Put down that julip , it's www.sport927.com.au .
I'm busy cutting out the horses names from the newspaper . You see this idea of getting a horse to root for in the Melbourne Cup is a long tradition . Every factory , office , old peoples home ...everywhere in Australia people run a fun "Cup Sweep" with a small prize for the winner . It has been so for generations . Also today is a public holiday because of the race , must be the only place in the world that has a horse race as the reason for a holiday ! By the way the cup the winner gets is solid gold and is made by hand each year . The track is lined with 30,000 rose bushes which the gardeners tend so they will flower their best on Cup day . It is always run on the first Tuesday in November except for 1942 when they had to run it on a Saturday because they could spare the holiday from war production .
So this is the tradition you take part in , as did Charlie back then .
See ya soon , STEVE