We did a quick straw poll (or should we say “Hay poll”) of 100 Australians and 76% said they would not. Of those who said no, the result was split pretty even between men and women (49.3% v 50.7%)*.
Of those who said who said yes to supporting the event, men (58.9%) were more likely to support than women (41.1%)*.
Melbourne Cup is an Australian tradition that dates back to 1861 and has been branded as “the race that stops the nation”. Previous notable winners include Makybe Diva (2003, 2004, 2005), Phar Lap (1930) and most recently Cross Counter (2018).
The event at Flemington Racecourse has received infamous media coverage over the last few years with patrons becoming intoxicated and becoming news headlines for events that pursued. We’ll be placing our bets on some interesting characters emerging on the racecourse.
*excluding respondents where gender is unknown