Melbourne Cup Day (Vic)

Melbourne Cup Day Quick Facts

2020 Date3 November 2020
2021 Date2 November 2021
Melbourne Cup Day (Vic)

Melbourne Cup Day History

Melbourne Cup Day celebrates the Melbourne Cup, a prestigious Australian thoroughbred race held on a turf (grass) track. The 3,200m long race is open to thoroughbreds horses 3 years of age and over. With a winning purse of 6.2 million Australian Dollars, it is one of the richest races in the world. The race referred to in Australia as 'the race that stops the nation' due to its prominence in Australia and the horse-racing world.

Melbourne Cup Day has been celebrated annually on the first Tuesday of November as a public holiday in the state of Victoria since 1877. Although it is not a holiday in other Australian states, the race is widely viewed and celebrated elsewhere in the country.

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Melbourne Cup Day Facts & Quotes

  • In 2018, Lexus is the official sponsor of the race.
  • The official flower of the Melbourne Cup is the yellow rose.
  • Since 2000, only two Australian-bred horses have managed to win the Melbourne Cup - Viewed in 2008 and Shocking in 2009.
  • The Melbourne Cup was first run on a Thursday in 1861 for a winning purse of 710 gold sovereigns and a gold watch.
  • The first Tuesday of November, every year it is the same. Every Aussie heart is beating with the excitement of the game, for they bet on dream or fancy or forms they've followed up from a dollar to thousands on the famous Melbourne Cup. - Slim Dusty, Australian Country Music Star (song: The Melbourne Cup)

Melbourne Cup Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend the race on race day!!!! Tickets can be pricey but if bought in advance, they're affordable. Get out your outfit in preparation.
  • Donate to the Starlight Children's Foundation, the 2015 Melbourne Cup Carnival Pin and Win Charity Partner. The organisation raises funds to support seriously ill children and their families.
  • Attend the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour. This tour passes through Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia giving the opportunity for local people and communities to experience the magic of the $200,000 Cup Trophy.
  • Spread awareness on social media for the race day by using hashtags such as #MelbourneCupDay, #MelbourneRaceDay and #EmiratesCup.
  • Watch a movie about horseracing around the world. Some of our favourites include Seabiscuit (2003), Secretariat (2010), Ruffian (2007), The Cup (2011) and Champions (1983). The Cup is even based on the Melbourne Cup's 2002 race.

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