The build up and excitement for the Melbourne Cup was palpable as we arrived in Melbourne the week of the big race.

This is the race that stops a nation and it was more exciting than ever this year. While the $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup is the centre piece of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, there are plenty of additional races to entertain the race goers.

There are a total of ten races taking place throughout the day on November 6th, with varying race distances and prize values on offer. While the 3,200 metre Emirates Melbourne Cup is by far the most prestigious event on the Australian racing calendar, the entire Melbourne Cup day spectacle is organised as a complete and enthralling package.

The Melbourne Cup is the second richest prize in Australian sport, contested by horses from all over the world. It is amazing when you think that Australia stops to a standstill to listen to and watch the big event, with a 100,000 plus crowd also expected to witness the race live at the Flemington Racecourse.

And what a race it proved to be with the Irish taking the first 3 places.

The 2017 Melbourne Cup will be remembered as the day 24-year-old trainer Joseph O’Brien overshadowed his legendary father Aidan O’Brien to create a famous chapter in the race that stops the nation.  Joseph O’Brien’s Rekindling edged past his father’s Johannes Vermeer with 100m to run to win by a short head in a dramatic finish.  Johannes Vermeer held on for second ahead of Max Dynamite (third) and Big Duke (fourth).