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Melbourne Cup Time: what time is the 2017 Melbourne Cup?

  • The Melbourne Cup will be run at 3.00pm
  • Cup run as Race 7 of the day.
Jockeys watch from the clock tower as horses break from the barrier on the first lap of the Melbourne Cup

Millions of viewers will tune in to watch the iconic Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington Racecourse on November 7, 2017, but what time does the Melbourne Cup start?

Providing there are no delays, the Melbourne Cup will be held at 3:00pm and is the seventh race of the day.

Racing gets underway earlier than usual with the opening race on Cup Day scheduled for 10:40am on the first Tuesday of November.

The final race on Cup Day, Race 9, is set for 5:15pm and will be highly anticipated with Quadrella and Treble punters keenly awaiting results.

Unlike most feature days that are packed with Group 1 racing, the Melbourne Cup is the only Group 1 race run on the day which highlights the importance of the main event and makes sure the Cup takes centre stage on what is one of the greatest days of racing in the world.

The singing of the Australian National Anthem signifies the lead up to the Melbourne Cup, and following the introduction of each participating jockey, the horses and riders will make their way to the starting stalls.

The loading process is one of the longest in Australian racing due to the capacity field of 24, but with most horses being experienced and relaxed staying types, barrier attendants have little trouble in preparing the field to jump on time.



At approximately 3:00pm, the starter will release the Melbourne Cup field while a simultaneous roar from the crowd can be heard for miles across Melbourne.

The Melbourne Cup is regarded as the greatest three and a half minutes in sport, and depending on tempo and track conditions, race times vary greatly.

Kingston Rule holds the record for the quickest Melbourne Cup run in history when stopping the clock at 3:16.30 in 1990, while inaugural winner Archer (1861) and 1865 winner Lantern share the record of slowest Cup run in a time of 3:52.00.



In 1890, champion racehorse Carbine won the Cup in the largest ever field in the races’ history with a total of 39 stayers competing.

The smallest ever Melbourne Cup field saw Banker defeat just six rivals in 1863.


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