For those of us who do not have a loose $600,000 to run a horse in The Everest, or even the $340 or more needed for a chair in the private suite at Randwick’s Chairman’s Club, a ticket to the Melbourne Cup might be a more economical value.
Racing Victoria has mentioned the egalitarian aspects of The Everest, perhaps as a response to losing the crown for Australia’s richest turf race, but Flemington is a place where it takes deep pockets to take in The Race That Stops A Nation.
According to our sources, okay, according to a popular serach engine whose name we dare not mention, a general admission pass for the Melbourne Cup can be purchased for an adult price of $80.55.
If you would prefer to sit in a Lawn Grandstand Reserved seat, the price is $224.30. For an additional $10.20, you can watch from a reserved seat at Saintly Place.
Not that we want to sway anyone, but our choice would be a Lawn Grandstand Reserved seat, with the outdoor atmosphere, the buzz of the crowd and the clear view of Melbourne’s city skyline.
When we checked ticket availability on 11 October, it looked as though they are close to selling out, at least from the regard of buying a block of tickets for several or more people wanting to sit together. In fact, of the six sections that comprise the Lawn Grandstand, only section five had any passes left and the Ticketek website that was processing the transactions was limiting purchase to one ticket. It was possible to save seats for others to purchase, but they have to complete the transaction and there is certain to be a deadline for doing so.
Which all goes to show, it pays to plan and waiting until mid-October to see the 20117 Melbourne Cup on November 7 is not truly a plan.
It barely gives you time to cultivate a case of the Melbourne Cup flu in order to justify an absence from work.