The first Tuesday in November is when the nation stops to watch a horse race, The Melbourne Cup. It is one of the wealthiest horse races in the world. Besides huge amounts spent on betting there is also thousands of dollars spent on fashion, food and drinks. It is party time for Australia. In Victoria it is a public holiday and in the rest of Australia many people have the day off and many offices stop work to watch the race at 2:00pm ESDT. There are Melbourne Cup luncheons in just about every hotel, club and restaurant as well as at private homes. Others flock to their local racecourse for the celebrations dressed in all their splendour.
TOH and I had a sandwich on our deck. Afterwards we watched the race on television just like most of the other residents of Australia.
The following photos are from our TV screen.
The horse are getting put into the starting gates.
They are almost ready to bolt out of the gates. Tension in the whole country.
On their way vying for a good position.
After 3 minutes a leader is obvious.
Every muscle of "Green Moon" is straining to the optimum.
The triumphant jockey is Brett Prebble. It is every jockey's dream to win this race. The horse is owned by Lloyd Williams of Australia.
There were some special guests. Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall.
Our friend Colin loves horse racing and he looks forward to this day every year. Here is his view of the day.
( between tears of losing again)
Well over again - the rain did hold off until the cup was over.
Melbourne weather is just so strange, they can
have 4 seasons in a day, I think they could boast 4 seasons in an hour
as well as the 'sporting capital' of the World!!!
My selections ran:
Kellini - 4th - busted his heart out.
Americain - 11th - did nothing. I think as an 8 year old stallion has
now got other interests. I suspect he will be now off to
stud duties at a high fee. Has won almost $6 million.
Dunedan- 14th - never in the hunt. Another stallion, who with over
with over $7 million in his bank account will be soon seeing
his lady friends like Americain.
Ethiopia - finished 63 lengths behind the second last horse - pulled
up. I suspect he broke down and may be "put down" on
veterinarian advice. Such a pity.
The first 4 over the line paid for an outlay of $24.00, the wonderful
sum of $969,406.60! Aaaaaaaaah - someone or more
is lucky, why not little old " MOI" ???????????
Winner: Green Moon.
Owner: Lloyd Williams
Williams, hardly a member of the battling class - see here:
"A prominent businessman, Lloyd Williams and his famous blue and white
colours have been a mainstay of Australian racing for more than three
Green Moon joins his list of famous winners including Melbourne Cup
winners What A Nuisance, Just A Dash and Efficient, as well as the
dual Derby winner-turned sprinter Mahogany.
With an estimated worth of $840 million, Williams - the founder of
Crown Casino - was once one of Australia's biggest punters, taking on
bookmakers every year at Spring Carnival time.
Now, he selects prospective Cup winners in Europe and brings them to
his headquarters at Macedon Lodge in Victoria along with his son
The strange thing about Lloyd Williams is that he is rarely seen at
the races. He doesn't seek the limelight.i