IT'S that time of the year again when all the attention turns to horses and hats.
That's right, it's the Melbourne Cup.
The race would be held on Tuesday and its final field and barriers were confirmed last night.
Gearing up for the event, which is dubbed as "The race that stops a nation", is the Grants Betting Ltd in Fiji.
The director of Grants Betting Ltd, Peter McCoy said Diwali and the race would go well together.
"People are definitely interested in the race," he said.
"They have been frequently visiting our betting shops and checking up on their favourite horses.
"This year, there are a few horses from Australia. The field would be dominated by horses from Ireland and Great Britain and there would be some from Germany, France and New Zealand."
McCoy said they would not be deterred by the fact that Monday is a public holiday.
"The race is on Tuesday and Monday is a public holiday but we are letting the punters know that our shops would be open for them to come in and place their bets."
Grants Betting Ltd general manager Vijendra Sundar said last year's winner, Green Moon of Ireland, is still in the running.
"However, the favourite is Fiorente, trained by Australian icon Gai Waterhouse," he said.