Past The Post News

The 2013 Melbourne Cup is now only seven days away and 47 horses remain in the hunt to contest the $6 million Group 1 event at Flemington after the second acceptances were released by Racing Victoria yesterday afternoon. Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente has been on top of 2013 Melbourne Cup betting markets…


Past The Post

Past The Post

The finishing line in a horse race is known as the winning post so when a horse completes a race they are considered ‘past the post’. The horse that finishes a race in first position is considered the first past the post but this does not necessarily guarantee that they will be the winner of the race.

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If a jockey, owner or trainer believes that their horse was interfered against at any point of the race they can lodge a protest against the winning horse. Both parties are given the opportunity to argue their cases before the stewards who make the final decision on whether they believe interference occurred. If the stewards decided that the interference caused affected the outcome of the race than the runner that caused the interference, even if they are the winner, is placed after the horse they interfered with.  This means that a horse can be first past the post but not necessarily win the race.

Australian Horse Racing

Horse Racing is one of Australia’s most popular pastimes with races held in cities and towns all across the country. Racing is now held in Australia on every single day of the year except Christmas Day with almost 20,000 total races held every single year. HorseRacing.com.au provides the most recent and up-to-date news, form guides and much more.

Because there is such a large interest in horse racing in Australia the prizemoney on offer is immense and ranks third in the world behind only Japan and the United States. Despite the large amounts of prizemoney on offer, one of the best things about Australian racing is that it is affordable for anybody to get involved in. In countries like the United Kingdom horse ownership is restricted to royalty and the elite of society but in Australia anybody with a bit of spare cash can purchase and race a horse.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Cox Plate

(2,040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO WFA

Group 1

Manikato Stakes

(1,200m)

Moonee Valley

$1,000,000

Open WFA

Group 1

Melbourne Cup 2014

(3200m)

Flemington

$6,000,000

3YO QH

Group 1

Victoria Derby

(2,500m)

Flemington

$1,500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Cox Plate 2014

(2,040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO WFA

Group 1

Crown Oaks

(2,500m)

Flemington

$1,000,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Mackinnon Stakes

(2,000m)

Flemington

$1,000,000

WFA

Group 1

Emirates Stakes

(1,600m)

Flemington

$1,000,000

Qlty

Group 1

Blue Diamond Stakes

(1200m)

Caulfield

$1,000,000

2YO SW

Australia’s richest and most popular horse race is the $6 million Melbourne Cup that is held on the first Tuesday of November every year. The incredible prizemoney on offer means that the Melbourne Cup draws horses from all around the world and in recent years has been won by horses from Ireland, Japan and France as well as Australia and New Zealand. The race is held on a public holiday in Melbourne and the event is regularly attended by over 100,000 racegoers.

The majority of Australian’s will place a bet on the race with roughly $200 million, or $8.50 for every person, wagered on the race. Even people that don’t (or aren’t allowed to) bet on the race generally get involve in sweeps that gives them a runner to follow in the race. The Melbourne Cup is shown in pubs, offices and even schools all around the country with a number of schools known to put the call of the race over their loudspeaker system.

Don’t forget to check out the Melbourne Cup Odds & Melbourne Cup Field.

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