The Melbourne Cup is Australia's most famous annual Thoroughbred horse race. It is a 3200-metre race for three-year-olds and over, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races. The event starts at 3 pm on the first Tuesday of November and is known locally as "the race that stops the nation".
While more than two million people in Australia are expected to watch Tuesday's race, a recent exposé on the mistreatment of retired racehorses has given anti-racing activists the fuel to spread their.. SBS - Published
Amanda Elliott’s famously tight-lipped Victorian Racing Club said nothing in response to Peter V’landys’ provocative (and quite silly) suggestion to change to running of the Melbourne Cup from.. The Age - Published