The Cup

Yes, it really does stop [most] of the nation…

The Melbourne Cup has been run since 1861 and is Australia’s major thoroughbred horse race. It is run at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne

Firsts:

  • Michelle Payne won the 2015 Melbourne Cup, riding Prince of Penzance, and was the first female jockey to win the event.
  • J.B. [Bart] Cummings was one of the most successful Australian racehorse trainers. He was known as the “Cups King“, winning the Melbourne a record twelve times.