Melbourne Cup 2018

Melbourne Cup 2018

Melbourne Cup Day is Australia's most famous Tuesday | 6th November 2018.

Lexus Melbourne Cup Day sits at the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar and is the focal point of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There's nothing like being there amongst the 100,000 plus crowd to experience the day that puts Australia firmly in the international sporting spotlight.

Most Australians stop and listen to the race or watch it on TV, even people who don't usually gamble, have a small bet on the race or a ticket in a sweep.

At 3pm on the first Tuesday in November, Australians stop for one of the world's most famous horse races - the Melbourne Cup.

Trainers from around the world set their sights on the Melbourne Cup, a race widely considered to be the best staying handicap in the world.

Over 3,200 metres, the Melbourne Cup offers the richest prize in Australian sport and a 18ct solid gold Hardy Brothers trophy valued at $175,000 and a stake of the $6.2-million prize money and to cement their names in history.

With such significant international standing, the anticipation of history in the making creates the electric atmosphere that is 'the race that stops a nation'.™

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Melbourne Cup Day

The race that stops a nation™

As the jewel in the Melbourne Cup Carnival crown, this iconic day is a heady mix of revelry, spectacular racing and fashion, and exquisite hospitality and entertainment, making it an unmissable sporting and cultural event.

It is hard to convey the sheer scale of Lexus Melbourne Cup Day to someone who has not witnessed it before. It is an exciting and exhilarating event where you can experience the pulse of Australia in just one day.

Race Day Info

Gates open at 8.30am • First race at 11:00am • Last race at 5:20pm

The Melbourne Cup is Race 7 (of 10 races), run at 3pm (AEST).

24 horses over 3 years old, run over 3,200 metres (2 miles) at Flemington Racecourse.

The first Tuesday in November is a an official pubic holiday in Victoria (since 1877), so it can truly be said that Victoria stops for a horse race each year.

Melbourne Cup Race Time

The Melbourne Cup race starts at 3:00pm (AEST). Here are the start times for when the Melbourne Cup will jump around the country.

Melbourne Melbourne: 3:00pm
Melbourne Sydney: 3:00pm
Melbourne Brisbane: 2:00pm
Melbourne Adelaide: 2:30pm
Melbourne Perth: 12:00pm
Melbourne Canberra: 3:00pm
Melbourne Hobart: 3:00pm
Melbourne Darwin: 1:30pm

Yellow Rose

The official flower for Lexus Melbourne Cup Day is the yellow rose and can be purchased from flower sellers near the entrances, upon arrival to Flemington. | Carnival Flowers

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Explore the best of what's on offer at Flemington, including on-course experiences, events, locations and social updates.

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Flemington Racecourse

Around 100,100 racegoers go to Flemington Racecourse. The day is about what they will wear, eat, bet on and drink. Fashion is not only important, there are protocols. See above for the flower of the day. The girls will have planned their outfits, hats and fascinators. The boys with suits and ties. Both boys and girls may attend in groups dressed in special group outfits often funny or matching.

There are many areas at the track. Most famous is the bird-cage. Imagine 50 sectioned off plots where groups spend the day with a BBQ, tent or area with friends, eating, drinking and socializing.

Some fans head to the stands to watch the races, some to the grass area along the track. There are many food areas, bookies, tote and of course the sponsor marquees. Invite only marquees offering all manner of design, food and drink.

Racegoers start travelling to the course from 8am, with some enjoying a BBQ Breakfast in the Flemington Racecourse car park. Some drive, but many head to the track by public transport. Flemington has its own special railway line that only operates on race days. The station is part of the racecourse and a short walk to the entrance.

Tickets to the course must be purchased prior to race day.

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Melbourne Cup History

In Melbourne, Cup Day means champagne and canapés, hats, facinators, suits and ties, where race track fashions sometimes overshadow the business of the day - horse racing.

Said American writer, Mark Twain, on a visit: "Nowhere in the world have I encountered a festival of people that has such a magnificent appeal to the whole nation. The Cup astonishes me."

The first Melbourne Cup was run in 1861 at Flemington Racecourse, was won by Archer. It has run every year since. Through wars and depression, and the good times too, the Melbourne Cup racing carnival has been one of the stayers of Australian cultural experience.

The Melbourne Cup is one of the world's most challenging horse races, and one of the richest (AU$5million+), and picking winners is an imprecise art at best. Run over 3200 metres, it is a handicapped race which means, theoretically, that the better the horse is, the more weight it has to carry.

The Cox Plate (run between the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups) is considered the race most likely to provide an insight into a horse's form and likely Melbourne Cup performance, but even this is unreliable.

The distance and the handicap ensure that the Melbourne Cup is a horse race in which the mug punter has as good a chance of picking the winner as those who follow the form.

Phar Lap, in his last Melbourne Cup campaign in 1931, carried a 10 stone (68kg) handicap. Even a horse with a heart as big as Phar Lap's couldn't overcome it. The race was won by White Nose.

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Facts And Statistics

Here are some of the most interesting Melbourne Cup facts and statistics:

Most Wins – Horse: Makybe Diva, 3 wins (2003, 2004, 2005)
Most Wins – Jockey: Bobby Lewis, 4 wins (1902, 1915, 1919, 1927); Harry White, 4 wins (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979)
Most Wins – Trainer: Bart Cummings, 12 wins (1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2008)
Fastest Time: Kingston Rule, 3:16.30
Slowest Time: Archer, 3:52.00
Longest Odds Winners: The Pearl, Wotan and Old Rowley all at 100 to 1
Shortest Odds to Win: Phar Lap at 8/11 (about $0.73 or so)
Percentage of favourites to win: 23%
First woman to train a winner: Sheila Laxon with Ethereal in 2001

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When & Where

Date: Tuesday 6th of November 2018
Times: Gates open 8.30am | Melbourne Cup 3pm

 Flemington Racecourse [Show]

 448 Epsom Road  Flemington Victoria 3031 | Map
 Telephone: Event: | Venue: 1300 727 575

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