A horse race that stops a nation!

I’m not joking, at 3pm tomorrow afternoon, work will stop, lessons in schools will stop, all activity will stop for a horse race. Everyone in Melbourne will take the whole day off for the Melbourne Cup.

The Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday of November every year at 3pm. Originally only Australian horses could enter, but now horses enter from any country for the 3200m race. The favourite this year is number 11, Yucatan.

Growing up, our family would study the horses competing and my Dad would go to the Tab to place our $1 bet. We would choose the horse with the best name or the rider with the nicest colours, and have the same chance of winning as what was predicted.

Most workplaces will have a sweep, where all of the horses are placed in a hat and for $2, $5 or $10 you can pull one out of the hat. The winner, second and third gets a proportion of the money raised. Also most workplaces will have a big lunch. I know Thai is on the menu tomorrow for us.

Good luck everyone tomorrow and gamble responsibly 😊

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