Spring Racing Carnival and numbers!

The Spring Racing Carnival is in full swing, and at present Melbourne is alight with frocks and fillies!

I love seeing the colours of the carnival, and am always looking out for my favourite outfits of the day.

I am a traditionalist at heart and appreciate black and white for Derby Day, structured colour on Melbourne Cup Day and flirty florals on Oaks Day.

But most importantly, my dressing tips include: never leave home without a cover-up of some sort (think jacket or wrap), and always (always) leave your shoes on!

Now what about the numbers?

In 2016 the Melbourne Cup Carnival injected a record breaking $427.1 million into the Victorian economy – that’s a lot of dresses, fascinators and bets!

As interested in numbers as I am, I went in search of some statistics for 2017 to share with you, and here is what I found:

45,000 – estimated number of bottles of champers to be opened

10,000 – estimated number of oysters to be shucked at the Melbourne Cup

305,000 – estimated number of beer units punters will enjoy

75,000 – estimated number of chicken sandwiches to be served  by caterers

100,000 – estimated number of nibble pies (AKA party pies) to be served

I think that covers the important stuff – now if anyone can send me a number for a winning horse in the remainder of the carnival, that would be much appreciated!


Thanks to Melanie Dinjaski for the stats.


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