What a great occasion!

I have just watched the running of the Melbourne Cup on TV. Bright sunlight, a track of perfect green, the colourful silks of the jockeys and the drama of the slow buildup to the race. The horses spend more time getting to the barrier than they do racing and seeing them parade out is fascinating: Beautiful, noble but very tense animals.

And the winner was yet another horse trained by Bart Cummings, a legendary Australian trainer. And the emotion of the occasion of course got to him. Some stupid interviewer asked him: "Is it an emotional occasion for you?" Bart said: "It's just a nice win" -- with tears streaming down his face!

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