Melbourne Cup Fun Facts

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So you can be the trivia King or Queen this Melbourne Cup Day, here are some fun and interesting facts about the “Race that stops a nation”.

* This year will be the 153rd Melbourne Cup.

* The first Melbourne Cup was run in 1861 and won by “Archer”.

* Every year the Melbourne Cup is run on the first Tuesday of November at 3pm AEDST. Although it has been postponed twice in 1870 and 1916 because of rain.

* During World War I and World War II the Melbourne Cup was still run, even though most other sporting events were not taking place.

* The race is 3200 meters long, or 2 miles, and is run at Flemington Race Track in Melbourne.

* Six grey horses have won the race, the most popular being Subzero in 1992.

* The horse numbers thats have won the most Melbourne Cups are 4 and 12 with eleven wins each.

* No horse has ever won the Cup from barrier 18.

* Melbourne Cup day is only a Public Holiday in Victoria.

No matter who your tip is for the Melbourne Cup 2013, whether you are celebrating in style or at work, I hope you enjoy your day and get to watch this iconic Australian sporting event unfold.

Until next time,

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Author: Bec

From a very young age Bec has always had a great love and appreciation for all animals. Bec is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and also has a Bachelor in Applied Science Animal Studies with special interest in Wildlife and Recreational Animals. Her studies have been put to good use working in various animal industries including small and large animal veterinary clinics, horse studs and the family cattle property. Horses have played an important part in her life, living on a horse stud and caring for horses throughout breeding, foaling, spelling, racing and retirement. Bec is the proud mum of two gorgeous girls, a beautiful Cocker Spaniel, a cheeky cockatiel, chickens and many horses including a naughty little pony.