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.