The day’s first race has simply been run and received

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It’s muggy. Devoted racing lovers is perhaps extra focused on a monitor report than the final ambient temperature at Flemington (good, based on however I’ve to warn correct critical racing lovers that I will not be the reporter you’re in search of.

My experience with racehorses is usually easy methods to feed an previous one with no tooth (Mitavite gumnuts and lucerne chaff, left to soak for a bit. Not #sponcon) and my esteemed colleague Luke didn’t know what a clearing sale was so I wouldn’t belief him with something vaguely rural.

Sorry Luke.

State finalists in the Fashion on the Field contest.

State finalists within the Trend on the Discipline contest. {Photograph}: Dave Crosling/EPA

However! I’ll carry you fashions on the sphere, views of which horses can be good to take residence, and protection of any animal welfare points that come up.

Don’t fear, although. Alana Schetzer is right here to cowl the racing itself — she is aware of what she’s speaking about.

You may comply with her on twitter @Schetzer and me @Callapilla. Ship tricks to Alana and photographs of retired race horses or some other ponies to me.

Calla Wahlquist

Have a look at all these lovely spindily issues. #CallaCup

November 5, 2018

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It is Cup Day – and it is Melbourne. So it is raining.

Properly, right here we’re once more. The Race that Stops the Nation, The Race that Divides the Nation, or, in my case, the Race meaning I didn’t must pay for parking within the CBD right this moment.

My identify is Luke Henriques-Gomes and I’ll be with you for the following few hours. There’s certain to be loads of color and motion: individuals in loopy outfits, an eccentric British billionaire in a g-string (sufficient stated, the higher), most likely a protest, or too. Oh, and the race itself, in fact.

Racegoers arrive during Melbourne Cup Day.

Racegoers arrive throughout Melbourne Cup Day. {Photograph}: Michael Dodge/Getty Photos

Becoming a member of me are my colleagues Calla Wahlquist and Alana Schetzer who’re out at Flemington right this moment. In traditional Melbourne type, it’s “bucketing down”, based on the bureau, the speaking heads on the TV and the view out my window.

Forward of the large race – at 3pm – we’ll let you know what it is advisable know to bluff your method by means of a Cup Day barbecue dialog and maintain you updated about what’s occurring on the monitor and, extra importantly, in The Birdcage.

Suggestions and fanmail are welcome: I’m at [email protected] or @lukehgomes.

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