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The Melbourne Cup is Australia's major annual thoroughbred horse race. Billed as The race that stops a nation, it is for three-year-olds and over, and covers a distance of 3,200 metres. It is generally regarded as the most prestigious "two-mile" handicap in the world. The event is held on the first Tuesday in November by the Victoria Racing Club, on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

Next year's race is held on Tuesday 4th November 2014.

The race was originally held over two miles (about 3,218 metres) but following preparation for Australia's adoption of the metric system in the 1970s, the current race distance of 3,200 metres was established in 1972. This reduced the distance by 61ft 6in, and Rain Lover's 1968 race record of 3min.19.1sec was accordingly adjusted to 3min.17.9sec. The present record holder is the 1990 winner Kingston Rule with a time of 3min 16.3sec.

The 2013 Melbourne Cup winner was Fiorente, ridden by Damien Oliver and trained by Gai Waterhouse


A sweep is when a number of people pay to purchase a coupon, each representing a horse. The tickets are given out randomly, and each coupon costs the same (usually $1 $5), so there is no skill element involved, and odds are ignored completely. The prize pool is made up of the receipts exclusively, and is divided out to the holders of the tickets for winning horses. 

Typically, first place will win about half of the prize pool, with the remainder divided on a sliding scale to second and third. There may even be some money given to last place, considering the random nature of a sweep.

Participating in a Melbourne Cup sweep is an Australian way of life in workplaces and social clubs throughout the country, becoming the focus of the days festivities.

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