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6th November 2006

The Melbourne Cup – Three Year Olds
Bill Whittaker writing in the Sydney Morning Herald provided the following interesting statistics for the Melbourne Cup.

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

Year     Horse                        Weight          Finished
1946     Prince Standard             46           5th to Russia
1948     Comic Court                  47           4th to Rimfire
1949     Delta                           47.5         5th to Foxzami
1950     Alister                          47           8th to Comic Cout
1951     Hydrogen                      48           6th to Delta
1958     Sir Blink*                      50            6th to Baystone
1959     Travel Boy                    47.5         7th to Macdougal
1964     Royal Sovereign             47.5       14th  to Polo Prince
1965     Tobin Bronze                 47           8th to Light Fingers
1989     Stylish Century              47.5      21st to Tawrrific
1995     Nothin’ Leica Dane          47.5        2nd to Doriemus
1998     Arena                           47.5      15th  to Jezabeel
2006     Efficient                        49        Scratched

*Sir Blink penalized for winning the Caulfield Cup in 1958.