MELBOURNE CUP: AUSTRALIA's GREATEST RACE
The Melbourne Cup, contested at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday of November since 1861, carries a $5 million purse and is for 3-year-olds and up contested at two miles on the turf. The story of the Melbourne Cup has a unique place in Australia's culture, and is embraced around the world.
The Melbourne Cup, dubbed the "race that stops a nation," gives an absorbing account of the narratives, the horses and humans who have forged the history of Australia's greatest thoroughbred race. It explains why so many people dream of winning the Melbourne Cup, and how the mystique of the Cup has a unique power to change people's lives.
This captivating documentary offers a vast amount of archival film and follows the cultural and social development of the Melbourne Cup. It uses rare footage and more than 50 interviews with all the prominent players in Melbourne Cup history including the great Bart Cummings, Lee Freedman, Damien Oliver, Dermot Weld, Roy Higgins and Michael Rodd to document the Cup's dramatic sagas, bringing to life the deeds of legendary horses CARBINE, PHAR LAP and MAKYBE DIVA recalling the fairytales and the hard luck stories, the fashion statements and the controversies that have impacted the Australian way of life. It looks at the cultural impact the Cup has made since its inception back in 1861 and profiles the unique stories which have woven a unique history surrounding the greatest handicap two mile horse race in the world and provides a magical insight into why the Cup is part of being Australian.
|Format(s) Available:||DVD And VHS|
|Category:||Australian & New Zealand Flat Racing|