Martin Flanagan Horse racing was Australia’s first sport after European settlement and this week has shown that it retains a hold on our psyche.
  TUESDAY morning, ABC radio, 10 o’clock news. “Experts,” began the newsreader solemnly, “are tipping a tight contest …” My heart leapt. The gap in the polls between Obama and McCain must be closing. Would America lose its nerve? But I had jumped the gun. I hadn’t listened long enough. What the newsreader was saying was that experts were tipping a tight contest “in today’s Melbourne Cup”. Where am I? I’m in Australia. Read more here