We’re getting near the primary Tuesday in November, and meaning it is virtually time for probably the most well-known horse race on the Australian sporting calendar.
So what time is that this yr’s race? How are you going to watch? Who’re the favourites?
Here is your fast information to the 163rd working of the Melbourne Cup.
What time does the Melbourne Cup begin?
The Melbourne Cup is race seven on this system, scheduled for 3pm AEDT — that is Melbourne time, and in addition for these in New South Wales, ACT and Tasmania.
In the event you’re in Queensland, the race will begin at 2pm AEST, or in South Australia, at 2:30pm ACDT. Within the Northern Territory, will probably be 1:30pm ACST, and in Western Australia will probably be 12pm AWST.
You possibly can comply with all of the motion all through the day on our stay weblog.
How can I watch it?
The race shall be broadcast on Channel Ten, which has the rights to this yr’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Their stay broadcast will begin at 10:30am AEDT and run till 5:30pm AEDT after the final race of the day.
Racing.com (digital Channel 78) additionally is ready to broadcast the Cup stay. Foxtel’s Sky Racing is unable to hold the race stay however can have it on delay, a couple of minutes after the occasion.
The race can even be streamed on 10Play. Kayo Sports activities can even carry the Racing.com protection.
The place can I hearken to the Cup?
The massive race shall be carried stay on numerous radio networks — ABC native radio, the Racing and Sports activities Community, SEN Radio, 9 Radio, plus Triple M in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Who’re the favourites?
As usually occurs in current instances, the new favorite for this yr’s Melbourne Cup is likely one of the internationals — Vauban, educated in Eire by Willie Mullins.
A high horse racing over hurdles, Vauban made headlines on the flat in June when he blitzed a area at Royal Ascot (over 2,816m) by seven and a half lengths, earlier than qualifying for the Cup area with a win within the Ballyroan Stakes at Naas in Eire.
Nevertheless, Vauban has not run in Australia.
Vauban’s stablemate Absurde, who certified for the Cup by successful the Ebor Handicap (2,816m) at York in August, can also be excessive on the listing of probabilities.
Different main entries embody With out A Struggle — educated by Anthony and Sam Freedman — who received this yr’s Caulfield Cup over 2,400m, the Chris Waller-trained Soulcombe and the Japanese stayer Breakup, educated by Tatsuya Yoshioka.
Final yr’s winner, Gold Journey — certainly one of 5 runners for the coaching partnership of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace — is again and in nice kind, coming off a 3rd within the Caulfield Cup and a fifth place within the Cox Plate. Nevertheless, he must carry a weight of 58.5kg — the final horse to win at that weight or increased was Suppose Huge again in 1975.
Of the 24 horses within the Cup area, solely six runners have received over the Melbourne Cup distance of three,200m.
These are Vauban, Gold Journey, 2019 winner Vow and Declare, the Phillip Stokes-trained Daiqansweet Junior, the Irish-trained Okita Soushi and the Matthew Smith-trained, French-bred True Marvel.
What is the climate forecast?
So far as Melbourne Cup climate goes, this yr’s forecast is an each-way wager.
Final yr, it was simply 13C when the race ran on a wet afternoon that produced some unforgettable scenes throughout a sudden bout of squally winds.
This yr, it’s forecast to be greater than twice as heat with an anticipated most of 29C.
Nevertheless, there’s a excessive probability of rain once more this yr.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the showers are almost certainly to start out within the afternoon and night.
Thunderstorms might put a dampener on festivities for these not fortunate sufficient to be in a marquee or grandstand, with the storms predicted to reach someday within the hour earlier than the race and stay all through the afternoon and into the night.
What’s the prize cash this yr?
The prize pool for the Melbourne Cup is $8 million.
The primary 12 horses throughout the road will earn prize cash.
The breakdown: 1st: $4.4 million; 2nd: $1.1 million; third: $550,000; 4th: $350,000; fifth: $230,000; sixth to twelfth: $160,000.
The Melbourne Cup trophy, which incorporates 1.65kg of 18-carat gold, is price $250,000 by itself.
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