Facts about the Melbourne Cup
“The race that stops a nation,” the Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most recognized and coveted Group 1 thoroughbred horse-race. It is run by 3-year-olds and up, over 3,200 metres. The Melbourne Cup also holds the title as the richest two-mile handicap horserace in the world with a purse in excess of $5,500,000.
The Melbourne Cup is run at precisely 3 pm on the first Tuesday in November. It is conducted by the Victoria Racing Club, at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. The Melbourne Cup is so prestigious that raceday is a public holiday in Victoria with the other States in Australia holding parties and celebrations.
Recent winners of the Melbourne Cup:
The 2008 running of the Melbourne Cup was incredibly close. Viewed, a 6-year old, won the 2008 Melbourne Cup, and the $3,300,000 winners share of the purse, by 1/10th of a length over Bauer. Included below is a list of recent winners of the Melbourne Cup to use in this years wagers.
Location of the Melbourne Cup
The Melbourne Cup is held at Flemington Racecourse, a major horse racing track in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is located less than 10km from the Melbourne CBD.
Click on the YouTube video to watch the 2008 Melbourne Cup
Viewed takes the lead coming around the last turn and pulls out to a commanding lead, but with a strong charge Bauer forces a photo finish. Photo Finish and its another Melbourne Cup Winner for the legendary Bart Cummings.