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Melbourne Cup Facts
Last year the 6YO Japanese horse, Delta Blues, trained by Katsuhiko Sumii, and ridden by Yasunari Iwata, won the Melbourne Cup. At its only other start in Australia Delta Blues, starting at $81.00, was a fast finishing close third in the Caulfield Cup to Tawqeet.
In 2005 the champion 7YO mare Makybe Diva won the Cox Plate and followed up that win by creating equine history, becoming the first horse to win three consecutive Melbourne Cups. She also carried equal top weight of 58kg.; the same weight as the 7YO Irish champion horse, Vinnie Roe.
Here are some interesting betting tips and facts about the Melbourne Cup:
1. The Melbourne Cup was first run in 1861. Archer easily won that race over two miles in a time of 3:52.00s. In 1968 Rain Lover set the two miles race record time of only 3:19.10s.
3. The metric record of 3:16.30 was set by Kingston Rule in 1990.
Bobby Lewis won on The Victory 1902, Patrobas 1915, Artilleryman 1919 and Trivalve 1927. He finished second four times and third on Phar Lap in 1929. Had the race been run then under Quality Handicap conditions, like it is now, which means a compressed weight scale, there is no doubt Phar Lap would have won very easily.
Glen Boss has three wins thanks to his success on the champion mare Makybe Diva.
This edition of Punt to Win:
2006 Melbourne Cup Carnival Winners
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