Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Melbourne Cup Day...

First Tuesday in November  in Oz is  Melbourne Cup Day.
It is the most prestigious horse race in the racing calendar.
It's called the Race that stops a nation.
Which is fairly accurate, there are parties, and most people try to get to a television at 3 p.m to watch the race.

Bella was glued to the television.
(Of course, she likes Sylvester and Tweetie, too.)

This year's race was won by Prince of Penzance ,  
a 100 to 1 chance ridden by the only 
female jockey in a field of 24 horses.
(Sheesh, sounds a bit like National Velvet.)

Michelle Payne was congratulated in the winner's circle 
by the horse's strapper, her brother who has Down Syndrome.
It was a history making event.

(SHE is the kiss of death to any team or horse SHE supports,  SHE may write to Horse Owners, in future, asking for payment NOT to bet on their horses.) 


  1. Michelle is on the radio here right this minute! What a wonderful story and you were there watching it all unfold Bella!!!! Pawsome
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. Your Melbourne Cup is like our Kentucky Derby. Mom will sit in front of the TV for a couple of hours just to see the one minute race!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  3. Congrats to Michelle Payne!!! I wish I had seen the race together with you. My momma placed a bet once as she bought cigarettes in our bar. She just picked a horse because the name sounded funny. And her horse won the race. Sadly the win turned into shoes immediately :o(

  4. BELLA YOU ARE CHANNELING YOUR INNER HORSE I SEE. That looks like a most exciting event. OMDs tell HER my mom is the kiss of death for any new cafe or tv show too. As soon as she says out loud she likes it .....it disappears
    Hugs madi your bfff

  5. Woo hoo - go girl go girl !!! How awesome is that that a girl jockey won. Mom says she was lucky enough to go twice to the Melbourne Cup and no she never won - but then again she didn't bet either which is probably why she didn't win :) she did love seeing all the funny outfits :)

  6. You look so cute watching that horse run, gussie does the same thing with cats, but cats don't win big money usually around here. Good job to Michelle Payne.
    stella rose

  7. Hope you enjoyed your Melbourne Cup Bella!
    Dip and Elliot x

  8. There's a strategy for horse betting. Always put money on the horse that will finish first. Now you have a whole year to wait until you test that piece of advice.

  9. Did you get more pumpkin snacks while you watched?

  10. Is there any shouting and barking in the room?

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  11. Mr Bailey would be barking his head off!!! Congrats to the winner that is exciting!!!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  12. OMD, that is sooooo pawsome!!!! Bella, I likes to watch the TeeeVeee only when there are furries on it...I thinks horsies count...BOL!!!
    Congrats to Ms. Payne!!! WoooHoooo!!! Gurl Power!
    Ruby ♥

  13. Gail says its great that a woman won, but I say what's the big deal?
    Toodle pip!

  14. I've had dogs that lobed watching tv but the current pack isn't much into it, except barking at certain noises. I think political candidates might be convinced to pay me not to support them. My record is spotty.

  15. Dat sure a pawsome a woman jockey won!

  16. Congrats to the Prince of Penzance - and what a great win for Ms. Payne - so touching to read about her loving brother.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  17. What a fun day! I hope you had a pawty

    Ziggy Out!!

  18. Sounds like a Grrrrrreat Day! Let's here it for girl power.

  19. Oh your poor Mom. Tell her to come to America. She can root for the Mets

  20. That is cool - a first for a woman. Yipee!!!!

  21. Coco the Pekingese went to Ladies Day yesterday ..... her hat was ruined!
    No - she did not bet but got into the Champagne sadly ! :)