The race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup, will be back again in 2016. This page will contain all the barrier, draw and race information on the runners for the 2016 Melbourne Cup, so stay tuned for updates.
The race is run on the traditional first Tuesday in November, which falls on November 1 this year.
With $6.2m in prize money up for grabs, the Group 1 Melbourne Cup is run over 3200m and is the world’s richest turf race, attracting quality staying horses from around the globe every year.
The 2015 running of the Cup was won by Prince of Penzance. Second was Max Dynamite, Criterion was third and Trip to Paris was fourth. The last two Melbourne Cups have been won by international horses.
This year’s edition will be the 156th running of Australia’s most famous and popular thoroughbred race, held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.
What, Where and When
Date: Tuesday, November 1
Time: 3pm local (AEDT)
Distance: 3200 metres
Venue: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Prizemoney: $6.2 million
Race Type: Handicap
Q: What time does the Melbourne Cup start?
A: The 2016 Melbourne Cup is run at 3.00pm AEDT (Melbourne time)**.
**The race will be run at 3pm AEDT, provided there are no delays in the lead-up to the event, which may occur with horses needing a farrier for horseshoe issues, delays in lead-up races, and other unforeseen events. However, most races will run at 3pm or within a few minutes. One thing is definite: it will not start before 3pm AEDT!
Whatever the issue, The Roar will have all the live race updates as they develop over on the live blog
Other times: Queensland: 2pm AEST, South Australia: 2:30pm ACDT, Western Australia: 12pm AWST
Q: What channel is the Cup on?
A: Channel Seven have the rights to the live race, at 3pm**, provided there are no delays in the lead-up to the event.
Whilst 7TWO, 7Mate have been used previously, the main Channel Seven station will be broadcasting. Long time Melbourne horse racing caller Greg Miles will again call the race. Sky Racing will show an immediate replay in TABs and pubs and clubs.
Jockey Michelle Payne rode Prince Of Penzance across the finish line to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015 and become the first female to do so.
2015 Race Result:
1. Prince of Penzance
2. Max Dynamite
4. Trip to Paris