Ultimate Guide to Melbourne Cup 2017

The Melbourne Cup Guide

The Melbourne Cup always approaches quickly and this year’s edition will be kicking off at 3pm on Tuesday, 7th November 2017. Commonly known as ‘the race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup always draws a massive crowd – generally in excess of 110,000 spectators – who’s cheers can be heard for miles around. While there are a number of events which take place both on and off the racecourse, the centrepiece of the Melbourne Cup Carnival is the $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival always offers a fantastic variety of opportunities for horserace betting, and we have no doubt that the odds are only going to be getting hotter the closer we get to race day!

Important Melbourne Cup Information

  • The Melbourne Cup has been contested at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne since 1861
  • A total of 10 races of varying distance and prize offers take place throughout the day
  • The 3200 metre, $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup for three-year-olds and over, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club is the highlight of the Australian racing calendar
  • The Emirates Melbourne Cup is the second richest prize in Australian sport and is contested by horses from all around the world
  • Marquees are set up for VIP guests, with fashion parades and plenty of entertainment taking place on the day
  • Corporate marquee and dining packages are available for booking
  • There plenty of ticket options available to choose from, including general admission, reserved grandstand seating, corporate dining, restaurant dining, and many member options
  • Be sure to check your favourite online sports betting guide for all the Melbourne Cup betting action

Melbourne Cup: Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Time is the Melbourne Cup?

The 2017 Melbourne Cup will be run at 3pm on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria.

  • How Many Horses Are There In the Melbourne Cup?

Each yeah hundreds of horses are nominated for the race and based on the balloting system and handicapping the number will be whittled down to 24 after the running of the Lexus Stakes on Derby Day. As such, the Melbourne Cup is made up of 24 horses with no emergencies.

  • Who Are the Favourites to Win the Melbourne Cup 2017?

At this stage, many have their favourites listed as Almandin, Johannes Vermeer, and Amelie’s Star, but if there’s one thing we know about racing it’s that the odds can change at the drop of a hat! If you’re looking forward to participating in Melbourne Cup  betting, we suggest keeping a keen eye on your favourite betting sites for top betting tips and advice.

Melbourne Cup 2017 Betting

The final 24 horses that will run the Melbourne Cup 2017 will be decided after the Lexus Stakes are run on Saturday 4th November at the Flemington Racecourse. Of the 24 horses competing in the Melbourne Cup, there is prize money for the first 10 horses to cross the finish line, with a total prize pool of $6.2 million. Owing to the popularity of the Melbourne Cup, the betting turnover is the highest out of any event on the Australian racing calendar, and there are always plenty of exciting betting opportunities to take advantage of.