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Watch Melbourne Cup Live Here: One of the strongest fields in recent memory is set for the running of the 2020 Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, November 3 at Flemington racecourse.
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The race has occasionally wavered from its traditional start time over the year but this year it’s scheduled to begin right on the hour at 3 pm AEDT.
The two-mile race was last year won by Cross Counter, who will be back to defend his title, however a 6.5kg gain in weight means it'll be tough for him to repeat the feat this time out.
Attracting runners, trainers,owners and punters from all around the world each year, the Melbourne Cup, is regularly referred to as the race that stops the nation. To reinforce that point, Australia's most famous horse race is a sporting event so big that the entire state of Victoria gets a public holiday!
But not everyone can make it down to the famous Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne to capture the biggest day on the racing calendar in person – especially not this year.
The great news for racing fans is that all the action will be aired for free in Australia. That means everyone has the chance to watch it anywhere in the world, thanks to the wonder that is a VPN. Read on to find out how to get a Melbourne Cup live from anywhere on Earth.
Where is the Melbourne Cup?
The Melbourne Cup is held at Flemington in Melbourne. However, there are often other race meetings occurring around the country on Cup day, where you can enjoy the thrill of being at the races even if you're not in Melbourne for the actual Cup.
When is the Melbourne Cup 2020?
The 159th Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday, November 5 this year at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia.
The main event begins at 3pm AEDT local time, so that means it's on in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the UK at 4am GMT and 11pm ET or 8pm PT in the US on Monday night.
For those not in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania or the ACT, these are your local start times: Perth (midday), Darwin (1.30pm), Brisbane (2pm), Adelaide (2.30pm).
The Melbourne Cup is Race 7 on the 10-race Flemington card. The first race starts at 11am AEDT and the last at 5.15pm. See the full schedule below.
How to watch Melbourne Cup Live:
Fortunately, the purchase of the Melbourne Cup broadcast rights by Channel 10 has opened up a whole range of ways to watch the race on several digital platforms.
Or you can also watch it online through Racing.com. The best way of doing this if you're on the go and want to watch it on your phone or device is to have Kayo on that device and watch the Racing.com coverage through that.
The whole Melbourne Cup Carnival is being broadcast on Channel 10 and Channel 78. Channel 10 are the official TV rights holders for the race and the whole four-day carnival but Channel 78, or Racing.com, is allowed to broadcast it as well as part of its deal with Racing Victoria.
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 a slight delay.
How to watch Melbourne Cup Live on TV Coverage:
Under a new TV deal for the Melbourne Cup carnival, Channel Ten will be the host broadcaster of the race that stops a nation.
The deal means the network takes over from Channel Seven, with it to last for five years – meaning Ten have 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 Racing.com, 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.