It's that time of year again when most of the population of Australia puts on silly hats and goes horse-mad for a day. Japanese contender Fame Game is this year's current favourite, but the race has a long and interesting history going all the way back to 1861, when a horse called Archer became the very first Melbourne Cup winner.
The only thing this infographic is missing is the name of this year's winner — although according to these statistics, a four to five year old bay-coloured stallion has a far better chance of winning. If you've backed the poor horse that gets shunted to the notoriously unlucky Barrier 18, however, I've got bad news for you. Check out these details and even more interesting titbits about Australia's favourite race in the infographic below — and see if they still hold true during this year's race!
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