The Race That Stops A Nation: The 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup

An iconic celebration...

An iconic celebration…

On Melbourne Cup Day, Australia’s institutions and inhabitants (human or otherwise) stop for an afternoon of fun and frivolity. The nationally celebrated cultural event is centred on a rich thoroughbred horserace, worth a staggering $6.2-million in prize money. This year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup is set to be the sporting event of the season, so visitors are encouraged to get gussied up for the racetrack!

Taking place on Tuesday the 3rd of November, the event is a crucial element of the Spring Racing Carnival, and the social festivities surrounding the main stage are always entertaining. At the racecourse, guests are likely to see the cream of the crop of racing’s high-society, but ordinary folks can also enjoy the ‘champagne-and-dollar-bets’ lifestyle. In short, it’s a vitally important mixer-type festival that brings out the best in everyone.

The Melbourne Cup’s roots stretch back to 1861, when the first race was held. The 3,200-metre turf race is the richest two-mile handicap event in the world, a factor that appeals to many of the world’s top trainers and owners. As such, the competition for first place is intense. The Cup has come a long way since its humble regional days, rightfully claiming its place near the top of the horseracing calendar.

On that first Tuesday of November, the nation’s pubs and bars will enjoy thriving business. Social and work-based events are designed to make the most of ‘Melbourne Cup Fever’, a truly perennial disease that affects the locals’ brains and impedes their ability to complete work. Everywhere you look, you’ll see people crowded around small or large TV screens, yelling in unison and glancing furtively at the small scraps of paper between their fingers. Win or lose, the celebration is all that matters.

Elsewhere, a scene of refreshing colour and unabashed style will be created as more than a hundred thousand spectators pack Flemington. The atmosphere is downright electric; the nation is watching. Will you be there too?

What: The 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup
When: Tuesday the 3rd of November
Where: Flemington Racecourse, Flemington Drive, 428-550 Epsom Road, VIC
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