Today is the day of the Melbourne Cup – known in Australia as the Race that stops a Nation.
It’s an odd thing here in Adelaide, because Melbourne Cup is not a public holiday for us, for all intents and purposes it is a normal working day. However, it is more common than not that Businesses stop, that people attend Melbourne Cup lunches and that most people seem to participate in some form of betting on the Race. Adelaide does stop for the Melbourne Cup, it’s very difficult to get business done around lunchtime on the First Tuesday in November.
The 2014 Melbourne Cup has just concluded and Horse Number 5, Protectionist, ridden by Ryan Moore has won. This doesn’t mean a whole lot to me and the only reason I know is because it was on the telly in the snack bar that I went to get my lunch from. I actually watched the race this year!
I had a morning tea where I invited all my staff to come and join me and drink coffee/tea and eat cake, which is very unusual for us, but due to the fact that I am appreciative to all of my staff that our office doesn’t stop for the Race that Stops the Nation.
I was also very pleased when I called my number one client at midday and he too was at his desk working hard.
So, perhaps less people are involved in the celebration than I thought…..
Then I remembered, my Mum, Catherine Crout-Habel, whose blog this is, LOVED the Melbourne Cup. Considering she was not much of a gambler, and especially considering how terrified of horses she was, the fact that she reveled in all things Melbourne Cup was extremely unusual.
She would pull out posters of the horses and review all of the Horses running and she would choose who she thought would take it out this year. This was more often than not based on the number or the colour that the jockey was wearing, certainly nothing scientific, but she really did love it.
Sometimes she would place a bet, more often not, but she would ALWAYS watch the race, and she would delight in the beauty of the horses. She would describe the horses and the way they majestically strode to the finish line.
I went back through old posts, old emails and old text messages as I was eating my lunch to find something that she had written about the Melbourne Cup to share and came up with nothing. So, I decided it all had to come from me, my memory.
I remember she loved Makybe Diva – a horse that won the Melbourne Cup in 2003,2004 and 2005 – wow, I can’t believe that was so long ago! This is Makybe Diva:
An interesting fact I’ve just discovered is that Protectionist who won today ran the race in 3.17.71, which is the fastest time since before Makybe Diva’s reign started. Media Puzzle won in 2002 with a time of 3.16.97.
I was sad when I thought that this was the first Melbourne Cup that Mum wasn’t able to enjoy and decided I needed to put up a quick post so that everyone knew how much Mum loved the Melbourne Cup.
Now, I need to get back to the pile of work that I should be attacking ….