TAB Melbourne Cup Facts & Figures

Prizemoney:

$630,000, plus trophy and rug

(1st: $435,000, 2nd: $130,000, 3rd: $65,000)

First Run:

1956

Race Record:

29.169, Dyna Double One (2015) out of box 2

Battle of the Sexes:

Dogs 52, Bitches 11

Punter’s Paradise:

Favourites have won on 26 occasions, though just three have won since 2004

The long and short:

Gold Grotto 1/2 (1972)

Classic Capri $25.90 (2001)

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

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:

48 Victoria

12 New South Wales

2 Queensland

1 South Australia

Out of the Box:

Box

Winners

Last

1

17

2018 (My Redeemer)

2

9

2015 (Dyna Double One)

3

7

1995 (City Blitz)

4

6

2006 (Betty’s Angel)

5

5

2016 (Ando’s Mac)

6

4

2007 (Shanlyn Prince)

7

8

2011 (Dyna Tron)

8

7

2014 (Dyna Villa)

Prize money growth (first prize):

1956

500Pd

1964

$1000

1971

$8000

1975

$11,500

1978

$35,000

1990

$40,000

1991

$50,000

1994

$55,000

1995

$80,000

1996

$100,000

2002

$140,000

2005

$150,000

2008

$175,000

2011

$200,000

2012

$350,000

2014

$420,000

2018

$435,000

Did you know?:

Legendary stud dog Chariot Supreme sired the trifecta in 1990 – Highly Blessed, Singalong, Black Pirate

Another stud great, New Tears – himself a finalist in 1987 (fell) – sired the trifecta in 1994: Light of Fire, Zippity Magic, New Fox

Three greyhounds have sired three Melbourne Cup winners – Rocket Jet (1956, 1958, 1959), New Tears (1994, 1996, 1997) and Collision (2011, 2012, 2014)

Since 1986, just five dogs aged 3 years and over have won the Cup. The oldest was Rapid Journey at 3 years, 5 months and 27 days. Just two dogs have won the Cup in that time before their second birthday, the youngest being Kantarn Bale at 1 year, 9 months and 3 days

Since 1987, just four greyhounds have started a TAB Melbourne Cup final as the odds on favourite (1987 New Tears, 1992 Iceni Princess, 2005 Bond, 2015 Fernando Bale). None won

Since the new track surface and starting boxes were installed in 2010, five of the last nine winners were the fastest qualifiers