The Melbourne Cup is an iconic day for Australians and it is tradition throughout the day to have a yarn to anyone and everyone about your pick for the big race.
But how is it that you arrive at your decision every year?
Do they have to be a winner at the track before? Are you of the opinion that the International form is far superior to the local form? Or do you pick your favourite coloured silks?
We have gathered as many stats and form guides about our great race and provided ‘2020 Melbourne Cup – By The Numbers‘ below.
History suggests that you only get one crack at our great race.
The exception to this rule in the past 30 years have been Brew, who finished 10th in 1999, winning in 2000 and also Fiorente winning in 2013 after finishing second the year before.
This Eliminates: Avilius, Master Of Reality, Twilight Payment, Mustajeer, Finche, Prince Of Arran, Surprise Baby, Steel Prince, The Chosen One.
Makybe Diva started favourite in her last two wins in the Melbourne Cup in 2004 and 2005 but since then, Fiorente is the only favourite to salute for punters in 2013.
Finche, who will line up again in 2020, was the favourite in last year’s Melbourne Cup.
The longest price favourite in the history of the race was Sainfoin in 1893 at $9.00. That record may be broken this year!
This Eliminates: Whoever starts favourite! This will be any number of horses in a very open race. Tiger Moth, Surprise Baby and Anthony Van Dyck are the most likely.
Prince Of Penzance ($101) in 2015 and Viewed ($41) in 2008 are the only Melbourne Cup Winners to win at odds greater than $20 in the past 30 years.
This Eliminates: Any horse that starts the Melbourne Cup at odds longer than $20!
Makybe Diva (2005) is the only horse to carry the top weight and win the Melbourne Cup in the past 65 years. She carried a mares weight carrying record in the race with 58kg.
28 horses have carried 58.5kgs or more in the Melbourne Cup since 1972 for just the one win. That horse was Think Big in 1975. His second in as many years.
Kingston Town carried 59kg when finishing second in 1972, Gunsynd carried 60.5kg in that same race and finished third, and Vintage Crop finished third in 1996 carrying 59kg.
This Eliminates: Anthony Van Dyck (58.5kg)
The late, great Bart Cummings was of the opinion that a horse must have 10,000 meters under their belt to win the Melbourne Cup. And that is in the one prep!
Tiger Moth comes into this year’s Melbourne Cup at just his fifth career race start. He has just 8,248 meters to his name in his whole career which started in October 2019.
This Eliminates: Tiger Moth
Four year old’s have won 46 Melbourne Cups with five year old’s winning 44.
The last eight year old to win the race was in 1938.
This Eliminates: Twilight Payment, Mustajeer, Stratum Albion, Prince Of Arran and Etah James who are all eight years old.
Mares have a terrible record in our greatest handicap race.
Only 16 female horses have won the Melbourne Cup, 13 of those have been by mares and Makybe Diva accounts for three of those wins.
This Eliminates: Verry Elleegant, Etah James, Oceanex and Miami Bound