I am not a horse racing fan but when you are in Australia during the running of the Melbourne Cup you can't ignore the event. Even in Adelaide, miles from Melbourne, bars were full, ladies were in fancy hats and it seemed everyone was searching for a TV or radio.
it was a sight to see 24 thoroughbreds leap from the gate on the brilliant green track.
At the midpoint the eventual winner, wearing emerald green, can barely be seen in the middle of the pack. But by the end she found her way to the front and made history.
Here is what Australian news said about the event....It’s called the race that stops a nation and when the nation did stop at 3pm on Tuesday, it witnessed history being made as Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in the race’s storied 155-year history.
What a media darling the 30 year old Payne is likely to become. She is accomplished, attractive and articulate and handled the post race interviews like a seasoned veteran.
Now that the event is over Australia can get back to work and we can head for Alice Springs.