Tuesday, 4 November 2014


With the Melbourne Cup over, Australia is in shock after the death of Melbourne Cup favourites 'Admire Rakti' and 'Araldo'. This cast a shadow over Australia’s biggest race. I am not a punter, nor do I enjoy horse racing - I feel sorry for the poor horses and this year's two deaths at the Cup were hard to stomach.

'Admire Rakti' collapsed and died after pulling up distressed after the 2014 Melbourne Cup. The horse, who started a well-backed Melbourne Cup favourite but faded to last after leading, dropped dead in his stall shortly after the race. Later, news of runner 'Araldo’s death came several hours after suffering an injury it sustained on its way back to the stalls post-race. The incident occurred when the stallion lashed out and kicked a fence after being spooked by a child waving a flag.

According to Ward Young from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, 125 horses lost their lives on Australian racetracks from Aug 2013 - July 2014, meaning 1 horse died every 3 days.

It's much more interesting to watch what things women will put on their heads every Cup Day, and revel in headgear galore as the caps, titfers, chapeaux, hats, veils, fascinators, egrets, tiaras and crowns are taken out of the mothballs and sported proudly!

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme.


  1. What fun!! Love seeing all the fashions!

  2. How tragic about the horses. Looks like a colorful event though.


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