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Melbourne Cup

3 November 2020 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

If you’ve ever been to the Melbourne Cup, you’ll know why people often call it. ‘The Race That Stops A Nation’. It doesn’t get any bigger or better than this.

The iconic annual horse race is a staple of the Australian sporting calendar. Each year, this highly anticipated event is held on the first Tuesday of November. This year, the Melbourne Cup is slated for 3pm local time on Tuesday 3rd November.

The ultimate test of stamina and staying power, the Melbourne Cup is raced over a punishing distance of 3,200 metres. More grueling than any other major event in Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival. The prestigious race places extraordinary demands on the contestants, and bestows exceptional glory upon the winners.

In addition to the huge Australian audience that drops everything each November to follow the race. The Cup has also captured the imaginations of countless international racing fans.

With usually close to half of the field for the Melbourne Cup being raiders trained outside Australia and New Zealand. The event has blossomed into a truly global affair. Australia does not have a reputation for breeding genuine stayers so, each year. The Cup field features more and more internationally bred and trained horses. In recent years, international horses have dominated Melbourne race.

For thoroughbred racehorses, the prestigious Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest handicap. The competitive landscape has changed considerably in Australia in recent times. Leaving the Melbourne Cup as one of few authentic, two-mile horse races.

Lasting for approximately three and a half minutes, the Melbourne Cup is the ultimate test of strength, speed and endurance. A Bart Cummings-trained horse called Kingston Rule famously obliterated the competition back in 1990. To set an all-time record of 3:16.30 minutes. Will that record be broken in 2020?

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Flemington Racecourse

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Flemington, Melbourne, 3031 Australia
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