In 2019, the running of the Melbourne Cup will be the 158th version of the race, since its origins back in 1861.
Throughout that time in history, the race has been through two world wars, the Great Depression, the ascent of several kings and queens, and the making of several equine legends of the turf.
The Melbourne Cup is now cemented in Australian folklore, and remains a permanent fixture on the calendar as well as a public holiday for some during early November.
The race has changed complexion over the 158 years of running.
In the beginning there were very large fields, sometimes in excess of 30 runners, the jockeys rode/sat upright rather than the crouched stance they have nowadays, prize money was significantly less and there was less involvement from the stewards around the preparation of horses and the taking of supplements as there is today.
Obviously technology has come a long way since those early times.
Now we have a vast improvement in terms of viewing the race via TV and the Internet, journalistic content before and after the race and media interaction with jockeys, trainers and owners, notwithstanding the punting industry as well.
Let’s not forget the sponsorship money that goes into the race these days, a far cry from those early times.
How Much Money?
Connections will be competing for 8 million dollars this year
Also, the Melbourne Cup is now a global phenomenon, with international gallopers a frequent addition to the annual running of the race.
In a good year, it was not uncommon to witness crowds of over 100,000 attend on course for Cup Day.
Flemington Racecourse itself has changed its look many times over the duration of the big race.
When Cup Day arrives the course will be resplendent in full bloom roses, green turf and a facility ready for the masses to arrive through the gate.
Enjoy your day out on Cup Day.
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