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Spring Racing Carnival Week

Tuesday 5 Nov, 2013 @ 12:00PM

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is the crowning week of racing in Australia.

The time-honoured Melbourne Cup was first run in 1861 and devised as a landmark racing event for Melbourne in the vein of the history and general public regard for the Kentucky Derby in America.

At a time when longer distance racing was very much in vogue, the two-mile (3200m) distance was chosen as the pinnacle staying contest. When Archer won that very first running of the Cup, his owners didn’t actually receive a trophy. Rather, they received a hand-beaten gold watch. A trophy wasn’t awarded until 1865 but even then it still wasn’t actually a Cup but an elaborate silver bowl made in England.

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The Botanical will be transformed into a garden like setting for the Melbourne Cup Spring Carnival to offer all the major races live and loud and fabulous dining options from dawn to dusk!

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