The first Melbourne Cup was held in 1861 and Archer, the winning horse, collected £170 and a gold watch for his efforts.
Fashions on the field was first held in 1962.
In 1965, British model Jean Shrimpton shocked Flemington by wearing a miniskirt. She also wore no gloves, hat, or stockings. The scandal is often wrongly reported as having happened on Cup day. In fact it was Derby day, three days earlier.
Just five horses have won more than one Cup. Apart from Makybe Diva, they were Archer (1861 and 1862), Peter Pan (1932 and 1934), Rain Lover (1968 and 1969) and Think Big (1974 and 1975).
The photo attached is not from the Melbourne cup but from Kentucky in the USA but I just love the vintage look.