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The race that stops a nation

Few countries have one event that captivates an entire population. Europeans have the World Cup Final. Americans have the Super Bowl. But only one country has an event like this. Every year, Australians are mesmerised and captivated by the Melbourne Cup Carnival, a week long festival with a signature two-mile race watched by millions. Around 100,000 spectators are expected to attend this year at the historic Flemington Racecourse for a nation's celebration of fashion, food and the best thoroughbred racing in the southern hemisphere. Pack your finest clothes and head to Melbourne to be a part of the party.

Whether you're a racing fanatic taking in the spectacle or a curious visitor on your holiday, there is never a dull moment to be found during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. High-stakes horse races run throughout the week and feature some of the fastest thoroughbreds in the world. On the first Tuesday in November at precisely 3pm, the Melbourne Cup $6,000,000 AUD handicap race captivates the entire country. Imagine being in the grandstand for the most breathtaking 3.5 minutes in sport. Even better, Imagine celebrating that night after a 100-1 wager won the cup just like one underdog horse did in 2015!

Quick information

Melbourne Cup: 7 November, 3pm
Race length: 3,200 meters
Richest two mile handicap in the world
Melbourne Cup Carnival: 4–11 November
Where: Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Road, Flemington
Ticket costs: From 40 GBP
Suggested travel dates: 24 October – 20 November
Suggested hotel location: Within Melbourne CBD
Find out more: flemington.com.au/melbournecupcarnival

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