Melbourne Cup Live : The 2019 Melbourne Cup commences today at 3PM AEDT. If you’re not in a suitably-equipped venue with a TV, have no fear – you can live stream the race from your phone or laptop with one click.
It’s the race that stops a nation, with the host state of Victoria celebrating a public holiday on race day each year. In the lead up, though, women would have found the best fascinators and dresses, while the men would have dusted off their best suit. Everyone else would be getting ready to party the afternoon and evening away.
All this effort goes into enjoying three-and-a-half minutes of speed, drama and the heated relationship between horse and jockey.
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.
What is the Melbourne Cup?
For the uninitiated, the Cup is Australia’s most prestigious – and richest – ‘two mile’ handicap race for thoroughbreds aged three-year-old and over. The event is part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival that was first held way back in 1861.
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 2019 purse is higher still, weighing in at AU$8 million, meaning the stakes are at an all-time high
Like last year, it’s a 24-horse field again in the main event in 2019, with Mer de Glace and Cross Counter being the bookies’ hot favourites.
For stat fans, a Bart Cummings-trained horse called Kingston Rule famously smashed the record time back in 1990 with a 3 minutes and 16 seconds finish. Will that record be broken in 2019?
When is the Melbourne Cup?
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.
The 2019 Melbourne Cup can by viewed live and in HD on Kayo’s Racing.com Live Channel. A basic package usually costs $25 a month – but you can sign up for a free two-week trial. (Simply click on the ‘Start your 14 day free trial’ button after the link.)
Provided you unsubscribe before the trial period ends, you won’t be charged anything for watching the Melbourne Cup on Kayo. Click here to get your two-week trial!
Alternatively, you can watch the race live on Channel Ten’s TenPlay website. This is a live stream of Channel Ten’s free-to-air coverage.