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Melbourne Cup schedule 2023: Start time for every race

Mark Zahra riding #1 Gold Trip wins race seven, the Lexus Melbourne Cup during 2022 Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 01, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday in November, which, in 2023, was on November 7. You can find the full race schedule here.

The 2023 race was won by Without A Fight for trainers Anthony and Sam Freedman and ridden by jockey Mark Zahra for his second consecutive Cup win, having also won in 2022 on Gold Trip.

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 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.

2023 Melbourne Cup Race Schedule

All times are for Sydney/Melbourne

Race No. Time (AEDT) Race Distance
1 10:45am Darley Maribyrnong Plate 1000m
2 11:20am Furphy Plate 1800m
3 12pm TAB Trophy 1800m
4 12:40pm The Schweppervescence Plate 1000m
5 1:20pm The Macca’s Run 2800m
6 1:55pm MSS Security Subzero 1400m
7 3pm Lexus Melbourne Cup 3200m
8 3:50pm Howden Desirable Stakes 1400m
9 4:35pm The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes 1400m
10 5:15pm Paramount+ Trophy 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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