IT’S the race that stops the nation.
And it is widely celebrated in Vanuatu as well.
First held in 1861, the Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most prestigious annual thoroughbred horse race.
It is a 3200 metre race for three-year-olds and over, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
It is the richest ‘two-mile’ handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races.
The event starts at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November and is known locally as ‘the race that stops a nation’.
It was originally over two miles (3.219 km) but was shortened to 3,200 metres (1.988 mi) in 1972 when Australia adopted the metric system.
This reduced the distance by 18.688 metres (61.312 ft), and Rain Lover’s 1968 race record of 3:19.1 was accordingly adjusted to 3:17.9.
The present record holder is the 1990 winner Kingston Rule with a time of 3:16.3.
The place to watch the 2018 Melbourne Cup next Tuesday is at Iririki Island Resort and Spa for all the thrills and excitement of the big race.
Celebrate with a family fun day from 12pm at the Sunset Marquee, where they will be streaming live coverage of all the action including the Melbourne Cup at 3pm.
Bernie the Bookie will be on site with the best odds in town plus bonus bets so you can get involved in the action of every race and enjoy a fun investment in the big race.
They are also offering complimentary canapes, party pies and sausage rolls and 30 per cent off drinks so you can celebrate your wins in style.
Extend the fun and book a table for lunch or dinner at Azure restaurant with group bookings available.
There will be two ferries running from Vila town every 10 minutes.
It is all happening from 12-5pm on November 6 at Iririki’s Sunset Marquee.
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