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10 Fun facts about Melbourne Cup

Published on November 3, 2015 8:23 am, by

Did you know…….?

  • This is the biggest betting day of the year for TAB
  • Half an hour after the Melbourne Cup you can place a bet on the next year’s race
  • The first Melbourne Cup race was in 1861
  • In 1875 the Melbourne Cup was run on a Tuesday for the first time
  • The race was shortened from 3,219 metres to 3,200 metres in 1972 when Australia converted to the metric system
  • The fastest horse to race the Melbourne Cup was Kingston Rule in 1990 at 3:16.3
  • The Melbourne Cup was run through World War I and World War II although many other sporting events were stopped
  • The first horse not born & bred in Australia or NZ to win the cup was in 1924, a British horse Backwood
  • 18 of the 24 horses to run this year are from overseas
  • The favourite horse has won the Melbourne Cup 35 out of 154 races

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