The 2013 Melbourne Cup took place on Tuesday, where slew of top-flight horses ran for the prize at Flemington Racecourse in a grueling two-mile turf test.
Justin Cinque of The Roar points out that it is the richest handicap race in the world with a $6 million purse, which provides an idea of just how high the stakes are.
Although the race is far lengthier than the U.S. Kentucky Derby, there is a strong sense of lavish fashion and festivities that go on at this pristine Victorian venue, along with several prominent races leading up to the main event.
Australia refers to the Melbourne Cup as "the race that stops a nation," and the Grade 1 showcase lived up to its promise and was as thrilling as ever.
Read on for insight into the key some of key contenders who enetered the annual race, along with a recap of what transpired, the final results and the winner.