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Melbourne Cup schedule 2020: Start time for every race

Cross Counter during the Melbourne Cup. (Photo: Brett Holburt/Racing Photos via Getty Images)

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

For now, we’ve got the 2019 schedule in its place. Last year’s cup was won by Vow And Declare.

As always, the headline event of the day was the Melbourne Cup itself, however, there were ten races scheduled across the course of the day, with a handful of them being Group 1 events.

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.

2019 Melbourne Cup Race Schedule

Race No Time (AEDT) Race Distance
1 10:55 AM Darley Ottawa Stakes 1000m
2 11:35 AM Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy 1400m
3 12:10 PM TAB Trophy 1700m
4 12:45 PM The Macca’s Run 2400m
5 1:20 PM Schweppervessence Plate 1000m
6 1:55 PM Jim Beam Stakes 1400m
7 3:00 PM Melbourne Cup 3200m
8 4:00 PM Furphy Plate 1800m
9 4:40 PM MSS Security Sprint 1200m
10 5:15 PM The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes 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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