I must confess…I still don’t get the Melbourne Cup

A few years back I wrote a post about not getting the Melbourne Cup. And 4 years later I stand by my original post.

I just don’t get it.

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Since I wrote that first post I have actually been to a live horse race to try to better understand the whole lure of the nags. I got frocked up. I had some champers. I watched the action. I saw bookies in real life. I even smelled horse manure.

I was bored SHITLESS (yes, the pun is very much intended there)

Nathan and I left the track almost with a sense of relief that day – we just didn’t enjoy it at all. Of course everyone likes different things and I know of many friends who live for a day at the races but there really isn’t much at the races that interests me at all. So I won’t be heading down to Flemington anytime soon to see the Melbourne Cup live.

As for my other points, they still stand:

  • I’m still no fashionista. While Kmart home wares are now considered funky & chic, Kmart fashion is not exactly track worthy. I wouldn’t be winning any fashions on the field stakes with my wardrobe.
  • I’m still put to sleep by gambling. Honest to god, betting bores me to tears…
  • I still miss out on the race while I’m on the school run. No point getting excited if I can’t actually watch it.
  • And while I no longer work at my office, Delilah’s school orientation session is scheduled for 2 – 3 pm tomorrow. So yet again, even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy a Melbourne Cup long lunch…

And I even have an extra point to add this time around:

  • The deaths of 2 horses in last year’s race was a stark reminder of the dangers of horse racing to both horse and rider. I was personally horrified that two beautiful animals died because of their participation in this race. Seriously, is the money, the fashions and the spectacle worth the lives of innocent animals?

So yet again, I will not be partaking in the festivities surrounding the Melbourne Cup. But if it floats your boat, have a most excellent time. And have a drink and a bet for me – I’ll most certainly take it.

As you are taking in the colour and spectacle of the Melbourne Cup carnival I’ll be watching my baby girl take her first steps towards independence at her orientation visit at school. I’ll be the mother silently crying at the back of the hall, most likely in denial, curled up in the foetal position…

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20 Responses

  1. Jo Tracey says:

    I’m a yes but… on this one. I’ve never dressed up, done the luncheon thing etc. I do, usually have a bet (but won’t be this year) & participate in the office sweep. I love the excitement of the track- but haven’t been on Melbourne Cup Day. There’s also the ethical issues at play too now- which although I won’t be engaging in the conversation, is why I won’t be having a bet. It’s a toughie- because I also get how much a part of our national psyche (whether you agree or not) the Cup is.
    Jo Tracey recently posted..Practice packs…

  2. It’s funny how if you don’t work in an office, life overtakes the festivities. For a few years we organised Melbourne Cup at a pub near the school, it was great – and one of us would walk down and pick up everyone’s kids. But like Halloween, this year I’m just letting it go by – too much on!
    Lydia C. Lee recently posted..Lack of Respect

  3. Fluffy says:

    I’m not a fan – although I do enjoy a dress up and the fact that in the afternoon everyone stands around a t.v and yells at it. But last year left a bad taste in my mouth. This year I am flying interstate for work, so it’ll just be another day at the office.
    Fluffy recently posted..Blood Thirst Champagne Cocktail

  4. Vanessa says:

    I don’t support horse racing. I love horses & horse sports but not racing. No other horse sport I’m aware of races horses at such an immature level of their physical development. Funny how that’s only to the detriment of the horses & not the riders…
    Also bored to tears by gambling. Not interesting to me!
    Vanessa recently posted..$165 Grocery Shop

  5. Ness says:

    I totally agree with you on all points. Just the thought of spending a day at the races makes me twitchy. And all betting and gambling bores the bejesus out of me, too. Good luck with Delilah’s orientation. It’ll be OK. She’ll always be your little girl…xo
    Ness recently posted..My Thoughts On The Melbourne Cup.

  6. Trish says:

    I also don’t get it.
    I don’t do fashun or bet on it and most years don’t even watch .
    Trish recently posted..Cheating on Joe – Eat a Rainbow

  7. I’m so not into horse racing. I don’t get why people think forcing animals to race and betting on it is fun. The only friends I have who are really into the races are more into it because they can go and get drunk for the day {they don’t look pretty and dressed up at the end of the day believe me}. Can you tell I’ve never been to the races? I think I’d be bored shitless too. Also my granddad passed away one year on Melbourne Cup day so that’s all it ever reminds me of. Definitely no excitement going on over here {besides I’m already getting excited for Christmas so there’s no room for Melbourne Cup ;P}
    Toni @ Finding Myself Young recently posted..Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

  8. Haven’t supported racing for years. Far too many horses killed for the entertainment of the punters- it’s disgraceful. I can get frocked up and drink champers without any horses being harmed, thanks!
    Amy @ HandbagMafia recently posted..Robbie Williams, Russell Brand & Mr Gee

  9. Mumma McD says:

    The whole thing makes me feel ill, those poor horses! Urgh. I’m boycotting again this year.
    Mumma McD recently posted..What your drink choice says about you (The Mum Edit)

  10. With Zita in Perth I’m a tad distracted on the blogging front. We are doing something for Melbourne Cup this year but it’s more about the food, wine and friends and less about the race. It will be Zita’s first Melbourne Cup. I’ve been to a few over the years but nothing in years. I’m always working.
    Raych aka Mystery Case recently posted..Aussie Giveaway Linkup – November

  11. cate says:

    even growing up in Melbourne, it was just about the day off. I confess, I will watch the race, if I’m around, because I like the idea of “stopping the nation”, but if I iss it, it’s no biggie.
    cate recently posted..Us Right Now

  12. I’m sorry but this is one of my favourite days. For the past 18 years we have hosted a massive function here at my house and auctioned off the horses (I have won twice). We decided the hand the reins (pardon the pun) over to someone else and we are actually going to the cup – I am so excited.
    Natalie @ OurParallelConnection recently posted..6 things healthy people do for their body, mind & soul

  13. Julie says:

    Gosh am I the only one who likes the horses? I love it. I love dress up, love the gambling, drinking champers and love picking the horses. I even go to the races when it’s not a big meeting (well I used to). Have a great day tomorrow everyone. I am not doing races this year I am doing a course. Boring but my only day to do it.
    Julie recently posted..Interview for You Tube Channel 1000 Women 1000 Ways

  14. Denyse says:

    I’ve grown up with an interest in the races but not an obsession. Melb Cup has always been a bit of fun at school in the staff room with sweeps & lunch & dressing up. But I once went to a proper Melb Cup luncheon & was bored because I am not a drinker nor a gambler (I call myself a once a year flutterer if that) I hear you on the race meeting too – went to one in the country & again, not a drinker nor a fashionista so meh! But, I do agree that horse racing can seem to be a cruel sport. Still, I will probably watch it. Good luck with orientation tomorrow .. D
    Denyse recently posted..Wedding Anniversary. 305/365.

  15. I’ve never been to the races. Miss 18 has and she says I’m not missing anything! I used to enjoy having a special lunch with work colleagues and the fun of a the sweeps, but I’ve been working from home the past 3 years so it all just passes me by.
    Janet aka Middle Aged Mama recently posted..Hooray for H&M in Australia!

  16. I’m with you in that I don’t get it either. I don’t get racing at all — betting, animal cruelty, drinking heaps don’t make sense to me.
    Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life recently posted..The month that was October 2015

  17. Natalie says:

    Im in two minds about the Melbourne Cup and horse racing in general! I went to the Cox Plate a couple of years ago (another major Spring Racing Carnival event here in Melbourne) with hubby through his work, so it was a corporate event in a nice dining room. Im not one for dressing up but found a $30 bargain at Harris Scarfe lol
    I hate gambling in general but I do pick a horse in the Melb Cup every year. I think it’s a Melb thing, I wouldn’t pay attention if I lived anywhere else.
    My kids have been raising the ethical questions about horses being injured while racing etc…which makes me feel guilty. I remember while we were walking to the Cox Plate venue there were animal rights activists holding up placards right outside the venue- I felt guilty for my participation.
    Natalie recently posted..Digital Declutter: Clearing Your Digital Space

  18. Not much has changed for me, other than me getting older, since my original comment! Thanks so much for getting out your post and adding it to the Link Up for Life This Week. I appreciate your support! And look at your life since then, quite a bit has changed too!

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