Melbourne Cup Day

Melbourne Cup Day is the single biggest event on the Australian horse racing calendar as it is host to the country’s premier thoroughbred event, the Group 1 $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Sponsored by Lexus, Melbourne Cup Day 2020 is scheduled for Tuesday November 3, 2020 and is the second of four major meetings that make up the classic Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Melbourne Cup Day runs on the first Tuesday of November annually at Flemington Racecourse and the Melbourne Cup field always face off as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEDT).

2020 Melbourne Cup Day Betting

There are traditionally nine other Flemington races on the Melbourne Cup Day 2020 card giving punters plenty of other chances to win outside of tipping the Melbourne Cup results.

The most popular race to enjoy a punt on on the first Tuesday of November is of course Flemington Race 7 – the Melbourne Cup field featuring a capacity 24 stayers from around the world.

Melbourne Cup Day nominations close the Wednesday of the previous week with the Melbourne Cup Day race fields announced the Friday before Victoria Derby Day on the first Saturday of November.

That is of course except for the Melbourne Cup. View our official Melbourne Cup Field page for all the information on when entries and the final acceptances for the ‘Race That Stops a Nation’ are taken.

Bet on the 2020 Melbourne Cup here.

Read more on Melbourne Cup betting.

2020 Melbourne Cup Day Race Schedule

The official 2020 Melbourne Cup Day races and times will be released closer to Melbourne Cup week 2020 and published below.

Melbourne Cup Day Races:

Race 1 – Darley Maribyrnong Plate (1000 METRES)
Of $200,000. 1st $120,000, 2nd $36,000, 3rd $18,000, 4th $9,000, 5th $5,000, 6th $4,000, 7th $4,000, 8th $4,000
Prize money contribution totalling 3% will be directed to jockey and equine welfare prior to distribution Group 3
No class restriction, Set Weights, Two-Years-Old, No sex restriction
This race carries a SUPER VOBIS Nominators Bonus of $10,000 for qualified horses.
Apprentices cannot claim.

Track Name: Main Track Type: Turf

Race 2 – Schweppervescence Plate (1000 METRES)
Of $135,000. 1st $74,250, 2nd $24,300, 3rd $12,150, 4th $6,750, 5th $4,050, 6th $2,700, 7th $2,700, 8th $2,700, 9th $2,700, 10th $2,700
Prize money contribution totalling 3% will be directed to jockey and equine welfare prior to distribution
No class restriction, Set Weights plus Penalties, Three-Years-Old, No sex restriction
This race carries a SUPER VOBIS Nominators Bonus of $7,000 and a SUPER VOBIS Owners Bonus of $23,000 for qualified horses.
Apprentices cannot claim.

Track Name: Main Track Type: Turf

Race 3 – TAB Trophy Stakes (1800 METRES)
Of $175,000. 1st $105,000, 2nd $31,500, 3rd $15,750, 4th $7,875, 5th $4,375, 6th $3,500, 7th $3,500, 8th $3,500
Prize money contribution totalling 3% will be directed to jockey and equine welfare prior to distribution Listed
No class restriction, Set Weights plus Penalties, Three-Years-Old, No sex restriction
This race carries a SUPER VOBIS Nominators Bonus of $10,000 for qualified horses.
Apprentices cannot claim.

Track Name: Main Track Type: Turf

Race 4 – Jim Beam Stakes (1400 METRES)
Of $175,000. 1st $105,000, 2nd $31,500, 3rd $15,750, 4th $7,875, 5th $4,375, 6th $3,500, 7th $3,500, 8th $3,500
Prize money contribution totalling 3% will be directed to jockey and equine welfare prior to distribution Listed
No class restriction, Set Weights plus Penalties, Three-Years-Old, Fillies
This race carries a SUPER VOBIS Nominators Bonus of $10,000 for qualified horses.
Apprentices cannot claim.

Track Name: Main Track Type: Turf

Race 5 – MSS Security Sprint (1200 METRES)
Of $175,000. 1st $105,000, 2nd $31,500, 3rd $15,750, 4th $7,875, 5th $4,375, 6th $3,500, 7th $3,500, 8th $3,500
Prize money contribution totalling 3% will be directed to jockey and equine welfare prior to distribution Listed
No class restriction, Handicap, No age restriction, No sex restriction
Maidens at time of entry are ineligible.
Apprentices cannot claim.

Track Name: Main Track Type: Turf

Race 6 – Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy (1400 METRES)
Of $125,000. 1st $68,750, 2nd $22,500, 3rd $11,250, 4th $6,250, 5th $3,750, 6th $2,500, 7th $2,500, 8th $2,500, 9th $2,500, 10th $2,500
Prize money contribution totalling 3% will be directed to jockey and equine welfare prior to distribution
BenchMark 90, Handicap, No age restriction, No sex restriction
GREY HORSES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS RACE: (PLEASE REFER TO OAKS DAY PROGRAMME).
Apprentices cannot claim.

Track Name: Main Track Type: Turf

Race 7 – Furphy Plate (1800 METRES)
Of $175,000. 1st $105,000, 2nd $31,500, 3rd $15,750, 4th $7,875, 5th $4,375, 6th $3,500, 7th $3,500, 8th $3,500
Prize money contribution totalling 3% will be directed to jockey and equine welfare prior to distribution Listed
No class restriction, Handicap, No age restriction, No sex restriction
Maidens at time of entry are ineligible.
Apprentices cannot claim.

Track Name: Main Track Type: Turf

Race 8 – Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200 METRES)
Of $7,750,000. 1st $4,458,000, 2nd $1,337,400, 3rd $668,700, 4th $334,350, 5th $185,750, 6th $148,600, 7th $148,600, 8th $148,600, 9th $00, 10th $00
Prize money contribution totalling 3% will be directed to jockey and equine welfare prior to distribution Group 1
No class restriction, Handicap, Minimum Weight 49kg, Three-Years-Old and Upwards, No sex restriction
Apprentices cannot claim.

Track Name: Main Track Type: Turf

Race 9 – The Macca’s Run (2800 METRES)
Of $135,000. 1st $74,250, 2nd $24,300, 3rd $12,150, 4th $6,750, 5th $4,050, 6th $2,700, 7th $2,700, 8th $2,700, 9th $2,700, 10th $2,700
Prize money contribution totalling 3% will be directed to jockey and equine welfare prior to distribution
BenchMark 96, Handicap, No age restriction, No sex restriction
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT for NOMINATION: A horse that is a final acceptor, (other than a balloted horse or an emergency acceptor), in the Hotham Hcp (G3 2500m), to be run at Flemington on Saturday 31 October 2020, is not eligible to be nominated for, or run in, this race.
Apprentices cannot claim.

Track Name: Main Track Type: Turf

Race 10 – The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400 METRES)
Of $200,000. 1st $120,000, 2nd $36,000, 3rd $18,000, 4th $9,000, 5th $5,000, 6th $4,000, 7th $4,000, 8th $4,000
Prize money contribution totalling 3% will be directed to jockey and equine welfare prior to distribution Group 3
No class restriction, Set Weights plus Penalties, Four-Years-Old and Upwards, Mares
Maidens at time of entry are ineligible.
Apprentices cannot claim.

Track Name: Main Track Type: Turf

*All times quoted are local (AEDT) and subject to change 

The Melbourne Cup always runs as Flemington Race 7 on Melbourne Cup Day.

What Time Does The Melbourne Cup Run?

  • Queensland: 2:00pm
  • New South Wales: 3:00pm
  • Victoria: 3:00pm
  • Tasmania: 3:00pm
  • Northern Territory: 1:30pm
  • ACT: 3:00pm
  • Western Australia: 12:00pm
  • UK & Ireland: 4:00am
  • New Zealand: 5:00pm
  • Japan: 1:00pm
  • Hong Kong: 12:00pm
  • Dubai: 8:00am

The Melbourne Cup Carnival kicks off on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day with Victoria Derby Day and concludes the following Saturday with Mackinnon Stakes Day.

Along with Melbourne Cup Day on the Tuesday, which attracts in excess of 100,000 spectators at the track, race fans and punters are also treated to another midweek event with VRC Oaks Day for the ladies on the Thursday.

A total of ten Melbourne Cup Day races will take place this year with the 2020 Melbourne Cup the sole Group 1 event on the program.

Other highlights on the Melbourne Cup Day schedule however include the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes and a number of Listed events.

The premier event is of course the world’s richest handicap, the Melbourne Cup, which runs as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEDST) every Melbourne Cup Day.

Remember you don’t have to wait until Melbourne Cup Day to place your bets on the world’s richest handicap as Ladbrokes.com.au have the hottest Melbourne Cup pre-nomination odds open all year!

 

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