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 $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Sponsored by Emirates, Melbourne Cup Day 2013 is scheduled for Tuesday November 5, 2013 and is the second of four major spring meetings that make up the classic Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival kicks off on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day with Victoria Derby Day and concludes the following Saturday with Emirates 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 Crown Oaks Day for the ladies on the Thursday.
A total of nine – ten Melbourne Cup Day races take place every year with the Melbourne Cup the sole Group 1 event on the program.
Other highlights on the Melbourne Cup Day schedule however include a Group 3 event and as many as four Listed features.
The premier event is of course the ‘race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup, which runs as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEDST) every Melbourne Cup Day.
The 2013 Melbourne Cup Trophy is valued at an incredible $175,000 this year and is crafted by Hardy Brothers Jewellers.
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2013 Melbourne Cup Day Race Schedule
The Melbourne Cup Day schedule for 2013 will be released soon.
- Race 1 – 10:20AM 7News Stakes (1000m)
- Race 2 – 11:00AM TAB Rewards Trophy (1700m)
- Race 3 – 11:45AM Carnival Handicap (2800m)
- Race 4 – 12:30PM Lavazza Short Black (1400m)
- Race 5 – 1:15PM Schweppes #flemingtonfling (1000m)
- Race 6 – 2:00PM Lexus Hybrid Plate (1400m)
- Race 7 – 3:00PM Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m)
- Race 8 – 3:55PM Visit Victoria Plate (1800m)
- Race 9 – 4:35PM MSS Security Sprint (1200m)
All times are in local time – Melbourne, Victoria – AEDST