Only one horse has won three Melbourne Cups - the mighty local mare Makybe Diva triumphing in 2003, 2004 and 2005 under jockey Glen Boss.
Other iconic winners include the legendary Phar Lap, who became the only favourite in history to win at odds-on (8-11) despite criminals attempting to shoot him days before the big race. Several films and books have been produced about the horse since his death in 1932.
Europe waited a long time for a first Melbourne Cup winner, and it took Irish trainer Dermot Weld to finally crack the Flemington code. He notched a first success when Vintage Crop took the spoils under Michael Kinane in 1993, and followed up with Media Puzzle (Damien Oliver) in 2002.
Delta Blues claimed a maiden Japanese victory in 2006, while Americain became the first French-trained winner when Alain de Royer-Dupre sent him out to score under Gerald Mosse in 2010. Protectionist meanwhile became the first German-trained winner when scoring for jockey Ryan Moore in 2014.
While Aidan O’Brien still can’t win the big one Down Under, his son Joseph has had no problem in that regard, becoming the youngest ever trainer to take the prize at the age of just 24 when Rekindling claimed glory in 2017.
Britain finally turned out a Melbourne Cup winner in 2018 when Godolphin’s Cross Counter came home first for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation, Newmarket trainer Charlie Appleby and Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy.
The legendary Australian handler Bart Cummings - he of the trademark bushy eyebrows - holds the record for most Melbourne Cup wins by a trainer with 12, while for the jockeys Bobbie Lewis and Harry White share the record with four victories each.
Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to lift the Melbourne Cup when she partnered Prince Of Penzance to victory in 2015.