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What Colour Horse Is Most Successful In The Melbourne Cup?

It seems that one colour of horse is statistically much faster than the rest.

Or maybe there are just more of them.

Whatever the case, you should know that there have been 158 Melbourne Cups. The breakdown of which horses have been most successful, by colour, is this:

  • Bay 69
  • Brown 39
  • Chestnut 34
  • Grey 6
  • Bay/Brown 5
  • Black 3
  • Brown/Black 2

But what exactly are those colours?

Here's a bay. It's last year's winner Cross Counter. Bay generally means a reddish brown colour with black points here and there (points mean mane, tail, ears etc).

Trainer Charlie Appleby holds a trophy whose base is more brown than bay, with Cross Counter after he won last year's Melbourne Cup. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Here's a brown horse. It's Fiorente, who won the Cup for Gai Waterhouse in 2013. No explanation for brown required. Brown is brown, with no black points.

Yum, grass. My second favourite after hay. (Photo by Steve Christo/Corbis via Getty Images)

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The 2000s have been a bad millenium so far for chestnut horses. Only Media Puzzle was successful (in 2002). But in the wonderful 1990s, four chestnuts won in a row between from 1993-1996. Here's 1995 winner Doriemus. We used this pic because WOWEE, LOOK AT DAMIEN OLIVER'S HAIRCUT!

Oh by the way, chestnut means a reddish colour with no black. The mane and tail are either lighter or the same colour as the coat.

Why the long hair? Shaun Botterill/ALLSPORT

There are lots of different type of grey, and interestingly, most of them lighten as they get older, and their coat often speckles too. There are two pics below. One shows Efficient winning the Melbourne Cup in 2007. The other is Efficient now. Same horse! Amazing!

Well named, weren't ya mate. (Photo by Jon Buckle - PA Images via Getty Images)
Eeek! A ghost! Oh wait it's just me.  (Photo by William WEST / AFP) (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

OK, here's a bay/brown horse. And who better to show off the characteristics of that type of horse than the glorious winner of the 1997 Melbourne Cup. Might and Power.

He's the one on the fence.  (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

There are no colour photos available of black horses to have won the Melbourne Cup, or brown/black horses, because none of them have won since the early 1900s. But we're pretty sure you can imagine what they look like.

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