The Melbourne Cup

Most visitors to this blog share my interest in antique furniture, but not many readers would be aware that I also know quite a bit about horse racing.

For those unfamiliar with the Sport of Kings and its competitors, the front of a horse is known as the ‘bow’ and the rear is called the ‘stern’. Hay goes in through the bow and there’s an alternative, malodorous arrangement at the stern. During each contest, the horses are guided by a select group of alto midgets called ‘jockeys’ who perch atop the animals, steering them with narrow leather ‘sheets’.

Australia’s premier two-mile turf race, the Melbourne Cup, has been run annually on the first Tuesday of November since 1861.

A scene at the Melbourne Cup.

A more typical scene at the Melbourne Cup.

Of particular excitement this year is the attendance of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall who arrived in Australia yesterday.

The Governor-General, Ms. Quentin Bryce AC CVO (left) welcoming Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to Australia.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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5 Responses to The Melbourne Cup

  1. Eric R says:

    Nice to see that the US isn’t the only country to occasionally have a bombastic ass in the crowd.
    (referring to the goof holding the riding crop and the cup, not HRH naturally….)
    The Prince and Duchess fresh from their stop at Papua new Guinea ?


  2. rfrancis says:

    And Harry and friends in middle pic?


  3. Roy says:

    Seen better dresses on horses! Can’t stand the attention some people get when there are more urgent things that need our attention happening in this world.
    Care to comment


    • Jack Plane says:

      Everybody has a cross to bear – real or perceived – and as a result, they seek relief from it in one form or another. Admittedly, falling down drunk at a horse race wouldn’t be my first choice.



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