Melbourne Cup day, 5 November 2013, has been a day of mixed emotions. Favourite Fiorente’s win has been a triumph for trainer Gai Waterhouse. She became the first woman to train the winner of the race that stops a nation. It certainly stops its home city where there is a public holiday that brings a crowd of up to 110,000 people.
However, the glory was dimmed by the death of one of the runners, Verema, which had to be put down afterwards. It was owned by the Aga Khan IV, one of the sport of kings’ richest patrons.
Twitter was a mixture of…
Fabe Keily, is CEO of Women In Management Australia ‘What Working Women Want’.
GAI WATERHOUSE is Australia's FIRST FEMALE Trainer to WIN the Melbourne Cup: Just goes to show that you can WIN… http://t.co/zsCn7YM131
— Fabe Keily (@fabekeily) November 5, 2013
— Solly (@Sollygc) November 5, 2013
Followed by sadness with the news of the “euthanized” horse.
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) November 5, 2013
Plus a fair bit of anger:
Horses were beaten today, and one was put down. But #MelbourneCup is not the only day this happens. It's just the one people dress up for.
— ABCnewsIntern (@ABCnewsIntern) November 5, 2013
— Jessica Reed (@GuardianJessica) November 5, 2013
Hope everybody had fun dressing up, gambling and vomiting. Verema was necessary collateral damage, right? #MelbourneCup
— Jes (@mugleyjes) November 5, 2013
With some black humour:
I love the smell of glue in the afternoon. #MelbourneCup
— Skarburn (@EnjoyMedway) November 5, 2013
In a sign of the online times, the Wikipedia entry for the Aga Khan was updated within two hours of the race:
Thoroughbred horse racing