Melbourne Cup Racing

MELBOURNE  CUP DAY

It’s a day when the nation stops whatever it’s doing to listen to the race call, or watch the race on TV. Even those who don’t usually bet, try their luck with a small wager or entry into a ‘sweep’ – a lottery in which each ticket-holder is matched with a randomly drawn horse.A photograph of the Melbourne Cup.

The Melbourne Cup. Photograph courtesy of the Victoria Racing Club.

Melbourne Cup Day is Australia’s most famous Tuesday. At 3.00 pm AEST, on the first Tuesday in November, Australians everywhere stop for one of the world’s most famous horse races – the Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup co-favourite Profound Beauty is set to run in the Irish St Leger on Sunday, weather permitting, while fellow Irish-trained gallopers Age Of Aquarius and Changingoftheguard will contest the English St Leger at Doncaster tomorrow.

Melbourne Cup co-favourite Profound Beauty is set to run in the Irish St Leger on Sunday, weather permitting, while fellow Irish-trained gallopers Age Of Aquarius and Changingoftheguard will contest the English St Leger at Doncaster tomorrow.

History:

Since 1877, Cup Day has been a public holiday for Melbourne, and crowds have flocked to the track. By 11.00 am on the first holiday, the Flemington grandstand was packed to its 7,000 capacity, and by 3.00 pm, 150,000 people were estimated to have gathered – thronging the hill beyond. The party atmosphere often means that champagne and canapés, huge hats and racetrack fashions overshadow the business of horse racing.

Tags: , , , ,

About the Author ()

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *