Category Archives: Melbourne Cup

Horse racing matters

Well, now the baseball season is over, I’d better get back to other issues! Please, its very hard to talk about transgender issues, without knowing what people would like to know about, so feel free to give me ideas in the comments section, and I will see what I can do.

In the good old days, this week would have marked the end of the flat season, in horse racing. In terms of turf racing, it still is, but nowadays we have all year around all weather racing, so the cut off point has got totally lost in the process. To be fair, with summer jump racing too, its even harder to spot where that starts and ends, but anyway…

But in a sense, the working week starts tomorrow, and a great deal of the interest will not revolve around a race in this country, or indeed this hemisphere. Early Tuesday morning our time, we will have the race that supposedly stops Australia for the afternoon, the Melbourne Cup. But because of the time difference, all betting shop bets will need to be placed tomorrow. Beyond the year that Dermot Weld won the race with Vintage Crop, and indeed started the UK and Ireland invasion of the race, it hasnt really crossed my concious that much.

But I’m told that its a combination of Cheltenham Festival (though on the flat), and Royal Ascot rolled into 1 day! No, I doubt I will ever see it, far too far away for my elderly body to go visit. And yes, too early in the morning to worry about getting up and watching it!

So the video, well, its an Aussie, singing about ‘That Day’, seems rather apt.

The race that stops a nation

This probably wont mean much to many, its your hazard for reading the blog of someone who works in a betting industry call centre lol!

Well, allegedly at least its the race that stops a nation!

Earlier this morning, my time at least, the Melbourne Cup was run in Australia, as is tradition, on the first Tuesday in November. And for the second year in a row, a French horse won the race. This year, an English horse was second. The funny thing is, until a few years ago, runners in this race from Europe was unheard of. I’m not sure if Vintage Crop in 1993 was actually the first, though I have a feeling he was. One thing for certain is that he was the first European winner of the race, but there has been a few since!

Obviously a major reason for this was the travel, its only been in more recent years that horses have been flown on a regular basis, and until then a horse travelling from Europe to Australia for one race wouldnt even been considered.

Nowadays, horses from here fly over to North America to race with barely a blink from anyone. Indeed we have another major international race meeting this weekend, the Breeders Cup, being run at Churchill Downs this year on Friday and Saturday. And all of this is shown live on TV over here. I remember when international racing on TV was the Welsh, Scottish, and Irish Grand Nationals lol! Maybe thats a slight exagerration, but anyway…

So alright, as it was the Melbourne Cup that inspired this piece, lets think Australian for the video. I could select from many fine Aussie artists, but lets face it, for many people, one song sums things up perfectly. So, I think most might guess, even  without looking at the links, that it is,