Neil is the director of Vogue Limousines. He has a thorough knowledge of the Gold Coast and surrounding areas, and has providing quality limousine transfers, airport transfers and corporate transfers across the Gold Coast for over a decade.
Excitement is building across the country as the greatest thoroughbreds from around the world gather at Flemington to battle it out for a stake of the $6.2 million prize money and to cement their names in racing history.
If you’re planning on frocking up and making a day of it, the odds of finding a great location to celebrate at are fantastic. While you’re there, why not share a bit of Melbourne Cup trivia with your mates.
DID YOU KNOW?
1. Your shout The crowd at the first Cup was a measly 4000. Bar access was probably a lot easier, though.
2. Race day In 1875, the Cup was run on a Tuesday for the first time.
3. Backing up Just five horses have won more than one Cup. Apart from Makybe Diva, they were Archer (1861 and í62), Peter Pan (1932 and í34), Rain Lover (1968 and 1969) and Think Big (1974 and í75).
4. Going grey Six grey horses have won the Cup including Subzero in 1992.
5. Not half bad No trainer has half as many winners as Bart Cummings’ 12. Lee Freedman and Etienne de Mestre are closest, with five each.
6. Walking shoes The first winner, Archer, is said to have walked from Sydney to Melbourne in 1861, and again in 1862. Some spoilsport historian now reckons he went by boat. Pffft.
7. Margin calls Archer (1862) and Rain Lover (1968) hold the greatest winning margin of eight lengths.
8. Flemington fallout There are 13 thoroughbred race meetings to bet on with the TAB on Cup day. There will also be countless non-TAB meetings around the country with bookies on course. Many racecourses now have their biggest crowd of the year on Melbourne Cup day, even though local fields are ordinary.
9. Never surrender World War I and World War II stopped most major sport in Australia, but never the Melbourne Cup.
10. No luck No horse has won from barrier 18 (right) since barriers were first introduced in 1924.
11. Dog day The greyhound Melbourne Cup is also run in November.
12. Money fight! Last year's Cup brought 26,000 international and interstate visitors to Melbourne and injected $155 million into the Victorian economy.
13. Let it ride Half an hour after the Melbourne Cup, you can bet on next year's race. You used to have wait until the following August.
14. Big winners The saddlecloth numbers four and twelve have won the Cup a record eleven times.
15. Don't drink and ride Jockeys in Victoria must have blood-alcohol readings under 0.02.
16. The Phrase That Stops A Nation The phrase The Race That Stops A Nation is a trademark of the Victoria Racing Club. As if any idiot would be loopy enough to use it in another context.
17. Rushin' What Australian sporting event did Russia win in 1946? Great trivia question, that. The answer is the Melbourne Cup. Russia was a horse. He won by three lengths.
18. Unhappy snap The photo-finish camera was first used in 1948, giving Rimfire victory over Dark Marne. It was later found the camera was aligned incorrectly, but the result stood. We would have made this fact No.17, but our numbering system was out of alignment.
19. All rise Long before Delta Blues won the 2006 Cup, Delta won the 1951 Cup. Oh, and Delta Goodrem sang the national anthem in 2007.
20. Wiki winners Fifty-five Melbourne Cup winners have their own Wikipedia entries. So far.
21. Name game Three-time winner Makybe Diva takes the first two letters from the names of millionaire owner Tony Santicís employees Maureen, Kylie, Belinda, Diane and Vanessa.
22. Skirt the truth British model Jean Shrimpton shocked Flemington by wearing a miniskirt in 1965. She also wore no gloves, hat or stockings. The scandal is often wrongly reported as having happened on Cup day. In fact it was Derby day, three days earlier.
23. Mine's still running In any given year, there are about 32,000 active racehorses in Australia. More than half of them have never won a race.
24. Everyone should know... Phar Lap's heart was 6.2kg. The average horse heart weighs 3.2 kg.
10 MELBOURNE CUP GOLD COAST EVENTS FOR 2016
#1 GOLD COAST TURF CLUB’S MELBOURNE CUP RACE DAY
Nothing beats being trackside on Cup Day, and the Gold Coast Turf Club’s Mercedes-Benz Melbourne Cup day event has something for everyone. There are race day hospitality packages available or if you prefer a more DJ festival party vibe then check out the Cocoon Trackside Party with music, air-conditioned and outdoor areas and plenty of entertainment. The club is the only place on the Gold Coast where you can watch live on-track racing action and the Melbourne Cup on the big screen.
Cost: General admission $35, packages from $45
#2 ARTS CENTRE GOLD COAST MELBOURNE CUP LUNCHEON
Watch all the action from Flemington with a beautiful lakeside view and enjoy tantalising food, a fashion parade, sweeps and raffles. Ladies dress to impress to win. Tickets include drink on arrival, canapés and a two-course meal. All money raised from raffles goes to Paradise Kids Gold Coast Children’s Charity.
#3 FELLINI CELEBRATES MELBOURNE CUP WITH FLAIR
From punters to fashion hunters, the annual Melbourne Cup Day function at the award-winning Ristorante Fellini at Marina Mirage caters to all tastes, with a three-course luncheon, fashion show and sweeps from 12 noon to 3pm on November 1, 2016.
#4 EXPERIENCE MELBOURNE CUP AT SOUTHPORT YACHT CLUB
From noon you can enjoy a two-course buffet in the Waterfront Restaurant and a glass of bubbles on arrival, and then watch the race on big screens. There’ll be fashions on the field, live entertainment and sweeps. Also this year the club is hosting a Melbourne Cup luncheon to help celebrate its 70th anniversary; this includes a three-course meal, guest MC, sweeps, raffles and a drink on arrival.
Cost: $69 or $85 (luncheon)
#5 CELEBRATE THE CUP AT JUPITER’S GOLD COAST
While the Garden Bar packages are already sold out, there are still plenty of options available at Jupiter’s Gold Coast. Celebrate the race with a delicious buffet lunch at Food Fantasy, a stylish lunch at Cucina Vivo or you could even watch the race in the luxury of your own poolside bungalow.
Cost: From $95
#6 MELBOURNE CUP LUNCHEON AT THE GRANGE INTERCONTINENTAL SANCTUARY COVE RESORT
An exclusive Melbourne Cup luncheon at The Grange includes canapés, alternative main and dessert buffet served with a glass of G.H. Mumm Champagne on arrival. There’s also a three-hour drinks package, live entertainment, sweep and prizes.
Cost: $145 or early bird special
#7 PALAZZO VERSACE MELBOURNE CUP EVENT IN LA MEDUSA BALLROOM
In the surrounds of La Medusa Ballroom, the venue’s most glamorous room, you can experience Cup Day while enjoying an exquisite lunch with your choice of Champagne package. Dress up in your finest because there are prizes for best dressed male and female. Enjoy live entertainment, raffles, a fashion parade hosted by Marina Mirage and Simone Bennett-Smith, plus Flemington action on big screens. Gold FM host Bridget Daley is MC. All funds raised from raffles to be donated to the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation.
Cost: From $195 or $1800 for table of 10.
#8 MELBOURNE CUP AT THE QT HOTEL
Enjoy a decadent lunch at the Bazaar interactive marketplace and a three-hour drinks package with Champagne on arrival, best dressed competitions, sweeps and big screens. The QT’s popular Stingray Lounge is throwing an alfresco lawn party that includes Champagne on arrival, a three-hour drinks package, DJ, best dressed competition and live race action.
Cost: From $100 to $145
#9 SEAFOOD BUFFET AT KALINDA RESTAURANT ROYAL PINES RESORT
Join in the spring carnival fun at Kalinda Restaurant with a freshly prepared seafood buffet lunch. Also included is a three-hour drinks package. There’ll be sweeps, lucky door prizes and children four and under are free and those aged 5 to 12 are free with every full paying adult.
Cost: $95 adults, $45 children
#10 WATERSIDE MELBOURNE CUP BUFFET AT CURRUMBIN RSL
The Currumbin RSL is offering a buffet at Waterside Event, including a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. There’ll be live entertainment by Smooth and Groove from 11.30am, lucky door and best dressed prizes and plenty of sweeps.
Cost: $75 for members, $85 non-members
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Neil is the director of Vogue Limousines. He has a throughout knowledge of the Gold Coast and surrounding areas, and has providing quality limousine transfers, airport transfers and corporate transfers across the Gold Coast for over a decade.
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