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Melbourne Cup Trophy

In addition to the large amount of money as the prize for winning the annual Melbourne Cup horse race, the winner also receives a trophy. There has not always been a trophy, and the value and design of the prize has changed over time.

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Currently, a new trophy is created each year and becomes the property of the winning owner. The current design is the same as the one introduced in 1919, a 'loving cup' with three gold handles. The trophy awarded to the strapper of the winning horse in the Melbourne Cup is the Tommy Woodcock Trophy. The winning jockey is presented with a golden whip.

Below is a history of the Melbourne Cup Trophy. See a history of the Melbourne Cup prizemoney.

Year About the Trophy
2013-2016 the winners receive trophies valued at $175,000, $10,000, $10,000, $2,500 & $2,500 to owner, trainer, rider, strapper (Tommy Woodcock Trophy) and breeder respectively.
2011 The winner received trophies valued at $125,000.
2008 The value of the trophies was $150,000. The winning owner's trophy was valued at $125,000 (containing 1650 grams of 18-carat gold).
2007 The value of the trophies was $75,000.
2005 The breeder of the Cup winner was presented with a half-sized Melbourne Cup.
2006 valued at $100,000
2001 valued at $80,000. The Cup was changed from 9ct to 18ct gold. A 2/3 height miniature of the Cup was presented to the trainer and jockey.
2000 valued at $32,500
1999 valued at $32,500
1987 valued at $32,000
1984 valued at $23,000
1980 The making of the Cup was taken over by Hardy Brothers Jewellers
1978 valued at $9000
1973 The cup was valued at $3000. Smaller Melbourne Cup miniatures were presented to the winning trainer and jockey.
1960 valued at £750
1953 valued at £550
1951 valued at £300
1949 valued at £300
1948 valued at £300
1941 valued at £200
1938 the cup worth £200.
1934 The inscription on the cup reads: 'Melbourne Cup, 1934. Won by Mr RR Dangar's Peter Pan, age 5 yrs. Weight 8st 10lb'. Held in the collection of the National Museum of Australia.
1933 valued at £200
1929 the cup worth £200
1928 the cup worth £200.
1925 valued at £200.
1924 valued at £200
1922 valued at £200
1921 cup valued at £150
1919 The first appearance of the Melbourne Cup design as seen today, designed by James Steeth. It is a 'loving cup' with three gold handles, manufactured by Drummonds Jewellers and handmade by James W. Steeth and Son.
1918 Two-handled gold cup trophy.
1916 the first gold cup - a three-legged, three-armed rose bowl.
1915 A large rose bowl that was made in Australia.
1914 The last Melbourne Cup trophy that was manufactured in England - a chalice centered on a long base which had a horse at each end facing out.
1913 Silver epergne.
1909 - 1911 Two-handled silver cups.
1908 The trophy was a three feet long plaque of an embossed silver galloping horse. This design has been much ridiculed as some people thought it resembled a greyhound.
1900 A tea and coffee service was presented.
1899 the trophy was in the form of silver galloping horse embossed on a 3-foot-long (0.91 m) plaque.
1894 - 1894 no trophy presented (due to poor economic times)
1893 Multi-piece trophy of silver tankard, punch bowl and beakers.
1891 the trophy changed to being a 15-inch-high (380 mm), 24-inch-long (610 mm) trophy showing a Victory figure offering an olive wreath to a jockey.
1890 A magnificent trophy, a silver ewer, salver and tazzas. The trophy is on display at the National Sports Museum at the MCG, Melbourne.
1888 This year a silver plated base sporting three silver horses was added, known as the "Centenary Cup".
1887 The trophy comprised a golden horseshoe mounted on a plush stand and valued at 100 sovereigns.
1877 - 1886 no trophy awarded
1876 In this year the first Australian-made trophy was presented. The shape was Etruscan with two handles. On one side was depicted a horse race with the grandstand and hill of Flemington in the background, and on the other side the words "Melbourne Cup, 1876" and the name of the winning horse.
1868 - 1875 no trophy awarded
1867 A silver trophy manufactured in England, made by Thomas Smily of London firm WR Smily & Company. The trophy shows 'Alexander Taming the Horse', the engraved name of the winning horse and the figure of a winged female.
1865 The first Melbourne Cup trophy was awarded. The trophy was an elaborate silver bowl on a stand (manufactured in England). The trophy for the Melbourne Cup would be silver until 1916.
1862 The prize again included a gold watch
1861 The prize also included a hand beaten gold watch.

Sources: The information above is from various sources online and many not be 100% correct.

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