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Last in the Melbourne Cup

In many sweepstakes (sweeps) for the annual Melbourne Cup horse race, there is a consolation prize for the holder of the horse that comes last in the race. Here are the known last place getters in the Melbourne Cup since 1998. Sometimes there is a horse that does not complete the race at all, while others will be the last to cross the finishing line. For the purposes of the list, I have chosen to list the horse that does not finish the race as being last.

Not much is known about the finishing order from races earlier than that, though I have found that in 1878 Firebell (owned by W.S. Cox) finished last. See also the winners of the Melbourne Cup.

Year Last notes
2023 Right You Are Magical Lagoon was the last across the line, though Right You Are failed to finish the race. Cleveland was scratched before the race.
2022 Interpretation Camorra was the last across the line, though Interpretation failed to finish the race.
2021 Ocean Billy Future Score was scratched before the race.
2020 Anthony Van Dyck AVILIUS was last past the post, but ANTHONY VAN DYCK did not finish at all due to an injury.
2019 Rostropovich  
2018 The Cliffsofmoher Failed to finish after breaking a shoulder early in the race
2017 Gallante finished last by 99 lengths.
2016 Rose of Virginia Finished last by an 99 lengths, with some minor "internal bleeding" after getting a knock during the race
2015 Red Cadeaux Red Cadeaux did not finish the race, and officially is listed as last. Snow Sky was the last horse to pass the post.
2014 Admire Rakti Admire Rakti was the pre-race favorite, collapsed and died after the race
2013 Verema Verema broke down at the 2000m anf failed to finish. It was put down after the race. Ruscello was the last horse past the post.
2012 Ethiopia pulled up with an injured tendon on his hip
2011 Modun Modun pulled up short of the line after battling at the end of the field for the entire race.
2010 Descarado  
2009 Warringah  
2008 Gallopin
Gallopin failed to finish, while Honolulu was last to cross the line.
2007 Tungsten Strike  
2006 Zabeat  
2005 Franklins Garden  
2004 She's Archie  
2003 Mamool  
2002 Sandmason  
2001 Pasta Express Curata Storm pulled up, and Hill Of Grace lost its rider
2000 Maridpour  
1999 Rebbor Able Master lost its rider
1998 Second Coming  

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