The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous horse race, and is truly the “race, that stops a nation”.
It is now the richest handicap in the world, worth some $6 million and attracts in excess of 100,000 racegoers to the Flemington racecourse. The Melbourne Cup continues to have an increasingly popular international appeal since the breakthrough win of Irish-trained Vintage Crop in 1993. To put this into perspective, winning the Melbourne Cup automatically propels the horse, trainer, owners into a part of Australian racing history -the ‘holy grail’ of all horse racing.
In 2014, it is expected an audience in excess of 700 million from 120 countries will watch the Melbourne Cup 2014 live and relive multiple replays.
In many ways the Melbourne Cup is an anachronism – being a handicap and run over the unfashionable distance of 3200m- when in other countries the feature events are more likely to be run at weight-for-age and over 2000m to 2400m.
The race has produced some outstanding champions in many forms. Makybe Diva holds the record for the most Melbourne Cup wins by a horse, winning the prestigious race three times in consecutive years – 2003, 2004 & 2005. Bart Cummings sets the current record for the most Melbourne Cup wins by a trainer, a current tally of 12 wins.
Dunaden took out the 2011 Melbourne Cup with the closest finish in Melbourne Cup history, the photo finish showed that Dunaden finished just in front of Red Cadeaux. One notable fact about the winner is that the French trained horse had won the Geelong cup 13 days before just as Americain did the year before.
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