It's the highlight of Melbourne's Spring Carnival, and the day they run 'The race that stops a nation™' at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. It starts at 3 p.m., and I can tell you where I'm going to be: in front of the TV in the loungeroom!
The morning of the race, Stephen will prepare a "sweep" (a betting pool), assigning each of the horses in the race to a member of the household. There's no betting, of course, just the honor of holding the name of the winning horse, but who cares? It'll be SUCH FUN!
In Flying Over the Rainbow, I described the first Melbourne Cup race I ever saw, and how exciting it was. Well, seeing is believing, and here's a YouTube video of that fantastic race:
And here's last year's race (not quite as heart-poundingly dramatic, but heaps of fun to watch, all the same):
Part of the fun of race day is getting all dressed up and strutting your stuff around the racecourse. If you're going to the race, you've gotta dress for it, and the official "New Racegoer's Guide" advises attendees to "dress to impress!" My budget just doesn't include funds for haute couture, but the hat I put together last year (using Laka's tail feathers) will work just fine for the fashion parade in our loungeroom.
- What I’m listening to: (what else?) "You Can Leave Your Hat On" by Joe Cocker
- What’s for tea: homemade chicken-fried rice
- What I’m reading: "Ali Abdul v The King" by Hanifa Deen
- Wine recommendation: Pinot Gris - from any of the wineries on the Mornington Penninsula
- What's the season?: spring in Oz, fall in the U.S.