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This is The Roar’s comprehensive guide to watching the 2018 Melbourne Cup, whether via TV or a live stream online.
There’s a reason the Cup is called ‘the race that stops the nation’, captivating an entire country on the first Tuesday of November – in 2018, the race falls on November 6.
As the event closes in, the fancy hats are dusted off for the day and everyone suddenly becomes a racing expect for about six hours.
But not everyone can make it down to the famous Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne to capture the biggest day on the racing calendar in person.
So how can you see the big race if you’re not packed into the crowd?
The Seven Network is back on board to continue their long-running coverage of the event, having covered the richest two-mile handicap race in the world since 2002.
Seven will cover all the racing action and interviews of the main event, but will also tackle the other nine races with live coverage of the entire carnival.
Their coverage begins at 10am AEDT on raceday.
The Racing.com channel will also have live coverage of the race, and this can be watched both on free-to-air TV and on Foxtel (channel 529).
Foxtel will also have live coverage of the event on Sky Racing 1 (channel 526).
There are a number of ways available to live stream the Melbourne Cup free of charge.
You can live stream Seven’s coverage through the 7live website.
It will also be possible to live stream the race free via Racing.com, although you need to have an account to use this service.
Some betting services also offer free live streams of racing but you need to have an account and may need to have some funds deposited in order to use them.
There’s a plethora of options come race day in the land of radio.
All of the following channels will have, at the very least, live calls of the Melbourne Cup main race at 3pm (AEDT).
Some will cover race results as they come in and others will do the whole day.
– RSN Racing & Sport on 927 AM
– 3AW in Melbourne on 693 AM
– Triple M. Sydney 104.9 FM, Brisbane 104.5 FM, Adelaide 104.7 FM and Melbourne 105.1 FM
– ABC Grandstand – local radio – go here to find your frequency
– SEN on 1116 AM