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Melbourne Cup

Fiorente won the Melbourne Cup 2013! Red Cadeaux came Second, and Mount Athos came Third!

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Melbourne Cup 2014

In Turkmenistan, the musk melon is tremendously important. So important, that the country’s president declared a public holiday to enjoy the fruit. We laugh, yet in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, they get a day off to watch 24 miniature men in silk pyjamas ride horses in a circle. Ironically, everyone else dresses up in their very best threads to watch the pyjama horse racing. The ACT also has ‘Melbourne Cup Day’ but in an attempt to pretend it’s not a celebration of men in pyjamas riding ponies it’s called ‘Family & Community Day’. Commonly referred to as the ‘Race that Stops the Nation’, the Melbourne Cup 2014 will be no different. Especially if you’re wearing heels, which might be found discarded in the car park after a few too many.

In seriousness, the Melbourne Cup is not only Australia’s most famous thoroughbred race, but it is this country’s best-known sporting event – the one time of the year when almost everyone takes advantage of Melbourne Cup betting. The richest ‘two-mile handicap’ in the world, and one of the richest turf races, the glamorous event attracts royalty, sheiks and of course… lots of horses. In the spirit of the richest race in Oz, we’re offering fantastic Melbourne Cup odds!

When is the Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup will be held on Tuesday November 4th 2014, at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

Melbourne Cup BBQ Facts

  • The winner of the first Melbourne Cup, in 1861, received a gold watch. We weren’t aware that horses could tell the time. Last year’s combined prize money was $6.2 million.
  • Makybe Diva is the horse with the most legs, so-to-speak, winning the Melbourne Cup on three successive occasions.
  • Master trainer JB (Bart) Cummings holds the record for the number of Melbourne Cup winners, with 12. He must also have quite a few gold watches.

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Winners of the Melbourne Cup

Below is a list of horses who have won it in the past few years:

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
2013 Fiorente Damien Oliver Gai Waterhouse Andrew Roberts 3.20.30
2012 Green Moon B Prebble Robert Hickmott N C Williams, Mr & Mrs L J Williams 3:20.4
2011 Dunaden Christophe Lemaire Mikel Delzangles Pearl Bloodstock Pty (Mgr. R Levitt) 3.20.84
2010 Americain Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupre Gerry Ryan, K. C Bamford 3.26.87
2009 Shocking Corey Brown Mark Kavanagh Eales Racing Pty Ltd 3.23.87
2008 Viewed Blake Shinn Bart Cummings Tan Chin Nam, et al. 3.20.40
2007 Efficient Michael Rodd Graeme Rogerson Lloyd Williams et al. 3.23.34
2006 Delta Blues Yasunari Iwata Katsuhiko Sumii Sunday Racing Co Ltd 3.21.47
2005 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman Emily Krstina Syndicate 3.19.17
2004 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman Emily Krstina Syndicate 3.28.55
2003 Makybe Diva Glen Boss David Hall Emily Krstina Syndicate 3.19.90
2002 Media Puzzle Damien Oliver Dermot K. Weld Dr M. W. Smurfit, et al. 3.16.97
2001 Ethereal Scott Seamer Sheila Laxon P. J. & P. M. Vela 3.21.08
2000 Brew Kerrin McEvoy Mike Moroney Gurner’s Bloodstock Co. 3.18.68
1999 Rogan Josh John Marshall Bart Cummings Mrs W. L. Green, et al. 3.19.64

For more information on previous Melbourne Cups, check out Melbourne Cup 2012, Melbourne Cup 2011 and the Melbourne Cup 2010.

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Flemington Racecourse

Flemington Racecourse is Australia’s most well-known racing track. Racing at Flemington stretches back to 1840 when the first race met was held on a rough, river flat beside the Maribyrnong River. Thoroughbred races have been held on the track every year since, making it the oldest continuing metropolitan racecourse in the country.

The pear-shaped track has a 1200m straight known as the Straight Six. The Flemington grounds can accommodate over 120,000 spectators and has three grandstands; the perfect vantage points to take in the spectacular red rose display that blooms every spring.

Australia’s sporting capital Melbourne is home to the iconic turf track, which was replaced for the first time in 2006. That same year Flemington Racecourse was placed on the National Heritage List, such is the tracks significance to the Australian psyche.

Flemington boasts some of the best training facilities in the nation. Some 700 horses train there every year, including those under the guidance of some of Australia’s most respected names in the industry. ‘Cup King’ Bart Cummins – who has a record 12 Melbourne Cup titles, David Hayes, Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Brien call the hallowed turf home.

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Melbourne Cup Race Day Schedule

If you are travelling to Flemington Racecourse for Cup Day, make sure to be there before 10am to ensure that you get a good place to set yourself up for a whole day of racing! The Melbourne Cup race is the 7th race of the day, at 3.00pm. It has $6.2 million at stake, and 3200m of battling it out for first place, which also sets it up to be the biggest day of the year in the racing calendar!

Race Name Prize Money Type Distance
Carnival Celebration Stakes $121,500 2YO Fillies SW (N/C) 1000m
TAB Rewards Trophy $101,500 Mares Hcp (N/C) 1700m
Carnival Handicap $101,500 Rtg 0-95 Hcp (N/C) 2800m
Plate $201,500 4&5YO Rtg 0-90 Hcp (No Greys) 1400m
Schweppes #flemingtonfling $101,500 3YO SW&P (N/C) 1000m
Lexus Hybrid Plate $151,500 3YO Fillies SW&P (N/C) 1400m
Emirates Melbourne Cup $6,200,000 Hcp (N/C) 3200m
James Boag’s Premium Stakes $151,500 Hcp (N/C) 1800m
MSS Security Sprint $151,500 Hcp (N/C) 1200m
Lavazza Short Black $101,500 Mares SW&P (N/C) 1400m

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What happened in the 2013 Melbourne Cup?

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente took the lead in the final 200m and raced to victory, breaking Waterhouse’s career-spanning Melbourne Cup drought. Red Cadeaux came in second and Mount Athos in third.

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