Melbourne Cup

Nov 1st - Nov 1st

Suggested by Gleek123 on Jul 2nd

The Melbourne Cup is often dubbed as “the race that stops a nation.” It is a race for Thoroughbreds held on the first Tuesday of every November. This two-mile event is one of Australia’s three major races, open to horses aged three and older. It is considered to have one of the richest “two-mile” handicap in the world and is played on one of the wealthiest turf races. It is conducted by the Victoria Racing Club and managed by Racing Victoria Limited. It is held on on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, near the Maribyrnong River. Originally, the Melbourne Cup was held on a racecourse that is over two miles when it was first organized in 1861. However, when the country adopted the metric system in the 1970s, the length of the race was adjusted to its present race distance, reducing it by almost 19 meters. The Melbourne Cup is one of the most popular events in Australia. Its attendance sometimes reaches up to 110,000 people—a number of people that it has usually seen ever since its 1926 staging. It is a colorful event where different fashion choices can be seen on attendees—some dressed in traditional formal race day wear while others in exotic and amusing costumes. The year 2006 still has the record of attracting the largest crowd the Melbourne Cup has ever seen, at about 130,000. Since 2007, attendance to the event has been limited because of a new pre-purchase tickets requirement

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