Over the years a number of changes have been introduced which has helped to better the race including live vision online from Crownbet.
One of the most significant changes was the introduction of horses trained outside Australia. Comedy King was the first such horse to win the cup in the year 1910.
Women were not initially allowed to participate in the race. It was only in the year 1987 that women began to take part in the race. Maree Lyndon was the first female jockey to do so.
The winner of the first edition of the race was awarded a gold watch and gold souvenirs. It was only in the year 1919 that the Melbourne cup was introduced.