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Melbourne Cup live stream and TV guide

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This is The Roar’s comprehensive guide to watching the Melbourne Cup, whether via TV or a live stream online.

The 2021 Melbourne Cup took place at 3pm on Tuesday, November 2.

The race was won by Verry Elleegant in an upset over short-priced favourite Incentivise.

Not everyone was able to make it down to the famous Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne to capture the biggest day on the racing calendar in person.

But this is how you could watch the race from home and it’s unlikely to change much in 2022.


Under a new TV deal for the Melbourne Cup carnival, Channel Ten is now the host broadcaster of the race that stops a nation.

This is the second year of the deal that sees Ten hold the rights to the Melbourne Cup through to 2024.

Channel Ten’s coverage on Melbourne Cup day will commence at around 10am (AEDT), as coverage on Channel Seven formerly did.


You’ll also be able to watch the race on the Channel Seven-owned, which is available on free-to-air TV and on online platforms.

Sky Racing on Foxtel will also have coverage of Melbourne Cup day at Flemington, however, they’re barred from showing the actual race live, with it instead shown on delay by a handful of minutes, allowing free to air exclusive live broadcast rights.

Live streaming

If you’d prefer to live stream the race online, then there will be a number of ways to do so as we head into the 2021 edition.

The best way to do this will be through host broadcaster Channel Ten, whose streaming platform, TenPlay, is free to use and sign up for.

You’ll also be able to live stream the race through, while some betting sites may also cover the race for those with a valid account and funds deposited. We suggest you check each individual companies website before signing up based on this information though.

The coverage is also available through Kayo Sports.

Twitter has also carried a live stream of the race in the past, however, it is unclear as to whether this will take place again this year.


Live streaming of the race through Foxtel on delay will be unavailable, as Sky Racing is not accessible on any of their live streaming platforms.


There are 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

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