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”.