Melbourne Cup Facts

2011 MELBOURNE CUP – THE FACTS.

  • Prizemoney: $290,000, plus trophy and rug. (1st: $200,000, 2nd: $60,000, 3rd: $30,000)
  • First Run. 1956
  • Race Record: 29.51, Betty’s Angel (2006) out of box 4
  • Battle of the Sexes: Dogs 44, Bitches 11
  • Punter’s Paradise: Favourites have won on 23 occasions
  • The long and short: Gold Grotto $1.50 (1972). Classic Capri $25.90 (2001)
  • Legends of the lead: Graeme Bate (3 winners): Satan’s Shroud (1981), Fair Sentence (1989), Kantarn Bale (1999). Darren McDonald (3 winners): Hallucinate (2004), Shanlyn Prince (2007), Surgeon (2008)
  • Second coming: Saskaview (1963, 3rd 1962), Cheltenham Lass (1966, 2nd 1965), Classic Capri (2001, 2nd 2000)
  • Biggest margin: 9 lengths (Fox Hunt, 1991)
  • Smallest margin: 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
  • Supreme Being: Legendary stud dog Chariot Supreme sired the trifecta in 1990 –Highly Blessed, Singalong, Black Pirate
  • Tears of Joy: Another stud great, New Tears – himself a finalist in 1987 (fell) – sired the trifecta in 1994: Light of Fire, Zippity Magic, New Fox
  • Three cheers: Graeme Bate trained the trifecta in 1999 – Kantarn Bale, Devon Road, Flying Law
  • 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: 41 Victoria, 11 New South Wales. 2 Queensland, 1 South Australia.