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Melbourne Cup 2021: Everything to Know

Date: 08/12/2021

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The Melbourne Cup is a racing event that takes place in Australia, where it is loved by the whole country. It is no secret that Australians love horseracing, and the Melbourne Cup is anticipated by the population every year. Such is its popularity that in Melbourne, the day of the race is always a public holiday, giving many the chance to avoid work and watch the proceedings. It is an event that is designed for thoroughbred horses only and it was first held in 1861. This long history is rich with exciting moments and is perhaps the reason why it attracts so many horse owners and jockeys from around the world. The Cup is one of the most prestigious races in the world and anyone interested in horseracing would do well to either watch or attend the event.

As most will know, horseracing is a very old sport and has undergone hardly any changes since its inception. After all, what is there to change about the sport? It is simply a test of speed or endurance in which the fittest and the fastest horse wins. In that respect, it is similar to the races that humans partake in. Horseracing used to be reserved for the elite classes of society in the last century, but it has steadily become more popular with the masses. Today, it is a worldwide sport that has been transformed into a massive public event designed for entertainment.

The Melbourne Cup is different to most horseracing events as it is a handicapped race. This means that the differences between horses are equalized to give them all a good chance of winning. It is useful to create handicaps when horses of different calibers are entered into the same race, and it is done by given the stronger horses extra weights to slow them down so the weaker horses can compete with them. This adds an extra strategic layer to horse betting as gamblers must anticipate what horse is the most likely to overcome its handicap and win the race. The Melbourne Cup takes place over nearly 2 miles of ground, a metric adjusted distance following Australia’s adoption of the measuring system.

This year, the Melbourne Cup will take place on the 2nd of November, bringing a massive audience from around the world. The event always promises to be an exciting one as no one can truly predict who will win, as is common with horseracing. Also common in horseracing is betting – the sport attracts a betting following that rivals even the casinos of Australia which can be found here. Horse races are typically very quick and are over in around 13 seconds. To a gambler, this is gold dust and creates an intense experience where bets can be determined almost instantaneously when compared to the long waiting time of some other sports like football.

Autumn will see another Melbourne Cup play out and those who have been waiting since last year for the next installment will not have to be patient much longer.

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