Reasons why the Melbourne Cup is the greatest horse race

Cross Counter claimed the 2018 Melbourne Cup but Vow and Declare won the 2019 edition. With a lot of brilliant horses competing, the Melbourne Cup 2020 looks to be a greatly exciting competition.

Throughout its history, the Melbourne Cup has proved to be notoriously difficult to predict and this year’s event doesn’t look any different. However, punters can take some help by reading betting tips from experts. They provide a lot of valuable information in order to help betting fans make an informed decision. Many casual punters are led purely by betting odds which is not wise. They should consider many variables before placing their bets. They should take into account the age of the horse and its recent performances before making their bets.

1- The race that stops the nation

This prestigious racing event isn’t called ‘the race that stops the nation’ for nothing. On the day of the Melbourne Cup, the country comes to a complete standstill. When the clock strikes 3.00 pm on the first Tuesday in November, almost everyone stops their activities to watch three-and-a-half minutes of sporting action as some of the best jockeys and racehorses give their all to win A$8 million prize money. There is no other race that makes the same impact on Australia.

2- The Melbourne Cup Parade

The Melbourne Cup Parade is a fascinating event that happens 24-hours ahead of the race. It is a two-hour event where racing enthusiasts, youngsters, and families get a chance to see their heroes closely. It is a good build-up to the Melbourne Cup as jockeys and trainers give interviews while the crowds enjoy the offered entertainment.

3- Attendance

A huge number of spectators, often exceeding a hundred thousand, come to Flemington Racecourse every year on the race day. Although the numbers are less than the Kentucky Derby or some of the races in Japan and Hong Kong, the Melbourne Cup attendance is still one of the highest in the horse racing world.

The atmosphere that is created by this enormous crowd is just outstanding. The national anthem is sung, people enjoy their drinks while many place their bets on a day that makes an impression on everyone.

4- Stories

The Melbourne Cup can boast of many great stories but none better than the Makybe Diva story. Winning a Melbourne Cup is difficult, winning it twice is extremely hard but making three in a row is impossible. Maybe Diva achieved that impossible feat in 2005 and shocked the entire world.