You have to admit that Aussies love their racing and on Melbourne Cup Day, there were 49 race meetings staged throughout Australia.
(NSW 18, Queensland 15, Victoria 8, WA 3, Northern Territory 2, SA, Tasmania and ACT one apiece).
And, although everything, understandably, is overshadowed by the actual Melbourne Cup, Bel Esprit had something of a field day with runners in three states plus the Northern Territory : all up, six starters for two wins, a second, a third and a fourth.
Royal Saint won his four races from 10 starts when successful at Dubbo, while Cosmic Vision notched up his second win by scoring comfortably at Alice Springs.
Spirited Halo ran second in the last of the day at Flemington, while earlier on the program, Snip Esprit – looking for his seventh win – ran them to a long neck when fourth in the $100,000 MSS Security Sprint.