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2008 Melbourne Cup

The 2008 Melbourne Cup, the 148th running of Australia's most prestigious Thoroughbred horse race, was run on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, starting at 3:00 PM local time (0400 UTC).[1]

On December 3, 2008, Luca Cumani, trainer of second-place Bauer, announced that an inquiry was underway into treatment Bauer received on the Thursday prior to the race. The treatment was a form of physio therapy that is illegal to administer within 7 days of a race; as a result of the treatment, Bauer could have been stripped of his second place.[2] However, Racing Victoria announced on December 4 that Bauer would not be disqualified. [3]

Race starters

The official field for the cup including horses scratched after the field was finalised.[4]

Entry Order Horse Trainer Jockey Weight (kg) Barrier[b] Placing
1 Septimus Aidan O'Brien J P Murtagh 58.5 10 18
2 Master O'Reilly Danny O'Brien V Duric 55 6 4
3 Honolulu Aidan O'Brien Colm O’Donoghue 54.5 24 21
4 C’est La Guerre John Sadler B Prebble 54 5 3
5 Nom Du Jeu Murray Baker J Lloyd 54 1 8
6 Yellowstone Jane Chapple-Hyam J F Egan 54 scr scr [1]
7 Zipping John Sadler D Nikolic 54 16 9
8 Mad Rush Luca Cumani Damien Oliver 53.5 4 7
9 Ice Chariot Ron Maund M Rodd 53 22 11
10 Viewed Bart Cummings B Shinn 53 9 1
11 Littorio Nigel Blackiston S R King 52.5 17 13
12 Bauer Luca Cumani C W Brown 52 13 2[4]
13 Boundless Stephen Mckee G J Childs 52 20 15
14 Gallopin Danny O'Brien J Winks 52 21 DNF[2]
15 Guyno Lou Luciani C Newitt 52 8 12
16 Zarita Pat Hyland D Dunn 52 scr scr [3]
17 Newport Paul Perry Chris Symons 51.5 15 10
18 Profound Beauty Dermot K Weld Glen Boss 51.5 2 5
19 Red Lord Anthony Cummings Nicholas Hall[a] 51.5 14 16
20 Varevees Richard Gibson Craig Williams 51.5 23 14
21 Prize Lady Graeme Sanders M C Sweeney 51 18 17
22 Alessandro Volta Aidan O'Brien W M Lordan 50.5 11 20
23 Barbaricus Danny O'Brien S Baster 50.5 3 19
24 Moatize Bart Cummings Ms C Lindop 50 19 6

Notes </dt>

  • a Apprentice jockey.
  • b Horses in barriers to the outside of the scratched horse will move inwards.
  • 1 Yellowstone scratched by vets, after failing to recover from a hip injury sustained last week.
  • 2 Gallopin did not finish
  • 3 Zarita scratched, by trainer due to respiratory infection.[5]
  • 4 a probe into treatment Bauer received prior to the race could have resulted in the horse being stripped of second place[2][3]


The race was won by the Bart Cummings trained horse Viewed, with Honolulu officially last as Gallopin did not finish the race.[6]

Place Barrier Horse Race Time
1st 8 Viewed 3-20.40
2nd 11 Bauer (IRE)
3rd 5 C'est La Guerre (NZ)
4th 6 Master O'Reilly (NZ)
5th 2 Profound Beauty (IRE)
6th 17 Moatize
7th 4 Mad Rush (USA)
8th 1 Nom du Jeu (NZ)
9th 14 Zipping
10th 13 Newport
11th 20 Ice Chariot
12th 7 Guyno (NZ)
13th 15 Littorio
14th 21 Varevees (GBR)
15th 18 Boundless (NZ)
16th 12 Red Lord
17th 16 Prize Lady (NZ)
18th 9 Septimus (IRE)
19th 3 Barbaricus
20th 10 Alessandro Volta (GBR)
21st 22 Honolulu (IRE)
DNF 19 Gallopin (NZ)
- - Yellowstone (IRE) Scratched
- - Zarita<s> (NZ) Scratched



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