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Melbourne Cup schedule 2020: Start time for every race

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The Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday in November, which, in 2020, is November 3. You can find the full race schedule.

As always, the headline event of the day is the Melbourne Cup itself, however, there are ten races scheduled across the course of the day, with a handful of them being Group 1 events. The 2020 Melbourne Cup was won by Twilight Payment.

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The Melbourne Cup is the richest two-mile handicap race in the world and the biggest event on Australia’s racing calendar. A total prize money pool of $8 million goes on the line in the big race.

You can catch all the racing action on the big day with highlights, live updates and results on The Roar.

Races continue throughout the day at roughly 40-minute intervals, with a longer break before the Melbourne Cup to allow for the introduction of the 24 jockeys and horses who will compete for the Cup.

2020 Melbourne Cup Race Schedule

Race No. Time (AEDT) Race Distance
1 10:45am Darley Maribyrnong Plate 1000m
2 11:20am World Horse Racing Desirable Stakes 1400m
3 12pm Schweppervescence Plate 1000m
4 12:40pm The Macca’s Run 2800m
5 1:20pm TAB Trophy 1900m
6 1:55pm Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy 1400m
7 3pm Melbourne Cup 3200m
8 4pm Furphy Plate 1800m
9 4:40pm The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes 1200m
10 5:15pm MSS Security Sprint 1400m

The Roar makes every attempt to ensure that our information is accurate and up-to-date. However, we do advise that you check the official copy of the schedule closer to the day to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.


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