The Melbourne Cup is the most important Australian thoroughbred horse racing. Designated the race as "the day on which a nation stop for a horse race". In 2008 the Emirates Melbourne Cup 2008 takes place at 4.11.2008 at 15:00 local time in Melbourne.
Emirates Melbourne Cup 2008 - 04 November 2008
The Melbourne Cup is issued for the three-year-old horses. It goes beyond the distance of 3200 meters. The race is a handicap race with individual weights depending on the past performance of the horses. The prize money of the Melbourne Cup 2008, totaling more than 5 Million Australian Dollars (AUD) - about 2.5 million euros.
The Melbourne Cup is considered the most prestigious "two-mile horse race" in the world. The event will be held in each year on the first Tuesday in November and is supported by the Victoria Racing Club, at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne. This day is a holiday for Melbourne and surrounding suburbs.
Originally, the Melbourne Cup Horse Racing on the distance of two miles (about 3218 meters) out. Since 1972, however, the track was shortened slightly: For the preparation of Australia to the Metric System in the 1970s was decided, that the Melbourne Cup shall just use 3200 meters.
The day of the Melbourne Cup Day is a holiday in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, we are in the entire city celebrated.