A quick guide to the Melbourne Cup 2020

June 23, 2020 | By More
Quick guide to the Melbourne Cup
The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s greatest horse race and one of the premier events in world sport

If you are based in Australia and enjoy staying up to date with the world of horse racing, you’ll likely have heard of the Melbourne Cup. The cup is known as Australia’s most famous thoroughbred horse race. It takes place every single year. Horse racing fans and jockeys come from across Australia just to see what all of the fuss is about. If you are not familiar with the Melbourne Cup, or would like to find out more, you are in luck. We have put together a quick guide to the Melbourne Cup to get you up to speed. Keep reading to hear all about this sporting event. 

What is the Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup is a very famous horse racing event that takes place every year in Melbourne, Australia. The race itself takes place on Flemington Racecourse. The first edition took place in 1861. For those with knowledge of horse racing, you’ll be interested to read in this quick guide to the Melbourne Cup. The race is for thoroughbred staying horses and involves flat racing. 

The distance of the race is 3,200 metres and the racecourse is made of turf. Horses need to be three years old or older and will need to qualify for the big day. This event takes place in November with the race in 2020 taking place on Tuesday 3rd. The event is highly anticipated because of the huge prize money on offer. In 2019, prize money stood at $8,000,000. This was $700,000 more than the previous year. 

History of the Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is by no means a new event, it has been around for many years. Back in November 1861, the first Melbourne Cup was held. This race offered a prize of 710 gold sovereigns and a hand-beaten gold watch. This is certainly a lot lower than the kind of prize fund that entrants can expect in 2020. There were 17 horses that raced in the first ever Melbourne Cup. A large crowd of 4,000 people came to watch. 

Over the years, the cup evolved, and more people started to take note of it. Many great horses have graced the track over the years with Martini-Henry winning the cup back in 1883. In 1930, Phar Lap won the Cup. The red terror was known as the most famous horse in the world at the time.

More recently, many foreign-trained horses race in the Melbourne Cup. They usually put in a brave effort but many succumb to the arduous conditions of the race. Many trainers from around the world aim to get their horse into one of the upcoming Melbourne Cups. It’s very important for punters to follow the Melbourne Cup lead-up form for these international horses. However, 2020 is likely to be very different under the COVID-19 rules of international engagement.

Not only about horse racing

Like many other famous annual horse racing events, the Melbourne Cup has a lot more going on, off the track. Securing tickets to this event can be quite tricky. You’ll need to spend a lot to get your hands on some. Of course, there are some VIPs who can more easily get tickets. They have been attending these events for many years. In the same way that the Raging Bull VIP program offers players rewards, VIPs at the Melbourne Cup are rewarded with the best tickets. 

Interestingly, some local hotels will offer tickets and dining packages as part of the event. Many VIPs take advantage of these packages to turn it into something to celebrate. For those working in Melbourne, you’ll actually find that the day of the event is a public holiday. This indicates just how important this sporting event is. 

Something that should be noted in this quick guide to the Melbourne Cup is the ‘Fashions on the field’ focus. Women are required to wear elegant hats or a fascinator if they prefer. Anyone attending must adhere to a strict dress code. This is to keep up the prestigious image of the event. Men and women spend a lot of money trying to find the perfect outfit for Cup day.

Notable Results

One final thing is evident from this quick guide to the Melbourne Cup. Some horses and their riders have really come out on top over the years. Makybe Diva is the horse that currently holds the record for the most wins with 3 under her belt.

Bobby Lewis and Harry White both hold the record for the most wins by a jockey over the years. They have both won four times in total. Bobby Lewis was the first to notch 4 winners. In 2015, the first female jockey was victorious. Michelle Payne heralded a new era of racing involving male and female jockeys racing for the Cup. 

If you are interested in sports betting, you should know that 34 out of 150 favourites have won the cup. While this is only 23% it certainly shows that paying attention to the odds can help you select the winner. Each year, Australia’s greatest challenge is to find the Melbourne Cup winner. However, the winner is often influenced by the conditions of the track on the day. The track and the horse’s demeanour can massively affect what happens. 

Melbourne Cup not to be missed

If you have never experienced the Melbourne Cup before, then you should make sure to check it out. For those living in Melbourne, this is an extremely important event. A public holiday means that more people are able to attend the big day when it comes around. For those involved in the preparation of the horses, there is a lot of time spent training for the race.

The next Melbourne Cup just a few months away. As it might not be easy, you should try to secure tickets as soon as possible. If you manage it, you’ll be sure to have a good day. Many already have their favourites for the next cup winner. However, there is a lot of time for some underdogs to rise up. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this quick guide to the Melbourne Cup. We know you’ll be excited to keep an eye for the Melbourne Cup in 2020.

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