It’s time to frock up and place your bets for the Melbourne Cup.
The first Melbourne Cup was run in 1861. Three horses fell and one bolted before the start, but New South Wales horse, Archer, came in the winner. Flemington Racecourse, the home of the cup, had little in the way of running rails or stands back then.
Approximately 4,000 race goers were there for the event. This number nearly doubled for the 1862 race and grew quickly. 100,000 people attended the race in 1880, a massive crowd considering that the population of Melbourne was just 290,000 at the time.
Now the richest Group One handicap race in the world, the 6.2 million dollar Emirates Melbourne Cup attracts the attention of the top horse owners, trainers and jockeys from around the world.
But the day is not all about horses… Fashions on the Field is a major part of the Melbourne Cup as men and women dress to impress for this prestigious day on the racing calendar. This tradition began in 1962, though the Melbourne Cup was always the place to be seen in the latest fashions.
So have you picked out your outfit for the day? Have you got a ticket to a Melbourne Cup Luncheon near you?
If you’re lucky enough to be staying at Mandalay Holiday Resort don’t forget to visit reception to buy your ticket to our Luncheon. See you there!