Traditionally held on the first Tuesday in November, the Melbourne Cup has a capacity field of 24 horses. The race attracts Australian & International stayers vying for the huge prizemoney and prestige on offer.
2017 Melbourne Cup
The Melbourne Cup is the feature event of the four-day Cup Carnival at Flemington and is raced over a distance of 3200 metres (2 miles).
Known as the ‘race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup brings Australia to a standstill during the famous Melbourne spring racing carnival, as the whole country gathers for the running of our greatest race.
International horses, jockeys, and racing folk make their way to Flemington each spring now, to celebrate one of the biggest sporting events anywhere in the world.
2017 Melbourne Cup Date
The 2017 Melbourne Cup will run on Tuesday 7th November 2017.
The Melbourne Cup traditionally runs at 3.00pm (AEST Melbourne time) every year and is normally Race 7 on the card.
2017 Melbourne Cup Field
The 2017 Melbourne Cup field will be released following the conclusion of the Victoria Derby day meeting on Saturday 4th November 2017.
A total of 24 horses will make up the 2017 Melbourne Cup field and there are no emergencies allowed.
Melbourne Cup nominations are taken in early September before first & second declarations in October, while final declarations are taken on Victoria Derby day.
2017 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw
Following the conclusion of the Victoria Derby day meeting the Melbourne Cup final field will be released. The live 2017 Melbourne Cup barrier draw follows shortly after, around 6.30pm from Flemington Racecourse.
Always a much anticipated event during Melbourne Cup week, the Melbourne Cup barrier draw is attended by the connections of each Melbourne Cup runner. A nominated person from each horse will draw out their horse’s barrier number for the race.
An inside barrier draw is always important for the Melbourne Cup, as a wide gate makes it a much tougher task early in the race.
In a 24-horse field, a good draw is essential to avoid any of the early hustle and bustle, as riders jockey for position in an effort to give their mount the best run in the race.
2017 Melbourne Cup Odds
Online bookmakers release Melbourne Cup odds shortly after the running of the most recent running of the great race. We highly recommend Sportsbet for the best 2017 Melbourne Cup odds. They get their markets up early and are very competitive with their pricing.
Please be aware that early Melbourne Cup betting markets are All-in. In All-in betting, if your horse fails to start, you’ll lose your money. So be wary when placing early Melbourne Cup bets.
Melbourne Cup Free Bets
Joining an online bookmaker gives you the opportunity to pick up free bets on Melbourne Cup day.
If you’re looking for Melbourne Cup special offers then check out our free bet offers page. Online bookies spare no expense with a plethora of Melbourne Cup money back specials up for grabs.
Visit our Sydney autumn racing carnival info for details about New South Wale’s big autumn carnival in March and April, featuring the Golden Slipper Festival and The Championships.