Why Usain Bolt refused to attend the Melbourne Cup

Usain Bolt was in attendance at Derby Day and Oaks Day, but he snubbed the Melbourne Cup.

The sprint king was at Flemington on Saturday and again on Thursday, and explained why he didn’t want to go to Australia’s biggest race day on Tuesday.

It was all for one very simple reason: it was raining.

“I enjoy Australia. One of my favourite places in the world to come,” he told Channel 7 on Thursday at Oaks Day.

Usain Bolt parties with friends and guests at Derby Day. (Photo: Chris Putnam / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

“The races have really grown on me over the years.

“I try to be in Australia every year at this time so I can come to the races.

“Woke up (on Melbourne Cup Day) and it was raining.

“I was like ‘You know what, I don’t want to go out in the rain’, so I decided to come on Oaks Day instead.”

Usain Bolt n Derby Day. (Photo: Chris Putnam / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Not giving up on football career

On Saturday, Bolt said he hasn’t closed the door on the dream of a football career despite being unable to come to an agreement on a contract with the Central Coast Mariners of the A-League.

“I think people are still contacting my agent now about opportunities, so we’ll see in which direction it goes,” he said.

The Mariners previously thanked Bolt following his trial, praising how he worked with the team and the attention and excitement he brought to the club and the A-League.

Bolt echoed those sentiments, saying he had an enjoyable time on trial and left the club on a positive note.

“It’s sad that it didn’t work out but we parted on good terms and that’s a good thing,” Bolt told the Herald Sun.

“I had a great experience with them. The guys were great. We just couldn’t work out things with the contract. Hopefully I get another chance with another team.”