Every year, on the first Tuesday of November, the Melbourne Cup horse race takes place, making Australia a three-and-a-half-minute shutdown. And here’s the reason why
The best handicap horse race in the world
The run took place over long distances-32000 meters-and it was a handicap sport (to keep the sides balanced)-meaning the horses were filled with additional weight to guarantee that all the competitors were able to run. Have the same probability of winning. There are nearly 24 horses who will take part in the cup series, and this is the biggest handicap competition in the world, with more than 6 million Australian dollars.
Cup Day is part of a festival of horse racing that includes events like Derby, which took place on the previous Saturday, Oaks Day on the Thursday after Cup Day, and Stakes Day, which is the end of the festival’s season.
General holidays in some parts of Australia
The Melbourne Cup Day has been considered a Victorian public holiday since 1873 and has legally been a public holiday since 1993 and is set down in the Australian Holidays Act.
A lot of people live outside Melbourne and Victoria take a break between hours to watch the tournament on TV or on the radio.
Horse racing day breaks are also common, with many areas of Victoria changing the Melbourne Cup holiday to the date of regional horse racing competitions such as Geelong, Warrnambool and Kyneton.
All in Adelaide , South Australia, are enjoying another holiday on Adelaide Cup Day.
Often offices hold a “Cup Sweep,” where workers spend a tiny amount of money to gamble on a winning horse.
Fashion is as important as horse racing
Fashion is an integral aspect of the Melbourne Cup and the horse racing festival
It was first held in 1962 with the intention of empowering women to dress well when they came to the Melbourne Cup, but at an inexpensive price. And originally, the awards are categorized to see how much women spend on their costumes: under £ 30 skirts, over £50 and the best hat.
British model Jean Shrimpton shocked everyone when she appeared at Derby Day in 1965 with a mini zipped 10 cm high knee without a hat, gloves and stockings. Her shocking outfit at the time caught the attention of the Melbourne horse racing world.