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Mon Nov 5, 2018, 05:51 PM

The second most important horse race in the world

Here in Oz it's already Tuesday November 6th. The gang is coming around today for a BBQ, plenty of laughs and drinks and to watch the Melbourne Cup, which is run in about 6 hours. (3pm AEST)

The Cup has rightly been called 'The Race that Stops the Nation'. Practically the whole country goes silent for those four or five minutes when the best stayers in the world run around Flemington Racecourse two and a half times.

My friends, not a conservative among them, will have another race on their minds today - your mid-term elections which take place tomorrow. We all hate Trump and everything he stands for with a passion. They all know about DU and have asked me to pass on their best wishes to DU, every Democratic candidate and the righteous citizens of the USA who believe Trump is an affront to decency.

From me, if I get too molly-the-monk to get back on here until the election is over - GO DEMS! This little corner of South East Australia is cheering for you.

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Reply The second most important horse race in the world (Original post)
canetoad Monday OP
Kali Monday #1
canetoad Monday #2
CottonBear Monday #3
twogunsid Monday #4
maxsolomon Monday #5
canetoad Monday #6
maxsolomon Monday #10
pink Tuesday #14
babylonsister Monday #7
canetoad Monday #9
babylonsister Monday #11
Xipe Totec Monday #8
Xipe Totec Monday #12
Awsi Dooger Tuesday #13

Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 05:54 PM

1. ...





Enjoy your day, I am still trying to get down that way. Maybe next year. Sigh.

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Response to Kali (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 05:56 PM

2. Let me know if you do

Be great to catch up.

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 05:57 PM

3. Thank you canetoad! It is good to know we've supporters in Australia.

Have a good time and donít get too molly-the-monk! Itís good to have something the whole country can enjoy together.

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:14 PM

4. Go Democrats!....

....and Go Yucatan and Aidan O'Brien!

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:21 PM

5. what is a "stayer"?

is it unusual to have a big horse race on a Tuesday?

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:25 PM

6. Long distance horserace

Or, more correctly, the horses that run it. The Cup is two and a half miles. What do you call it?

It's not the norm to have races on a Tuesday. The Spring Racing Carnival starts today and goes everyday until Saturday. First Tuesday in November has been Melbourne Cup for years.

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Response to canetoad (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 07:07 PM

10. never called it anything before

now stayer makes perfect sense.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 02:40 AM

14. Another supporter from downunder.

No more unusual than having a big election on a Tuesday. Do you think that it could be a bigger turnout of voters if the elections were held on a Saturday?

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:44 PM

7. Awww. I know you'll

be riveted if you're able. Love from the US and me, and thanks!

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:59 PM

9. Hey Sis!

For once I'm glad of the time difference - couldn't stand all the excitement in one day. In 2008, when I still went to the office some days, I was driving home at about 4pm Wednesday when I heard McCains concession speech on the radio.

I'm not a gambler but we hold a Cup Sweep for the crowd coming here shortly (hell - just glanced at the clock, they'll be here in an hour!) Hope you are holding out OK and Gillum is your next Gov. He's a pretty cool guy. Take care Sis, thinking of you.

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Response to canetoad (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 07:40 PM

11. You KNOW I voted for him!

I'm working a poll tomorrow so won't have a chance to sit home and bite my nails...luckily. Should be home shortly after returns start rolling in.

Have fun, thanks to you and your friends for the encouragement, and may your horse win!

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:55 PM

8. I'll be monitoring worldwide viewership of this event

I do Qos analysis of these events.

It's a big one.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 11:36 PM

12. Up to 150,000 and rising now. nt

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 12:21 AM

13. Very sad about The Cliffsofmoher

Seems like this race has had some bad luck in recent years.

Aidan O'Brien has got to be stunned and deflated, because I know he also lost another top horse recently.

Anyway, congratulations to Godolphin and Cross Counter. I didn't bet this race but I watched on TVG

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