The Melbourne cup is a horse race carnival in Australia. It is one of the most prestigious and richest horse races in the country. It is done by the Victoria racing club. The Victoria racing club was founded in 1864. The first Melbourne cup race was held in 1861. It is held on the first Tuesday of November each year. It is held at the Flemington racecourse.
Ticket sales usually start by mid-march onwards. There is the general admission ticket, reserved seating and the precinct tickets. The general admission ticket allows the user to access the public lawn, there are betting rings and a range of food outlets. The reserved tickets are for the grandstand. This ticket holder can choose between the hill and lawn stand. The grandstand tickets areas are air-conditioned. The location with the social atmosphere is in the precinct section. This section is why the carnival is renowned for. This ticket has access to all public areas and entertainment between races. The Melbourne spring racing carnival 2016 was the most recent event and The Melbourne cup is one of the 3 major events.
Everyone has to adhere to a dress code. The dress code for the event is formal. Men have to wear tailored suits, sports coats, blazers etc. Ladies are expected to wear according to certain standard. The general admission does not have dress code to adhere to.
The distance of the race is 3200 meters. The entry fee for each horse is 600 dollars. Each year there around 400 horses are nominated but only 24 horses are selected to start. From 2012 onwards the prize money is 6,200,000 dollars. The winner is also given the Melbourne Cup.
Since 2003 there have been Melbourne cup tours which help in promoting the event. There are many racehorse syndicates that take part in these events. These tours include visiting schools, hospitals and taking part in community projects. Have a peek at this page if you are looking for racehorse syndicates.
The day of the Melbourne cup is declared a public holiday for those who work within the Melbourne region. Other than for the races, there are awarded to the best dressed man and woman. It is significant and traditional event in Australia. It is world famous and many foreigners take part in the events. The race itself has many foreign horses from foreign syndicates. The event is attended by around 100,000 people very year and the number keeps growing.
It is one of the most popular events and will continue to be so. It is known as the race that stops two nations as people from Australia and New Zealand are known to stop to watch the races.