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The Melbourne Cup is Australia's major Thoroughbred horse race. Billed as The race that stops a nation, it is a race for three-year-olds and over, over a distance of 3,200 metres. It is the richest and most prestigious "two-mile" handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races in the world. The event is held at around ten to 3 pm on the first Tuesday in November by the Victoria Racing Club, on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

The race has been held since 1861 (see list of Melbourne Cup winners) and was originally held over two miles (about 3,218 metres) but following preparation for Australia's adoption of the metric system in the 1970s, the current race distance of 3,200 metres was established in 1972. This reduced the distance by 18.688 m (61.3 ft), and Rain Lover's 1968 race record of 3min.19.1sec was accordingly adjusted to 3min.17.9sec. The present record holder is the 1990 winner Kingston Rule with a time of 3min 16.3sec. The world record of 3:13.4 over 3,200 metres is held by Japanese horse Deep Impact.

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Bart so close to his 13th Cup - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--Photo: Pat Scala IF THERE was a feeling of inevitability about yesterday's Cox Plate, then Tuesday week's -Melbourne Cup- has an inescapable conclusion ... - Date : Sat, 23 Oct 2010 13:08:05 GMT+00:00
Live from the Track - Cox Plate Stable Report & Odds Update - Tweet this news - As you would expect he looks well but cant help but think something has been left in the tank for another tilt at the -Melbourne Cup- in 10 days ... - Date : Sat, 23 Oct 2010 06:21:14 GMT+00:00
Corey Brown drawn to Bauer in Melbourne Cup - Courier Mail Tweet this news
Courier Mail--That's the lot of Corey Brown, who has four potential -Melbourne Cup- mounts to choose from with connections of all horses wanting an answer sooner rather ... - Date : Fri, 22 Oct 2010 13:38:07 GMT+00:00
Melbourne Cup visits Ipswich - Coolum & North Shore News Tweet this news
Coolum & North Shore News--Bernard Mason gets a chance to hold the 2010 -Melbourne Cup- at Ipswich Hospital and meet champion jockey John Letts, who rode Piping Lane to -Melbourne Cup- ... - Date : Sat, 23 Oct 2010 04:56:28 GMT+00:00
Posh Spice's $1m Melbourne Cup dream - Herald Sun Tweet this news
Herald Sun--STYLE queen Victoria Beckham has made a surprise 11th-hour bid to add some extra spice to Flemington during -Melbourne Cup- week. ... - Date : Fri, 22 Oct 2010 14:57:06 GMT+00:00

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