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Melbourne Cup's place in modern Australia

A University of Southern Queensland expert is available for comment.

Australia's best known horse racing competition bursts out of the gates today. Known as “the race that stops the nation" but has Australia outgrown the Melbourne Cup?

Cultural studies expert Dr Jess Carniel can discuss Australia’s divided attitudes towards the Melbourne Cup, external factors like COVID-19, and if there is a shelf-life for national events when social values change.

Media contact: Rhianwen Whitney 0427 428 380

Melbourne Cup: the race that divides the nation?