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Seven fast facts about the

Melbourne Cup

When it comes to picking a         introduced in 1924, barrier number  letter S (9 winners) and R
Melbourne Cup Winner, it’s         5 has the most wins (8 wins).       (8 winners) have been the
important to look at form,         Barrier number 18 has never         most successful.
pedigree and a whole range         produced a winner.
of vital statistics.                                                   7. GENDER:
                                   3. AGE:                             Only 16 female horses have won
Here are some interesting          Four and five-year-old horses have  the Cup, and three of those wins
statistics over the long history   the most wins (43 each).            belong to Makybe Diva, who was
of the Cup.                                                            also the last mare to win the race
                                   4. NUMBER:                          back in 2005. Only one female
1. THE FAVOURITE:                  Horse (saddlecloth) numbers 4       jockey has won the Cup – Michelle
Since the inaugural Cup in 1861,   and 12 are the most successful      Payne in 2015.
the favourite has won 34 times     with 11 wins each.
(at a strike rate of 22%) and                                          With this information you are now
finished in placings on 67         5. WEIGHT:                          equipped to scientifically choose
occasions (43% strike rate).       54.5kg is the most popular weight   the next winner. Or, like many of
                                   carried to victory (8 wins).        us, you can simply select a name,
2. BARRIER NUMBERS:                                                    number or colours that appeal
Since barrier numbers were         6. NAMES:                           to you!
                                   Horse names beginning with the


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