The Melbourne Cup Should Be A Proper National Celebration

17 August, 2017

Melbourne Cup Day is a big deal. Let’s not deny that for a second, because it’s arguably Australia’s biggest yearly sporting event.

It’s in the same class as the State of Origin, both the NRL and AFL grand finals and the first day of a Boxing Day Test match during an Ashes year.

If your office doesn’t run a sweep, you’re in the minority. I don’t know many people that consider themselves betting people until the first Tuesday in November either.

Love it or hate it, millions of people tune in each year, the Flemington racecourse sells out, and every office around Australia stops for five minutes to watch ‘the race that stops a nation.’

Except those in Victoria. They don’t need to stop working for five minutes, because they get the whole day off.

And while that’s all well and good for them, the rest of us are stuck at school, work, university or whatever it is that consumes our lives from Monday to Friday, with the exception of those five minutes. Read More…