The Race that Stops a Nation

Tomorrow is the Melbourne Cup! Now, I don’t live in Melbourne but this horse race is known across the state, across the country and in racing circles around the world. The Melbourne Spring racing carnival is a week of spectacle. Stunning horses, elegant fashions, punters risking it all and then some, and the rich and famous mixing it with the general public amongst the magnificent roses of Flemington.

All across the country there will be a ‘sweeps’. People put $2 in the pot and their name is matched up with a horse. I got Ice Chariot and at 200/1 I could be in with a chance!…of getting my $2 back for running last. 🙂

And people will lunch. There will be BBQs, lunches at restaurants, BYO chicken and champagne in the park…I’m having lunch with my tennis team…some last minute fun before we the finals.

It’s all great fun and at at 3.20ish tomorrow, everyone will stop what they’re doing, classes will pause at school and every one will tune into their radio, or peer at a TV, and watch the race.


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