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What was the original Melbourne Cup trophy?
First run in 1861, the Melbourne Cup was a cup in name only, with prizes including a gold watch and cash purse. The first official trophy cup was awarded in 1865. The 1865 trophy was sold by its owner, who reportedly found it unattractive. It was rebranded and presented as the Flemington Hunt Club Cup.
What did rain lover Peter Pan Archer and think big all have in common?
Answer: They all won the Melbourne Cup twice Archer won in 1861 and 1862. Rain Lover won in 1968 and 1969. Peter Pan won in 1932 and 1934. Think Big won in 1974 and 1975.
Why is the Melbourne Cup so famous?
The Melbourne Cup was introduced by the Turf Club to trump the success of Jockey Club races, such as the Two Thousand Guineas. The Melbourne Cup is one of the world’s few major handicap horseraces. A handicap race is one in which each horse is allocated a different weight depending on its age and previous form.
What are some of the traditions associated with the Melbourne Cup?
There is usually a sweep, a prize for the best hat and a drink or two or many. Roughly speaking, the popularity of a boss is proportional to the quantity of alcohol drunk and inversely proportional to the amount of work completed on the day.
What does Melbourne Cup represent?
What is the oldest Melbourne Cup in original condition?
The first official trophy cup was awarded in 1865. The 1865 trophy was sold by its owner, who reportedly found it unattractive. It was rebranded and presented as the Flemington Hunt Club Cup. The 1866 trophy is therefore the oldest Melbourne Cup in original condition. The National Museum of Australia acquired the 1866 cup in 2012.
What is the name of the Melbourne Cup trophy?
‘The Loving Cup Trophy” – from the official Melbourne Cup website The Loving Cup Trophy The Emirates Melbourne Cup Trophy is a stunning 18 carat gold trophy. Noted for its “Loving Cup” design, the trophy is one of the most identifiable sporting trophies in the world.
How much was the first Melbourne Cup prize in 1861?
Seventeen horses contested the first Melbourne Cup on Thursday 7 November 1861, racing for the modest prize of 710 gold sovereigns ( £ 710) cash and a hand-beaten gold watch, winner takes all. The prize was not, as some have suggested, the largest purse up to that time.
When was the last time a horse won the Melbourne Cup twice?
Winning the Melbourne Cup twice was a feat not repeated until more than seventy years later when Peter Pan won the race in 1932 and 1934, and winning the Melbourne Cup two years in a row was a feat not repeated until more than 30 years later when Rain Lover won in 1968 and 1969.