A virtual national holiday each year in Australia, The Melbourne Cup watches that entire nation come to a standstill for the historic horse race held at Flemington Racecourse.
Run over a course of 3,200 meters for three-year-olds the annual event ranks as the most popular event in an already "sports mad" country with prize money qualify the run as one of the richest turf races in the world.
The race starts at 3 p.m. Melbourne time on the first Tuesday in November, with pre-race coverage focusing on the outlandish headgear worn to the race by its female race enthusiasts.
This Australian tradition held since 1861 will be broadcast live to the Denpasar Room of the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel in Bali. Gates open locally in Bali at 10:00 a.m. local time to facilitate the numerous sweeps, lucky door prizes, silent auctions and door prizes leading up to the actual race.
Admission to the event coats Rp. 450,000 (US$45) which covers the race, door prizes, a lavish buffet lunch, bubbles and/or beer on arrival. Discounts are available to those booking a table of ten.
Funds raised from the event will be given to support worthy local charitable causes.
For more information or to make an essential booking telephone ++62-(0)85935212880, ++62-(0)8123874136 or the Hotel at ++62-(0)361-281781.
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