Melbourne Cup

melbourne cupThe Melbourne Cup is the ‘race that stops a nation’ on the first Tuesday in November every year as over 100,000 enthusiastic racegoers head to Flemington to witness Australia’s most famous race.

Raced over a distance of 3200 metres, the $7.3 Million Group 1 race is the richest two-mile handicap  in the world for thoroughbreds.

In recent years the Melbourne Cup has become a huge event, bringing together an eclectic mix of Australian, New Zealand and International gallopers chasing the massive prize money on offer.

The 2018 Melbourne Cup will run on Tuesday 6th November 2018 at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria.

This year’s Cup Day meeting will see the 158th running of our great race, as another memorable racing moment is etched into history.

Melbourne Cup week is the feature attraction of the Melbourne spring racing carnival which takes place each year during September to November in the state of Victoria.

2018 Melbourne Cup Details

Date Tuesday 6th November 2018
Track: Flemington racecourse
Distance: 3200 metres
Purse: $7,300,000
Status: Group 1
Conditions: Handicap

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Melbourne Cup Prize Money

The Melbourne Cup is a handicap event offering prizemoney of $7,050,000 & $250,000 trophies.

First place receives $4,000,000 and trophies valued at $200,000, with $20,000, $15,000, $7,500 & $7,500 awarded to owner, rider, trainer and strapper respectively.

Runner-up takes home $1,000,000 while Third place pockets $500,000. Of the rest, Fourth scores $300,000, Fifth $200,000, with Sixth to Twelfth all $150,000 each.

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2018 Melbourne Cup Day race times

The 2018 Melbourne Cup will commence at 3:00pm and traditionally runs as Race 7 on the program.

Race # Time Status Race name Distance
Race 1 10.20am Group 3 Ottawa Stakes 1000m
Race 2 11.00am Stakes Trophy 1700m
Race 3 11.45am Stakes Visit Victoria Plate 2800m
Race 4 12.30pm Stakes Lavazza Short Black 1400m
Race 5 1.15pm Stakes Schweppes 1000m
Race 6 2.00pm Listed Lexus Hybrid Plate 1400m
Race 7 3.00pm Group 1 Melbourne Cup 3200m 
Race 8 3.55pm Listed James Boag’s Stakes 1800m
Race 9 4.35pm Stakes Mss Security Sprint 1200m
Race 10 5.15pm Group 3 Maybe Mahal Stakes 1400m

Last year’s meeting attracted 90,536 racing fans to Flemington to witness Rekindling, ridden by Corey Brown, defeat Johannes Vermeer and Max Dynamite.

Melbourne Cup Week Feature Races

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) hosts the Melbourne Cup, which is one of four prestigious Group 1 race days that combine to make up the prestigious Melbourne Cup Carnival. The other three are Victoria Derby day, VRC Oaks day and Emirates Stakes day.

Derby Day

Features the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m), Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m). The Melbourne Cup field is released shortly following the Derby Day meeting on the Saturday.

Melbourne Cup Day

flemington racecourseCup Day, a public holiday in Melbourne, is a massive day of betting across Australia. Punters from all walks of life enjoy having a bet on our great race

Betting turnover often reaches over $100Million in New South Wales and Victoria alone on this extremely popular race day. Cup sweeps are also all the rage around the country, especially with a final field of 24 horses giving everyone a chance to win!

The Group 3 Maybe Mahal Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Ottawa Stakes (1000m) feature alongside the main race.

Oaks Day

‘Ladies Day’ is home to the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m), Chatham Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Red Roses Stakes (1000m).

Stakes Day

The final day is highlighted by the Group 1 Emirates Stakes, Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) and Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m).

Other prestigious Group 1 races held prior to Cup week are the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate.

The $5 Million Caulfield Cup takes place at Caulfield racecourse in October, two weeks before the Flemington carnival. The $5 Million Cox Plate is held the following week at Moonee Valley racecourse.

Feature racing is in abundance around this time of the year, making the city of Melbourne the mecca of big time racing during springtime.

Melbourne Cup History

The Melbourne Cup was first run in 1861 and taken out by Archer, who also won it again the next year. Over the years some historic names have won the great race, including the legendary Phar Lap (1930), Peter Pan (1932 & 1934), Rising Fast (1954), Rain Lover (1968 & 1969), Saintly (1996) and Might And Power (1997).

Grand mare Makybe Diva is the only galloper to win the great race three times when she was successful in consecutive years (2003, 2004 & 2005), stamping herself as one of the greatest mares of all time in this country.

Winning the Melbourne Cup commands a rich place in history for both horse and connections with all owners, trainers and riders aspiring to win the Cup and take their place in history. Master trainer of stayers Bart Cummings has scored the most Melbourne Cup winners with twelve, while jockeys Bobbie Lewis and Harry White have both ridden the most winners with four each.

Australia’s first lady of racing, Gai Waterhouse, won this race for the first time in 2013 with imported galloper Fiorente, while Michelle Payne became the first women jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015 when she guided Prince Of Penzance to victory. The winning cup jockey & trainer become household names after winning this race.

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Victoria Racing Club

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) administer thoroughbred racing at Flemington.

The VRC came about when the Victoria Turf Club (1852) and Victoria Jockey Club (1857) disbanded to create the new club in 1864.

Naturally, the famous Melbourne Cup Carnival is the highlight of the VRC’s year. Away from the track, ‘Myer Fashions on the Field’ is extremely popular with racegoers.

Visit the Victoria Racing Club website for all Cup Day tickets and dining options over the Flemington carnival.

Alternatively, contact Flemington customer service via contact form, phone or email for more information about the Victoria Racing Club.

Flemington Racecourse Address

Flemington Racecourse is located at 448 Epsom Road in Flemington, Victoria.

Public transport is highly recommended, particularly by train, to the Flemington track. Trains depart and arrive from either Flinders Street Station or Southern Cross Station, dropping patrons directly at the Flemington track.

If you prefer to drive, then take advantage of plenty of free public parking at Flemington.

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