Australia’s most famous sporting race, the Melbourne Cup, is here.
The iconic race will no doubt look very different this year, with coronavirus restrictions ensuring the stands won’t be full of cheering spectators — but there will undoubtedly still be plenty to cheer for.
Here’s everything you need to know — from how to watch, what the weather could offer, and who to put your money on.
WHAT TIME IS THE RACE?
10:45am — Race 1, Darley Maribyrnong Plate (1000m)
11:20am — Race 2, World Horse Racing Desirable Stakes (1400m)
12pm — Race 3, Schweppervescence Plate (1000m)
12:40pm — Race 4, The Macca’s Run Handicap (2800m)
1.20pm — Race 5, TAB Trophy (1800m)
1:55pm — Race 6, Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy (1400m)
3pm — RACE 7, LEXUS MELBOURNE CUP (3200m)
4pm — Race 8, Furphy Plate (1800m)
4:40pm — Race 9, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m)
5:15pm — Race 10, MSS Security Sprint (1200m)
All times AEDT
WHO WILL WIN?
International raiders are currently listed as the betting favourites with Irish import Tiger Moth the frontrunner.
Aidan O’Brien’s horse is the shortest priced despite having never run on Australian shores. He’s followed by O’Brien’s other runner Anthony Van Dyck, along with local hope Surprise Baby.
Prince of Arran, who finished second in last year’s race, is narrowly behind.
Tiger Moth — $8
Anthony Van Dyck — $8.50
Surprise Baby — $8.50
Prince of Arran — $10
MELBOURNE CUP 2020: RUNNER-BY-RUNNER FORM GUIDE
Tiger Moth before galloping during trackwork at Werribee Racecourse.Source:Getty Images
Melbourne is preparing for unseasonably warm weather on Tuesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a top of 29 degrees in the Victorian capital as the country prepares for the most unusual Melbourne Cup in history, with spectators banned from attending the race because of COVID-19 restrictions.
No rain is expected, which will hamper those runners — like Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet and Caulfield Cup victor Verry Elleegant — who thrive in the wet.
The mercury will rise to its highest point of the week in time for Cup Day, an anomaly for Melbourne in early November. Maximum temperatures are predicted to drop down into the teens for much of the remainder of the week but the weather gods will be smiling on Flemington come Tuesday afternoon.
HOW TO WATCH AND LISTEN
Channel 10 will be the host broadcaster of the race that stops a nation, with coverage commencing at around 10am AEDT on free-to-air TV and their streaming platform, TenPlay.
You can also watch the race on the Racing.com, which is available on free-to-air and digital platforms, including Kayo.
Foxtel’s Sky Racing will also show the race, but with a five-minute delay.
If you’d prefer the old-fashioned experience, the race will be called on the following radio stations:
• RSN Racing & Sport on 927 AM
• 3AW in Melbourne on 693 AM
• Triple M: Sydney 104.9FM, Brisbane 104.5FM, Adelaide 104.7FM and Melbourne 105.1FM
• ABC Grandstand: local radio
• SEN on 1116 AM
The same prize money is on offer in 2020 as it was in 2019, with a total of $8 million on the table.
The breakdown for horses in the race is as follows:
1st: $4.4 million
2nd: $1.1 million
Anthony Van Dyck ridden by Hugh Bowman.Source:Getty Images
PAST MELBOURNE CUP WINNERS
2019: Vow and Declare
2018: Cross Counter
2015: Prince of Penzance
2012: Green Moon
2006: Delta Blues
2005: Makybe Diva
2004: Makybe Diva
2003: Makybe Diva
2002: Media Puzzle
2005: Makybe Diva’s hat-trick
After claiming victories in the previous two years, the nation was eager for Makybe Diva to become the first winner of three consecutive Melbourne Cup races.
The legendary horse did just that, retiring immediately after claiming the historic hat-trick.
2008: One dozen for Cummings
Bart Cummings achieved a remarkable feat in 2008 when Viewed crossed first in the 2008 Cup — winning the trainer his 12th Melbourne Cup and etching himself in history as one of the all-time greats.
2015: First female winner
Against all odds, Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015.
Riding Prince of Penzance, Payne pulled ahead of the frontrunners with only 100m left, surprising millions.
— with James Matthey, Nic Savage James McKern and Natalie Brown
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