6th November 2006
Over the past 60 years twelve VRC Derby winners have contested the Melbourne Cup in their 3 year old season.
The following table shows how the 3 year old’s fared, note their weight increased from a minimum 47.5kg to 49kg in 2005. This is the new weight for age scale applicable to 3 year olds.
Skipton ridden by Bill Cook was the last 3 year old to win the Cup in 1943. Before 1941 the 3 year olds enjoyed outstanding success in the Cup winning 22 times between 1863 and 1933.
Outstanding Champion 3 year olds Phar Lap (1929), and Mandred (1925) were defeated as “hot” favourties.
60 Year History of 3 years olds in the Melbourne Cup
*Sir Blink penalized for winning the Caulfield Cup in 1958.