The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous annual Thoroughbred horse race conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is the richest “two-mile” handicap in the world and one of the richest turf races. The event starts at 3:00 pm on the first Tuesday of November and is known locally as “the race that stops the nation”.
The Melbourne Cup is a Group I held over a distance of 3200 metres at Flemington Racecourse with total prize money of $7,750,000.
The Melbourne Cup was the last run on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, and won by Twilight Payment.
In 2021, the Melbourne Cup will be held on Tuesday 2nd November at 3 pm.
About the Melbourne Cup
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If you’ve ever been to the Melbourne Cup, you’ll know why people often call it ‘The Race That Stops A Nation. It doesn’t get any bigger or better than this.
The iconic annual horse race is a staple of the Australian sporting calendar. Each year, this highly anticipated event is held on the first Tuesday of November.
This year, the Melbourne Cup is slated for 3 pm local time on Tuesday 3rd November. It was first to run in 1861 and was won by Archer who would win the first two Cups.
The ultimate test of stamina and staying power, the Melbourne Cup is raced over a punishing distance of 3,200 metres. More gruelling than any other major event in Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival, the prestigious race places extraordinary demands on the contestants and bestows exceptional glory upon the winners.
In addition to the huge Australian audience that drops everything each November to follow the race, the Melbourne Cup has also captured the imaginations of countless international racing fans.
With usually close to half of the field for the Melbourne Cup being raiders trained outside of Australia and New Zealand, the event has blossomed into a truly global affair. Australia does not have a reputation for breeding genuine stayers so, each year, the Melbourne Cup field features more and more internationally bred and trained horses. In recent years, international horses have dominated Melbourne Cup races.
For thoroughbred racehorses, the prestigious Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest handicap and the grand final for most horses. The competitive landscape has changed considerably in Australia in recent times, leaving the Melbourne Cup as one of few authentic, two-mile horse races. The Sydney Cup in NSW is the only other 3,200-metre Group 1 race on Australian shores, although there are some 3200m Listed events.
The Melbourne Cup field is made up of the world’s best-staying types with both local Australian gallopers and international raiders fighting it out for the richest handicap prize every November.
Lasting for approximately three and a half minutes, the Melbourne Cup is the ultimate test of strength, speed and endurance. A Bart Cummings-trained horse called Kingston Rule famously obliterated the competition back in 1990 to set an all-time record of 3:16.30 minutes. Will that record is broken in 2021?
The Melbourne Cup on Tuesday headlines a fantastic week of high-quality horse racing at Flemington. The Group 1 Victoria Oaks is on Thursday and Saturday boasts the Group 1 Darley Sprint Classic and the Mackinnon Stakes.
Trust us to keep you in tune with the latest news, updates, tips and results for the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival. Whatever you need to know about the Melbourne Cup races, past and present, you will find it here.
Why Does the Melbourne Cup Stop The Nation?
The Melbourne Cup is a very ingrained part of Australian sporting culture, as the country’s most famous horse race. Watching the Cup and having a bet is a tradition for most Aussies, whether they’re regular racing fans or not.
Melbourne Cup Live Stream FAQs
Where can I watch the Melbourne Cup?
The Melbourne Cup will be live-streamed by TAB, through their mobile app, or via tab.com.au. You can also watch the Melbourne Cup on Channel 10 or 10play.
Can you watch the Melbourne Cup live on the Internet?
Yes. The 2021 Melbourne Cup will be live-streamed via leading bookmaker TAB.
Who is broadcasting the Melbourne Cup in 2021?
Channel 10 will broadcast the 2021 Melbourne Cup.
Where else can I watch the Melbourne Cup?
In addition, to live streaming with TAB or watching on free-to-air with Channel 10, Sky Racing will also broadcast the Melbourne Cup.
What time is the Melbourne Cup?
The Melbourne Cup will be run at 3 pm AEDT. Check out our Melbourne Cup race times page for every state and territory within Australia.
How can I watch the Melbourne Cup overseas?
You can live stream the Melbourne Cup on the TAB app or watch Sky Racing. You can also use a VPN, with Australia as your selected server. Using the VPN, go to the 10play website.