Top four biggest Melbourne Cup upsets

Melbourne Cup is the best horse racing event in Australia. The popular racing event offers great prize money and attracts some of the best horses and jockeys from all over the world. For horse racing fans, it represents the best opportunity to bet on their favorite horses.

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1- Rimfire (1948)

The 1948 Melbourne Cup saw one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament. Rimfire stunned the spectators that day by pulling off a victory at 1/80 odds. His rider Ray Neville was only 15 years old but that proved no hindrance for him to achieve that incredible feat.

It was also the first time in the tournament’s history that the victory was decided by a photo finish. Some people were angry that the camera was not properly aligned; however, nobody could deny that Rimfire had performed superbly in the race.

2- Tawrrific (1989)

Everybody acknowledged the brilliance of Tawrrific who won the South Australian St Leger and the AJC St Leger. However, his stocks fell greatly after he finished second last in the Caulfield Cup and later was given 1/30 odds in the Melbourne Cup.

Many believed that the amazing horse had lost his spark and so he looked unlikely to win the prestigious race. However, he silenced his critics and proved his doubters wrong by giving an incredible performance to win the 1989 edition of the race.

3- Delta Blues (2006)

The 2006 Melbourne Cup was dominated by two Japanese horses. Yasunari Iwata was riding Delta Blues while Damien Oliver was riding Pop Rocks. Many believed that Pop Rocks would win, however, Delta Blues gave fierce competition to his rival and ultimately won the race by the narrowest of margins.

4- Prince of Penzance (2015)

Almost everybody believed that the Prince of Penzance, who was trained by Darren Weir, had no chance of winning the 2015 Melbourne Cup. And who could blame them as some highly-rated horses such as the Fame Game, Trip to Paris, and Max Dynamite was competing in the race.

Before the race, Prince of Penzance was given 1/100 odds. However, Michelle Payne and her horse stunned the entire crowd at Flemington Racecourse and claimed victory by half a length from Max Dynamite with Criterion in third.