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  • Melbourne Cup Day is held on the first Tuesday in November and is the day on which one of the most famous horse races in the world is run in Melbourne.
  • In 2015, Melbourne Cup Day will be held on Tuesday November the 3rd 
  • Since 1861, Melbourne Cup Day has been an official race day and, since 1877, a public holiday in Victoria.
  • Around the nation, most of the population stops to bet on the race and watch it on TV.
  • The Melbourne Cup, the race that ‘stops a nation’, runs over 3,200 metres at Flemington Racecourse and is for no more than 24 horses that are over three years old.
  • It is not only public holiday about the horse race but about the hats and fashion. The fashion parade of known as an urban fashion parade is a full event.
  • Around the country most businesses stop for the 3pm (AEDST) race and share ‘office sweepstakes’, champagne and lunch. Many people, who don’t normally bet, get into the spirit of the day and buy a two-dollar office sweepstakes ticket on a random horse.
  • In towns and cities across Australia, restaurants are filled with social and family groups taking the opportunity to celebrate the culture and a mid-week break from normal activities.
  • On the race track, tension is high between owners, trainers, jockeys and punters.
  • Many foreign horses also enter the race.
  • Prize money is over 6-million dollars keeping the atmosphere on Melbourne Cup Day in Australia thrilling.
  • In 2016, Melbourne Cup Day will be held on Tuesday November the 1st

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