ($150 million) was wagered by Australians alone in this year’s Cup, which was, as always, held on the first Tuesday of November at the Flemington race track in the southern city of Melbourne.It is estimated that more than 70 percent of adult Australians placed a bet on the race, albeit many of those via the ubiquitous office sweepstakes.

Public holiday

For many of those, the wager was the one and only they will make on a horse race until the next year’s Melbourne Cup.For others, it was more a chance to dress up in their best clothes – or their most ridiculous outfits – and play their part in a long and revered Australian tradition.More than 120,000 people braved overcast weather to descend on the Flemington course and soak up the atmosphere – the number swelled by the tradition of holding a public holiday in the State of Victoria for the Cup.Interest in the Cup this year was spurred by a particularly open field with a large number of non-Australian entries making the form harder to read and the potential dividends all the greater.More than one third of the 23 runner field were non-Australian horses, giving the race its most international feel yet.

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Cup hero Media Puzzle meets a sad end

After being forced to retire from racing in 2003, he returned to the country the following year, when he was beaten into 12th place in the first of Makybe Diva’s three Melbourne Cup appearances. Injuries kept him out of the racetrack for the whole season last year, but after scoring his first win since winning the Melbourne Cup in the Listed Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown last month, a third journey to Australia was being contemplated. ANGLAND’S EXCELLENCE: Tye Angland, a rising star on the Canterbury football pitch, marked a watershed moment when he scored his first winning treble yesterday afternoon.

Even though Angland and his partner Frazer are stationed in Hawkesbury, the young jockey expressed a desire to expand his horizons in the coming months.

“After that, I’ll be able to come into town to do trackwork for a living.

“He’s a pretty level-headed young man, and his ambition is to be the leading apprentice the following year.” MELODY MAKER: Darryl McLellan, a Newcastle-based rider, will go to Randwick today in the aim of achieving another victory on the Darren Smith-trained Melody, which will compete in the Insurance Market Facilities Handicap.

According to McLellan, “She touched the line with a lot of force the other day, and the large track at Randwick should suit her.” The following horses will be ridden by McLellan: Forestreno (Gough Whitlam Handicap), Pita Hapa (Gough Whitlam Handicap), Fluro Fever (Plenary Group Handicap), Grand Traverse (Thakral Holdings/Bob Hawke Handicap), Choicely (AHA/Mick Young Handicap), Real Strike (Gosford Pacesetter Stakes), Eastwest Dancer (Gosford Pace (Manchester Unity Handicap).

After suffering from an attack of food illness, Larrikin rider Allan Robinson was absent from the team’s practice session at Canterbury yesterday afternoon.

Media Puzzle wins Melbourne Cup for Weld

The Tooheys New Melbourne Cup at Flemington was an emotional victory for Irish trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Damien Oliver, who rode Media Puzzle to the victory. Weld’s second victory in Australia’s greatest event, following his victory in the Vintage Crop in 1993, was courtesy of the five-year-old. Weld, who became the first European trainer to win the Aus$4 million (€2.25 million) event with Vintage Crop in 1993, screamed with joy as his six-year-old gelding crossed the finish line first. Vintage Crop was the first horse to win the race in 1993.

  1. With Vinnie Roe, a dual winner of the Irish St Leger, as the popular favorite and Media Puzzle as an outside chance to win, the horse came in Australia last month with an outside chance to win.
  2. He entered the race as the second favorite and maintained a strong position throughout the race as the European horses dominated the pace.
  3. He was “just so powerful and too good for them,” Oliver explained.
  4. A horse named Beekeeper, one of three runners from the Arab-owned Godolphin stable, finished third behind Vinnie Roe and under the guidance of jockey Kerron McEvoy.

Weld’s Vinnie Roe helped make it a memorable day for the stable, finishing a gallant fourth in the two-mile showpiece under a heavy burden on extremely fast terrain.

Damien Oliver on Media Puzzle on his way to winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Stuart Hannagan/Getty

Pugin, ridden by Frankie Dettori, galloped well in the early stages but faltered as the pack approached the home stretch. Although Vinnie Roe and Pat Smullen looked to be progressing slightly more positively in terms of straightening up, they were unable to respond when Oliver ordered Media Puzzle to speed up. The weight of Vinnie Roe’s welter load was beginning to take its toll on him, and he stretched out in spectacular fashion. Mr Prudent and Beekeeper, the third Godolphin runner, finished well to take second and third places, respectively, but the winner never seemed like he was in danger of being caught, clocking one of the quickest times in the race’s lengthy history.

Weld, the only European trainer to have ever won Australia’s most prestigious race, was pleased with his team.

I’m overjoyed for everyone involved, especially my team, who have done an outstanding job with this particular horse.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw my two horses fighting it out for the Melbourne Cup as I turned back towards home.

Over-achiever captured our hearts

Because there is a worry that another international raider may win the Melbourne Cup, we take a look back at the unexpected foreign winner who had the entire country roaring. The surprising Melbourne Cup triumph by MEDIA Puzzle in 2002 was one of the most memorable events in the history of the competition. A rare occasion occurred when Australians praised an international champion who had obviously outperformed expectations. The media puzzle had captivated the attention of the whole nation. Media Puzzle was considered a long shot to win the Cup since he was a rung below his favorite Irish stablemate Vinnie Roe.

  • When Vinnie Roe arrived in Melbourne, he was the overwhelming favorite, riding on the back of a five-race winning streak.
  • Media Puzzle’s racing career was less impressive, including of of one Ulster Derby handicap race victory.
  • Weld is the Irishman who, in 1993, steered the first overseas-trained horse to a Melbourne Cup victory, Vintage Crop, by a length and a half.
  • Because of the victory, which was ridden by Irish jockey Mick Kinane, an influx of international competitors, who were no longer deterred by the lengthy travel to Australia, descended on Melbourne.
  • The Melbourne Cup, ideally, will be a result of (this).” Weld’s second Melbourne Cup triumph, on the other hand, had a painful local connection.
  • The Irish raider set a new course record in the Geelong Cup, clocking 2:25.90 over 2400m to break the previous mark by a second.
  • The fact that Media Puzzle was given a 51kg handicap compared to Vinnie Roe’s 59kg highlighted his standing as an underdog in the competition.

Oliver was adamant on riding in the Cup and honoring his promise.

Meanwhile, there was growing concern about Vinnie Roe’s health, since his weight had decreased considerably.

After riding wide early on, Media Puzzle battled with Vinnie Roe as they approached the home bend in a race that included a record eight internationals.

In his speech from the winner’s podium, Oliver addressed his brother, Jason, saying, “I know you are up there, buddy.” “I couldn’t have done it without you, my friend.

This one is dedicated to you.” Weld’s second Melbourne Cup victory came as a result of Media Puzzle’s triumph.

“Now that he’s won the Melbourne Cup, I believe he’s completed his mission.” The success of the Media Puzzle and Oliver was evidence that the Cup had been really internationalized.

This heartwarming underdog story has the entire country in its tracks. For this joint effort, students from Monash University’s journalism program collaborated with members of The Herald Sun’s digital production team. More stories that are linked VIC News (Victoria)

Bec’s out-of-this-world Caulfield Cup outfit

Melbourne’s most stylish donned their finest and descended to Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday, with bright colors and theatrical hats among the trackside favorites. However, it was one fashion-forward WAG in particular who got everyone’s attention with her holographic jumpsuit. More information may be found here. VIC News (Victoria)

What’s open on Melbourne Cup day

THE RACE that will bring the entire country to a halt has arrived. If you’re unsure about what’s open or what services are available, look no further because we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of everything you need to know about the Melbourne Cup public holiday. More information may be found here.

Which Horse Won The Melbourne Cup In 2002?

In 2002, which horse was victorious in the Melbourne Cup? In 2001, which horse was the victor of the Melbourne Cup? Ethereal won the Melbourne Cup in 2001, completing the coveted Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double for the first time in his career. The Caulfield and Melbourne Cup double is often regarded as the pinnacle of Australian horse racing success. Eight of the eleven horses to win the Triple Crown have been bred in New Zealand. In the Melbourne Cup, on which horse is Damien Oliver riding?

This year, Oliver is given the opportunity to ride the highly anticipated Russian Camelot.

Sheila Laxon was in charge of Ethereal’s training during her racing career.

Which Horse Won The Melbourne Cup In 2002 – Related Questions

When he was a yearling, he was trained by Alexander Roberts at his Seadown Stud, near Timaru. He competed in Australia, where he became a fan favorite during the Great Depression. When Phar Lap competed between the autumn of 1930 and April 1932, he won 32 of the 35 races he entered. In 1861, the inaugural Melbourne Cup race was held.

Which horse number wins the most?

In trifectas, the digit one appears in 40 per cent of all trifectas, making it the most dominant digit in the game of chance. TAB number two comes in second with 35% of the vote, followed by TAB number three with 33% and TAB number four with 31%.

Is there a female jockey in the Melbourne Cup 2019?

Michelle Payne made news when she became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, making history in the process.

What is a nuisance Jockey Melbourne Cup?

What A Nuisance (1978–2005) was a Thoroughbred racehorse that was born and raised in New Zealand. He was best remembered for winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in November 1985, which established him as a racing legend.

How many horses died Melbourne Cup 2020?

The review came after seven deaths associated with the race in as many years. Anthony Van Dyck displayed indicators of lameness before the race, however the study decided this was unconnected to the injuries incurred on the day.

How many horses died in the Melbourne Cup 2019?

Australian Greens Animal Welfare spokesman Senator Mehreen Faruqi also criticized the business. “This is the ugly truth of horse racing,” Faruqi remarked. “Anthony Van Dyck’s death was a terrible but scarcely unexpected event,” says the author. Seven horses have now perished as a result of the previous eight Melbourne Cup races.

Who is the most famous horse?

Secretariat. Secretariat is usually regarded as the most prominent organization in history.

Because of his unequaled horse racing history, multiple equestrian accolades, and celebrity status in Hollywood, this horse was well-known to practically everyone. When Secretariat became the first horse in 25 years to win the Triple Crown, the entire world stood up and paid attention.

How much do Australian jockeys earn?

Prize Money for the Melbourne Cup Jockeys You might be astonished to find that the winning jockeys of the Cup will get more than $200,000 for their winning ride in the competition. In addition to receiving a percentage of the prize money won, jockeys are frequently compensated for the time they spend scheduling the ride.

Is Craig Williams riding today?

Today’s ride will take place at Sandown. On the Lakeside circuit, the rail is in the correct position, and the track is classed in the soft category.

Who is Oliver Damien father?

Damien Oliver was born in Australia on (at the age of 49). He is a well-known horse jockey with a cult following. Damien Oliver’s father, Ray Oliver, and mother, Pat Rudland, are his biological parents. Trish Oliver is the name of his wife.

What weight can Damien Oliver ride at?

Oliver has only ridden once at 53.5kg since April 2011, when he partnered Egg Tart to a seventh-place finish in the 2017 Toorak Handicap. Oliver has been watching his weight diligently in preparation for the Cup ride.

How much is Damian Oliver worth?

Damien Oliver is a professional horse jockey from Australia who competes in horse races. Damien Oliver’s net worth is estimated to be between $100,000 and $1 million as of 2020. After winning the Melbourne Cup three times, he established himself as one of the most successful jockeys in Australian history.

Who is the top female jockey in Australia?

Michelle Payne will be the most successful female Group 1 winner until the middle of 2020.

Where is Linda Meech today?

Linda Meech, the world’s most famous jockey, is expected to return to the track on Saturday. Meech has been slated to ride Costa Maya at Warracknabeal for partner Mark Pegus, despite the fact that he hasn’t rode since.

How much does the jockey get for Melbourne Cup?

CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW MUCH MONEY A MELBOURNE CUP JOCKEY MAKES? For each race, jockeys are given a commission of 5% of the total prize money won by a horse. In 2020, the winner – Jye McNeil – will take home $220,000 in prize money. The second-placed jockey receives $55,000 in prize money, while the third-placed jockey receives $27,500 in prize money.

Who won the Melbourne Cup in 2003?

The event, which was raced over a distance of 3,200 metres (1.988 miles), took place at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse. Makybe Diva, a five-year-old filly trained by David Hall and ridden by Glen Boss, won the race at the age of five.

Who won the 2008 Melbourne Cup?

Results. The horse trained by Bart Cummings took first place in the race. As a result of Gallopin’s failure to complete the race, Honolulu was officially ranked last.

Is Jess Payne Michelle Payne’s sister?

Payne, 22, who is not related to Michelle or Patrick, was sidelined for nearly two years between 2011 and 2013 after suffering a broken femur and other problems as a result of a trackwork fall. Michelle and Patrick were not aware of her condition.

How did Michelle’s sister die?

Brigid, Michelle’s younger sister, was killed in a horse-riding accident in January 2007, bringing the family’s tragedy total to three. Michelle was just 36 at the time of her death. In her testimony, Michelle stated that Brigid had received a concussion, and that while she appeared to be recovering, she had a seizure six months later and died as a result of cardiac arrest.

Where is Phar Lap buried?

The ruins of Phar Lap were distributed around the world.

In Melbourne, his mounted hide was donated to the Museum of Victoria, his skeleton was donated to the National Museum of New Zealand in Wellington, and his heart was donated to the Australian Institute of Anatomy.

What is the safest bet in horse racing?

It is worth repeating that whether your horse finishes first or second, you will not receive any more money than if your horse finishes third. Even while this is the safest of the straight bets, it also provides the lowest possible return. Place a Win or Place bet if you are convinced that the horse will finish higher than third. You will earn more money if the horse finishes higher than third.

Media Puzzle wins Melbourne Cup

5.40pm Although Media Puzzle was victorious in this afternoon’s $4.6 million Melbourne Cup, the rider who rode the Irish-trained stayer to victory had other plans for the afternoon. “Melbourne Cups are no longer significant events in my life. I’d give it all up to have my brother back, if I could “Damien Oliver made the statement immediately after the two-mile classic at Flemington came to a close. Oliver’s brother, Jason, was killed in a training accident in Perth just a few days before Oliver died.

  1. Ahead of Mr Prudent, who was ridden by Corey Brown, and the Dubai horse Beekeeper, who was ridden by Kerr McEvoy, was Media Puzzle.
  2. Dermot Weld, an Irishman who works as a trainer at Media Puzzle, described today as “a beautiful day.” “I am overjoyed for the sake of everyone involved.
  3. Distinctly Secret, the New Zealand 4-year-old dubbed “Australasia’s last chance” for fending off the so-called European raiders, finished sixth in the World Cup of Horse Racing.
  4. With stablemate Vinne Roe, today’s third-place horse Beekeeper, and Pugin (both from the world’s largest stable in Dubai), Media Puzzle spearheaded the most successful Northern Hemisphere charge yet in the Cup.
  5. Some analysts predicted that the outcome of today’s race, which begins at 5.10 p.m., will determine the future of the Australasian breeding business.

The Cup (2011)

  • The Melbourne Cup horse race in 2002, brotherly love, and the triumph of the human spirit are all stories that have been told. a truthful account
  • Jockeys Damien Oliver and his brother, Jason, were born into a racing family with a long history of success. They followed in their father’s footsteps. When the boys were young, Ray Oliver sadly died in a racing accident, and the brothers were heartbroken. The family’s passion for racing was carried by Damien in particular, who inherited his father’s abilities. He had his sights set on the most renowned event of them all, the Melbourne Cup, which took place in Melbourne, Australia. After years of preparation, he was finally ready. Damien would be riding the strong but temperamental Media Puzzle, who would be trained by the legendary Irish trainer Dermot Weld, in the race. Some people were skeptical of Media Puzzle’s chances, but Weld was optimistic that the combination of a superb jockey and a lively horse would be unstoppable. As race day neared, horses, riders, trainers, owners, spectators, and members of the media from all over the world flocked on Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse. Sheikh Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai, Weld’s toughest adversary, sent his best horses to the race, eager for a victory in the Melbourne Cup. Damien and Media Puzzle became the subject of a lot of discussion and conjecture on the news networks. The air was thick with excitement and expectation as the game began. Jason, on the other hand, was injured when racing in Perth just seven days before the competition. He was brought to the hospital, where Damien and his family awaited the results of the doctor’s examination with bated breath. The news was heartbreaking. Jason would not be able to recover. The narrative of the family was retold over and over. The bereaved family made the most difficult choice of their lives when they agreed to turn off the life support system. Damien informed Weld that he wasn’t sure he would be able to participate, and that he wasn’t sure he would ever be able to race again. It felt inconceivable to participate in a race without Jason. Damien slowly recognized that racing was the only way he could pay honor to his beloved brother’s memory, as he struggled with his grief and with the support of his family and Weld. Damien and Media Puzzle jump from the starting gate in a climactic fight as the starting pistol is fired for the race. “This is dedicated to you, Jace!” Damien yells as he sprints through the most difficult race of his life. With a tremendous applause from the audience, they reach the finish line. A tragic riding accident takes the life of Damien Oliver’s brother just days before the Melbourne Cup, prompting him to consider retiring from the race. Damien and Media Puzzle go on to win the Melbourne Cup in an unforgettable story that captured both the attention and the hearts of people all around the world. The support of horse trainer Dermot Weld helps him understand that the greatest way to honor his brother’s memory is via horseback riding.


Important story details may be revealed in the summary that follows.


  • The Melbourne Cup is known as “The Race That Stops a Nation,” yet there has never been a more dramatic race in the 150-year history of Australia’s Thoroughbred Classic than the 2002 edition. Throughout the Cup, we follow the world’s best riders as they design their courses around the globe – from Europe to the Middle East to Asia – and into the Winners Circle of the world’s wealthiest and most renowned two-mile handicap horse race. But it is a young Australian rider, Damien Oliver, who is at the heart of this actual narrative, as he loses his only sibling in a horrific racing accident just days before the famous race. To make matters worse, the same catastrophe befell Damien and Jason Oliver’s father several decades before to their birth. Following his brother’s death, Damien endures an almost interminable string of disappointing failures until finally triumphing on one of sports’ most illustrious platforms in one of the most spectacular finales ever witnessed in sports history.

Past Winners – 2001 to 2010 Melbourne Cup Winners – Races.com.au

A single name dominates the list of Melbourne Cup winners from 2001 to 2010, and that name is Makybe Diva. She was able to win the event three times in a row from 2003 to 2005, finishing considerably ahead of the rest of the field each time she competed. There were numerous notable anomalies to this Melbourne Cup era, including a five-year spell in which no stallion won the event. In addition, the first win for a complete horse during this time period occurred in 2006, and it was achieved by Delta Blues, a Japanese horse competing in the United States for the first time.

In addition, the 2010 Melbourne Cup will be the race’s 150th running, which is an incredible milestone for any horse race.

  • Ethereal won the Melbourne Cup in 2001
  • Media Puzzle won the Melbourne Cup in 2002
  • Makybe Diva won the Melbourne Cup in 2003
  • Makybe Diva won the Melbourne Cup in 2004
  • And Makybe Diva won the Melbourne Cup in 2005. Delta Blues won the 2006 Melbourne Cup. In 2007, the Melbourne Cup was deemed efficient
  • In 2008, it was deemed seen
  • In 2009, it was deemed shocking
  • In 2010, it was deemed Americain.

2001 Melbourne Cup – Ethereal

Information on the race:First place went to Ethereal, second place went to Give The Slip, and third place went to The Slip. Scott Seamer, R. Hills, and R. Quinn are the Persian Punch Jockeys. Sheila Laxon, Saaed Bin Suroor, and D. Elsworth are the trainers. Winner’s time was 3:21.08 and his weight was 52kg. Odds:9/1 Money awarded as a prize: $4,075,000

About the Race

The mare, whose name is derived from the Greek word for ‘upper air,’ was bred, owned, and trained in New Zealand and was the first to achieve a historic double victory in 2001. Became the third mare and eleventh horse in history, Ethereal became only the third horse to win both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in the same year. A late surge on the course enabled Give The Slip to lose the lead and win by three quarters of a length to The Four-Year-Old (Give the Slip) in the Kentucky Derby. With the victory, trainer Sheila Laxon entered the annals of history as the first woman to officially train a Melbourne Cup winner.

2002 Melbourne Cup – Media Puzzle

Detailed information about the race:First Place: Media Puzzle, Second Place: Mr Prudent, Third Place: Beekeeper Jockeys: Damien Oliver, C. Brwon, and K. McEvoy The following trainers are listed: K. K. Weld, G. M. Hanlon, S. B. Suroor Time of the winner: 3:16.97 Weight:52.5kg Odds:11/2 Money awarded as a prize: $4,075,000

About the Race

The Media Puzzle team cruised to victory in the 2002 Cup. During the last 400 metres, the powerful horse surged forward, winning by two lengths over Mr Prudent. The win was particularly poignant since it came just a week after Damien Oliver’s brother was tragically died in a track accident. Media Puzzle was only the second European horse to win the Cup, and it was the first time the continent had done it since 1993. According to the Australian Horse of the Year Awards, he was chosen the Champion Stayer for the years 2002-2003.

2003 Melbourne Cup – Makybe Diva

Information about the race:First place went to Makybe Diva, second place went to She’s Archie, and third place went to She’s Archie. Place Jardine’s Lookout is a lookout point on the ridge above the town of Jardine. G. Boss, S. Seamer, and D. Holland are the riders. D. Hall, D. Weir, and A. Jarvis are the instructors. Winner’s time was 3:19.90 and his weight was 51kg. Odds:7/1 Prize money totals $4,600,000 dollars.

About the Race

Makbye Diva sprinted to victory in the Melbourne Cup in front of the highest audience ever recorded at Flemington, an incredible 122,736 spectators. It was the first of three straight victories at the carnival. With a straightforward and convincing triumph in the Melbourne Cup, Makbye Diva and her jockey Glen Boss entertained and delighted the fans as they raced down the straight in the opening race of the season.

2004 Melbourne Cup – Makybe Diva

Race results: 1st place went to Makybe Diva, 2nd place went to Vinnie Roe, and 3rd place went to Diva.

PlaceZazzman G. Boss, P. Smullen, and N. Ryan are the riders. L. Freedman, D.K. Weld, and A. J. Vasil are the trainers. Time of the winner: 3:28.55 Weight:55.5kg Odds:5/2f Prize money totals $4,600,000 dollars.

About the Race

Makybe Diva established herself as one of the greatest staying mares of all time by becoming only the fifth horse in history to win two Melbourne Cups in a row. Fighting through the severe weather, she delivered trainer Lee Freedman his fourth Cup victory, following victories in the Sydney Cup and the Caulfield Cup, as well as a second-place finish in the Caulfield Cup.

2005 Melbourne Cup – Makybe Diva

Detailed information about the race includes the following:First PlaceMakybe Diva, Second PlaceOn A Jeune, Third PlaceXcellent Jockeys: G. Boss, D. Gauci, and M. T. Coleman. L. Freedman, P. Montgomerie, and M. Moroney are the trainers. Time of the winner: 3:10.17 Weight:58kg Odds:4.4/1f Prize money: $5,000,000 (five hundred thousand dollars).

About the Race

After winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington in 2005, Makybe Diva became the first horse in history to win the race three times in a row. It was also a record-breaking performance for jockey Glen Boss, who became the first person in history to win three consecutive Cups. She set a new weight carrying record for a mare by winning with 58kg, breaking her own mark. All those who witnessed Makybe Diva’s stunning triumph, which has been dubbed “the finest since Phar Lap,” will remember her and this race for the rest of their lives.

2006 Melbourne Cup – Delta Blues

Detailed information about the race:First place was Delta Blues, second was Pop Rock, and third was Maybe Better. Jockeys: Yasunari Iwata, D. Oliver, and C. Munce Trainers: Katsuhiko Sumii, Katsuhiko Sumii, B. Mayfield-Smith, and other members of the team Winner’s time was 3:21.42 and his weight was 56kg. Odds:18/1 Prize money: $5,000,000 (five hundred thousand dollars).

About the Race

A whirlwind of excitement surrounds the 146th running of the Melbourne Cup in 2006, as Delta Blues, a young Japanese raider, became the first Japanese raider to win the event in its 146th running. Delta Blues’ victory for trainer Katsuhiko Sumii was made more sweeter by the fact that his other horse, Pop Rock, finished in second place. This historic 1-2 finish was only the ninth occasion in Melbourne Cup history that a single trainer had two horses compete in the quinella. Delta Blues was just the third cup champion at the time not prepared in Australia or New Zealand, displaying his stamina taking and retaining the lead over his stable mate Pop Rock.

2007 Melbourne Cup – Efficient

Race Specifics:First Place: Efficient, Second Place: Purple Moon, Third Place: Mahler Jockeys: Michael Rodd, D. Oliver, S. Baster, and others. Graeme Rogerson, L. Cumani, and A. O’Brien are the trainers. Time of the winner: 3:23.34 Weight:54.5kg Odds:17/1 Prize money: $5,000,000 (five hundred thousand dollars).

About the Race

Efficient won the Melbourne Cup in 2007, passing Purple Moon in the straight and beating him to the line by a half-length at Flemington Racecourse. Efficient pushed up from 12th position to claim the lead in the final few yards of the race, demonstrating incredible speed and endurance despite racing the widest part of the circuit on the outside of the track.

This was the black beauty’s first Group One triumph, and it marked a remarkable return after being scratched from the event the year before. Since Phar Lap, no horse has accomplished what Efficient achieved by winning the Melbourne Cup a year after winning the Victoria Derby.

2008 Melbourne Cup – Viewed

The following are the results of the race: 1 stPlaceViewed, 2 ndPlaceBauer, 3 rdPlace B. Shinn, C. Brown, and B. Prebble are the jockeys for the day. J.B. Cummings, L. Cumani, and J. Sadler are the trainers. Winner’s time was 3:20.40 and his weight was 53kg. Odds:40/1 Money awarded as a prize: $5 560 000

About the Race

With his 12th victory at Flemington, this Melbourne Cup triumph cemented famous trainer Bart Cummings’ place in racing history; it was Shinn’s first Cup triumph as a jockey. One of the tightest finishes in the race’s history necessitated the use of a photo finish in order to determine the winner. Five-year-old After increasing his position and taking the lead from the 350 metre mark, Viewed was deemed to have won by a nose over the English Bauer, who had been considered the long chance going into the event.

2009 Melbourne Cup – Shocking

Race information:First place was Shocking, second place was Crime Scene, and third place was Mourilyan. Corey Brown, Kerrin McEvoy, and Glyn Schofield are the riders. Mark Kavanagh, Saeed Bin Suroor, and Herman Brown are the trainers. Time of the winner: 3:23.87 Weight:51kg Odds:$10 Money awarded as a prize: $5,650,000 Concerning the Race When it came to the 2009 Melbourne Cup, Shocking lived true to his moniker by pulling off a victory that no one could have predicted. The pre-race favorites were stuck in the middle and back of the field, but Shocking maintained a three-second lead until the final stretch.

2010 Melbourne Cup – Americain

Information on the race: The winners were as follows: 1stPlaceAmericain, 2ndPlaceMaluckyday, 3 rdPlace So, What Do You Think? Gerald Mosse, Luke Nolen, and Steven Arnold are the horses in this race. Alain de Royer Dupre, Team Hawkes, and Bart Cummings are among the trainers. Time of the winner: 3:26.87 Weight:54.5kg Odds:$13.50 Prize money: $6,000,000 (six million dollars). Concerning the Race The Melbourne Cup celebrated its 150th anniversary this year. In addition to the Geelong Cup, Americain, a French-trained horse, made just one additional run at the Australian Grand Prix, which he won.

Maluckyday, who finished in second place, had only had a few starts before winning the Lexus Stakes in his first outing.

When the rain came down so hard that one of the adjoining carparks became flooded, authorities had to lock it down.

It was discovered that Gai Waterhouse’s Descarado had been hurt during the race, and the horse was officially retired twelve months later when it was determined that the injury had not healed properly.

Champion jockeys chasing a piece of Cup history – Racenet

Damien Oliver, Glen Boss, and Kerr McEvoy will have an opportunity to equal one of the most illustrious riding records in Australian racing when they compete at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday afternoon. The three best jockeys have each rode three Melbourne Cup winners, and if one of them is victorious in Tuesday’s major race, he would tie Bobbie Lewis and Harry White for the long-standing race-riding record of four victories in a row. Racing journalist Ray Thomas of the Daily Telegraph spoke with Oliver, Boss, and McEvoy about the opportunity to ride into the annals of Melbourne Cup history.

Damien Oliver (left) and Kerrin McEvoy (right) are both aiming for a fourth Melbourne Cup win, which would tie the record achieved by their predecessors. Image courtesy of Getty Images


Melbourne Cup victories: Doriemus in 1995, Media Puzzle in 2002, and Fiorente in 2004. (2013) Damien Oliver put on another show of his undying talent on Derby Day at Flemington, winning two major races in a row in the process. With his victories on Superstorm (Cantala Stakes) and Colette (Empire Rose Stakes), the champion jockey increased his total number of wins in Group 1 races to 121, the greatest by any Australian rider. While riding the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Delphi in the $7.75 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington, Oliver is riding as well as he ever has as he seeks a record-equaling fourth victory in the Melbourne Cup.

  • “It would be fantastic to win the Melbourne Cup again, as I have done over the past three decades,” Oliver expressed his desire to win the race once again.
  • In the last four decades, no jockey has been able to win the Melbourne Cup on more than one occasion.
  • Moreover, if Dephi is victorious, OIiver will set a new record, as it has been 26 years since he achieved the coveted Cups double against Doriemus.
  • Oliver is a member of the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
  • Along the road, he’s had a handful of close calls, most notably with second-place finishes on Pop Rock (2006) and Purple Moon (2007), respectively (2007).
  • “Unless I have something great, I don’t really start searching about for a Melbourne Cup ride until the weights are released,” Oliver explained.
  • “Because I don’t ride light, I’m a little limited in what I can ride in the Cup,” says the driver.
  • “I’m not really sure what occurred in the Caulfield Cup,” Oliver said after the race.

“The Chosen One and The Chosen One came out of the same races and were both disappointed in the Caulfield Cup, when they finished second and third, respectively.” I’m hopeful that Delphi will improve at Flemington, for obvious reasons.” Oliver acknowledged that Incentivise, the hot favorite in the Melbourne Cup, is the horse to beat in the race.

It’s impossible not to be moved by what Incentivise has accomplished this spring, according to CEO Oliver Oliver. “He has done all that has been expected of him, and he will be difficult to defeat.”


Winners of the Melbourne Cup include: Brew (2000), Almandin (2016), and Cross Counter (2017). (2018) Kerrin McEvoy, the reigning Melbourne Cup champion jockey, is well aware of the magnitude of his accomplishment if he is successful in capturing his fourth Melbourne Cup on Grand Promenade. “It would be incredible if I was able to acquire another one,” McEvoy stated. “This event has been running for a long time, and only two jockeys have won the Melbourne Cup four times.” The fact that I have the opportunity to win it again would be an honor.” I intend to give it everything I have to become a member of the select club of jockeys who have accomplished this feat.

If he can win his fourth Melbourne Cup on Grand Promenade, he will undoubtedly be inducted into the Hall of Fame among all-time greats like as Damien Oliver and Glen Boss, among others.

Image courtesy of Getty Images McEvoy has never rode Grand Promenade, but he has followed the gelding’s progress with interest as he has dealt with a protracted racing season that began in March when he finished second in his maiden start at Mornington.

However, the longer his preparation has gone on, the better he appears to have become, and he comes into the Melbourne Cup after a commanding win in the Bart Cummings a month ago.

“His Flemington record is excellent; he’s a great, genuine horse who has got a lot of distance racing experience and should be able to run the journey to the finish line.” That he has those kilometers under his belt, to put it another way, is a comfort.” In addition to McEvoy, Grand Promenade is trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, for whom McEvoy has had a lot of success riding over the course of the past year.

Kerrin McEvoy celebrates his 2018 Melbourne Cup win aboard Cross Counter.

Image courtesy of the AAP “I’ve rode some excellent horses for the stable, including Srikandi, and it’s a pleasure to be partnering with them again,” McEvoy said.

According to McEvoy, “this is a very different year since there aren’t as many internationals on the field.” “Incentivise is the shortest favorite I’ve seen in a long time, but I believe I’m riding a horse who has the ability to run really well.” When it comes to being an up-and-coming stayer, Grand Promenade meets the bill.

He is a lightweight with a strong Flemington record, which means he might be the horse that has the necessary credentials going into the event.”


Melbourne Cup victories go to:Makybe Diva (2003-04-05) The advice of Frankie Dettori was taken into consideration by Glen Boss before deciding on Sir Lucan as his mount for the Melbourne Cup. When Young Werther was withdrawn due to injury less than two weeks ago, the Hall of Fame rider appeared to be without a Cup ride, but he was intrigued by the prospect of riding the lightweight Sir Lucan. I called Frankie, who I have known for a long time, and he provided me with some useful information on Sir Lucan.

“ So I took a thorough look at his form and asked Frankie what he thought of the horse in general.

Despite the fact that Sir Lucan has been ridden well out of his comfort zone in several of his races and has been made to make up much too much ground, Frankie believes the horse possesses a devastating turn of foot.

Image courtesy of Getty Images Sir Lucan, according to Dettori, a world-class jockey who has rode in a number of Melbourne Cups, would be a great type for Australian racing, as reported by Boss Racing.

By partnering with trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott on Sir Lucan, Boss, who is most known for riding Makybe Diva to a three-peat in the Melbourne Cup in 2003-0405, is looking to the future of the sport.

After Makybe Diva’s third Cup victory in 2005, Glen Boss joins in the celebrations.

“When Sir Lucan entered the race, I informed Gai that I would be delighted to ride him at 51kg,” Boss explained.

Brett Prebble has had the pleasure of riding Incentivise to victories in the Makybe Diva Stakes, Turnbull Stakes, and Caulfield Cup, and he has earned the right to keep the mount on the hot favorite for the Caulfield Cup on Saturday.

Boss acknowledges that Incentivise is the horse to beat, but he is now focused on providing Sir Lucan with the best possible run as the rider bids for a record-tying fourth Melbourne Cup victory.

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