Melbourne Cup won by The Barb


National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia
Canberra, Australia

The 1866 Melbourne Cup is the oldest Melbourne Cup in original condition. It was won by The Barb, trained by ‘Honest’ John Tait.

This cup was made in London in 1865 by Daniel and Charles Houle and imported to Australia by Walsh Brothers Jewellers, who ordered it on behalf of the Victorian Racing Club.

First run in 1861, the Melbourne Cup was a cup in name only, with prizes including a gold watch and cash purse. The first official trophy cup was awarded in 1865. However it was sold by its owner, who reportedly found it unattractive, and was rebranded and presented as the Flemington Hunt Club Cup.


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