Dating back to 1861, the Melbourne Cup is the biggest and most popular horse racing event in Australia. Each year on the first Tuesday of November, the race that stops a nation takes place at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.
The Melbourne Cup is one of the most exciting horse races to take place each year and is the pinnacle of the horse racing world for many jockeys and trainers.
The event is a popular day out for many Australians and it’s renowned for its party atmosphere. More than 100,000 spectators attend the race each year making the Melbourne Cup one of the biggest horse races in the world in terms of the number of fans.
It’s also one of the richest horse races in the world with a huge prize purse of £4.5 million up for grabs. The Melbourne Cup sits fifth in our list of the richest horse races in the world only behind the Dubai World Cup, The Everest, The Breeders’ Cup and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
This is partly what makes it so exciting for punters. It’s one of the most popular events for bettors to place their bets on with total amounts wagered nearing $100 million every year.
With 24 horses running the race there’s a wide choice to place your bets on. This always makes for an exciting three and a half minutes.
Watching the Melbourne Cup
Watching the Melbourne Cup live is incredibly entertaining and certainly lives up to the hype. You’ll be able to watch the live action through most bookmakers websites if you place a bet via their platform.
However, if you miss the Melbourne Cup live, all is not lost. You can watch the Melbourne Cup replays over at Racenet as many times as you want to.
They show Melbourne Cup replays all the way back to 2003 making them one of the most popular places to view Melbourne Cup action.
Melbourne Cup 2022
The 2022 edition of the Melbourne Cup was won by Gold Trip and Mark Zahra as the favourite Deauville finished outside the top three in fourth.
Gold Trip who started the race at odds of 18-1 had only won one race before competing in the Melbourne Cup. However, the occasion didn’t prove too much and Mark Zahra made the key move 300 metres out.
Don’t miss out on the action in next years Melbourne Cup.