We are only a matter of days away from the race which stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup.
If you have never been to the Melbourne Cup Carnival before, it is certainly something you should add to your bucket list. There is no better way to spend the public holiday in Melbourne than a day at the races at Flemington Racecourse.
The highlight race is the richest two-mile handicap in the world and attracts not only the best horses in Australia, but anywhere in the world. It was won last year by German-trained horse Protectionist.
Whether you are into racing or not, the Melbourne Cup Carnival has something for everybody. A huge crowd flocks to the racecourse in Melbourne to have a fabulous afternoon. If you are lucky enough to be going this year, here is what to look out for at the 2015 Melbourne Cup.
Fashion is a huge part of Melbourne Cup day. There is a competition on the day known as Myer Fashions on the Field. Prizes are given to the smartest dressed women at the racecourse. In order to make it fair, the categories include clothing which cost $30 and under and $50 and over. It is a given that women will wear hats in the grandstand at the racecourse. However, you can attend in casual clothing, if you prefer the laidback look.
Have a punt
It is very easy to place a bet on the big race, or any of the lead-up races on Melbourne Cup day, even if you have never done it before. There are form guides to help you make your selection. If you are lucky enough to have a winner or two, you can extend the day by going to one of the many casinos near the racetrack in Victoria. If you need to get some practice at blackjack, roulette or any other casino-related games, you can do that too! Or why not chance your arm at Pokies’ online casino site before Melbourne Cup day.
Home & Away star Johnny Ruffo is playing at this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival and there is even the opportunity to meet and greet the former X Factor Australia finalist.
One of the unique appeals of the Melbourne Cup Carnival is that it is very kid-friendly. The racecourse does a fantastic job of making sure there is plenty to do for children during the day.
Nick JR’s Dora the Explorer is performing before racing this year, while there is a whole host of family entertainment including Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, inflatables, pony riding and mini golf.