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What are the top 5 biggest Melbourne Cup crowds in history?

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What are the biggest Melbourne Cup Day crowds? (Getty)

The biggest Melbourne Cup crowd in history is more recent than you'd think...

Tens of thousands of people flock to the the first Tuesday in November every year at Flemington for the 'race that stops a nation', the Melbourne Cup.

Racing's doomsayers like to suggest that numbers attending on course events is dwindling, but the numbers show that the biggest Melbourne Cup crowds in history have all been within the last 20 years.

Check out the five biggest Melbourne Cup crowds in history below:

5 - 2006 Melbourne Cup (106,691)


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Yasunari Iwata riding Delta Blues (R) is congratulated by Damien Oliver riding Pop Rock after winning the 2006 Melbourne Cup. (Getty)

Crowd: 106,691

Result:

1st - Delta Blues
2nd - Pop Rock
3rd - Maybe Better

4 - 2008 Melbourne Cup (107,280)


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Trainer Bart Cummings and jockey Blake Shinn celebrate with Viewed after winning the 2008 Melbourne Cup. (Getty)

Crowd: 107,280

Result:

1st - Viewed
2nd - Bauer
3rd - C'est La Guerre

3 - 2010 Melbourne Cup (110,223)


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Americain (R) with jockey Gerald Mosse onboard powers to victory in the 2010 Melbourne Cup. (Getty)

Crowd: 110,223

Result:

1st - Americain
2nd - Maluckyday
3rd - So You Think

2 - 2000 Melbourne Cup (121,015)


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Brew ridden by Kerrin McEvoy wins the 2000 Melbourne Cup, (ALLSPORT)

Crowd: 121,015

Result:

1st - Brew
2nd - Yippyio
3rd - Second Coming

1 - 2003 Melbourne Cup (122,736)


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Glen Boss riding Makybe Diva on the way to winning the 2003 Melbourne Cup. (Getty)

Crowd: 122,736

Result:

1st - Makybe Diva
2nd - She's Archie
3rd - Jardines Lookout

Melbourne Cup Day Crowds FAQ

What is the biggest ever Melbourne Cup Day crowd?

The biggest Melbourne Cup Crowd ever was the 2003 Melbourne Cup where 122,736 people attended.

Makybe Diva won her first of three Melbourne Cups in 2003.

How many attended the 2019 Melbourne Cup?

81,408 people attended the 2019 Melbourne Cup.

It was the first year since 1999 where the total Melbourne Cup Carnival crowd didn't reach 300,000 for the 4 days at Flemington

How many attended Makybe Diva's third Melbourne Cup?

In 2005, Makybe Diva became the first and only horse in history to win three Melbourne Cups.

106,479 people attended Makybe Diva's third Melbourne Cup.

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