Racing writer, JUSTIN DEVINE, has dug deep into the Melb Cup archives to find 24 interesting facts & insights that might help punters select their horse in this year’s event. Good luck!

24 MELB CUP FACTS & INSIGHTS

1.

INTERNATIONAL RAIDERS

The race has become a truly international event with seven different overseas trainers winning the race since 2002.

2.

BOYS CLUB

The last three Melbourne Cups have been won by four-year-old males, VOW AND DECLARE (2019), CROSS COUNTER (2018) and REKINDLING (2017).

3.

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE

Last year’s winner VOW AND DECLARE was the first Australian bred horse to win the Cup in ten years.

4.

THE CUPS DOUBLE

11 horses have completed the Caulfield/Melbourne Cup double. ETHEREAL (2001) was the last horse to do so as a 4YO mare. Can VERRY ELLEEGANT emulate her in 2020?

5.

WEIGHTS & MEASURES

Horses with lightweights have dominated the Melbourne Cup in recent times. The last five winners have carried 53kgs or less.

6.

LUCK OF THE DRAW

Barrier 5 is the most successful Melbourne Cup stall with eight winners. THE CHOSEN ONE lines up from the fifth gate, this year.

7.

NO CHANCE LEOGRANCE

No horse has won the Cup from “unlucky” barrier 18. KING OF LEOGRANCE lines up from the dreaded marble, this year.

8.

LLOYD'S GREAT LOVE

Australian businessman and prolific thoroughbred owner Lloyd Williams has admitted to being “obsessed” with the Melbourne Cup. His horses have won the race six times.

9.

DIVA'S DELIGHT

MAKYBE DIVA (2003 – 2005) is the only horse to have won the race three times in a row. Her jockey Glen Boss is also the only jockey to have ridden the winner three years in succession.

10.

PICK A COLOUR

Five grey horses have won the Melbourne Cup with EFFICIENT (2007) and SUBZERO (1992) the most recent greys to salute.

11.

HISTORY MAKER

Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to ride the Melbourne Cup winner, when she partnered PRINCE OF PENZANCE at 100-1 to win in 2015.

12.

WILLOW'S SURPRISE

Craig Williams on SURPRISE BABY is looking to be the first jockey since Jack Purtell (WODALLA 1953 and RISING FAST 1954) to ride the Melbourne Cup in consecutive years on different horses.

13.

SON OF A GUN

SURPRISE BABY is the son of 2009 Melbourne Cup winner SHOCKING.

14.

THE HOT POT

ARCHER (1862) jumped the shortest priced favourite in Cup history at $1.50.

15.

BACK TO BACK

MAKYBE DIVA (2004) jumped, as the shortest priced favourite in modern times at a $3.50 quote. The star mare didn’t disappoint, making the most of a terrific Glen Boss ride and winning well.

16.

THE CUPS KING

The “Cups King” Bart Cummings trained the Melbourne Cup winner 12 times. His son and grandsons are licenced trainers looking for their first win in the race.

17.

RAIDERS AMBUSH

CROSS COUNTER (2018) and REKINDLING (2017) won the Melbourne Cup at their first Australian start. Can TIGER MOTH do the same?

18.

TOPPY'S TERROR

MAKYBE DIVA (2005) is the only horse to wear saddlecloth number 1 to victory in the last 65 years. Can ANTHONY VAN DYCK be the second?

19.

NUMBERS GAME

With 11 wins each, saddlecloths 4 and 12 are the most successful numbers in Melbourne Cup history. MASTER OF REALITY & PRINCE OF ARRAN don the numbers, this year.

20.

THE BLUE ARMY

CROSS COUNTER (2018) gave the powerful Godolphin stable their first win in the Melbourne Cup. It had taken the Blue Army 20+ years to win the race.

21.

FAVOURITES FLOUNDERING

Melbourne Cup Favourites have won 23% of the time and placed 47%.

22.

GIRLS ACROSS THE DITCH

New Zealand trainer Sheila Laxon was the first woman to train the Melbourne Cup winner, when ETHEREAL won in 2001.

23.

THE BIG BUCKS

The 2020 Melbourne Cup has total prize money of $8,000,000.

24.

QUARTER MILL CUP

The 2020 Melbourne Cup trophy is values at $250,000.

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