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A MELBOURNE CUP STORY




























              nterstate rivalry is nothing new in Australia, and it was


           Isuspected that sour grapes were at play in the third                                                                               ountdown to the Cup:
        “   race. Archer was scratched because his application to                                                                  Cthe five greatest winners



            race was not deemed to have arrived in time, the reason

            given being a public holiday in Victoria.                               “





                                                                                                                                      The Melbourne Cup has a long and storied history.
               The following year, Archer lined up   In fact, Archer was on his way out   Fittingly, his place of burial is
            as favourite, and blitzed the field to win   by this stage. Swelling in the ankle   unknown. What we do know is that      Here are the four greatest winners...
            the race by eight lengths. This record   and a botched operation meant that   somewhere under the paddocks of
            would not be broken until 1968, over a   the champion was eventually put out   Braidwood lay the bones of one of
            hundred years later.             to stud in 1864. His reputation meant   Australia’s greatest icons. Sometimes
               Interstate rivalry is nothing new in   that he was the most expensive stud   forgotten, yet indelibly part of the      Kingston Rule                                    Makybe Diva
            Australia, and it was suspected that   stallion in the country, costing 10   fabric of the nation’s past.
            sour grapes were at play in the third   guineas per covering. He would never                                              The 1990 event saw the record of 3 minutes 16.3 seconds   The only horse to win a hattrick of cups. Makybe Diva had
            race. Archer was scratched because   sire a major race winner.                                                            established by Bart Cummings’ trained Kingston Rule.   the class to win the 2003, 2004 and 2005 cups, an epic feat
            his application to race was not deemed   Archer had returned to Exeter Farm,                                              Despite setting a record, the race was no picnic for this   for a mare. It was enough that she won the first two, but it
            to have arrived in time, the reason   where he wandered into a field of                                                   stallion. At 800 meters, he was in 8th spot and on the   was the third that made her move into the legend category.
            given being a public holiday in Victoria.   green barley. This meal would see the                                         fence. By the 300 point, he had come out front and though   Borderline to even start due to injury, she was allocated a
            The bad blood was academic, because   end of the horse, as it led to a massive                                            The Phantom loomed, he passed the barrier to establish a   top weight of 58kg, which was more than 2kg more than
            it was unlikely that he could have   infection of the lungs, which killed him                                             record that has not been beaten in the subsequent 26 races.   in 2004. Coming through a very strong field, she was well
            raced because of injury.         at the age of 16, in 1872.                                                                                                                back in the early stages, but managed to race over the finish
                                                                                                                                                                                       line and into the record books.
                                                                                                                                      Prince of Penzance                               Phar Lap
                                                                                                                                      There have been other outsiders to have won the race, but   Arguably the greatest horse in racing history, Phar Lap has
                                                                                                                                      Prince of Penzance gets an extra kick because he was the   become a legend. He won 37 of the 51 races he entered,
                                                                                                                                      first winner to be ridden by a female jockey. At 100-1, the bey   and started the 1930 Cup at the shortest odds in history,
                                                                                                                                      gelding was not considered good enough to place, but at   8/11. He only won a single race, hampered in his second
                                                                                                                                      the top of the straight Michelle Payne saw an opening and   attempt by a massive 63kg handicap. Famously survived an
                                                                                                                                      went for it. In her winner’s speech, she famously said that   assassination attempt by the mafia.
                                                                                                                                      anyone who doubted female jockeys could ‘get stuffed”.







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