Melbourne Cup Day

Final 2017 Melbourne Cup Results

  • 1st.Rekindling
  • 2nd.Johannes Vermeer
  • 3rd.Max Dynamite
  • 4th.Big Duke

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 $6.25 million Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Sponsored by Emirates, Melbourne Cup Day 2017 is scheduled for Tuesday November 7, 2017  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).

Melbourne Cup Day Betting

There are traditionally nine other Flemington races on the Melbourne Cup Day 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 The Nation’ are taken.

Bet on the 2017 Melbourne Cup 

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2017 Melbourne Cup Day Race Schedule

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

Race No. Time Status Prize Money Race Name Distance Conditions
1 11:00am Group 3 $150,000 Emirates 100th 380 Stakes 1000m 2YO Fillies – Set Weights
2 11:40am $120,000 TAB.com.au Trophy 1700m 4YO+ Mares – Handicap
3 12:15pm $120,000 LAvazza Short Black 1400m 4YO&5YO – BM90 Handicap
4 12:50pm $120,000 Ronald McDonald House Charities Plate 1800m BM96 Handicap
5 1:25pm $120,000 Schwppes Flemington Fling 1000m 3YOs – SW+P
6 2:00pm Listed $150,000 Lexus Hybrid Plate 1400m 3YO Fillies – SW+P
7 3:00pm Group 1 $6,000,000 Emirates Melbourne Cup 3200m Handicap
8 4:05pm Listed $150,000 James Boag’s Premium Stakes 1800m Handicap
9 4:45pm Listed $150,000 MSS Security Sprint 1200m Handicap
10 5:20pm Group 3 $200,000 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes 1400m 4YO Mares – SW+P

Melbourne Cup Day Races:

  • Group 1 $6.25 million Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m)
  • Group 3 $200,000 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m)
  • Group 3 $150,000 Ottawa Stakes (1000m)
  • Listed $150,000 Lexus Hybrid Plate (1400m)
  • Listed $150,000 MSS Security Sprint (1200m)
  • Listed $150,000 James Boag’s Premium Stakes (1800m)
  • $120,000 Schweppes #FlemingtonFling (1000)
  • $120,000 Lavazza Prontissimo (1400m)
  • $120,000 Prince Of Penzance Handicap (2800m)
  • $12,000 tab.com.au Trophy (1700m)

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 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 VRC Oaks Day for the ladies on the Thursday.

A total of ten Melbourne Cup Day races will take place this year with the 2017 Melbourne Cup the sole Group 1 event on the program.

Other highlights on the Melbourne Cup Day schedule however include two Group 3 events and as many as four Listed features.

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.

The 2017 Melbourne Cup Trophy is valued at an incredible $175,000 this year and is crafted, as usual, by Hardy Brothers Jewellers. Made from 34 separate pieces of gold, the trophy is crafted by hand, with over 200 hours spent beating the gold.

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