The Melbourne Cup by Numbers



February 27, 2019

Melbourne Cup by Numbers

Presenting your favourite race, in numbers:

6200000 – the Melbourne Cup prize fund, in AU$

122736 – the biggest crowd ever to attend the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Park, witnessing Makybe Diva’s first Melbourne Cup win

50205 – the cost of entering a horse into the final field of the Melbourne Cup, in AU$

46570 – the number of bottles of champagne consumed at the Melbourne Cup annually

3200 – the Melbourne Cup race distance, in meters

2061 – the year the Melbourne Cup will turn 200

1941 – the last year in which a 3-year-old won the Melbourne Cup

196 – the number of seconds it took Kingston Rule to break the Melbourne Cup winning time record in 1990

80 – the percentage of the Australian adult population that bet on the Melbourne Cup

66 – the biggest weight in kgs carried to victory in the Melbourne Cup, by Carbine in 1890

50 – the minimum handicap carried by entries in the race

40 – the number of New Zealand bred horses to have won the Melbourne Cup (as of 2016)

39 – the largest field to contest the Melbourne Cup, in 1980

24 – the current field size limit

18 – the approximate distance in meters by which the Melbourne Cup was reduced when Australia adopted the metric system in 1972, also the number of the only barrier never to have produced a Melbourne Cup winner

14 – the number of days foreign horses have to spend in quarantine before competing in the cup

12 – the age of Peter St Albans, the youngest jockey to win the Melbourne Cup

8 – the biggest winning margin in Melbourne Cup history, and the age of the oldest Cup winning horses

7 – the smallest field to contest the Melbourne Cup, in 1863

3 – the number of black coated horses to have won the Melbourne Cup.

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