Every year, on the first Tuesday of November, the whole of Australia will be shut down for 3 and a half minutes. Why is there such a strange thing? Check out Melbourne’s renowned Melbourne trophy race!
Melbourne Cup Horse Racing is worth up to $ 6 million. There will be about 24 horses participating in the cup competition. The race will take place over a distance of 32 km. This is a handicap competition (for all sides to weigh). The horses will be given additional weight on their backs to ensure that all competitors have the same chance of winning.
This tournament has a long history. The Melbourne Cup was first held in 1861. Since then, the Tournament has been regularly held every year and only ceased operations during World War II. To this day, it was chosen to be held on the first Tuesday of November.
Cup Day is part of a horse racing festival that includes events such as The Derby on the previous Saturday, Oaks Day on the Thursday after Cup Day and Stakes Day as the end of the festive season.
Do not think this festival is only for horses or horse lovers only! Melbourne Cup Day has been considered a public holiday for the whole of Victoria since 1873 and has officially been an annual public holiday since 1993 and is regulated in Australia’s Official Holiday Law.
Not only the best horses, professionally trained in Australia, but many other countries around the world can participate in this festival. In 2014, 31 foreign horses from Japan, France, Germany, and New Zealand were sent to the Melbourne Cup.
Because of this, the Melbourne Cup is not only a festival encapsulated within the framework of one country but is well received and enthusiastically joined by many other countries.
The trophy for the winning horse is not cheap at all! The trophy is worth up to $ 175,000, made from 18 carats of gold. The sole is made from Australian mimosa wood. Each year, the trophy will be renewed to give the owner of the winning horse. There are also two other trophies worth about $ 10,000 for the trainer and the horse rider.