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604 200 seconds. 10 080 minutes. 168 hours. 7 days. 1 week.

October 25, 2011

604 200 seconds. 10 080 minutes. 168 hours. 7 days. 1 week.

This post marks exactly one week (or seven days, or 168 hours, or 10 080 minutes, or 604 200 seconds) until the 151st running of the race that stops the nation, the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

The next week is without doubt the most dramatic in any Australian racing year.

There will be tears, there will be triumph, there will be anguish, there will be hope, there will be intrigue, there will be amazement…and that’s before a horse is loaded into the barriers at the top of the long Flemington straight.

Already, the anticipation is beginning to build, and questions are starting to form.

Will Bauer, the closest runner-up in history, sneak into the final field?

Will Caulfield Cup runner-up Green Moon win the Lexus to claim a spot in the race?

Will horses like Glass Harmonium, Linton and Tactic line up?

Who will be the lucky 24 riders?

Will any horse fail the mandatory vet check this year?

Those questions will be answered by Saturday night, when acceptances are taken, the final field is announced and the barrier draw is conducted.

But come Sunday morning, more questions will emerge.

The primary question on everyone’s lips will be, who is the right horse with the right weight at the right time? Simplified, the question is – who will win the Melbourne Cup?

Debate will continue until the victorious galloper crosses the line at approximately 3:03pm next Tuesday.

And then, just like that, the public’s interest fades for another year, only raised from its non-horsey stupor by the incredible deeds of Black Caviar.

I can’t wait for all the events of the next week to be unveiled.

Keep an eye on Andrew Hawkins Racing and CupInfo for all the latest Melbourne Cup news.

Let the countdown begin!

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 25, 2011 3:48 pm

    It is always a great day. Even here in New Zealand it stops the nation and packs pubs, it will be interesting to see this years reaction as it is so close to the Rugby World Cup and I get the impression the general public have somewhat forgotten about it.

    Obviously, with the sad passing of Lion Tamer on the weekend there may not be a Kiwi hopeful to cheer for next Tuesday. It looks like Booming is high enough in the order of entry at present to potentially get a start, and Showcause at 36 might be a surprise contender if he can find a way to make the field. Either way it is a day I always look forward to.

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