The girls of the Melbourne Cup
Best Cup Winning Female Horse
Everyone has heard of the great mare Makybe Diva. She’s the most successful horse in the history of the Melbourne Cup. Not only did she win the Melbourne Cup but she won it three years in a row from 2003.
This year the only mare in the field of 24 horses is Youngstar (Number 22). She had a great run in the Group 1 Turnbull States finishing second just one length behind the mighty Winx but was four lengths behind Best Solution in the Caulfield Cup. The big question mark for Youngstar though is that she has never raced beyond 2400m and the Cup is a 3200m race.
Best (and only) Cup Winning Female Jockey
The first female Jockey to win the Melbourne Cup was Michelle Payne who rode the $101 longshot Prince of Penzance to victory in 2015. Yep – the Great Race first began in 1861. It is such an achievement they’ve made a movie about her called “Ride Like a Girl”.
That achievement won’t be repeated this year, as there are no female jockeys riding in the 2018 Melbourne Cup.
Cup Winning Female Trainers
When Ethereal won the Melbourne Cup in 2001, Sheila Laxon became the first female trainer to win the Melbourne Cup.
Gai Waterhouse won her first Melbourne Cup with Fiorente in 2013. Gai is the only female trainer with a contender in the 2018 Melbourne Cup, with number 21 – Runaway.