The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s most popular social and racing events. It has been held every year on the first Tuesday in November since 1861. More than 100,000 racegoers fill the famous Flemington lawns to watch what truly is the “race that stops the nation”. In fact, offices close early on that day to allow everyone their chance to party have a good time, and some even watch the race!
The Melbourne Cup is televised world wide to an audience of more than 500 million people. Trainers from around the world set their sights on winning a race considered to be the best staying handicap in the world. Run over 3200 metres, it offers prize money of $6.2 million which is the richest prize in Australian sport.
Although the horses take centre stage, it is not just about racing. Flemington becomes an international showcase of stylish men’s and women’s fashion. Contrary to the monochrome of Derby Day, Melbourne Cup is all about colour, fun and frivolity. It’s the ultimate opportunity to wear bold and loud colours.
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