RACING: THE Melbourne Cup stops the nation every year and 2017 won't be any different.
RACING: THE Melbourne Cup stops the nation every year and 2017 won't be any different. Wikipedia Commons

How to bet on the Melbourne Cup

ONCE a year, the nation "stops" for what is arguably Australia's most famous and fashionable horse race.

But have you ever felt intimidated by all the buzz?

Here's how to get into the spirit this year and take your own punt.

For those who want to know what to wear to be 'in fashion' this Melbourne Cup day - for women, turn to pretty pastels, mid-length dresses and skirts, only a little shoulder baring, block heel shoes, a crown for a fascinator and some lace.

For men it's plain ties, a white pocket square, smart white shirt, and shoes without socks. Yes, it's official; the VRC has agreed to a change in their men's dress code for the Members' Enclosure. 

Everything you need to know about the race that stops the nation.

Common horse racing terms that might have you scratching your head.

Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Oaks Day, Stakes Day - it's a whole carnvial week of fashion, entertainment and horse racing at Flemington Race Course. 


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