Melbourne Cup Sweep

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The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s major annual thoroughbred horse race.

Billed as “The Race that stops a nation”, it is for three-year-olds and over, and covers a distance of 3,200 metres.

It is generally regarded as the most prestigious “two-mile” handicap in the world.

The event is held on the first Tuesday in November by the Victoria Racing Club, on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

This year’s race is held on Tuesday 3rd¬†November 2015.

The race was originally held over two miles (about 3,218 metres) but following preparation for Australia’s adoption of the metric system in the 1970s, the current race distance of 3,200 metres was established in 1972. This reduced the distance by 61ft 6in, and Rain Lover’s 1968 race record of 3min.19.1sec was accordingly adjusted to 3min.17.9sec. The present record holder is the 1990 winner Kingston Rule with a time of 3min 16.3sec.

The 2014 Melbourne Cup winner was Protectionist and was ridden by jockey Ryan Moore and trained by Andreas Wohler in a winning time of 3:17.71


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