The Melbourne Cup is an annual Thoroughbred horse race, run over 3,200 metres for three-year-olds and over. It is the most famous horse race in Australia, with prize money of $8 million. The race captures the public's attention, as everyone tunes in at 3.00 pm to watch the race. This is why it is known as "the race that stops a nation".
The Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday of November each year and was first run in 1861. For as long as I can remember, Cup Day has always been a day off work, so we can attend the cup or partake in the punt. In any year but this year, the event would attract 100,000 punters to the grandstands and lawns of Flemington Racecourse, with thousands more indulging in champagne and canapes in the car park.
Cup Day is always about fashion, but there was no champagne or celebrities this year, as the punters were not permitted to attend, due to the coronavirus.
This is the only day each year where I will punt on the horses: no big stakes, usually a cup day sweep with my colleagues at work. The winnings are meagre, but its fun nonetheless.
This year's winner was "Twilight Payment", just ahead of the favourite, "Tiger Moth", followed by "Prince of Arran" in third.
No winner this in the cup day sweep, but I did enjoy a nice day off work.