Lexus Melbourne Cup
Group 1 Handicap, Flemington 04:00 (UK time)
A$7,300,000,
3yo plus, 2m    
Tuesday 5th November 2019

In a bid to entice the winner of the Ebor Handicap at York to contest the Melbourne Cup, the Victoria Racing Club will pay for two all-expenses paid trips for Cup Week for connections, reports the Herald Sun.

VRC chairman Amanda Elliott said it was an exciting new initiative they had entered into with York Racecourse. The package includes business class flights, accommodation and invitations to special events during Cup Week in Melbourne.

The $1,775,000 Ebor Handicap (2800m) will be run at York on August 24 on the final day of its four-day festival. It has proven to be a key lead-in race to the Melbourne Cup, with four of the past five winners contesting Australia’s great race at Flemington.

These include Heartbreak City, who finished second in the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Last year’s winner Muntahaa finished ninth in the Cup.

Purple Moon won the 2007 Ebor Handicap before he finished second in the Melbourne Cup.

Give The Slip won the 2000 Ebor and finished second in the Cup in 2001.

The VRC’s Melbourne Cup Tour will visit York for the Ebor Festival.

York will also conduct a public raffle throughout the “Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival” to raise funds for local retraining and rehoming racehorse charity New Beginnings, with the main prize also a trip for two to Melbourne for Cup Week.

“The Melbourne Cup Carnival and the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival are both icons of world racing, and our relationship has always been a strong one,” Elliott said. “The Ebor Handicap has built a reputation as an important international pathway to the Lexus Melbourne Cup.”

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Lexus Melbourne Cup 2018 (Group 1 Handicap)
A$ 7,300,000
3yo plus, 2m (3200 Metres)
24 ran

Pos Dr Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (19) Cross Counter 7/1 K Mc Evoy
8-0
C Appleby 3
2nd (10) Marmelo 10/1 J Bowman
8-9
H Morrison 5
3rd (20) A Prince Of Arran (AUS) 16/1 M J Walker
8-5
C Fellowes 6
4th (15) Finche 20/1 Z Purton
8-7
C J Waller 4
5th (21) Rostropovich (IRE) 16/1 W M Lordan
8-0
A P O'Brien 3
6th (8) Youngstar (AUS) 8/1 Craig Williams
8-2
C J Waller 4
7th (14) Sir Charles Road (AUS) 80/1

D Dunn

8-5

L & A Scott 5
Also Ran: Best Solution (IRE) , Cliffs Of Moher (IRE) , Magic Circle (IRE) , Chestnut Coat (JPN) , Muntahaa (IRE) , Sound Check (GER) , Who Shot Thebarman (NZ) , Ace High (AUS) , Avilius , Yucatan (IRE) , Auvray (FR) , Red Cardinal (IRE) , Vengeur Masque (IRE) , Ventura Storm (AUS) , Nakeeta , Zacada (AUS) , Runaway (AUS)

Melbourne Cup Timeline

1861 – The first Melbourne Cup was run and won by Archer, ridden by John Cutts and trained by Etienne De Mestre. The first prize was a gold watch and 930 pounds and the event attracted a crowd 4,000 people.

1865 – The first year a trophy was awarded, which was a silver bowl on a stand with a narrow neck with two ornate handles and topped with a horse and jockey.

1873 – The smallest ever Melbourne Cup field with seven starters.

1875 – The first time the Melbourne Cup was run on the first Tuesday in November.

1877 - Melbourne Cup became a public holiday for Victorians.

1880 – First Melbourne Cup to attract an attendance of 100,000.

1890 – Carbine won the Melbourne Cup in record time (3.28.25) carrying a record weight (65.5kg) in the biggest field ever assembled (39).

1896 – The first ever Melbourne Cup to be captured on film.

1925 – Melbourne radio station 3LO broadcast a live commentary of the Cup for the very first time.

1930 – Phar Lap makes history, winning races on each of the four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

1948 – Photo finishing was used for the first time to decide the winner with Rimfire winning over Dark Marne by a nose length.

1965 – Light Fingers wins the Melbourne Cup to provide Bart Cummings with his first Melbourne Cup win.

1972 – The first metric running of the Melbourne Cup with the two-mile distance becoming 3,200 metres.

1990 – The fastest run Melbourne Cup was won by Kingston Rule in 3:16.3 minutes.

1993 – The first time the great race is won by an international horse, Vintage Crop from Dublin.

2001 – Carbine inducted into the Hall of Fame.