"Melbourne Cup- The race that stops a nation" Melbourne Sports & Outdoors Tip by RedEaredPanda

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At 2:50pm on the first Tuesday in November, the whole country tunes in.
People that have no interest in horse racing have a bet.Belive me its true ( Speaking for myself) School children are allowed home early to watch it on TV.
The entire state of Victoria has a holiday. Flemington, where the race is held, is a heaving glut of champagne, funny hats, colourful dresses, jockeys, punters, beautiful people, ugly people, normal looking people and those who are sort of non-descript – aka everybody.

At least 150,000 people get to the track, and the same happens at every suburban and metropolitan race-track in the whole country.

Australians go mad for ‘The Cup’, everyone becomes an expert and sweepstakes are held in offices, pubs, clubs, classrooms and parliament houses around the country.

Address: Flemington, Victoria

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  • Written Jun 29, 2004
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