Emirates Melbourne Cup 03. November 2009

Yesterday was the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s very popular Thoroughbred horse race, which runs a distance of 3,200 metres.

The whole country watched this race on TV, on radio, or live in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria.

This race stops the nation. It  started at 2 pm and everyone stopped doing and working to watch. All the people of the state of Victoria have a holiday for this special occation.

This horse race is not only a national celebration, but it’s also a day of fashion for the Australians.

Even the teachers from our school, up here in Queensland, were dressed for the occation, with nice dresses and elegant hats to show that they participate in this national event.

This race has been held in Melbourne since 1861.