Melbourne Cup Race Day Information

Melbourne Cup contention

Melbourne Cup 2016

The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s biggest racing events. The 3200 meter, Group 1 handicap race at Flemington Racecourse always draws a big crowd and big names in racing talent. This is the ‘race that stops the nation’ and here is some important information to get you prepared for Melbourne Cup race day.

Each year the race is held on the first Tuesday of November. This year that is November 1. A field of 24 gallopers race the track. What’s more, this race has produced some of the most famed names in racing history. These names include Archer, Phar Lap, Peter Pan, Race Lover, and Maybe Diva.

Melbourne Cup Race Day Schedule

To be part of the Melbourne Cup race day, it is best to arrive before 10am. This will ensure you get a great place to set up for the rest of the day. The Melbourne Cup is the 7th race of the day. The race happens at 3pm.

This year, there is a prize pool of $6.2 million at stake. Therefore, the 24 horses competing to take out the prize will have incentive to run well. Be part of the Melbourne Cup race and all the races happening throughout the day at Flemington Racecourse.

Race NamePrize MoneyTypeDistance
Emirates Airlines Plate$151,5002YO Fillies SW (N/C)1000m trophy$101,500Mares Hcp (N/C)1700m
Melbourne Plate$101,500Rtg 0-95 Hcp (N/C)2800m
Lavazza Short Black/td>$101,5004&5YO Rtg 0-90 Hcp (No Greys)1400m
Schweppes #flemingtonfling$101,5003YO SW&P (N/C)1000m
Lexus Hybrid Plate$151,5003YO Fillies SW&P (N/C)1400m
Emirates Melbourne Cup$6,200,000Hcp (N/C)3200m
James Boag’s Symphony Stakes$151,500Hcp (N/C)1800m
MSS Security Sprint$151,500Hcp (N/C)1200m
Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes$101,500Mares SW&P (N/C)1400m