Melbourne Cup’s global appeal

The race that stops Australia continues to give pause to many around the world, at least anecdotally.

For example, the media has typically tapped into the race and whipped into shape a few well-run story lines, including the threat of the foreign raiders, as per USA Todaythe cursed British gallopers, revisited by CNNhistorical reflection in The Wellington Times, pricey plane tickets for four-legged travellers in The Times; and The New York Times (via Reuters) discusses the chances of master trainer Aiden O’Brien of Ireland.

Of course where would the whole thing be without the thumping fanfare, dark sunglasses, excessively large hats, bottomless champagne glasses, instant experts, vanishing dresses, raucous crowds and the inevitable sensation that none of your punts came off … yet again.

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