Melbourne Cup Day

Today is Melbourne Cup Day!


It is called “the race that stops the nation”.

Here are some Melbourne Cup facts:

  • The race is 3200 metres long.
  • The race is for horses aged three and over.
  • It is held on the first Tuesday in November each year.
  • The first Melbourne Cup was held in 1861.
  • 2012 is the 152nd Melbourne Cup.
  • The race is held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia.
  • It is run as a “weight-for-age handicap”. That means the weight of jockey and riding gear is adjusted to a certain amount depending on the horse’s age and how well it has gone in previous races. Some horses carry more weight. Some horses carry less weight.
  • Race day in Melbourne is a public holiday. That means no school or work for people in Melbourne.
  • Many people like to bet on the race or particpate in a “sweep”.
  • The famous horse “Phar Lap” won the race in 1930.
  • The present record holder is the 1990 winner “Kingston Rule” with a time of 3 min 16.3 sec.


We had a sweep in 4KM and 4KJ today. That means everyone pulled the name of a horse out of a hat.

It was a very exciting race and the results were:

First place with the horse Green Moon was Luka and Liv Y

Second place with the horse Fiorente was Joshua and Hannah

Third place with the horse Jakkalberry was Elijah and Shakira


What horse were you going for in the Melbourne Cup?

Do you do anything to celebrate the Melbourne Cup?

What other sporting events do you think “stop the nation”?

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21 thoughts on “Melbourne Cup Day

  1. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    well, first I just want to tell you why I was away from shool for a while and then I’ll answer the questions.
    I was away on Friday because I had very bad headaches through the day and was very tired.

    Then I was away on Tuesday because we had to look at some horses that were for sale (I need a little pony of my own) and I rode one of them.

    His name was Sorento Moon. But he bolted and I had a very bad fall.
    🙁 It took me one whole minute just to hop out of bed, and my mums taking me for an Exray.
    Then we foung another little pony that was just right, and… We bought him! 🙂
    And I’m going to stay home for a while because of my back injury.

    Anyway, I was to busy to watch the Melbourne cup, but I’m sure that there will be a replay today, I have Foxtel and there’s always a replay of something.

    Well I just wrote a blog post about it, but I didn’t really do anything special, but there’s always next year! 🙂

    Maybe the Olympics are another event that stops the nation, or the world.

    Your blogging buddy,
    Bronte 🙂 😆 😛

    • Dear Bronte,
      Your comment was soo long but you didn’t anser the questons. Here I will anser them.

      What horse were you going for in the Melbourne Cup?:
      I didn’t realy barik for any one but in class I was going for “My quest for pease”.

      That’s great that you are getting a new pony.
      Do you do anything to celebrate the Melbourne Cup?

      • Sorry something went wrong. I will go on.
        I don’t do anything to celebrate the melbourne cup.

        What other sporting events do you think “stop the nation”?
        I don’t have a clue

        From your blogging buddy,

        • Dear Travis,

          thanks for replying to me.

          Well I sort of did answer the questions but didn’t.
          I didn’t know what horses were running, so I didn’t really have a horse to go for.

          And, I didn’t really celabrate the Melbourne Cup, unless getting a knew pony and falling off a horse counts 🙂

          Your blogging buddy,
          Bronte :mrgreen: 😆 😛

          • Dear Bronte,
            Thanks for replying to me! I don’t really celabrate the Melbourne cup ether I think we better start a new comment because look how skinny my comment is.

            Better go.
            From your blogging buddy,

    • Dear Bronte,
      Oh no what a horrible injury. 😥 I feel really sorry for you, I hope your well soon! I have a question for you, what are you going to name you horse?
      Well bye for now
      Patrick 😆 🙄

      • Dear Patrick,

        well when we got him, his name was Nim. The last owner got him and his name was Treaser, but she thought his name was too long, it remined her of Treaser Island or something fron Nim’s Island, so it was Nim.

        now we want to call him,
        Nimrod Nelson Mandal. It seems funny but it suits him.

        Your friend,
        Bronte 👿

    • Dear Bronte,

      What a quality comment, you are such a great blogger.

      That must have hurt when you fell off the horse. I hope your back feels better soon. But it must have been exciting when you bought your pony. 🙂

      I also think the Olympics and the AFL grand finale.

      Bye for now,
      From Lilli :mrgreen:

      • Dear Lilli,

        thankyou for replying to me, I’ve had a couple replys 🙂

        It was exiting buying Nimrod Nelson Mandal ( AKA ‘Nim’.

        It did really hurt, I was winded and couldn’t stand I was in so much shock.

        Your friend,
        Bronte :mrgreen: 😛

  2. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    Great post Miss Jordan!

    The horse I was going for was Americain.
    I didn’t celebrate the Melbourne Cup. That is because of course I live in Leopold!
    I think the Olympics and AFL grand-finals would stop he nation.

    I’ve got to go and write some more comments now,

    • Dear Chloe,

      What a fantastic comment! I wasn’t surprised as you are a fabulous blogger!

      I agree, this post is outstanding! As always, I really like how there’s a lot of effort put into it.

      The horse I was going for was MaLuckyDay, the horse was number 15. I thought MaLuckyDay would do really well, considering that it has done well in some previous years. But it didn’t!

      I was surprised that Americain didn’t do that well either! It was an absolute favourite, Americain was, and it came like, 11th.

      The other horse I thought was going to do well was Dunaden, but, again, surprisingly, Dunaden didn’t do well either.

      I’m not a big fan of the Melbourne Cup either, I don’t celebrate, but I just like to see who comes first, second and third.

      I agree, that the Olympics stop the nation and the AFL Grand Finals stop the nation. I think that the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open finals would all stop the nation too.

      Your classmate nextdoor,
      Liv 😆

  3. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    I loved the post and congrats to Luka
    And Josh and Eli. The horse I got was Galileo’s choice. I think an event to the stop nation is the Olympics.

    From your blogging buddy Lachstar.

  4. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    I really enjoyed reading this post, it’s amazing!

    Yesturday,(Melborne Cup day) when we were waching the Melborne Cup I was so sprised when my horse (Glencadam Gold) was wining the cup until right at the end when the horse Green Moon caught up and won the race! No fair!

    My family don’t do any celabrating of the Melborne cup, but we do talk about it when we get home from school and work!


  5. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    What a wonderful post about the Melbourne Cup!

    The horse I got out of the sweep was Americain but unfortunately it didn’t win. I thought Americain would win but Green Moon won.

    I thought that Red Cadeaux, Dunaden or Amercain would come a place but they didn’t.

    My family don’t do anything to celebrate the Melbourne Cup we just usually watch the race.


    P.S. If you are wondering why I am away I am going to Thailand today.

    • Dear Skye,

      Thank you for the marvelous comment!

      At school in the sweep I got Red Cadeaux and I thought it would do alright. It came 8th so it did an alright job.

      My horse had barrier 18 and no horse has ever one from that barrier in the Melbourne Cup.

      My mum and dad go to the Melbourne Cup. We also have a sweep with my family, my nan, my pop, my cousin, my aunty and my uncle.

      In the sweep I got 1.Duneden 10.Ethiopia and 15.Maluckyday. My uncle got Americain.

      From your blogging buddie,

      P.S. Have a great time in Thailand! I know you will love it!

  6. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    I love the post on the Melbourne Cup Day. And I’m sure Iesha would have too. Iesha loves horses. Me and my Family don’t really do anything to celebrate the Melbourne Cup.

    I think the Olympics and the AFL would stop the nation. I didn’t really know who would win. Well I better get to bloging on some other blogs.

    See you soon!

    Indi♥ 😆

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  8. Dear 4km and 4kj,
    I thought the post on the Melbourne Cup Day. Was really cool I didnt know that horse racing is so conpetive. When I was younger I used to ride horses it was really fun but it seem like a lot of work to take care of them. I cant imagin how much work you have to put into the horse and rideing it to compete at that leval.
    From, Jesse

  9. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    For the Melbourne Cup I put a bet on for American. To celebrate Melbourne Cup I go to a family friends house and they have a big day with a jumping castle, a roast,a jumping castle and we put on loads of bets. I think the other races that stop the nation are the AFL Grand Final.

    From Jasmine

  10. Hello Miss Jordan and Year 4,

    My name is Mrs Cutmore and I teach year 3 in Bayview, NSW. It was great to read your post about the Melbourne Cup. We held a sweep too at our school.

    We have been studying Celebrations and Community in HSIE and have been considering events that make up our school, local and national calendar. I would say that events like Australia Day and ANZAC Day could be considered to ‘Stop the Nation’.

    At our school we hold a Remembrance Day Service to commemorate the soldiers who have died for us in years gone by. What about your school? Do you have many special events that you celebrate in your school community?

    Warm regards,

    Mrs Emma Cutmore
    Year 3 Teacher, Bayview NSW

    • Dear Mrs Cutmore,

      Thank you for you quality comment on the blog. You must be a great blogger.

      I agree with you and think that Anzac Day and Australia Day stop the nation.

      At our school, if Remembrance Day is on a school day, we have a minute silence to remember the soilders.

      You blogging buddy,

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