Rich his­tory for pres­ti­gious horse race

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - GROOVE -

THE first Mel­bourne Cup was held in 1861 and was orig­i­nally run over a dis­tance of 3,218 me­tres, or two miles. The cur­rent record holder is Kingston Rule, who won the 1990 Mel­bourne Cup with a time of 3 min­utes and 16.3 sec­onds. The first ever horse to win the Mel­bourne Cup was named Archer. Archer also won the sec­ond run­ning of the Mel­bourne Cup and was favourite to win the third be­fore the owner failed to sub­mit the en­try form on time and Archer was not al­lowed to run. Other no­table win­ners in­clude Car­bine in 1890, Night Watch in 1918, Phar Lap in 1930 and Light Fin­gers in 1965. Makybe Diva is fa­mous for be­ing the first and only horse to win three in a row.

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