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Melbourne Cup schedule 2021: Start time for every race

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The Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday in November, which, in 2021, is November 2. You can find the full race schedule.

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.

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.

2021 Melbourne Cup Race Schedule

All times are currently estimates. This page will be updated as soon as they’re locked in.

Race No. Time (AEDT) Race Distance
1 10:45am Darley Maribyrnong Plate 1000m
2 11:20am Schweppervescence Plate 1000m
3 12pm TAB Trophy 1800m
4 12:40pm MSS Security Sprint 1200m
5 1:20pm Subzero Handicap 1400m
6 1:50pm Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy 1400m
7 2:20pm Furphy Plate 1800m
8 3pm Melbourne Cup 3200m
9 4:40pm The Macca’s Run 2800m
10 5:15pm 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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