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The race of the year

Peni Komaisavai
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

IT IS that time of the year when horse racing punters and fans, and some members of the public pitch in on the famous Melbourne Cup in Australia.

Known as "the race that stops a nation" (Australia) for a few minutes annually, the 2017 edition will be on November 7 — next Tuesday.

Grants Waterhouse general manager Vijendra Kumar Sundar anticipates a huge turnout of Melbourne Cup fans at their various outlets across the country for the race.

"People are waiting for it and are looking forward to place their bets," he said.

"Although they bet in small amounts, for them it is all about getting in on the excitement of the Melbourne Cup."

He said defending champion Almandin remained as the favourite alongside New Zealand-bred horse Humidor.

Sundar reassured fans and Melbourne Cup followers that there will be no technical glitches during the telecast of the race.

The Melbourne Cup will be at Caulfield, Melbourne, Australia.

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