TAB Melbourne Cup Facts & Figures

Prizemoney:

$630,000, plus trophy and rug

(1st: $435,000, 2nd: $130,000, 3rd: $65,000)

First Run:

1956

Race Record:

29.169, Dyna Double One (2015) out of box 2

Battle of the Sexes:

Dogs 53, Bitches 11

Punter’s Paradise:

Favourites have won on 26 occasions, though just three have won since 2004

The long and short:

Gold Grotto 1/2 (1972)

Classic Capri $25.90 (2001)

Biggest margin:

9 lengths (Fox Hunt, 1991)

Smallest margin:

Half head (Whiskey Riot, 2019)

Neck (Chief Ranee 1960, Chris’ Dandy 1970, Black Aztec 1980, City Blitz 1995)

Just for the record:

Hua (1988) set a new track record of 30.01 over 511m

Going the distance:

1956-63 565 yards

1964-71 555 yards

1972 507.5m

1973-85 513m

1986-95 511m

1996- 515m

State of affairs:

49 Victoria

12 New South Wales

2 Queensland

1 South Australia

Out of the Box:

Box

Winners

Last

1

17

2018 (My Redeemer)

2

9

2015 (Dyna Double One)

3

8

2019 (Whiskey Riot)

4

6

2006 (Betty’s Angel)

5

5

2016 (Ando’s Mac)

6

4

2007 (Shanlyn Prince)

7

8

2011 (Dyna Tron)

8

7

2014 (Dyna Villa)

Prize money growth (first prize):

1956

500Pd

1964

$1000

1971

$8000

1975

$11,500

1978

$35,000

1990

$40,000

1991

$50,000

1994

$55,000

1995

$80,000

1996

$100,000

2002

$140,000

2005

$150,000

2008

$175,000

2011

$200,000

2012

$350,000

2014

$420,000

2018

$435,000

Did you know?:

Legendary stud dog Chariot Supreme sired the trifecta in 1990 – Highly Blessed, Singalong, Black Pirate

Another stud great, New Tears – himself a finalist in 1987 (fell) – sired the trifecta in 1994: Light of Fire, Zippity Magic, New Fox

Three greyhounds have sired three Melbourne Cup winners – Rocket Jet (1956, 1958, 1959), New Tears (1994, 1996, 1997) and Collision (2011, 2012, 2014)

Since 1986, just five dogs aged 3 years and over have won the Cup. The oldest was Rapid Journey at 3 years, 5 months and 27 days. Just two dogs have won the Cup in that time before their second birthday, the youngest being Kantarn Bale at 1 year, 9 months and 3 days

Since the new track surface and starting boxes were installed in 2010, five of the last 10 winners were the fastest qualifiers