The Melbourne Cup is Australia's major annual thoroughbred horse race. Billed as The race that stops a nation, it is for three-year-olds and over, and covers a distance of 3,200 metres.
It is generally regarded as the most prestigious "two-mile" handicap in the world. The event is held on the first Tuesday in November by the Victoria Racing Club, on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.
This day was traditionally only a public holiday within metropolitan Melbourne, but is now also observed as a holiday in the ACT.
Petition Managed by the Australian Thoroughbred Racing Group
We, the undersigned, call on the Commonwealth of Australia to add the Melbourne Cup, on the first Tuesday of November, to our National Public Holiday list.
The Let's Make Melbourne Cup Day a National Holiday petition to Everyday Australians was written by Wade and is in the category Sports at GoPetition.