The Melbourne Cup – fondly called “The Race that Stops a Nation”


The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most prestigious thoroughbred horse race and the richest “two-mile” handicap in the world. It has an incredible history dating back to the inaugural event in 1861.

Today, the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse has grown to a locally and internationally supported event, with the highlight being the running of the Melbourne Cup at 3 pm on the first Tuesday in November.

Trophies and Prizes

melbournecup_websmlThe first ever prize was 710 gold sovereigns and a hand-beaten gold watch. In 1865 a trophy with a miniature horse and rider atop a silver bowl was introduced and in 1919 the trophy now known as the Melbourne Cup was introduced.

Prize money reached over $1 million in 1985 and in recent years has exceeded $6.2 million, plus a bonus of $500,000 to the owner of the winning horse. The only horse races offering more prize money are the Dubai World Cup with US$10m and the Japan Cup at $6.8m.

The Horses

24 horses compete and must be at least three years old. The best time was recorded by Kingston Rule in 1990 clocking a still unbreakable record of 3:16:3.


In 2005 Makybe Diva made Melbourne Cup history by becoming the only horse to win the race three times. Over the last decade the field has included many foreign-trained horses.

Check out the annual winners list here. The  final field is released after Victoria Derby Day, four days before the Melbourne Cup takes place.

The Jockeys

Melbourne Cup jockeys are always the cream of the crop, brought in from around Australia and the world to compete for their aligned trainers. Names like Damien Oliver, Hugh Bowman, Glen Boss, James McDonald, Kerrin McEvoy as well as the International riders all feature on the big day.


Women were not permitted to compete until 1987 saw the first female jockey. Last year Michelle Payne made history as the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, which is currently being made into a movie.

The Trainers

Bart Cummings is known as the ‘Melbourne Cup King’, as he has trained a record number of Melbourne Cup winners since 1965. Bart has won 12 Melbourne Cups, and in five of those wins he also trained the runners-up.

Lee Freedman, from a well-known racing family, trained the winners of the Melbourne Cups in 1989, 1992 and 1995

The Owners

The Melbourne Cup attracts the best horses from around the world and with them, some of the most famous horse owners both in Australia and internationally. These include:

  • Tony Santic – from Croatia  owner of standout mare Makybe Diva
  • Lloyd Williams –  Just A Dash in 1981, What a Nuisance in 1985, Efficient in 2007 and Green Moon in 2012
  • Tan Chin Nam – an entrepreneur and developer in Malaysia known for his long racing relationship with Bart Cummings.

You can read more on these and other owners here. 

Fashions on the Field


Getting dressed up for the Melbourne cup has a long held tradition and is important for fashion retailers providing a boost to the economy.hats

Being a spring racing carnival, ladies wear bright colourful dresses with a headpiecs, while for gents team a suit with a smart shirt and colourful tie.

Check out this article on evolving fashions over 150 years here.

“Where will you be celebrating the 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup?”

A public holiday in metropolitan Melbourne, throughout the country and expat communities worldwide there are office parties and booked-out restaurants, pubs and clubs set to watch the running of the Melbourne Cup.

Join us at Doltone House, Hyde Park, Sydney CBD


Companies looking to take our their team, businesses looking to entertain clients, or those that just want to enjoy the camaraderie of the day are invited to join us at the exclusive Doltone House.

With champagne on arrival and the Doltone Chef’s Canape selection, you and your guests will then sit down for a 2-course luncheon with all inclusive beverage package. Plus “fashions on the field”, cup sweep and watching the race that stops a nation!

For more details and to book go to the link here.

Watching the race that stops a nation at the 2015 Melbourne Cup Business Party at The Rook, Sydney.
Watching the race that stops a nation at the 2015 Melbourne Cup Business Party at The Rook, Sydney.

Stacey Martin, Founder of Expat Advisors Community for professionals with internationally connected clients has been running Melbourne Cup business networking events for the last four years. Check out previous events here.

Expat Advisors Community – network for professionals with internationally connected clients

Stacey Martin – Strategic Connector

I believe networking is the key to success in today’s busy world, even more so in China where guanxi 关系 is the foundation for building trusted relationships.

Being interested in what clients and business partners are looking to achieve, and drawing on my financial services expertise and extensive network across Australia and Asia, it is a privilege to be able to connect relevant expertise and add value for those looking do build business relationships between China and Australia.

If you are an SME wanting to engage with China, are interested in the Significant Investor Visa migration program, or are looking for the right professional to assist with advice for international business opportunities you can contact Stacey Martin here.


  • Collaborate – discussion forums for professionals with international clients, including accountants, lawyers, bankers, wealth managers and cultural consultants. Includes special interest groups for the Significant Investor Visa  program for migration agents, investment specialists and venture capital managers.

Check out discussion forums here.

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  • Connect – introductions to industry experts and professionals to provide advice and support for clients with cross-jurisdictional requirements

Check out community members here.


  • Co-ordinate – for Significant Investor Visa (SIV) applicants, bringing together migration, banking, investment, tax and legal specialists to make the move to Australia as smooth as possible

Check out SIV booklet here.


  • Communicate – coaching and mentoring  community members, facilitation  of delegations from China and conference speaking and MC at Aus-China events

Check out conference speaking here.

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  • Curate –  blog on China-related insights and articles  distributed regular community eNews and LinkedIn Group

Check out past eNews here.

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  • Co-create – strategy development, business facilitation, business matching, cultural insights and expertise on doing business with China

Check out  doing business with China here.

  • Co-operate – strategic partners include:

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Australian Services Roundtable – peak body for international trade agreements and mentoring services SME’s for internationalization

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AccessCN – strategic marketing and PR to help companies successfully transition into the Chinese market

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Austcham Hong Kong – the largest Australian business community outside of Australia – includes Finance, Legal and Tax group

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Basis Point – provides business intelligence and networking opportunities for participants in the investment and financial markets in Australia and Asia

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Dearin & Associates – international business consultancy accessing opportunities and capital in fast-growing international markets, expanding from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to China

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HKTDC is the organiser of the annual Asian Financial Forum

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InvestHK – assists Australian and New Zealand companies to set up in Hong Kong and promotes Hong Kong as the gateway to China


NiHao Global – provides independent interpretation, translation, research and recruitment services on the ground in China with local business knowledge and experience.

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Silk Road Consulting – assists Australian SME’s to access the Chinese market and facilitates Chinese companies seeking strategic partners, as well as high net worth individuals seeing investment opportunities in Australia.

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SME Association of Australia – supports a diverse range of SMEs,  business owners and entrepreneurs from start-ups to small and medium enterprises.

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Sumo SIV – provides a flexible investment platform for Significant Investor Visa migration and a range concierge services for VIP clients.


think global logoThink Global Consulting – facilitates business and investment between Asia and Australia leveraging networks and relationships in both developed and emerging markets.

Check out partner events here.

Connect with Us

If you are a professional working with international clients and are interested in collaborating with like-minded and passionate individuals, you can contact Expat Advisors Community founder Stacey Martin here to enquire about becoming part of our network.

For SMEs wanting to engage with China contact us to see how our network can short-cut your journey for success.

INVITATION: Hong Kong Trust Company in Australia – breakfast Tuesday 18th October

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When visiting Hong Kong recently preparing for our delegation to the Asian Financial Forum in January 2017 I spent some time with Carolyn Bulter from The Hong Kong Trust Company. We are delighted to extend an invitation to their “Hong Kong Link: Australia and China” events – Business Opportunities for Australian Firms
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Carolyn Butler, The Hong Kong Trust Company

Ken Deayton, Founder & Director, Callan Anderson – Executive Director and Carolyn Butler – Director and CEO will be in Sydney 17th to 19th October and Melbourne 21st, 24th and 25th October.

This is a great opportunity to hear directly from in-market participants on how a special administrative region such as Hong Kong can help convert opportunities with the growth in mainland China into commercially viable results and get the most out of any business ventures.

The team will cover issues dealing with the regulatory constraints and compliance requirements including:

  • Capital raising structures
  • Protecting your assets through trusts and other structures
  • Ensuring the optimal on-shore and offshore structures for tax and trade efficiency

And how to build relationships with local governments, clients and industry experts.

Event Details

Tuesday 18th October 2016

Time:      7.30am for  8.00am to 9.30am followed by networking

Venue:    Langham Hotel, 89-113 Kent St Sydney NSW 2000

RSVP:      Email: or contact Stacey Martin in Sydney on 0413 127 677

For more information, you can download the Sydney invitation and flyer “Hong Kong Link – Australia & China 2016” here.

About The Hong Kong Trust Company Group

 As a registered Trust Company in Hong Kong they provide professional trusteeship and fiduciary services, fund and private equity structures and administration and a full range of corporate, accounting and tax compliance services for individuals, family offices, intermediaries and corporations. 

These structures and services provide for the protection and administration of international wealth planning, estate management and tax efficiency and can assist with the establishment of PRC entities.


ASR SME Mentoring Program – Smarketing: how to align sales and marketing – Wednesday 12th October

Drawing on the Australian Services Roundtable’s 15 years of experience in enabling Australian service firms to grow nationally and internationally, the brightest stars in Australia’s SME sector are joining together to uniquely self-mentor one another in innovation, internationalisation, digitisation and growth. 

Inaugural Roundtable held in September 2016


Guest speaker Matt Hingerty, CEO of Barton Deakin Government Relations,
shared with the group the process of government including engagement, education nd the importance of industry bodies.

Also making it easy to explain the intangible benefits of the services sector through the services sector through case studies and stories.ding relationships with government.

Read more here.

Invitation for October 2016 Roundtable

peter-strokorbThis month’s session will focus on practical steps for marketing a new service.

ASR SME Peer Mentor Peter Strohkorb will lead the discussion for consultants and business owners on the issues to consider when launching a new service to the market.

He will take the group through his step by step process before inviting a couple of attendees to share their new offerings and provide valuable tips and advice.

Peter has over 15 years business experience in both Sales and Marketing Executive roles with a range of well-known international brands.


Date:         Wednesday 12th October 2016

Time:         7.30am for light breakfast with 8.00am start to 9.30am

Venue:      Sydney Stock Exchange, Level 41, 259 George St, Sydney

Cost:          Complimentary for ASR members, $150 plus GST to join the SME Mentoring Program (includes ASR membership).

To join the Mentoring Program and register for this event click below: 

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Remember to bring plenty of business cards and come prepared to introduce yourself, your services business, and if you have a new offering you would like discussed as part of the group mentoring with Peter. 

Thanks to our venue partner, the Sydney Stock Exchange (SSX).

About Australian Services Roundtable

As the voice of professional services, Australian Services Roundtable aims to secure Australia’s place in the global economy. In addition to advocating free trade and bilateral agreements, ASR seeks to facilitate international services trade and investment channels.

Members include professional service industries, SMEs, and micro-multinationals across the financial sector, education, health and the environment, tourism, culture, technology and business services.

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Assisting Aussie businesses to grow

succession_analysisMany Australian businesses are seeking capital to grow and expand, while Chinese investors are looking for opportunities to diversify their wealth. Australia is considered a good country to do business, with many offshore investos=s seeking potential collaboration, access to capabilities and supply chain for their own markets.

Valued Expat Advisors Community member, Craig West of Succession Plus, works with Australian companies over an extended period to help them grow, expand and ultimately sell their businesses. They regularly publish an overview of investment-ready businesses, many of them in sectors that may be of interest to Chinese investors.

Some of the current opportunities include:

• A clean technology company with a global focus on energy efficiency and carbon reduction,

• A real estate sale and rental management group,

• A niche electrical and data contractor with a focus on new hospitals and medical centres.

To view the investor ready profiles of a number of businesses check out the Investment Overview – March 2016 booklet.

Craig West is also Chairman of the SME Association of Australia, author of Enjoy It on business succession and exit planning, and contributing author to Smooth Road to Travel – China to Australia.

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