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2018 Melbourne Cup schedule: Start time for every race

Cross Counter has won the 2018 Melbourne Cup. (Photo: Brett Holburt/Racing Photos via Getty Images)

Cross Counter is the 2018 Melbourne Cup winner, after coming from the clouds over the last 800 metres.

Marmelo finished second, while A Prince of Arran finished third.

Melbourne Cup Day was held on the first Tuesday in November, which, in 2018, was November 6. As always, the headline event of the day began at 3pm (AEDT), however, there were ten races on the schedule.

The Melbourne Cup is the richest two-mile handicap race in the world and the biggest event on Australia’s racing calendar.

While the $7.3 million Melbourne Cup was the main attraction and the pinnacle of the racing industry in Australia, there was still plenty of other action across the day with nine other races to be run.

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The first event was scheduled to start at 11am (AEDT) with roughly 40-minute intervals between every race throughout the day. There was, however, an extended interval either side of the Melbourne Cup itself.

In between races 6 and 7, there was a longer break, as mentioned, to introduce the jockeys and horses for the Cup, as well as the singing of the national anthem just before the horses head into the barriers.

The 2018 Melbourne Cup schedule can be found below.

2018 Melbourne Cup start time, race schedule

Race No. Time (AEDT) Race Distance Prize money
1 10:50am Bumble Stakes 1000m $150,000
2 11:30am Tab App Trophy 1700m $120,000
3 12:05pm Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy 1400m $120,000
4 12:40pm Ronald McDonald House Charities Plate 2800m $120,000
5 1:15pm Schweppes Flemington Fling 1000m $120,000
6 1:50pm Jim Beam Black Stakes 1400m $150,000
7 3:00pm Melbourne Cup 3200m $7,300,000
8 4:05pm Furphy Plate 1800m $150,000
9 4:45pm MSS Security Sprint 1200m $150,000
10 5:20pm The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes 1400m $200,000

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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