Melbourne Cup 2019 : It’s the race that stops a nation — so why not be informed when you’re placing a Melbourne Cup bet this Tuesday or taking part in an office sweep.
The experts at punters.com.au have cast their eye over all 24 runners in the race — which will be run at 3pm AEDT at Flemington — and picked the best handful of chances and how you should invest your cash.
On Monday evening early favourite Japanese raider Mer De Glace was kicked out of favouritism following the Call of The Card.
Mer De Glace had held favouritism at $7 prior to the Call Of The Card, but it’s the Chris Waller-trained Finche who the bookies were wary of at the traditional Cup eve event.
The bookies, led by BetEasy, offered a top price of $8 for Finche, who had been $9 with a couple of the corporate operators at the time, stating they expected the Waller runner to jump as favourite.
A number of bets were placed at the $8.50 quote, which saw the bookies wind the price into $8.
Finche had been as much as $10 following the barrier draw, but is now $8 across the board with the corporate bookmakers.
The Waller import finished fourth in the race last year behind Cross Counter and has been in good form this preparation, including a luckless fifth last start in the Caulfield Cup.
While many would have tried to physically get to Melbourne’s famous Flemington Racecourse on race day, not everyone can do so. Those who can’t need not fret as, like previous years, you can keep up with the horses on TV. In fact, if your office isn’t equipped with a telly, you can stream Melbourne Cup 2019 on your computer or your mobile.
The event is part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival that was first held way back in 1861. All this effort goes into enjoying three-and-a-half minutes of speed, drama and the heated relationship between horse and jockey.
While it’s still referred to as a ‘two-mile’ handicap race, that’s not the actual distance the horses gallop. It was originally run over a distance of two miles (3.219km) but was shortened to 3.2km in 1972 when Australia adopted the metric system.
Winners of the Melbourne Cup have always pocketed a hefty bag of prize money and trophies that cost a pretty penny too, and that purse just keeps growing each year. In 2018, the prize money was a whopping AU$7.3 million, over a million dollars more than 2017. That purse was taken by a young thoroughbred gelding from the UK called Cross Counter.
The Melbourne Cup is always held on the first Tuesday of November each year. That means this year, the race that brings a nation to a halt will be held on Tuesday, November 5.
While Victoria enjoys a public holiday on the day, most Aussies around the nation drop whatever they’re doing and become horse racing experts for an entire afternoon.
The race begins at 3pm AEST, so Queenslanders will need to tune in at 2pm, while South Australia and Western Australia can set an alarm for 2:30pm and 12pm respectively.
How to watch the Cup on TV in Australia
While the Seven Network has held the broadcasting rights for the Melbourne Cup for 15 years, there’s a change in 2019. This year, Network Ten takes over with race-day broadcast beginning on Channel 10 at 10am AEDT, and will include interviews and all nine races.
That said, Seven Network-owned Racing.com will broadcast the race on channel 78 (for metropolitan areas) and channel 68 (for digital). Racing.com is also available on Foxtel on channel 529.
If you do have a Foxtel subscription, the Cup will also be broadcast live on Sky Racing 1 (channel 526).
Live stream the Melbourne Cup in Australia
If you find the Melbourne Cup captivating but can’t get to a telly that arvo, there are quite a few options for live streaming the event in Australia.
The easiest is to watch the broadcast on Ten’s online platform –Tenplay – which is available on desktop and on mobile. The races can also be watched live on Racing.com’s own site, although this service requires you to set up an account.