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Horse Racing Fun Facts & History

  • Melbourne Cup History

    The Melbourne Cup is the most famous horse race in Australia and one of the richest thoroughbred races in the entire world. Raced over 3200 metres by horses three years old and over, this great event is the major highlight of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Hosted every year at […]

  • Melbourne Cup Culture

    The Melbourne Cup is more than just a horse race, with this special event surrounded by a rich and vibrant culture. Off-the-track attractions include ‘Fashions On The Field” and a variety of musical entertainment, with celebrity guests, fine dining, and flowers also playing a special role in “the race that […]

  • Melbourne Cup Field

    The Melbourne Cup field is set and ready to go, with a number of horses affected by the barrier draw. Fiorente drew well at five, with last year’s runner-up looking to do one better in 2013. Some of the other favourites were not so lucky, however, with Mount Athose allotted […]

  • Melbourne Cup Balloting

    With only 24 horses allowed to race in the Melbourne Cup each year, there is always a lot of competition to make it into the field. The race directors have absolute discretion as to who makes it into the final line-up, with horses balloted out based on a number of […]

  • Fun Melbourne Cup Trivia

    The Melbourne Cup truly is “the race that stops a nation”, as 24 of the world’s best horses battle it out over 3200 metres at Flemington Racecourse. While there are a number of other high profile Group 1 events hosted in Melbourne during the Spring, nothing gets the same level […]

  • Melbourne Cup Statistics

    There are lots of statistics surrounding the Melbourne Cup, which is the most popular and well analysed horse race in Australia by far. Run over 3200 metres and worth a total of $6.2 million, the Melbourne Cup is an institution in Australia and the richest two mile handicap event in […]

  • Melbourne Cup notable winners

    The Melbourne Cup is the most popular horse race in Australia, with a prize pool of $6.2 million up for grabs every year. “The race that stops a nation” has been won by many of the biggest names in Australian thoroughbred racing, including household names like Phar Lap and Makybe […]

  • Cox Plate History

    The Cox Plate is one of the most prestigious races on the Australian calendar, held each year during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.  Run over a distance of 2040 metres, the WS Cox Plate is named in honour of William Samuel Cox and worth $3 million in prize money.  The […]

  • Cox Plate Past Winners

    The Group 1 WS Cox Plate is one of the biggest and most prestigious races in Australia, attracting the very best talent each year to battle it out at Moonee Valley Racecourse.  This race is run over 2040 metres and worth $3 million in prize money, a grand sum that […]

  • Cox Plate Statistics

    The WS Cox Plate is one of the big three thoroughbred races in Australia, and the third richest event behind the Melbourne Cup and Golden Slipper.  For many people, however, this race is the most important due to its international reputation and overall stature in the racing community.  The WS […]