What do you remember from the Melbourne Cup?
With November comes one of the most celebrated sporting events of Australian history – The Melbourne Cup. The race was first run in 1861 and has since been fondly named “The Race that Stops as Nation”.
While Melbourne is the only lucky city that gets to enjoy a public holiday on this day, Queenslander’s still firmly take part in the tradition. Whether it be at work, school or down at the local RSL or pub, everyone stops to watch the two-mile thoroughbred horse race where many iconic horses and their jockeys have been crowned champion.
One of the most famous winners of the cup was undoubtedly Makybe Diva, a horse that won the infamous race three years in a row, a feat never completed by any other. Makybe and her team rose to fame and is the highest stakes-earner in Australian racing history. This beauty of a horse has finished with winnings of more than $14 million upon her retirement.
Another notable cup day was in 2015 when Michelle Payne took out the title, riding Prince of Penzance to become the first female jockey to win the event. Ms Payne became an inspiration to young girls with their hearts firmly set on rising to the top of the racing world.
The Melbourne Cup has seen its fair share of adversity triumphs but this has been coupled with a few disasters and scandals as well. But no matter what happens on the first Tuesday of each November, Australians love for the cup has never faded.
Orianna will be hosting their own celebrations for Melbourne Cup Day! Residents at Orianna enjoy getting together to celebrate many events throughout the year. When you become a member of Club Orianna you can join in the fun too! Find out more now.