Melbourne Cup Day

Today is Melbourne Cup Day!

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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.

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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

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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”?