m_findlow wrote in photo_scavenger

Challenge #13 - Equine

The Melbourne Cup is one of the world's great horse races. In fact it is the richest two mile handicap race in the world, run on the first Tuesday in November since 1861. It's known as the race that stops the nation, because at 3pm as the horses are loaded into the barriers, the nation literally pauses to watch, wherever they are. In my home state, we even have a holiday for it.

Those who have the pleasure of working at the track on the day are gifted a commemorative pin. These are just a few that my father has collected over the years (and the only ones I could find at short notice), which includes a Cox Plate pin which is another big race day in the spring calendar.

I only wish I could have found the set of five flower pins, as the 10 major race days (including the Melbourne Cup) are each represented by a flower emblem, mostly roses, but also freesia, lavender, iris and cornflower.


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