On the first Tuesday of November Australians come together to celebrate the 'race that stops a nation'.
Australians spend $455.5 million on the Melbourne Cup - 53.2mil on fashion, 68.1mil on gambling, and 166.3mil on travel.
However, it's the 167.9 million dollars that is spent on food and alcohol that leads to the darkest events of the day. The Australian Bureau of Statistics points specifically to Melbourne Cup Day in a higher number of reported incidents of domestic violence.
Andy Park explores the connection between racing, booze and violence.