Celebrating the Melbourne Cup Day

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Melbourne Cup Day is Australia's most famous Tuesday when a nation stops for a horse race and Google Australia runs a  special Melbourne Cup 2009 Google Doodle today.

In Melbourne, Cup Day is the peak of the Spring Racing Carnival - when champagne and canapés, huge hats and race track fashions sometimes overshadow the business of the day - horse racing.

The first Melbourne Cup was run in 1861 at Flemington race course and was won by Archer. It has run every year since. Through wars and depression, and the good times too, the Melbourne Cup racing carnival has been one of the stayers of Australian cultural experience.

The Melbourne Cup is one of the world's most challenging horse races, and one of the richest (total prize money in 2001 of $AU4.035 million), and the picking of winners an imprecise art at best.

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