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The Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday in November, which, in 2021, was November 2. You can find the full race schedule here.
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 $7.75 million goes on the line in the big race.
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.
All times are for Sydney/Melbourne
|Race No.||Time (AEDT)||Race||Distance|
|1||10:45am||Darley Maribyrnong Plate||1000m|
|2||11:20am||The Macca’s Run||2800m|
|3||12pm||Resimax Group Subzero Handicap||1400m|
|5||1:20pm||Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy||1400m|
|6||1:55pm||The Schweppervescence Plate||1000m|
|7||3pm||Lexus Melbourne Cup||3200m|
|8||4pm||The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stake||1400m|
|10||5:15pm||MSS Security Sprint||1200m|
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.