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7 Little-Known Facts About the Melbourne Cup

Posted on 11/5/2018 in Latest News

7 Little-Known Facts About the Melbourne Cup


It’s time to head for the track! With Spring Cup Carnival in Melbourne comes fascinators, dresses, and of course horse racing. Whether you’re there to cheer on the horses, take part in Fashions On The Field, or to pop a bottle of champagne in the sun, you just can’t beat the Melbourne Cup.

This prestigious race has been around for centuries, but what do you actually know about the event? Here are 10 interesting facts that you might not have known about the Melbourne Cup.

  • The Melbourne Cup is a tradition that started in the 19th century

It all began back in 1861 – when John Cutts came through with the first place position riding his horse, Archer. John Cutts and Archer then went back to back in 1862 for another win, and so became the first multiple winners of the great race.

  • It is one of Australia’s most attended events

The Melbourne Cup has certainly come a long way, with only a few thousand people attending the event in the early years. Since then, the Melbourne Cup has become a much loved and attended event, with numbers rising to over 90 thousand! With the addition of online & television viewers, numbers have risen to a startling 5 million.

  • No horse has ever won the Melbourne Cup from barrier 18

Since 1924 no one has ever been successful in the Melbourne Cup from barrier 18. The mystery remains, but will the jinx will be broken this year?

  • It’s more than just a horse race

The race still holds up as the events main attraction, but there is a huge array of non-sporting related events going on. ‘’Fashion on the field’’ is an event were men and women come to show off their exquisite dresses, suits and hats, with big prizes up for grabs


  • Only one female jockey has ever won the race

Australian jockey Michelle Payne rode Prince Of Penzance to victory in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, becoming the first female jockey to win the event!

  • Cup Day is one of Australia’s biggest days for alcohol consumption

Studies have shown that Australians consume a volume equivalent to 25 Olympic swimming pools of alcoholic beverages on Cup Day.

  • New South Wales are the biggest punters

The average daily bet by punters in New South Wales is around $1200. That is a stunning 22% above the national average.

Although Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday, we still operate our daily tours throughout Melbourne and the surrounding areas! Whether you fancy a day of culinary delights in the Yarra Valley, or witness the thousands of Little Penguins that come ashore each night  at Phillip Island, click here to book yourself an unforgettable day out during the Spring Racing Carnival!

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