It’s the race that stops a nation. The Melbourne Cup is one of the most highly anticipated sporting events of the year in Australia and 2010 marks the 150th running of this iconic race – so if you’re a racing fan or just a fan of the races – it’s the perfect time to head to Flemington and take part in the historic moment.
How to pick your winner
Office pools on the Melbourne Cup are common and many individuals take part in placing a bet in the spirit of the race.
We all have our particulars on how to pick a winner, from the colour of the jockey’s uniform to the sound of the animal’s name.
Last year, former PM Kevin Rudd correctly picked Shocking to win – we’ll have to see how Julia Gillard fairs this year.
There’s no sure way to pick a winner – but here are some ways that the experienced punters make their choices:
History – when making any decision, research counts. The people behind the horse can often matter just as much if not more than the condition of the animal itself.
Consider the jockeys – usually the best jockeys will only ride the top horses.
Check out the horse – being at the track is a great way to get a better read on the animal. Inspecting the horse at the paddock gives you more insight into the mannerisms of the animal and its mood for that specific day.
A helpful hint – horses express their moods through their ears. Ears flattened to the back of the head are a sign of an agitated animal.
Develop an eye for movement – watch how the horse moves as it does its walk around right before the race. A smooth easy stride and good muscle definition behind the rib cage are good signs. If you have the chance to wait to the last moment before you lay down your final bet, try and observe the animal’s canter to the post – it should be moving with confidence and ease.
Heading to Melbourne
With this being the 150th running of the race, you can bet on the fact that there’ll be plenty going on in the lead up to the event.
For starters, the Melbourne Cup Carnival, which includes the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, actually hosts 4 separate race days including the Victoria Day Derby (30 Oct), Crown Oaks Day (4 Nov) and Emirates Stakes Day (6 Nov).
So there’s plenty of Flemington action through the week. Meanwhile, the city will be transformed into the pinnacle of high style for the events – there are numerous many fashion competitions attracting almost as much attention as the races.
Entry to the Melbourne Cup is fully ticketed and must be pre-ordered. Meanwhile, you’ll need to act fast to secure your cheap accommodation – Melbourne hotels will be selling out fast! With over 100,000 plus attendees expected – you’ll be hard pressed to find last minute accommodation so if you plan on going, make sure you book soon.
Hope to see you there!
Have you ever been to the horse races like this? What did you think of them?