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Melbourne Cup facts and statistics
From Craig Martin: August 2017

The Melbourne Cup is one of the most distinguished horse races in the world. Held at Flemington Race Course, it is dubbed as The Race That Stops A Nation. It is also one of the few races that has over 150 years' worth of facts and statistics that punters can access before placing any large bet. For any serious punter, knowing all the information is key to predicting a winner. When it comes to the Melbourne Cup, knowing all the facts will give you an idea of what to expect - historically speaking. If nothing else, finding out about the race will give you a slightly better understanding of this prestigious annual event.

Leading up to the race, Australian betting sites will use betting statistics, historical facts and the current form guide to create a list of betting odds. This information can give you the competitive edge, and the more you know, the more solid your bet.

Let's take a look at some of the statistics that you should be thinking of before placing a bet.

Multiple Cup Winners

In the history of the race, there have only been five multiple Cup winners. The first was Archer who won in 1861 and 1862. Peter Pan achieved the same feat in 1932 and 1934. Thirty years later Rain Lover won in 1968 and 1969. Think Big followed this up in 1974 and 1975. There has only been one winner that has won three times. This was Makybe Diva, who won in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Barrier Statistics

Looking at the statistics, barrier 11 has produced the most wins in the race, with a total of 8 wins up to 2016. The most successful barriers have been barriers 9-1, with a record 8 victories spanning from 2006 through to 2015. Since the introduction of barriers in 1924, the only barrier that has never produced a winner is barrier 18. Think twice before betting on this one.

Caulfield Cup Lead-Up Race Winners

The Caulfield Cup is an important lead-up race to the Melbourne Cup and is often a good indication of how the field will run. In total, 11 Caulfield Cup winners have gone on to win the Melbourne Cup. These include Poseidon in 1906, The Trump in 1937, Rivette in 1939, Even Stevens in 1962, Galilee in 1966, Gurner's Lane in 1982, Let's Elope in 1991, Dorimus in 1995, Might and Power in 1997, and Ethereal in 2001.

Sex Statistics

One statistic that horse racing betting sites pay attention to is the sex of the horse. In the history of the Melbourne Cup, Stallions or Entires hold the record for the most wins. Only three fillies have ever won the Cup. Of the Mares that have won, Makybe Diva is the most famous with three wins. Since her last win in 2005, no mare has won since.

Betting Favourites

Up until 2016, betting favourites have won the Melbourne Cup a total of 32 times. The last favourite to salute for punters was Fiorente in 2013. There have only been three cases where "roughies" have come in first. The first was in 1871 where the Pearl was at 100-1, Wotan in 1936 at 100-1 and Old Rowley in 1940 at 100-1. The shortest price favourite was Phar Lap with odds of 8/11 in 1930. When Makybe Diva won in 2003, the favourite was actually Mamool who fished last!



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