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Melbourne Cup

Race Name Grade Track
Melbourne Cup 1 Flemington Racecourse Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is Australia's most famous race, offering history, mythology and its own personality to bettors around the world. The race itself is a challenging two-mile (16 furlongs) race held at Flemington Racecourse by the Victoria Race Club. It's often referred to as the race that stops a nation and the city of Melbourne takes a public holiday on race day. The big day in 2012 is shaping up to be a fascinating display of racing, with some of the world's big-name thoroughbreds set to compete, while the 2013 event even this far out can be guaranteed to write yet another exciting chapter into Melbourne Cup lore.

The race is a handicap and usually attracts a big field. In 2005 and 2006 the purse for the race stood at AUS$5 million, while in 2011 it was a massive AUD$6,175,000. The legendary Australian racehorse Phar Lap is perhaps the most famous winner of the Cup - winning the 1930 running, but in the past decade or so the race has become associated with the wonder-mare Makybe Diva who won it an astonishing three times in a row (2003-05).

Melbourne Cup Racecourse


The Melbourne Cup is run at the illustrious Flemington Racecourse over a distance of 3200 meters. The racetrack can accommodate more than 100,000 spectators, with no less than 129,089 cramming in for the Melbourne Cup of 2006 to watch Delta Blues storm to victory. Flemington hosts 13 Grade One races in a year and is one of the premier tracks in Australia.

Arguably the spiritual home of racing in Australia, Flemington was first used for horse racing in 1840 and is a major heritage site. Flemington Racecourse has hosted the Melbourne Cup since 1861, and is one of the most famous sporting landmarks of any kind in Australia.

Melbourne Cup
Melbourne Cup betting statistics started getting ridiculous in 2000, when a quite extraordinary 80 per cent of the population had a betting interest in the Cup in some way. Another interesting figure must be that of the 150 winners, 34 were favourites. The longest odds winners have been The Pearl (1871), Wotan (1936) and Old Rowley (1940) - all came home against odds of 100-1.

Unsurprisingly, the shortest-odds winner of the race was Phar Lap, who won in 1930 with odds of just 8/11.

Melbourne Cup - Past Winners

The winner of the 2011 Melbourne Cup was Dunaden, ridden by Christophe Lemaire. However, 2011 was the closest finish ever, with Dunaden deemed to have snatched victory from Red Cadeaux in a photo finish.

In 2010, the honours were taken by Americain, ridden by Gerald Mosse. Americain was the first French-trained stayer to win the Cup, galloping home by two and a half lengths to win from Maluckyday.

In 2009, Shocking won the Cup, ridden by Corey Brown. In 2008, it was won by Viewed, trained by the legendary Bart Cummings and ridden by Blake Shinn. In 2007, the winner was New Zealand's Efficient, while in 2006 the winner was Delta Blues, ridden by Yasunari Iwata.

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