Melbourne Cup day which is held on the first Tuesday of November consists of ten races including the Cup itself. Melbourne Cup day usually sticks to a similar fixture each year with just the one other group race on the day, it being a Group 3 for 4YO and older.
There is however four other Listed race throughout the day the first of which is a 2YO race in Race 1, this race is often a good form race when looking towards the Blue Diamond Stakes earlier the following year. Last years winner was Applegate.
The first race on Melbourne Cup day always starts at 10:20am which is noted as being very early to start a days racing, but with ten races to get through its a must to allow racegoers enough to get home as public transport is very busy. View our page on Melbourne Cup travel
The last race on Melbourne Cup day is at 5:15pm although after the Melbourne Cup is run many of the race fans make the long journey home, it is not uncommon for the last race to have around 10% of the viewers of that of the cup.
Each race on the day are raced on 45 minute intervals except for the Cup in which there is an hour allocated for the race to allow for pre race presentations and the national anthem. Each horse and jockey is introduced to the crowd before the event in the mounting yard.
Here is a full list of the day’s events:
|Ottowa Stakes||$121,500||LR 2yo fillies sw||1000m||10.20am|
|TAB Sportsbet Handicap||$101,500||n/a Mares hcp||1700m||11.00am|
|Lavazza Long Black||$101,000||n/a Hcp 0-95||2800m||11.45am|
|Herald Sun Stakes||$201,500||Gr.3 Mares SW&P||1400m||12.30pm|
|Schweppes Tonic 100||$101,500||n/a 3yo SW&P||1000m||1.15pm|
|Lexus Hybrid Plate||$151,500||LR 3yo Fillies SW&P||1400m||2.00pm|
|Emirates Melbourne Cup||$6,200,000||Gr.1 Hcp||3200m||3.00pm|
|Johnnie Walker Stakes||$151,500||LR Hcp||1800m||3.55pm|
|MSS Security Sprint||$151,500||LR Hcp||1200m||4.35pm|
|Handicap||$101,500||n/a 4&5yo hcp 0-89||1400m||5.15pm|