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I al­ways look for­ward to the first Tues­day in Novem­ber.

I know the Mel­bourne Cup isn’t typ­i­cally ‘our day’ but the race that stops a na­tion has a spe­cial place in my heart.

For many years, at­tend­ing the big race was on my ‘bucket list’.

I was over­joyed to tick it off in 2008 when Viewed stormed home to win, giv­ing leg­endary trainer Bart Cum­mings his 12th Mel­bourne Cup win.

That day, like ev­ery­one else, I’d dressed up.

I put on a dress, heels and a fas­ci­na­tor and joined the crowds on the train to Flem­ing­ton.

I sipped cham­pagne while ad­mir­ing the horses strut around the bird­cage.

Drunks aside, it was a spe­cial day.

Spe­cial for the mag­nif­i­cent thor­ough­breds, spe­cial for the fash­ion, spe­cial for the coura­geous, hu­man sto­ries be­hind the win­ners and losers.

So next Tues­day, you can bet I’ll be hav­ing a flut­ter on the horses, and rac­ing home from work to watch the ac­tion un­fold on the telly.

- Jenny

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