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things you didn't know about the Melbourne Cup
Australian horse racing fans are counting down the
days until the 2020 Melbourne Cup gets underway at
Flemington Racecourse. It is the biggest betting event
of the year and it also heralds a public holiday in
Victoria, making it an eagerly anticipated race. It
attracts some of the world's most talented stayers
to Melbourne, where they slog it out over 3200m in
a bid to earn fame and fortune. Around 650 million
around the world watch the action unfold, but there
are some key facts that you may not know about this
1. Just 35 Favourites Have Won the Melbourne Cup.
It is tempting to bet on the favourite to win a big
race like the Melbourne Cup, as that status is reserved
for a horse that appears to be in formidable form.
However, it rarely pays to back the bookmakers' favourite
in the race that stops a nation. Just 35 favourites
in 159 years since the Melbourne Cup began, and only
six favourites have saluted since 1983. Let's Elope
pulled it off in 1991, and Might and Power triumphed
six years later. Jezabeel repeated the feat in 1998.
Makybe Diva then went off as the favourite in 2005
and in 2006, when she
seized a record-breaking hat-trick of Cup wins,
but 2013 winner Fiorente is the only favourite to
triumph since then. Last year's winner, Vow and Declare,
went off at $10.
2. A Mare Has Not Won the Melbourne Cup Since 2005.
Makybe Diva delighted punters when she clinched her
third consecutive Melbourne Cup victory back in 2005.
However, a mare has not won the famous race ever since
and we are now living through a period of total male
dominance. Makybe Diva is one of just five mares to
win the race since 1965, along with Empire Rose in
1988, Let's Elope in 1991, Jezabeel in 1998 and Ethereal
in 2001. Only two female stayers entered the race
in 2019. Just one seven-year-old, Almandin, has won
the Melbourne Cup since Makybe Diva's third victory,
so you might want to look for a male stayer aged four
to six when picking a winner from the Melbourne Cup
odds at Punters.com.au.
3. Four 100/1 Roughies Have Won the Melbourne Cup.
The Pearl became the first long shot to defy odds
of 100/1 to win the Melbourne Cup in 1871. Wotan followed
suit in 1936, and Old Rowley became the third 100/1
winner in 1940. It seemed as though we would never
see a runner triumph at such long odds in the modern
era, but then Prince of Penzance hit
headlines around the world with a famous win in
2015. Like The Pearl, Wotan and Old Rowley before
him, Prince of Penzance was in poor form and appeared
to be simply making up the numbers. Yet Michelle Payne
delivered a perfect ride to guide the roughie to a
narrow victory over Max Dynamite. She became the first
female jockey to win the race that stops a nation,
and used her post-race interview to absolutely savage
anybody that thinks women are not good enough to thrive
as elite riders. Those naysayers "can get stuffed",
4. The Largest Melbourne Cup Attendance was 122,737
in 2003. A crowd of just 4,000 gathered to watch Archer
win the inaugural Melbourne Cup in 1861. The city
was in mourning at the time, following the deaths
of explorers Robert O'Hara Burke and William John
Willis, who were attempting an expedition into the
heart of Australia, and that caused some people to
stay away. The attendance figure swelled to 7,000
the following year, and it continued to grow until
it reached a peak of 122,736 inside Flemington Racecourse
in 2003. It dipped to 98,161 in 2004, but Flemington
welcomed more than 100,000 spectators for 11 years
in a row between 2005 and 2015. Since then it has
started to dwindle again, and the 2019 renewal attracted
crowd of just 81,408, the lowest since 1995. That
followed protests among animal rights groups, who
branded racing cruel and barbaric. It is not yet known
if punters will be able to attend the race in 2020
amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
5. Kingston Rule Set the Record Melbourne Cup Winning
Time in 1990. Classy stayer Kingston Rule soared around
the famous course in just 3 minutes and 16.3 seconds
in 1990. That shattered the previous record, and it
still stands to this day as the fastest finishing
time in Melbourne Cup history. Media Puzzle came the
closest to beating it when he won in 3 minutes and
16.97 seconds back in 2002, but the only runners to
break the 3:20 barrier since then are Makybe Diva
and Protectionist, who finished in 3:17.71 in 2014.
Last year's champion, Vow and Declare, posted a winning
time of 3:24.76, the slowest since Americain in 2010.
6. Barrier 18 Has Never Produced a Melbourne Cup
Winner. Barriers were introduced to the Melbourne
Cup in 1924, and punters have been fascinated by barrier
stats ever since. The most successful is Barrier 5,
which has yielded eight winners over the years, including
2013 champion Fiorente. Barriers 11, 10 and 14 have
also been successful. The outlier is Barrier 18, which
has not produced a single winner since 1924, causing
many punters to avoid the horse that runs from it,
regardless of the form it is in.
7. The Average Australian Spends $179 on Melbourne
Cup Day. The average Australian apparently spends
$88 on bets and another $81 on entertainment, fashion
and dining to mark the day, resulting in a total of
$179. That is according to a
study from B&T, which surveyed 1,000 people about
their spending habits. More than 10% of Australians
will exceed $300 in spending on Melbourne Cup Day,
while men generally spent $70 more than women. A total
of 41% of the people surveyed said the Melbourne Cup
is the only sporting event they bet on all year, with
each-way, the place and the win being the most popular
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