Geoffs Life After Work !

Life is just beginning

The Day a Nation Stops!!

After visiting nearby Maryborough for some tips on horse racing from Mary Poppins the first Tuesday in the month of November,Australia comes to a halt at 2pm Eastern ! All to watch a horse race ! Millions of dollars are placed in bets in this once a year race! just a quick note on the history of the  Melbourne Cup which is Australia’s most important thoroughbred horse race . The race is held over a distance of 3,200 meters for horses three years and older and is the richest and most prestigious “two-mile” handicap in the world. Fondly called “The Race that Stops a Nation”, Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday in metropolitan Melbourne and Melbourne Cup history has spanned centuries since its first gallop in 1861 up to its 150th in 2010. Needless to say I listened to my betting wizened,well meaning,supposedly great horse tippers in England and backed their “informed” tips (They all lost !!) Of course Ann who doesn,t know one end of a horse from the other picked the winner !! In future I will stab the racing form page with a pen and put money on the nearest to my pen mark !! I t was a good day tho and although the tv screens were very small pubs along the Bay were packed and trouble free.Tomorrow my grandson and mum arrive belatedly due to QANTAS strike !!

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November 3, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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Geoffs Life After Work !

Life is just beginning

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