The TAB Melbourne Cup is the world’s greatest greyhound race.
First run in 1956, Rocketeer would claim the first prize of £500, a far cry from the massive $630,000 in prize money ($435,000 to the winner) in store for connections of the 2018 edition.
TAB Melbourne Cup night is a celebration of the sport of greyhound racing. For the first time, there will be eight feature finals on the night carrying $1,000,000 in prize money over the 12 race card. Indeed, a million dollars is the theme of the night with $1,000,000 on offer on the Sandown Super Wheel, and a $1,000,000 projected TAB quaddie pool.
Entry is free so get your friends together and enjoy a memorable night out on Friday 23 November to see history made at the 2018 TAB Melbourne Cup, the world’s greatest greyhound race!
- 1956 – First Melbourne Cup staged at Sandown Park on the grass track over 565 yards under handicap conditions worth £500
- 1962 – Race worth £2000; race won by Saskagay, the first female to win the race
- 1964 – A sand track is installed, resulting in the race distance being reduced to 555 yards
- 1966 – First Melbourne Cup not conducted under handicap conditions; Cheltenham Lass wins the event after finishing second in 1965
- 1967 – Neville Ballinger trains the Cup quinella with Swan Opal and Dollar Hunter
- 1970 – Chris’ Dandy wins the Melbourne Cup for trainer Alex Kay, the fourth consecutive winner from New South Wales
- 1972 – Gold Grotto wins against a field often considered one of the best ever assembled to line up in a Melbourne Cup starting at the shortest price favourite ever.
- 1973 – Race reduced to 513 metres
- 1974 – New Zealand-bred Kwik Metal upstages locals by claiming the 1974 Melbourne Cup after being bought for $30 as a pup
- 1975 – Prize money increases to $11,500 to the winner; Dynamic Dean is later crowned the 1975 Greyhound of the Year, the first Melbourne Cup winner to receive the honour
- 1978 – Prize money increased to $35,000 to the winner; Hollywood star Robert Stack presents trophy
- 1979 – Hollywood starlet Elke Sommer presents trophy
- 1980 – Sandown gives away a silver Mercedes to celebrate 25th running of the event; Greg Norman presents the Cup
- 1986 – Race distance reduced to 511 metres following Sandown Park track reconstruction
- 1990 – Prize money increased to $40,000 to the winner
- 1991 – Prize money increased to $50,000 to the winner
- 1992 – Master Giant wins the Cup, becoming the fourth consecutive winner to take out the Shepparton Cup-Melbourne Cup double
- 1995 – Prize money increased to $80,000 to the winner; race distance increased to 515m following construction of new Sandown circuit
- 1996 – Prize money increased to $100,000 to the winner
- 1998 – Rapid Journey adds the Melbourne Cup to his Adelaide Cup, Perth Cup, Golden Easter Egg, National Sprint Championship and Topgun wins
- 1999 – Kennelmates fill the trifecta, Kantarn Bale wins the Cup
- 2002 – Prize money increased to $140,000 to the winner
- 2004 – Prize money increased to $150,000 to the winner
- 2005 – Closing Argument wins the 50th running of the Cup; Bonshaw Boy completes the quinella for trainer Cameron Taylor
- 2006 – Betty’s Angel completes the Group 1 Sapphire Crown – Melbourne Cup double, setting a new race record of 29.51 in the process
- 2008 – Prize money increased to $175,000 to the winner
- 2009 – Lord Ducal, the least experienced runner in the final, registers 29.53 to give owner, trainer and breeder their biggest thrill in greyhound racing
- 2010 – El Grand Senor scores his third Group 1 feature of 2010 with a dominant performance for owner/breeder Carolyn Jones; El Grand Senor would go on to claim Sandown Greyhound of the Year, Victorian Greyhound of the Year, and Australian Greyhound of the Year honours
- 2011 – Dyna Tron secures Andrea Dailly her first Melbourne Cup victory in a race record 29.21 seconds; Dyna Tron was one of four finalists prepared by the Dailly kennel, with Graeme Bate also preparing three finalists to give leviathan owner/breeder Paul Wheeler seven finalists in the race.
- 2011 – Prize money increased to $350,000 to the winner making the 2012 Melbourne Cup the richest greyhound race ever run
- 2014 – Prize money increased to $420,000 to the winner
- 2015 – Dyna Double One defeats Fernando Bale in a Cup for the ages in race record time of 29.17
- 2016 – Ando’s Mac breaks a Cup drought for New South Wales
- 2018 – Prize money increased to $435,000 to the winner with $1M to be won in total on the night