The 2016 Melbourne Cup

May 3, 2016

The 2016 Melbourne Cup will be run at 3pm on Tuesday 1st November. ‘The Cup’ as is it colloquially known, is the highlight of the Australian horse racing calendar. Forever etched into Australian sporting folklore, the Melbourne Cup is now a truly international event and is considered the premier handicap staying race in the world.

2016 Melbourne Cup graphic showing date and time

About the race

The Melbourne Cup is run over 3200m at Flemington racecourse in the suburb of Flemington, Melbourne. The long distance of the race implies that it is a staying race. Horses are handicapped based on historical performances and ratings. In recent times, the race has been contested by a large contingent of foreign thoroughbreds and has thrown up winners from Ireland, Japan and France. In 2016, the field of 24 runners and their connections will compete for $6.2 million in prize money.

The 2016 Melbourne Cup

The 2016 Melbourne Cup is due to be run on Tuesday 1st November. The favourite for the race is the Godolphin owned Hartnell, who finished a brave second to Winx in the Cox Plate. Godolphin also owns the 2nd favourite, impressive Lexus Stakes winner, Oceanographer. For those looking to place a wager on the big race, we have published all of the bookmaker bonuses for the 2016 Melbourne Cup.

The 2015 Melbourne Cup

The 2015 edition of the Melbourne Cup was a particularly noteworthy one. The race was taken out by 100-1 fancy Prince of Penzance, the horse was ridden by Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to ever win a Melbourne Cup. Indeed, the race marked a significant moment in Australia’s sporting history.

The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

The Cup is the main event of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, a season-long carnival combining premier horse racing events, fashion and hospitality. Derby Day marks the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington, a week-long, four meet festival held at the Flemington racecourse. Crowds flock to these 4 premier race days in droves. Derby Day regularly sees attendances of 100,000 or more through the turnstiles, whilst The Cup also attracts six figure audiences.

Melbourne Cup ticket prices

Admission prices to the 2016 Melbourne Cup vary according to the type of ticket purchased. General admission entry for adults is priced at $70, whilst students and concession tickets cost $57, entry is free for all children under 16 years of age.

There is also a variety of corporate and hospitality packages available for patrons attending the Melbourne Cup. Whether it be a seat in the grandstand, an on-course marquee or a prized Birdcage pass, The Cup caters for all racegoers.

Getting to the Cup

There are a number of ways to get to Flemington racecourse for The Cup and all four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The best mode of transport is by train as the racecourse has its very own station right outside the entrance gate. Patrons can also travel by tram and walk the length of the car park to the main grandstand and viewing area. Some even do it in style by taking a river cruise down the Maribyrnong River and arrive just south of Flemington racecourse.
Other modes of transport, though not necessarily recommended, include: taxi, car and helicopter.

Wagering on the big race

Vast amounts of money is wagered on Australia’s favourite horse race, in fact, during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, it is estimated more than $600 million is turned over by Australian punters. It’s a time of year when canny sports fans can benefit from the multitude of sports betting offers provided by Australia’s online corporate bookmakers, on the weeks festivities.

A public holiday

Travellers from overseas are always fascinated to learn that Melbourne has its very own Public Holiday for the Melbourne Cup. That’s right, it’s a full day off for everyone in Victoria. In actual fact, because it always falls on the first Tuesday in November, many workers take the proceeding Monday off as well and enjoy a four-day long weekend.

Whilst people from interstate don’t enjoy a public holiday, they still enjoy the race. The Melbourne truly is the race that stops a nation. Even over in New Zealand, many gather to watch and celebrate this Australian sporting institution.