Melbourne Cup Day is fixed for the first Tuesday in November . The race is recognized as one of the World 's greatest handicap races. It is held at Flemington , a Melbourne suburb which is called after a butcher who once lived there.
The first Cup was run in 1861 . There were 17 starters and , paradoxically , the prize - apart from the money (170 pounds ) - was not a cup at all , but a hand - beaten gold watch . Archer, the Winning horse , had walked to Melbourne from its stable in Nowra ,New South Wales , a distance of 500 miles (800km)
Flemington race track, home of Australia's famous Melbourne Cup and belongs tothe Victoria Racing Club, Melbourne Victoria. The course has a circumference of2,312 metres and a home straight of 450 metres.Two contestants from 2006 Fashion Comp.
The lovely Megan Gale.
Apart from the race itself bringing in the crowds of people, the Fashions on the Field Contest every year also are a sure winner. Top models and every day people present themselves to show off their wears and of course, their fascinators. It makes the crowd certainly stand out..even if they are sometimes half tanked from all the champagne after the big day!!
This year the Equine Influenza has been a massive worry for everyone in the know of racing. Making history itself, we even had the pre Cup Day Parade with the jockeys but no horses! First time ever! Yet, the day is going ahead, much to the relief of many people, and for that, I am sure it will be a wonderful day!