For as long as most Australians can remember, the first Tuesday in November and the start of the Melbourne Cup has become a day where not only those in Melbourne but those across the whole of Australia all come to a standstill. Our Melbourne Cup 2016 preview should be able to fill you in with all you need to know about this special day.

The Flemington race course sees its max capacity of 100,000 easily met while homes and pubs across the nation have the box turned on in anticipation of the main race that starts at 3pm.

Furthermore, the richest handicap race in the world with prize money of $6.2 million, the Melbourne Cup is known as being the race where the world’s best horses, jockeys and trainers want to compete.

The 2016 Melbourne Cup is more than 2 miles in length, has handicapped conditions, and can have a field as large as 24. With all the variables the race has, it can be very tough knowing just who will come out on top and this is why it is loved by so many across the world.

Last Year’s 2015 Melbourne Cup Final Standings

Last year’s outing saw Prince Of Penzanze romp home ahead of Max Dynamite in another thrilling Melbourne Cup. Below you can see the full listing of how the final standings looked at the end of the race.

1.) Prince Of Penzance – Ms Michelle Payne
2.) Max Dynamite – Frankie Dettori
3.) Criterion – Michael Walker
4.) Trip To Paris – Tommy Berry
5.) Big Orange – Jamie Spencer
6.) Gust Of Wind – Chad Schofield
7.) Excess Knowledge – Kerrin McEvoy
8.) The Offer – Damien Oliver
9.) Quest For More – Damian Lane
10.) Our Ivanhowe – Ben Melham
11.) Who Shot Thebarman – Blake Shinn
12.) Sertorius – Craig Newitt
13.) Fame Game – Zac Purton
14.) The United States – Joao Moreira
15.) Hartnell – James McDonald
16.) Bondi Beach – Brett Prebble
17.) Hokko Brave – Craig Williams
18.) Almoonqith – Dwayne Dunn
19.) Kingfisher – Colm O’Donoghue
20.) Preferment – Hugh Bowman
21.) Grand Marshal – Jim Cassidy
22.) Sky Hunter – William Buick
23.) Snow Sky – Ryan Moore
FF    Red Cadeaux – Gerald Mosse

The Melbourne Cups Most Recent Winners

Although the Melbourne Cup has been running for more than 150 years, we thought it best to provide you with just the most recent winners of the event. The standout on this list is obviously the three wins in a row by the now legendary Makybe Diva.

Year   Winning Horse        2nd Place              3rd Place       Time

2015Prince Of PenzanceMax DynamiteCriterion3:23.1
2014ProtectionistRed CadeauxWho Shot Thebarman3:17.7
2013FiorenteRed CadeauxMount Athos3.20.3
2012Green MoonFiorenteJakkalberry3:20.4
2011DunadenRed CadeauxLucas Cranach3:20.8
2010AmericainMaluckydaySo You Think3.26:8
2009ShockingCrime SceneMourilyan3:23.8
2008ViewedBauerC’est La Guerre3:20.4
2007EfficientPurple MoonMahler3.23.3
2006Delta BluesPop RockMaybe Better3.21.5
2005Makybe DivaOn A JeuneXcellent3.19.1
2004Makybe DivaVinnie RoeZazzman3.28.5
2003Makybe DivaShe’s ArchieJardine’s Lookout3.19.9
2002Media PuzzleMr PrudentBeekeeper3.16.9
2001EtherealGive The SlipPersian Punch3.21.0
2000BrewYippyioSecond Coming3.18.6