Horsing around before the Melbourne Cup

The whole of Australia will come to a grinding halt on November 2, as the race that stops a nation draws punters, fashionistas and those who like a tipple to the Flemington racecourse for one of the most prestigious horse races in the world.

Excited about the Melbourne Cup? Amidst all the glitz and gambling, the horses are the real stars of the show, so in preparation for the big race, we've been horsing around on YouTube. Check out our findings!

Before the days of directorial glory, Clint Eastwood was hot property in both film and television alike. When not playing Dirty Harry or putting the Wild West right, he could be seen conversing with talking horses.

Here is his cameo appearance on the classic '60s comedy Mister Ed -- this version portrays an updated, cynical take on the original humour thanks to some customised captions...

But can Mister Ed ride shotgun? Unlikely.

This video is all kinds of wrong, and sadly reinforces the clichés we hold about the southern United States. Horse, bring me beer!

Distressingly, many were introduced to this song through the viral sensation of Britain's Got Talent contestant Susan Boyle.

The infinitely superior Rolling Stones version has been covered numerous times, and has featured in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and CSI, but no version can genuinely compete with the original, sung by a very youthful Mick Jagger.

Earlier this year, Old Spice launched the fastest growing online viral video campaign to date featuring Old Spice Man -- with his epilogue "I'm on a horse" being revamped in every medium.

But nothing pays homage like a good ol' remix.

Oh, Melbourne Cup 2009. What happy memories.

With an impressive win by "Shocking", we expect many punters will be putting their money on him this year.

The Chaser boys perfectly exemplify the concerning lax security around Sydney landmarks, including Randwick Racecourse and the Channel Nine studios.

Funny though.

Wonderfully scripted and impeccably acted, these were the days when Little Britain was truly great -- before the US version and the widespread overkill of all of the characters' catchphrases.

Oh, and it's horse-related too.

The Sound of Music cast was reunited on Oprah in the US last week, which got us thinking about other classic musicals. Could there be a better racing-themed moment than Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady?

We have a sneaking suspicion that the race crowd at Flemington won't be quite as elegant, however...

The 2010 Melbourne Cup Carnival airs at 10am Tuesday on Seven, with the main event live at 3:30pm (AEDST).

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