Some of the Melbourne Cup’s Biggest Upsets

Upsets can happen at the most unlikely times in racing, and the Melbourne Cup is one such race which has seen some truly remarkable upsets.. Sometimes the cup has resulted in massive wins that nobody saw coming.

Prince of Penzance

Who could forget the 100-1 winner of the Melbourne Cup in 2015 named ‘Prince of Penzance’. The win was not only a huge upset, but Prince of Penzance’s jockey Michelle Payne was the first female rider to ever win the Melbourne Cup. The run down the straight was bunched up for the horse until a gap emerged in the middle of the course and ‘Prince of Penzance’ went to the outside to take the win.


‘Tawrrific’ was a 30-1 chance to win the Melbourne Cup and many people thought the horse was past its best form after a poor run in the Caulfield Cup in 1989. This is despite the same horse getting places in other races around Melbourne at the time. The Right Environment for Famous Races can bring out all kinds of skills that horses have and ‘Tawrrific’ made a run on the outside of what looked like a battle well-known horse ‘Super Impose’ and Kudz.


‘Wotan’ took the cup in 1936 with odds of 100-1. It looked like ‘Talking’, which was favourite on the home straight, would take the win after leading for a lot of the race. Wotan came from out of the blue to take it from ‘Talking’. Wotan’s credentials were not great on paper, and he had raced once in Australia before going home. ‘Wotan’ was also last at one point during the 1936 Cup but still went on to win.

These three winners are just a sample of some of racing’s greatest upsets. Many punters love to see an outsider take the win and the Melbourne Cup will continue to have more rough winners in the future.