Melbourne Cup Day will bring Australia to a standstill on Tuesday 1st November 2016 for the running of our greatest race, the Melbourne Cup.
Now an internationally acclaimed race, the Melbourne Cup attracts the world’s best stayers who compete over 3200 metres under handicap conditions.
The 2016 Melbourne Cup is just under three months away and set to be an another exciting affair.
Who can forget the memorable win of Michelle Payne last year on Prince Of Penzance? Becoming the first woman to ride a Melbourne Cup winner and creating many emotional and memorable moments along the way.
The $6,000,000 Group 1 Melbourne Cup is the highlight of the four-day 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival for the Victoria Racing Club (VRC).
More than 100,000 racing fans are expected to descend on Flemington for Melbourne Cup Day.
2016 Melbourne Cup Day
The 2016 Melbourne Cup is the feature race on a massive ten-race Flemington card. Two Group 3 races support the Melbourne Cup including the Ottawa Stakes and Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes.
- $150,000 Ottawa Stakes (1000m) Group 3
- $100,000 Schweppes #FlemingtonFling (1000m)
- $150,000 Lexus Hybrid Plate (1400m)
- $150,000 MSS Security Sprint (1200m)
- $100,00 Lavazza Short Black (1400m)
- $150,000 James Boag’s Symphony Stakes (1800m)
- $6,000,000 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) Group 1
- $100,000 BM96 Handicap (2800m)
- $200,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Group 3
- $100,00 tab.com.au Trophy (1700m)
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Prince Of Penzance Melbourne Cup for the locals
In recent years international gallopers have dominated the Melbourne Cup winner’s stall, until Prince Of Penzance came along.
Jockey Michelle Payne created history winning the 2015 Melbourne Cup aboard the Daren Weir trained Prince Of Penzance, becoming the first female jockey to win our great race.
The resultant victory was the catalyst for many great racing stories over the Melbourne Cup carnival, particularly in the regional city of Ballarat. The busy racing hub is home to jockey Michelle Payne, trainer Darren Weir, and strapper Stevie Payne, brother of the winning hoop.
Prince Of Penzance defeated Max Dynamite by 0.5L to win the Melbourne Cup, with Criterion a further 1.25L away in third place.
Find out what the last five Melbourne Cup winners can tell us here.