Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Too close to call

Dunaden (yellow) beats Red Cadeaux (Red) in a photo finish at Melbourne CupThe highlight of this trip to Australia was going to the Melbourne Cup! We all got dressed to the nines with our hats and fascinators. The day started with a 30 minute cruise up the Yarra River to the Flemington racetrack. We then went into the Carbine Marquee (hospitality area) for drinks and lunch. We watched some of the pre Melbourne Cup races on TVs. Just before the main event we walked over to the Lawn Stand boxes. Watched the horses walk out onto the track and load into the gates. Then they were off! Not only did I get to witness the race that stops a nation, I experienced the closest race in Melbourne Cup’s 151 year history! It was too close to call and the photo finish was amazing. It took almost as long to announce a winner (3 minutes) as it did to run the race. We then went back to the hospitality tent area to drink more while some people cashed in their winning tickets. I unfortunately did not back Dunaden, the winning horse.