Melbourne Cup is an event that has hardly been unknown to the any horse racing fan across the globe which is a main annual thoroughbred horse race event in Australia that is held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on first Tuesday of November every year in the afternoon. It is a 3200-meter race for three years old and over horses. It is one of the richest horse races in the world that is witnessed by millions of people and nearly every Australian wait to watch or listens to this racing event. In Australia, it is referred to as ‘The race that stops a nation’. The big money on the big horses makes this race a wonderful event of all times and for people who place wager on horse racing, this event has an additional charm.
History of this event
Thisis an old tradition in Australian history that was launched in 1861. The idea of this horse racing was created by Frederick Standish, a member of the Victorian Turf Club who called it as the Melbourne Cup. It started with a total distance that slightly differs from the present day 3200 meters because of adjustment in the metric system in 1972. The first event organized with just 17 horses, 4000 spectators and little prize money has now become the event with large number of horses and spectators to participate and watch respectively. The inaugural event was somewhat sorrowful because one out of seventeen horses was locked prior to start and three others fell during the race out of which two died. Several changes have been made in the race in the recent years. Melbourne Cup day is a public holiday in Melbourne and some parts of Victorian county.
Future of this event
The progress of this event year after year since 1861 is an explicit evidence of its popularity not only in Australia but other parts of the world. No doubt, this event will be the world’s top event in the coming times.