Going For Gold – The Emirates Melbourne Cup Trophy

The Emirates Melbourne Cup has become one of the most iconic sporting events on Melbourne’s calendar. Run on the first Tuesday of November, Australia’s major thoroughbred race is known as “the race that stops the nation” as people around Australia and the world get together to watch the winner lift the trophy.
 
The Cup is one of the most identifiable sporting trophies in the world and is crafted from a single 18 carat yellow gold plate. The Cup is designed with three handles to represent the trainer, the jockey and the owner and a new cup is meticulously crafted each year, as it becomes property of the winning owner.
 
Today the Cup is crafted by Hardy Brothers jewellers and takes over 220 crafts-man hours of work. The metal is heated in a forge for a total of 18 different times and spun into the typical bowl shape. The handles and stem are then produced from plate gold and crafted separately before being assembled to perfection. Once complete the gold-smith spends a number of days hand filing and polishing the trophy before it is delivered to the Victorian Racing Club.
 
The finished cup is worth around $175,000 and is believed to contain 1.65kg of 18-carat gold. However, the trophy wasn’t always awarded to the winner and the first winner in 1861 was awarded a gold watch. It wasn’t until four years later in 1865 that the first cup was created. 



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