good luck with your Cup selections

Is there anywhere else in the world where a horse race “stops the nation” and provides a local holiday for the city in which it’s held.

It’s Melbourne Cup day tomorrow and this richest handicap horse race in the world attracts much attention from regular and non-regular punters.

It seems that nothing has changed. This is from Sydney’s The Arrow on 29 October 1904.

The caption reads:

HOUSEKEEPER: “Oh, if you please Sir, an Astrologer says he has called by appointment, and there’s a Fortune-teller waiting to see you, and a tipster wants you in the back yard”.

CUP ENTHUSIAST: “Yes – yes – I’m working out an infallible guide to the winner of the Cup by the law of chances, but I’ll see them if they can throw any additional light on my selections”.

Melbourne Cup cartoon



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