Publication date: 19 Aug 2022
About the Melbourne Cup
The Melbourne Cup is one of the most important annual sporting events in Australia.
It is run by the Victoria Racing Club. The Melbourne Cup is known as The Race that Stops the Nation. It’s a day off only in the state of Victoria, but Australians still find the time and opportunity to watch the race.
The symbol of the Melbourne Cup is the cornflower.
2022 Melbourne Cup
The 2022 Melbourne Cup will be held on 1 November in Flemington Racecourse, Victoria, Australia.
Melbourne Cup history
The history of the Melbourne Cup dates back to 1861. At that time, settlers from England brought their favourite sport with them and organized a two-mile race with a prize money of £170 plus a gold watch. Seventeen jockeys took part in the first event.
Today the prize fund of the Melbourne Cup is A$5 million.
According to statistics, more than 700 million spectators from 120 countries watch the event.
Only one horse (Makybe Diva) managed to win the Melbourne Cup 3 times in a row.
In 1987, Mary Lyndon, the first female jockey, took part in the competition.
Michelle Payne is the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup, her horse’s name is Prince of Penzance.
Previous Melbourne Cup results
|2021||Flemington Racecourse, Australia||Jockey: James MacDonald
Horse: Verry Elleegant
|2020||Flemington Racecourse, Australia||Jockey: Jye McNeil
Horse: Twilight Payment
|2019||Flemington Racecourse, Australia||Jockey: Craig Williams
Horse: Vow And Declare
2023 Melbourne Cup
Information on the dates of the next Melbourne Cup is not yet available.
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