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WHAT IS MELBOURNE CUP?
The Melbourne Cup is Australia's major thoroughbred horse race although it is now celebrated around the world. It is marketed as "the race that stops a nation" as many people take time out of the work days to watch the race. Offices often stop work and provide a TV screen or venue for their employees to watch the race. It is a 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over and is the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races. Conducted annually by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, the event starts at 3pm (daylight saving time) on the first Tuesday in November. The first race was held in 1861 over two miles but was shortened to 3,200 metres in 1972 when Australia adopted the metric system. The present record holder is the 1990 winner Kingston Rule with a time of 3:16.3.