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 References and Related Siteswww.business.vic.gov.au: Victorian Public Holidays www.flemington.com.au: Melbourne Cup Carnival www.racenet.com.au: Facts and Figures www.flemington.com.au: Melbourne Cup Carnival