Today was the “race that stops a nation” – the Melbourne Cup.
- $2 on #24 (Older Than Time) to place
- $2 on #5 (Glass Harmonium) to win
In both cases, the odds were about 50:1 so we stand a chance of winning a decent dinner.
Apparently the country comes to a standstill for the race. People in Melbourne get the day off, and everywhere else, there are parties and office lunches for the occasion, with not much productive work afterwards.
Australians like to get dressed up for special horse races, cricket matches, etc. That was the case today. Clever though my travel wardrobe may be, I do not have anything suitable in my backpack.
We wandered down to the Queen Street Mall to watch the race on big screens. It was a bit like a tame Stanley Cup final game on Granville Mall, but the mob can only get so excited during a 2 minute event. This race was the closest in history and it took several minutes before the winner was announced. The photo finish showed maybe a whisker difference. Neither of our horses was anywhere to be seen.