Melbourne Cup day is the day Australians are given a holiday, close up business, and sit glued to their television screens.
The Melbourne Cup is the richest “two mile” handicap race in the world. It is Australia’s most prestigious Thoroughbred horse race run for three year olds, and is conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse as part of Melbourne’s spring carnival. The event is held on the first Tuesday in November, and is well known as the “race that stops a nation”. Millions of Australians, as well as enthusiasts from all over the world, watch Melbourne Cup, and tens of thousands of visitors descend on Victoria and the Flemington racecourse for a day of party making.