This Spring Racing season, we've got Nick Quinn to share his experience and advice to get more out of the Melbourne Cup and all the races and fanfare around it. Today, he previews this Saturday's Caulfield Cup.
On the first Tuesday in November our great nation stops to watch 24 horses race for the Melbourne Cup.
You could count the people on one hand who don't tune in to watch the race, and to be honest, they are five people we don't want to know!
A large slice of those viewers will have a bet on the race too, it does not matter if you part with a gold coin or a sum that resembles a telephone number, the excitement of backing a winner does not change.
It also doesn't matter why you backed the winner, you could be the most studious of form students, or backed the horse as it reminded you of a high school crush or a favourite colour.
That is the beautiful thing about racing, especially at this time of year.
There is one thing more important though than knowing what you are talking about, and that is acting like you know what you are talking about.
If you are trying to impress your mates or the pretty girl at the 'BBQ", having some aces up your sleeve with some racing knowledge can go a long way.
This Saturday is the Caulfield Cup, 11 horses have won the Caulfield Cup and gone onto win the Melbourne Cup.
The most recent were some of the stars of racing, Might and Power in 1997 and Ethereal in 2001.
Twice Makybe Diva got beaten in the Caulfield Cup and then won the Melbourne Cup, so it pays to watch.
So on Saturday make sure you tune into the Caulfield Cup and should you back one of the runners in the Melbourne Cup, go out of your way to tell somebody that you "Liked the Caulfield Cup run" then wink and wander away.
You'll soon be known as the mysterious racing expert and everybody will be intrigued.
Don't be surprised to see your friends gather around you in the minutes leading up to the race in the hope you part with some more wisdom.
Make the most of all the attention you get, right up until race time when the result will determine how long your status as the racing guru lasts.
Hopefully longer than the three and a half minutes it takes to run the race.
The Playground at Flemington awaits. Book your tickets to the Melbourne Cup Carnival today