Wow your mates on Mel­bourne Cup day with th­ese trivia tid-bits.

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• The first win­ner of the Mel­bourne Cup was Archer, which won prize money and a gold watch.

• The Mel­bourne Cup is worth $6.2 mil­lion in prize money in 2017.

• Trainer Bart Cum­mings claimed the first of his 12 Mel­bourne Cups in 1965 with Light Fin­gers.

• Makybe Diva is the only horse to win the Cup three times in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

• In 2015, Michelle Payne be­came the first woman to ride the win­ner of the Mel­bourne Cup on the back of Dar­ren Weir-trained Prince Of P

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