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Your ultimate last-minute guide to the 2017 Melbourne Cup

The race that stops a nation has finally arrived! It’s Melbourne Cup day and The Roar has you covered with everything you could possibly need to know about the race in one place so you can be prepared for 3pm (AEDT) this afternoon and not miss a moment.

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Twitter predicts the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner

Sure, you could ask an expert who is going to win the Melbourne Cup, and you’ll get a good answer – but is it as good as the answer you’ll get when a few thousand people put their heads together?

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2017 Melbourne Cup fashion ratings

Christmas. The Superbowl. Your birthday. As far as annual events that you’re looking forward to go, they all pale in comparison to my Melbourne Cup fashion ratings.

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2017 Melbourne Cup live stream, how to watch the race live

The race that stops a nation has arrived. The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s richest horse race, and this is The Roar ’s ultimate guide to streaming it online.

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2017 Melbourne Cup TV Guide, how to watch the race on TV

The 2017 Melbourne Cup is upon us, with Australia’s most prestigious and high-profile race to be run at 3pm AEDT on Tuesday 7 November. If you want to watch the race on TV, you’ve come to the right place – we’ve got all the info on how to do so right here.

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2017 Melbourne Cup start time, date – when is the 2017 Melbourne Cup?

The 2017 Melbourne Cup, known as ‘the race that stops a nation’ is not a race you’ll want to miss, but with plenty of action spread across a four-day carnival, including ten races on Melbourne Cup day, you’ll need to know when to tune in.

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2017 Melbourne Cup: Weather forecast for Flemington Racecourse

Before you bust out in your best gear for the Melbourne Cup, you best check the weather updates! Luckily, The Roar has you covered.

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2017 Melbourne Cup track conditions

All form guides and handicaps aside, the track condition on Melbourne Cup day is critical to the outcome of the race. To have such a decisive factor virtually uncontrollable, it remains a key talking point in the lead up to the race.

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Melbourne Cup 2017: Exotic bet help – quinellas, trifectas, first fours and more!

Everyone remembers those Melbourne Cups where they picked the horse that ran first past the post, but the punters that manage to predict the top two, top three, or the top four horses win seriously big. We’re here to help with this fiendishly difficult task!

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2017 Melbourne Cup expert tips and predictions

The 2017 Melbourne Cup is here! The big question of course is: who’s going to win? We’ve put together a panel of The Roar’s best racing minds to give you their tips – and we want you to give us yours, too.

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2017 Melbourne Cup prize money: How much does the winner take home?

The Melbourne Cup is the most prestigious race on the Australian calendar – but just what does the winner take home, aside from the trophy itself?

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Co-worker frantically back-pedalling after confidently tipping Winx to win the Melbourne Cup

A human resources manager at a boutique financial management firm has been left red-faced after a crushing faux-pas during Tuesday’s morning catch-up.

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2017 Melbourne Cup entertainment guide full day schedule

The 2017 Melbourne Cup is a busy day with plenty happening – if you want to keep on top of all the major events of the day, you’ve come to the right place. This is our entertainment guide and full day schedule for the 2017 Melbourne Cup.

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2017 Melbourne Cup betting odds

The 2017 Melbourne Cup draws near – it’s the biggest day on the racing calendar in Australia, and the biggest day of the year in the eyes of many punters as well.

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Melbourne Cup 2017: Preview and top tips

The 2017 Melbourne Cup (3200m, Group 1, handicap) is set to be an open event and there are a few local hopes to cheer on as Australia stops for a moment, or a day, to watch the 157th running of the great race on Tuesday at 3pm.

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2017 Melbourne Cup Day previews: Tips for every race at Flemington

The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops a nation, but there are another nine races on the Flemington card in what is traditionally the toughest punting day of the year.

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Horses in Race 6 heads down the straight at Derby Day Randwick. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Qewy wins the Bendigo Cup

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Luke Nolan salutes the crowd after Black Caviar wins an historic race at Derby Day Randwick. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Mongolian Khan Opie Bosson win the 2015 Caulfield Cup

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Almandin ridden by jockey Kerrin McEvoy leads the field to win the $6million Melbourne Cup, followed by Heartbreak City, at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Tuesday. Nov. 1, 2016

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The Roar of the crowd

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2017 Winterbottom Stakes preview and betting strategy

The Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) is always a tough sprint race to triumph in. It brings together the best of the local WA gallopers against the eastern state raiders who usually go over as an afterthought.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Tuesday

There are three TAB meetings across Australia this Tuesday, with my main focus being at Rockhampton where I think there are a couple of things. Here are the five bets for Tuesday.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Monday

By Adam Page, 27 Nov 2017
Behind the barriers: Five bets for Monday

Bit of a flop last Saturday with the five bets. Wet track against Mr Garcia, Plague Stone beat himself and the other pair were ordinary.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for the weekend

After a little freshen up after the Spring Carnival we’re ready to go for Saturday’s racing. We are looking for five winners for the afternoon, so here are the five bets for the weekend.

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The public has got it wrong about racing

By Nathan Absalom, 23 Nov 2017
The public has got it wrong about racing

Every year around Melbourne Cup time there are seems to be a series of articles heavily critical of horse racing, most are easily dismissed as transparent virtue signalling rather than a serious discussion of animal welfare.

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Form has Winx as the best racehorse in the world – even if the rankings don’t

In the past fortnight, the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings have been updated, with American horse Arrogate rated two points higher than Winx from Australia, who is two clear again of Cracksman from Great Britain.

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Cup runneth under: How to improve Aussie horses’ chances

Another year, another running of the $6 million International Benefit, also known as the Melbourne Cup.

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Handicapping the Darley Classic

By kv joef, 11 Nov 2017
Handicapping the Darley Classic

On Tuesday I detailed my working of a traditional handicap. Today we will have a look at a set-weight race – the Darley Classic, a 1200-metre run under weight-for-age conditions (WFA).

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for the weekend

Fair to say we stunk up the joint at Flemington on Derby Day, but thankfully Black On Gold and Carzoff got the job done. We are looking for five winners for the afternoon, so here are the five bets for the weekend.

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Saturday sure things: Emirates Stakes Day preview

Cup week at Flemington wraps up this Saturday with Emirates Stakes Day, with the 2000 metre Group l feature attracting a high-quality field. Here is my look at the quaddie legs on the program.

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The Melbourne Cup is still important

By Pat Hornidge, 10 Nov 2017
The Melbourne Cup is still important

On Tuesday night, Greg Baum wrote a piece for The Age which stopped just short of calling the Melbourne Cup dead, as both a race and an event.

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NSW Auditor-General highlights false greyhound racing coverage

Last week the NSW Auditor-General published a scathing report into the ill-fated advertising campaign to ban greyhound racing.

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Regal Monarch euthanised after horror fall on Melbourne Cup Day

Melbourne Cup day has again been scarred by tragedy. Regal Monarch has been euthanised after going down heavily in Race 4, the Ronald McDonald House Charities Plate.

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2017 Melbourne Cup live coverage: Race updates, live blog

Race Result Rekindling has won the 2017 Melbourne Cup ahead of Johannes Vermeer and Max Dynamite in a thrilling finish by half a length.

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The well-weighted five in the Melbourne Cup

Before we get to the good stuff, a little explanation is required about handicapping terminology.

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A roughie has a good chance of winning, but which one?

It is the same story each year – trying to pick the winner in the Melbourne Cup out of a field in which you could make a case for nearly two thirds of the runners.

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Flemington Racecourse

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The Melbourne Cup on display on Melbourne Cup Day 2014 at Flemington Racecourse

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Racing at Rosehill

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Marmelo

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Horses in Race 6 heads down the straight at Derby Day Randwick. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Horses in the straight at Flemington racecourse

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