Financial statements lodged with ASIC show the Farrell family, who have a monopoly hold on poker machine licencing in Tasmania, made a profit of $24.4 million in the year to the end of June — up from $13.9 million the previous year.
As concern grows over the number of recent deaths in Melbourne Cups, researchers are investigating whether there is significance in the international origins of horses euthanased at the Cup over the past five years.
After suffering an injury to its shoulder during the Melbourne Cup, Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher is deemed "unable to be saved" and is euthanased on the track post-race.
Godolphin finally wins the Melbourne Cup with Cross Counter, beating Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran — but the victory is overshadowed by the death of the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher.
Last year you told us you hated the excessive drinking, gambling, animal treatment and fashions associated with the Melbourne Cup. This year we asked how you'll be dealing with it all. Here's what you said.
The weather may not be ideal for the occasion, but the crowds will flock to Flemington all the same for another running of the Melbourne Cup. Follow all the day's action in our live blog.
Melbourne Cup is like Cinderella's ball at the office: a chance for Australians to pretend we're fancy, for one day only. The same characters turn up each year, so which Melbourne Cup office stereotype are you?
Where are the familiar names in this year's Cup? There is no Might and Power, no Saintly and no Makybe Diva. No fabled horse whose reputation stirs your emotions and demands you plonk your $5 each way on its head, writes Richard Hinds.