One interesting thing is that the racecourse has its own railway, which Plastic Cup means that people can come at a low-cost from the entire Australia to see the event live.
Phar Lap, the most famous race horse, has its own bronze statue in the course to its honor. He won back in 1930. Rumors say the rivals poisoned this horse because they bet against him and lost a fortune.
How much is worth the money prize? The numbers speak for themselves.
The very first horse race in Melbourne took place in 1861 and since that time it took place every single year. It happens in the first Tuesday of November.
The most important event is the Emirates Melbourne Cup race and takes place in Flemington. This race course is about 3.2 KM long. Do you know how many people can see this event live?
In 2008, there were 24 horses racing for a prize of $5.5 million AUD which at the time was 3.3$ USD plus a Gold cup which is worth 120.000$ and since 1919 that the winner receives such cup.
To give the racers even more motivation to compete, the winner of both the Melbourne Cup and the Irish St.Leger receive another bonus of $500.000, all in the same racing season.
To make the race even more interesting there is also lots of betting houses ready to take bets from people who want to guess which worse is going Plastic China Plates to win and to make big money from it.