The Melbourne Cup isAustralia's most famous horse race, and is truly the "race, that stops anation".
It is now the richest handicap in theworld, worth some $6 million and attracts in excess of 100,000 racegoers to theFlemington racecourse. The Melbourne Cup continues to have an increasinglypopular international appeal since the breakthrough win of Irish-trained Vintage Crop in1993. To put this into perspective, winning the Melbourne Cup automaticallypropels the horse, trainer, owners into a part of Australian racing history -the 'holy grail' of all horse racing.
In 2012, it is expected an audience inexcess of 700 million from 120 countries will watch the 2012 MelbourneCup live and relive multiple replays.
In many ways the Melbourne Cup is ananachronism - being a handicap and run over the unfashionable distance of 3200m- when in other countries the feature events are more likely to be run atweight-for-age and over 2000m to 2400m.
The race has produced some outstandingchampions in many forms. Makybe Diva holds the record for the most MelbourneCup wins by a horse, winning the prestigious race three times in consecutiveyears,2003, 2004 & 2005. Bart Cummings setsthe current record for the most Melbourne Cup winsby a trainer, a current tally of 12 wins.Dunaden took out the 2011Melbourne Cup with the closest finish in Melbourne Cuphistory, the photo finish showed that Dunaden finished just in front of RedCadeaux. One notable fact about the winner is that the French trained horsehad won the Geelong cup 13 days before just as Americanin did the year before.
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