The Melbourne Cup Feature

It’s a race that sees almost an entire population stop what they are doing for just under five anxious minutes. It’s a race that for many is their only bet for the entire year. It’s a race that children run home from school for; a race that workers everywhere switch TVs and radios on for; a race that people travel the country and the globe for it’s a race that unites Australians like few events can. Held ever year on the first Tuesday in November it’s “the race that stops the nation.” It’s the Melbourne Cup.

The Melbourne Cup Feature
The Melbourne Cup Feature
The Melbourne Cup Feature

Melbourne Cup events in Narrabri

Narrabri RSL Club: Friendly Faces Helping Hands luncheon $30. Mini market with fashions, art, jewellery, cosmetics, cup sweeps, door prizes, full tab facilities and betting help for novice punters. 11.3am Golf Club: Calcutta Monday, October 31 from 6pm tickets available now. Tatts Hotel: Normal bistro menu as well as seafood platters. Watch the races on the big screen. Prizes for best dress, best fascinator/hat as well as table prizes. TAB facilities open from 7am with assistance for novice punters. Maverick Cafe at the Tourist Hotel: Melbourne Cup luncheon - $35. Three course lunch with complimentary glass of bubbly on arrive, $2 sweep, lucky door prizes and fashions in the field. Bookings advised. Wee Wee and District Preschool: A Melbourne Cup golf day and Calcutta family fun day on Sunday, October 30. $40 per person includes 3 person ambrose, 8am shotgun start, breakfast and lunch, market stalls. Fun for the whole family. Calcutta tickets selling ont he day from 9am for a 1pm auction at the Wee Waa Golf Club. Caluctta tickets can be pre-purchased from the Wee Waa Newsagency.

When the Melbourne Cup stopped in at Narrabri

The Tourist Hotel’s Chris McGrath and Graham Richardson pose with the Cup when it came to Narrabri in August.

An excited group of locals witnessed an iconic piece of sporting history on Wednesday, August 24. The annual Emirates Melbourne Cup tour stopped in at the Tourist Hotel. Each year the tour provides communities across Australia and New Zealand the chance to come and see the Cup in their own home town. The Cup is made each year by the Hardy Brothers from 34 pieces of gold metal. It contains 1.65kg of 18-carat gold and is valued at $125,000. The tour runs each year from July until raceday, the first Tuesday in November. It stopped in Narrabri on Wednesday, August 24, after spending August 23 in Narromine and before travelling to Mungindi the next day. Joined by two-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey John Letts, Flemington racecourse gardener Mark Budge, and the Victoria Racing Club’s Verity Clough, the Cup was available to be not only looked at but also held as Narrabri residents posed for photos. The Cup’s final visit outside Victoria was in Ulverstone, Tasmania on Sunday, October 9.

The Cup in numbers

1: The first Melbourne Cup was run in 1860.

3.16.30: The time that it took Kingston Rule to win the race in 1990, which is the current Melbourne Cup race record.

4: Most Cup wins by an owner. They are John Tait (1866, 1868, 1871, 1872), Etienne de Mestre (1861, 1862, 1867, 1878) and Dato Tan Chin Nam (1974, 1975, 1996, 2008).

5: The amount of multiple Cup-winning horses. They are Archer (1861, 1862), Peter Pan (1932, 1934), Rain Lover (1968, 1969), Think Big (1974, 1975), Makybe Diva (2003, 2004, 2005).

6: There have been six grey Melbourne Cup winners.

12: The most Cups won by a single trainer (Bart Cummings in 1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999 and 2008).

9–12: Barriers 9-12 have produced eight straight victories from 2006 – 2015.

11: The number of Melbourne Cup winners that won the Caulfield Cup in the lead-up (Poseidon - 1906, The Trump - 1937, Rivette - 1939, Rising Fast - 1954, Even Stevens - 1962, Galilee - 1966, Gurner’s Lane - 1982, Let’s Elope - 1991, Doriemus - 1995, Might and Power - 1997 and Ethereal - 2001).

18: Barrier 18 is the only gate to never produce a winner.

32: The number of favourites to win the Cup.

122,736: The highest Melbourne Cup attendance number (in 2003).

Melbourne Cup winners since 1957

1957 Straight Draw

1958 Baystone

1959 Macdougall

1960 Hi Jinx

1961 Lord Fury

1962 Even Stevens

1963 Gatum Gatum

1964 Polo Prince

1965 Light Fingers

1966 Galilee

1967 Red Handed

1968 Rain Lover



1969 Rain Lover

1970 Baghdad Note

1971 Silver Knight

1972 Piping Lane

1973 Gala Supreme

1974 Think Big

1975 Think Big

1976 Van Der Hum

1977 Gold and Black

1978 Arwon

1979 Hyperno

1980 Beldale Ball



1981 Just a Dash

1982 Gurner’s Lane

1983 Kiwi

1984 Black Night

1985 What a Nuisance

1986 At Talaq

1987 Kensei

1988 Empire Rose

1989 Tawriffic

1990 Kingston Rule

1991 Let’s Elope

1992 Subzero



1993 Vintage Crop

1994 Jeune

1995 Doriemus

1996 Saintly

1997 Might and Power

1998 Jezabeel

1999 Rogan Josh

2000 Brew

2001 Ethereal

2002 Media Puzzle

2003 Makybe Diva



2004 Makybe Diva

2005 Makybe Diva

2006 Delta Blues

2007 Efficient

2008 Viewed

2009 Shocking

2010 Americain

2011 Dunaden

2012 Green Moon

2013 Fiorente

2014 Protectionist

2015 Prince of Penzance







The Courier Melbourne Cup Business Sweep

The Courier’s Melbourne Cup Sweep has been extremely popular with 50 readers vying to ride a horse to victory. 24 names have been drawn for the sweep to accompany 24 businesses. See below. The 24 businesses were drawn from a hat for their horse’s number. The horses’ numbers will be matched with their names as they are placed on Tuesday. The first three placegetters will receive a share of $400 in prize money redeemable from the winning business.

First prize $250, second prize $100 and third $50.

Good luck punters.