Glen Boss celebrates his Melbourne Cup win on Makybe Diva.
As per tradition, on the first Tuesday in November the Group 1 Melbourne Cup was contested at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. Like the Kentucky Derby in America, the Melbourne Cup is "the race that stops a nation", with 122,736 fans in attendance at Flemington and millions elsewhere watching on television or listening on the radio.
A field of 23 (with the morning line favorite Mummify scratching the morning of the race due to a fever) faced the starter and a 3200 meter (about 2 mile) journey for the winner's share of the $4.6 million (Australian) purse.
The field rounds the final turn in the 2003 Melbourne Cup.
Winning jockey Glen Boss.
Winning owner Tony Santic bet a whopping $700,000 to win on his horse. After the win he said, "I've been dreaming about it for years, but to get there let alone win it is just mind-boggling."
For lots of info on the Melbourne Cup, including this year's results and its history, check the RaceTAB Melbourne Cup special.
Purse: $4,600,000 Distance: 2 miles
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 12 Makybe Diva Boss 9.10 3.70 17 She's Archie Seamer 13.70 1 Jardine's Lookout Holland 11.70
Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva is a 5-year-old mare by Desert King out of Tugela bred in Great Britain.
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