Melbourne Cup Live : This is The Roar’s comprehensive guide to watching the 2019 Melbourne Cup, whether via TV or a live stream online. There’s a reason the Cup is called ‘the race that stops the nation’, captivating an entire country on the first Tuesday of November – in 2019, the race falls on November 5.
As the event closes in, the fancy hats are dusted off for the day and everyone suddenly becomes a racing expert for about six hours.
But not everyone can make it down to the famous Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne to capture the biggest day on the racing calendar in person.
So how can you see the big race if you’re not packed into the crowd?
Under a new TV deal for the Melbourne Cup carnival, Channel Ten will be the host broadcaster of the race that stops a nation.
The deal means the network takes over from Channel Seven, with it to last for five years – meaning Ten have the rights to the Melbourne Cup through to 2024.
Channel Ten’s coverage on Melbourne Cup day will commence at around 10am (AEDT), as coverage on Channel Seven formerly did.
You’ll also be able to watch the race on the Channel Seven-owned Racing.com, which is available on free to air TV and in online platforms.
Sky Racing on Foxtel will also have coverage of Melbourne Cup day at Flemington, however, is barred from showing the actual race live, with it instead shown on delay by a handful of minutes, allowing free to air exclusive live broadcast rights.
If you’d prefer to live stream the race online, then there will be a number of ways to do so as we head into the 2019 edition.
The best way to do this will be through host broadcaster Channel Ten, whose streaming platform, TenPlay, is free to use and sign up for.
You’ll also be able to live stream the race through racing.com, while some betting sites may also cover the race for those with a valid account and funds deposited. We suggest you check each individual companies website before signing up based on this information though.
Another option is to catch the Cup on bookmaking sites. Many betting sites – like SportsBet, CrownBet and Ladbrokes – offer free live streams during Melbourne Cup, but you will need to create a user account to use their services. And if you are planning on placing bets during the Cup, please remember to gamble responsibly.
While it might be tempting to watch the Melbourne Cup races for free, there are other ways to live stream the event, but requires a paid subscription. As we mentioned earlier, Sky Racing and Racing.com on a Foxtel sports package will let you stream the main event live, as will Kayo Sports – a relatively new sports streaming service that mirrors most of the content on Fox Sports.