Photographer's Note

And off they go! The Melbourne cup race has started. both on screen and in real life you can see the horses racing off. The people are cheering like crazy, because in total they yearly spend crazy amounts of money.
In the Melbourne metropolitan area, the race day is a gazetted public holiday, but around the country a majority of people watch the race on television and gamble, either through direct betting or participating in workplace cup "sweeps". As of April, 2007 the ACT also recognises Melbourne Cup Race Day as a holiday. In 2000 it was estimated that 80 percent of the adult Australian population placed a bet on the race that year.

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Additional Photos by Femke van der Horst (femkevdh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 827 W: 0 N: 417] (2633)
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