The Winning Circle.
Winner in 1861 & 1862 - Archer.
It has become a legend that Archer walked over 800km to Flemington Raceway from de Mertre's stable at Terara near Nowra, New South Wales. However newspaper archives of the day reveal that he travelled south from Sydney to Melbourne by steamboat 'City of Melbourne,' together with de Mertre, and two of de Mertre's other horses Exeter, Inheritor. Before being winched aboard the steamboat for the trip to Melbourne, the horses had arrived in Sydney in September 1861.
Archer travelled to Melbourne by steamboat again the following year (1862) to run in the second Melbourne Cup. This time he won 810 gold sovereigns and a gold watch before a crowd of 7,000, nearly twice the size of the previous years large crowd in a time of 3.47.00, taking to two the number of Melbourne Cup wins by this horse. He defeated a field of twenty starters by eight lengths, a record that has never been beaten, and that was not matched for over 100 years.
Winner for 1863 - Banker.
Winner in 1866 - The Barb.
The Barb was known for his feisty temperament won the Melbourne Cup in 1866 in a time of 3:43:00, the jockey of The Barb was W. Davis, trained and owned by John Trait. The Barb was undeniably the champion of the racecourse until Carbine arrived. At the time of The Barb, win he weight 43.09kg.
The Barb total prize win was 1,094 gold sovereigns and a ornate silver cup trophy, depicting Alexander taming the horse he was presented with.
John Trait would go to win a further three Melbourne Cup races in the years to follow.
Winner in 1867 - 'Sydney' Tim Whiffler.
Tim Whiffler won the Melbourne Cup in 1867 weight of 55.57kg at a winning time of 3:39:00, the Melbourne Cup's quickest race time till 1870 when Nimblefoot won in 3:37:00. Trained and owned by Etienne de Metre's, jockeyed by John Driscoll.
As there were two Tim Whiffler competing in the Melbourne Cup the winning horse was named 'Sydney' Tim Whiffler and the other was 'Melbourne' Tim Whiffler. 'Sydney' Tim Whiffler was Etienne de Metre's one of five horse's he would win the Melbourne Cup with.
Tim Whiffler won a total of 1,150 gold sovereigns, there was no trophy presented for a period of time until 1976 when Edward Fisher produced the first Australian- made gold trophy. It had two handles with an engraving of a horse race set at Flemington.