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Do you follow the Melbourne Cup, have a bet, or go to a lunch?

by Finy (follow)
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The Melbourne Cup brings many businesses to a standstill.

Do you follow it?

Do you have a bet?

Or do you actually go to this prestigious event?

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This year I am working on this day.
I do have a hat however -pictured, that I made a few years ago out of my riding helmet.

It won first prize at the lunch I was at and I will wear it when I work in the shop on Melbourne Cup day.

I do not have a bet anymore but used to always.
by Finy
Nice Finy :)
by jonaja
not a good photo -horses on the bottom and people having drinks scattered throughout -one lady has sadly, already fallen over since last year!
by Finy
Cute hat, Finy!
by Vee
I've recently had my Hard Hat recovered, but it doesn't look like that, Finy! Lol!

It's 56 years' old, & I always wear it when doing Cross Country, & Hurdle Jumping.
When younger, played Polo & Polocrosse, so it essential for those, as well as Knee Guards!
by donjo
I watch and sometimes go to a Lunch...this year I have had a bet and am going to watch it with my neighbour...
by fran
I'm not interested in horse racing.
I do listen when it is on, as it's part of being Australian...isn't it!
No I don't have a bet, but it is non the less quite exciting.
I love also to watch on the news, the fashions and of course the girl who made her own outfit!
She gets the first prize, and they all seem to have worked quite hard on their outfits.

At it's a lot of fun and just part of our culture.
No, I don't like the way they treat the horses. The exertion of races causes a lot of horses to bleed into their windpipes, and so many of them are killed if they're injured or outlive their usefulness. I wonder why this is so seldom questioned compared with animals used in circuses, rodeos, the running of the bulls etc.

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/issues/horse_racing.php

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-22/torres-and-chen-horse-racing/4086304
It's not something I'm into. Jennifer brings up some good points too. However exciting it may be, I do feel bad for the animals.
by Vee
No to both!!! Not even when I lived in Melbourne! Funny how they make such a HUGE thing of it up here in Nth Qld with luncheons,fashion parades and the like!!! It just isn't my cup of tea!!!
This year I have money on a horse - first year I have done that! Fingers crossed!!
by AJ
I love watching beautiful horses!

But am not enamoured with horse racing. I think the whole situation is way too cruel to the horses'.
I love Melbourne Cup Day. I used to go to MC lunches every year when my husband was working, but since he's retired, we stay home & watch the race on the tv. I always bet on 5-8 horses, & even though I always get a placing or 2, I never get the outlay back, but it's still fun trying too. (It's only $5-$10.) I only back the names of the horses that I like the sound of! Before our daughters stated school, I'd take them to playgroup on Tuesdays, so on Melbourne Day, I'd bake a cake for the mothers, ice it in green for the grass, put down brown icing for the track, put plastic fencing around the cake, have tiny Lego flowers on it, with a few plastic horses on the track! I was in Melbourne visiting family once during cup week, & watched the parade through the streets which I enjoyed. It was the day before the big race.
by Miro
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