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All you need to know about the Melbourne Cup

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous horse race on turf, also referred to as “The Race That Stops A Nation”. This is a to some degree very true Some states have a public holiday for the day like Victoria, but regardless of the state you live in you can almost be guaranteed for that 3-5 minute period when those gates at Flemington Racecource open, most eyes in Australia are glued to the nearest TV screen.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”32649″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”32648″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]What to look out for


Make no mistake, the Melbourne Cup is about much more than just horse racing. While the richest handicap horse race in the world attracts the attention of punters, trainers, and viewers from around the globe, the fashion and culture of the Melbourne Cup is another important aspect of this special event. Indeed, the fashion and glamour of the Melbourne Cup is one of the aspects that defines this event and truly makes it “the race that stops a nation.” The fashions on the field event is one of the other draw cards to the races, with a total cash prize pool of $400,000, and many famous and boutique designers trying to get their frocks and spring dresses on celebrities, the fashion is just as much a part of the cup as the racing.

The Race

The race itself is steeped rich in history and you’ll hear this a lot leading up to the race and on race day it is the “race that stops a nation” with the state of Victoria having a public holiday that day and pretty much every other state will stop what they’re doing for at least 5-10 minutes if not more to watch the race.

The 2018 Melbourne Cup will be run at 3:00pm on Tuesday, 6th November 2018 at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The Melbourne Cup field is made up of 24 horses with no emergencies. Each year hundreds of horses will nominate for the race and based on the balloting system and handicapping it is reduced to 24 after the running of the Lexus Stakes on Derby Day.

Out of the twenty four runners in the Melbourne Cup Field there is prize money for the first ten horses to cross the finish line in a race with a total prize pool of $7.3million dollars

Be sure to do some research if your gong to have a punt on the races. International horses do seem to favour the track more over the local horses in the races based on recent years. But this year the field seems to be tighter than ever.

The field

1. Best Solution (6) (IRE)
2. The Cliffsofmoher (9) (IRE)
3. Magic Circle (17) (IRE)
4. Chestnut Coat (4) (JPN)
5. Muntahaa (13) (IRE)
6. Sound Check (16) (GER)
7. Who Shot Thebarman (18) (NZ)
8. Ace High (22)
9. Marmelo (10) (GB)
10. Avilius (11) (GB)
11. Yucatan (23) (IRE)
12. Auvray (1) (FR)
13. Finche (15) (GB)
14. Red Cardinal (5) (IRE)
15. Vengeur Masque (2) (IRE)
16. Ventura Storm (7)
17. A Prince Of Arran (20) (GB)
18. Nakeeta (3) (GB)
19. Sir Charles Road (14)
20. Zacada (24)
21. Runaway (12)
22. Youngstar (8)
23. Cross Counter (19) (GB)
24. Rostropovich (21) (IRE)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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