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'The Melbourne Cup is Australia's major thoroughbred horse race. Marketed as "the race that stops a nation", it is a 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over. It is the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races.'-Wikipedia
The race that stops a nation. The 3.2km/2mile race that happens on 4th November every year has finished.
A bit about how it all started:
Through tears and triumphs, 'the race that stops a nation™' has cemented its position as a revered sporting, social and cultural event that continues to play a significant role in defining Australia's national identity.
Where did it all begin?
In 1861, at the first running of the Melbourne Cup, the race club committee could hardly have envisaged the Cup lasting a century and a half and growing to become a significant part of our social and sporting culture.
In front of an estimated crowd of 4000 people, Archer became the first winner of the Melbourne Cup. Victorians, and the wider Australian community, were already displaying their great passion for thoroughbred racing.
Today, the Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap race held in Australia, and the prize money and trophies make it among the richest horseraces in the world.
Why Flags Rules Are Being Made And Changed
On Tuesday, Araldo, a $500,000 purchase from Germany, finished a creditable seventh in the Melbourne Cup. But as he made his way back to the enclosure down the 150-metre long winners' race, he was apparently frightened by a woman waving an Australian flag.
He kicked a steel rail and fractured a cannon bone as he thrashed out in fright. Later, scans revealed he had suffered seven fractures. The surgeon said the injured area looked like a "bag of ice".
Araldo was euthanised some six hours after the race.
The club have recently made a new rule to the list by adding that the size of the flag bought in has to be of a reasonably small size. This rule had caused some disagreement, as some people say that they should be allowed to bring bigger flags. But the rule will not change, because it not to do with how it looks but the safety of a participant and in this race the horses are rightful owners of their safety.
The Race Has Just Stared:
Animals rights activists are up in arms over the unexpected deaths of two horses at the Melbourne Cup and have called for immediate changes within the racing industry to prevent any more unnecessary deaths.
Recent Caulfield Cup winning horse Admire Rakti, went into the Melbourne Cup as the favourite but died after collapsing back at the stalls just five minutes after finishing in last place. Araldo, who placed seventh in the Cup, was euthanased on Tuesday night after breaking his leg.
What Does It Mean?
plural noun: animal rights
the rights of animals to live free from human exploitation and abuse.
"animal rights activists"