6 things you didn’t know about the Melbourne Cup
As spring racing fever hits Melbourne, we take a look at the history of the race that stops a nation – the Melbourne Cup, now in its 150th year.
1. The Melbourne Cup
The first Melbourne Cup was held in 1861 and Archer, the winning horse, collected £170 and a gold watch for his efforts. Legend has it that Archer walked all the way to Melbourne from his stables in Nowra, NSW – about 800km. By comparison, the winner of the 2011 Melbourne Cup will take home $3.6 million, and approximately half the horses will have flown here from overseas.
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