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1863 Melbourne Cup

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1863 Melbourne Cup
Melbourne Cup
LocationFlemington Racecourse
Date5 Nov 1863
Distance2 miles
Winning horseBanker
Winning time3:44.0
Final odds10/1
JockeyH. Chifney
TrainerSam Waldock
OwnerJoseph Harper
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The 1863 Melbourne Cup was a two-mile handicap horse race which took place on Thursday, 5 November 1863.

This year was the third running of the Melbourne Cup. Controversially, two-time defending winner Archer was not allowed to take his place in the race after his nomination arrived in Melbourne one day late. The nomination arrived on a public holiday in Melbourne: Separation or Succession day to celebrate Victoria separating from New South Wales. As a result, The Victoria Turf Club's offices were closed for the holiday and Archer's nomination was rejected for being "too late". Because of this, Sydney trainers boycotted the race leaving only horses trained by Melbourne trainers. The resulting seven horse field is the lowest in the race's history. Archer would have carried 11st 4lb (71kg).[1] By contrast, the winner, Banker carried 5st 9lb (33.5 kg), the lightest weight carried by a winner and third place, Rose of Denamrk carried 5st 12lb (36 kg).[2]

This is a list of placegetters which ran in the 1863 Melbourne Cup.[3]

Place Name Jockey
1 Banker H. Chifney
2 Musidora D. Fountain
3 Rose of Denmark H. Tothill

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  1. "The Race That Stops A Nation". onlymelbourne.com.au. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  2. "Melbourne Cup, 1863". rogersouthernresearch. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  3. "1861 to 1870 Melbourne Cup Winners". races com au. Retrieved 24 June 2021.

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