Melbourne Cup history, facts and stats ahead of 2021 running

BOX 1 is clearly the dominant box in the history of the Melbourne Cup for greyhounds, with our facts, statistics and figures since its first running in 1956, showing the red has dominated the Sandown feature due to be run on November 26, 2021.

Below we run you through all the key statistics, including the winning box statistics, performances of past favourites and some facts that have built this race into arguably no.1 on the Australian greyhound calendar.


Winning box statistics since the first Melbourne Cup in 1956

  • Box 1: has produced 17 winners, including two of past four – (2017) and My
    Redeemer (2018)
  • Box 2: 8 winners, most recent Dyna Double One (2015)
  • Box 3: 7 winners, most recent (2019)
  • Box 4: 6 winners, most recent Betty’s Angel (2006)
  • Box 5: 6 winners, most recent (2020) in a race record 28.91sec
  • Box 6: 4 winners, most recent Shanlyn Prince (2007)
  • Box 7: 8 winners, most recent Dyna Tron (2011)
  • Box 8: 7 winners, most recent (2014)

How have favourites gone in Melbourne Cup greyhounds?

From the past 21 Melbourne Cups, only six favourites have saluted:


Melbourne Cup facts and statistics

  • Just a nose separated Whiskey Riot and Western Envoy in the 2019 Melbourne Cup, the
    smallest margin in the race’s history
  • Fox Hunt (1991) has the biggest winning margin – nine lengths.
  • Gold Grotto (1972) is the shortest-priced winner at 1/2.
  • The longest-priced winner at Aussie bookmakers in the past 20 years is Classic Capri ($25.90) in 2001.
  • 2015 Melbourne Cup runner-up has sired two of the past three winners –
    (2018) and Whiskey Riot (2019). This year he’s represented by three finalists.
  • Aston Rupee is attempting to become only the second winner of the ‘triple crown’,
    comprising the Topgun, Shootout and Melbourne Cup greyhounds after Bombastic Shiraz achieved the
    feat in 2003.
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