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Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is a VRC Group 1 for 3 year olds and over and is held under open handicap conditions.

Melbourne Cup winners

The Melbourne Cup is contested over a distance of 3200 metres and is held annually at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday in November.

Prize money for the Melbourne Cup is worth $6,175,000.

The race has been held since 1861 and was originally held over two miles (about 3,218 metres) but following preparation for Australia's adoption of the metric system in the 1970s, the current race distance of 3,200 metres was established in 1972. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Races such as the Group 2 Lexus Stakes or Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes on Victoria Derby Day are traditional lead up races to the Melbourne Cup.

The Melbourne Cup has become a global event since 1993 with a number of international horses from a variety of countries making the trek to Australia in a hit or miss mission to win the big prize money on offer.

The Melbourne Cup was first raced on 7th November 1861 over a distance of two miles.

Melbourne Cup Day is the first Tuesday in November and has been a public holiday for the city since the mid 1870s.

The Melbourne Cup is celebrated as a special day around the country. 

The winner of the first Melbourne Cup, Archer (6/1), there was 17 in the field. First prize was a gold watch and £170.

His was the slowest winning time yet recorded for the race (3:52). The Cup was first presented to a winner in 1916. Since 1875 the Melbourne Cup has been held on the first Tuesday in November. This Melbourne Cup race attracted just 4000 people. Over the next 20 years over 100,000 people would come to see the race each year.

The largest ever attendance for the Melbourne Cup was in 2003 when more than 122,000 people attended and saw Makybe Diva win the Melbourne Cup.

In 1972 the Melbourne Cup race was converted to the metric distance of 3200 metres which is 18.69 metres or 61.30 feet short of two miles. Melbourne Cup Trivia

2013 Melbourne Cup

The pace was on right from the start, and once the field had sorted itself after travelling down the straight for the first time it was Ruscello and Tres Blue leading out. Red Cadeaux was trapped wide early, as was Mount Athos, while the favourite Fiorente was tucked away and enjoying an easy run. On straightening, Red Cadeaux pushed forward and went to the lead while Fiorente was taken wide and into the clear. Red Cadeaux looked like he might tough it out but once Fiorente hit top gear he proved too strong. Mount Athos never gave it away after a hard run and finished third.  

2013 Melbourne Cup result

1. Fiorente
2. Red Cadeaux
3. Mount Athos

Then came:

4. Simenon
5. Dandino
6. Fawkner
7. Ethiopia
8. Brown Panther
9. Super Cool
10. Voleuse De Coeurs
11. Dunaden
12. Seville
13. Sea Moon
14. Royal Empire
15. Mourayan
16. Ibicenco
17. Foreteller
18. Masked Marvel
19. Dear Demi
20. Hawkspur
21. Green Moon
22. Tres Blue
23. Ruscello
FF. Verema

Year Past Winners Melbourne Cup
2013 Fiorente
2012 Green Moon
2011 Dunaden
2010 Americain
2009 Shocking
2008 Viewed
2007 Efficient
2006 Delta Blues
2005 Makybe Diva
2004 Makybe Diva
2003 Makybe Diva
2002 Media Puzzle
2001 Ethereal
2000 Brew
1999 Rogan Josh
1998 Jezabeel
1997 Might And Power
1996 Saintly
1995 Doriemus
1994 Jeune
1993 Vintage Crop
1992 Subzero
1991 Let's Elope
1990 Kingston Rule
1989 Tawrrific
1988 Empire Rose
1987 Kensei
1986 At Talaq
1985 What A Nuisance
1984 Black Knight
1983 Kiwi
1982 Gurner's Lane
1981 Just A Dash
1980 Beldale Ball
1979 Hyperno
1978 Arwon
1977 Gold And Black
1976 Van Der Hum
1975 Think Big
1974 Think Big
1973 Gala Supreme
1972 Piping Lane
1971 Silver Knight
1970 Baghdad Note
1969 Rain Lover
1968 Rain Lover
1967 Red Handed
1966 Galilee
1965 Light Fingers
1964 Polo Prince
1963 Gatum Gatum
1962 Even Stevens
1961 Lord Fury
1960 Hi Jinx
1959 Macdougal
1958 Baystone
1957 Straight Draw
1956 Evening Peal
1955 Toparoa
1954 Rising Fast
1953 Wodalla
1952 Dalray
1951 Delta
1950 Comic Court
1949 Foxzami
1948 Rimfire
1947 Hiraji
1946 Russia
1945 Rainbird
1944 Sirius
1943 Dark Felt
1942 Colonus
1941 Skipton
1940 Old Rowley
1939 Rivette
1938 Catalogue
1937 The Trump
1936 Wotan
1935 Marabou
1934 Peter Pan
1933 Hall Mark
1932 Peter Pan
1931 White Nose
1930 Phar Lap
1929 Nightmarch
1928 Statesman
1927 Trivalve
1926 Spearfelt
1925 Windbag
1924 Backwood
1923 Bitalli
1922 King Ingoda
1921 Sister Olive
1920 Poitrel
1919 Artilleryman
1918 Night Watch
1917 Westcourt
1916 Sasanof
1915 Patrobas
1914 Kingsburgh
1913 Posinatus
1912 Piastre
1911 The Parisian
1910 Comedy King
1909 Prince Foote
1908 Lord Nolan
1907 Apologue
1906 Poseidon
1905 Blue Spec
1904 Acrasia
1903 Lord Cardigan
1902 The Victory
1901 Revenue
1900 Clean Sweep
1899 Merriwee
1898 The Grafter
1897 Gaulus
1896 Newhaven
1895 Auraria
1894 Patron
1893 Tarcoola
1892 Glenloth
1891 Malvolio
1890 Carbine
1889 Bravo
1888 Mentor
1887 Dunlop
1886 Arsenal
1885 Sheet Anchor
1884 Malua
1883 Martini Henry
1882 The Assyrian
1881 Zulu
1880 Grand Flaneur
1879 Darriwell
1878 Calamia
1877 Chester
1876 Briseis
1875 Wolloma
1874 Haricot
1873 Don Juan
1872 The Quack
1871 The Pearl
1870 Nimblefoot
1869 Warrior
1868 Glencoe
1867 Tim Whiffler
1866 The Barb
1865 Toryboy
1864 Lantern
1863 Banker
1862 Archer
1861 Archer
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