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Nov 6, 2012

A Rich List field of dreams: who’s behind the Cup stayers

Getting a horse in the Melbourne Cup field is an expensive business -- even if racing idealists call the Cup an egalitarian race. James Thomson surveys the field of horse owners.

One of the reasons the Melbourne Cup is loved so much by Australians is that it is an egalitarian race. Unlike many of the top races around the world, the Cup is a handicap — horses receive different weights depending on their record, such that the field is theoretically even as it leaves the starting gates.

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  1. zut alors

    I’d find it far more entertaining to watch a foot race between the owners while their horses enjoy a quiet spell in a lush paddock.

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