Sporting Events - The Melbourne Cup
Australia is renowned for its sporting pedigree, Australian athletes compete at the highest level in many sports all over the globe and consistently achieve great things.
Not only do Australians love playing sports and participating in outdoor pursuits, as a nation they love to watch sport as well. Aussie Rules Football, Rugby League & Union, Tennis, Golf, Cricket, Motor Racing, Soccer and a particular favourite Horse Racing which attracts huge fervent crowds who enjoy cheering on their favourite sides and players.
In the case of horse racing then there is no bigger or auspicious event than the Melbourne Cup, one of the most famous horse races in the world. It is Australia’s most prestigious annual Thoroughbred horse race and the richest.
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The Melbourne Cup History
Originally ran in 1840, the first race meeting took place beside the Maribyrnong River on the rough flats whilst Melbourne was still a small town. Today the Melbourne Cup is held near the Southern Cross railway station.
The Victoria Racing Club
When the Victoria Turf Club and the Victoria Jockey Club joined together they formed the Victoria Racing Club in 1964.
Under the administration of the VRC the Flemington racecourse flourished and the first secretary Robert Bagot improved all facets of the race track and made Flemington a premier sporting and recreation centre.
Today the famous old course runs 23 race meeting per season, which of course also includes the world-renowned Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival
“The race that stops a nation” is how the Melbourne Cup has been described, but today it is not just one race, it is a whole carnival. Its fame spread across the world not just a national sporting highlight but also as an elite social and fashion event.
The big race, The Melbourne Cup, is run on the first Tuesday of November each year and is the richest handicap race held in Australia. The prize money on offer and the prestigious trophies make it amongst the richest horse races in the world.
The race is now called The Emirates Melbourne Cup and the trophy is a stunning 18 carat gold trophy with a very distinctive three handled design. The Cup remains an Australian icon which is embedded in the nation’s culture and one of the most famous sporting trophies in the world.
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