The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia's most prestigious horse racing events and is considered one of the most famous races in the world. It is a two-mile (3,200 meters) handicap race for three-year-olds and older, held annually on the first Tuesday in November at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria.
The first Melbourne Cup was held on Thursday, 7 November 1861, and was won by a horse named Archer, ridden by jockey John Cutts. Archer went on to win the following year's race as well, becoming the first horse to win the Melbourne Cup twice.
The Melbourne Cup was the brainchild of businessman Frederick Standish and his brother-in-law, Robert Bagot. They wanted to create a horse race that would rival the prestigious English races such as the Derby and the Oaks. They were successful, and the Melbourne Cup quickly became the more...
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