The Melbourne Cup is here again and the carnival that revolves around it has already begun. The excitement is soaring and people are all set to soak in the enthusiasm of being a part of Australia’s tradition.
It is known to be one of the most prestigious and even the richest horse races in the world. The fact that something that started as just a horse race in the year 1861 has not just survived over 150 years but is even getting stronger with the passage of time tells a tale in itself. The race is now surrounded by a carnival that involves fashion parades, dining, wining, entertainment and much else. Therefore, it is an opportunity of getting dressed up, meeting people and being thoroughly entertained. However, what we should not forget that it is a race and there is much on stake for the same.
It is a two miles race. In other words, the fortune of a lot of racers and betters is decided in 3200 metres. The race is organized on the first Tuesday of November which comes to the 6th of November this year. While the carnival has already begun on the 3rd of November, the main race will unfold at 3 p.m. on the 6th. There are almost around 300 to 400 entries that are received from across the world, but only the top 24 manage to make it for the final race. This happens on the basis of a set of qualification rounds that are organized.
A lot of people love to indulge in betting in the event and knowledge of some trends might help. If you ask the common people about the prospects, you would come across different people having different thoughts about the same. Dunedin won in the year 2011 and there are high expectations riding there. A lot of people have been betting heavily on Dunaden to win the cup. On the other hand, there are others in contention too. Americain and Mount Athos are the closest competitors to Dunaden and seem to be giving a tough competition. Kelinni has made it to the final 24 but there are few who believe that it might have any chances of winning.
MUCH ELSE TO DO
If you are not into betting you do not need to worry. While betting definitely is a major part of this extravaganza, there is much else that you can do. As mentioned above, the main race is surrounded by other entertainment events and an opportunity of meeting people. Eventually, it is about being a part of a celebration and indulging in some real fun.
Hence, it is time you braced yourself for the Melbourne Cup and prepared yourself for pleasure that you will remember for a lifetime.
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