This year it was a quinella for trainer Katsuhiko Sumii,
when Delta Blues beat stablemate Pop Rock home by
the shortest of margins.
Delta Blues became the first Japanese horse to win the Cup in it's
Delta Blues Wins A$5.1 Million Melbourne Cup Ahead of Pop Rock.
Tuesday Nov. 7, Delta Blues won the 146th running of the A$5.1 million Melbourne Cup, giving Japan its first victory in Australia's richest horse race.
Trained by Katsuhiko Sumii, Delta Blues beat stablemate Pop Rock by a head at Flemington Racecourse to claim the A$3 million first prize. Maybe Better ran third.
Run on the first Tuesday of November, a public holiday in Melbourne, the race is seen or heard on television or radio by about 85 percent of Australia's 20 million people, according to the Victoria Racing Club. It attracts about A$150 million in wagers as once-a-year bettors join more experienced gamblers.
A humpy ride in Gympie.
Around Australia, people are celebrating the race that stops the nation in their own ways.
In Queensland, Gympie residents are gearing up for their annual camel race. Up to 1500 people are expected to pack Turf Club for the event, which is being held for the fourth time this year to raise money for a local cancer charity.
Among the day's events is a "celebrity race", in which local politicians and media personalities act as jockeys.
"It's our biggest day of the year, but it's not a day for the serious racegoer," said club president Spencer Slatter.
The Inaugural TK Derby Carnival Donkey Race.
They may be 11,000 kilometres from Flemington, but that hasn't stopped Australian troops in Afghanistan from getting into the spirit of the spring carnival.
Australian Defence Force personnel serving in Tarin Kawt, southern Afghanistan, as part of a NATO reconstruction taskforce, have honoured the day with the inaugural TK Derby carnival donkey race.
The 600-metre race, which kicked off at 3.15pm local time yesterday, covered one lap of the ring road at Camp Russell, within Camp Holland, the toops' heavily fortified desert base.
Soldiers donned brightly-coloured wigs and fluorescent silks for the race, while uniformed troops watched from the tops of what appeared to be shipping containers positioned along the edge of the dusty track .
The eventual winner was a donkey ridden by Darwin-based second cavalry regiment trooper Tim Brusch, who was hoisted on the shoulders of his mates and presented with a small silver cup trophy.
About 400 Australian personnel are serving in Oruzgan province as part of the Netherlands-led Provincial Reconstruction Team.