by REINA ARISTA
People nationwide in Australia were watching the Melbourne Cup and thousands had perfect view in the Flemington racecourse on November 3, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne Cup is held on Tuesday of every November every year and is an annual public holiday in the state of Victoria. This historical event is known as “the race that stops a nation,” Australia’s most prestigious horse racing event.The twenty-four horses competed for a prize money of $6.2 million Australian, which is $4.4 million U.S dollars.
At the races, women mostly wear dresses and colorful hats and some even participate in fashion parades on the field. Marquees are exclusively for VIP guests including local, national, and international celebrities. Champagne, wine, and gourmet finger foods are usually served on this event
A French horse named Max Dynamite, ridden by Frankie Dettori came in second and another New Zealand horse, named Criterion, came in third. The Darren Weir-trained beat the unbeatable favorite Japanese horse, Fame Game. However, Fame Game has 22% success rate; Fame Game has won the Melbourne Cup 34 times out of 154 races.
Michelle Payne is the first woman jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s most famous race. She was riding New Zealand’s Prince of Penzance, a 6 year old horse, in a 3,200 meter race. After MIchelle claimed her win, she quoted, “it’s unbelievable, it’s a dream come true.This is just awesome.”