Melbourne Cup 2020
It’s the race that supposedly stops the nation.
Well actually, that’s only half true.
Actually, it stops two nations if you include New Zealand.
These days if you include all international countries where they take a vested interest in the race, this would include countries such as Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland, England, France, Germany, and maybe United Arab Emirates.
Probably not enough interest to stop those nations, considering also the time difference, as the race will be screened live early on Tuesday morning in the wee hours.
So, the Melbourne Cup – it truly is a global event on the international horse racing calendar.
And we know how to find the winner.
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The cup has the history, the tradition, and is considered without doubt an elite horse race for connections to win, and at present it is the richest handicap race in the world, prize money now stands at A$8 million.
To a man, woman and child in Australia, everyone will know what’s happening on the first Tuesday of November every year.
Australians seem to have this innate ability to celebrate this race on an annual basis, as if born to it.
Melbourne Cup Horses 2020?
Fear not, our finger is certainly on the pulse in the lead up to that first Tuesday in November 2020.
Head-down-bum-up approach, we deep dive each week into the staying races that are happening all over the world (not just our own backyard)
You can read all our in-depth weekly previews below to give you some insight into the best horses that will be in the running for the Melbourne Cup 2020.
2019 Horse Reports below:
- Horse Watch pt 1
- Horse Watch pt 2
- Horse Watch pt 3
- Horse Watch pt 4
- Horse Watch pt 5
- Horse Watch pt 6
- Horse Watch pt 7
- Horse Watch pt 8
- Horse Watch pt 9
- Horse Watch pt 10
- Horse Watch pt 11
- Horse Watch pt 12
- Horse Watch pt 13
- Horse Watch pt 14
- Horse Watch pt 15
- Horse Watch pt 16
- Horse Watch pt 17
- Horse Watch pt 18
- Horse Watch pt 19
- Horse Watch pt 20
- Horse Watch pt 21
- Horse Watch pt 22
- Horse Watch pt 23
- Horse Watch pt 24
- Horse Watch pt 25
- Horse Watch pt 26
There are a raft of local horse race meetings around the country that happens on the day, culminating in the big race from Flemington usually around 3pm Eastern Standard Time.
Plus there are the usual family bbqs going on playing our famous song, so long as the weather does it’s part it’s usually a great day and a great occasion.
It also happens to be a public holiday in the state of Victoria.
The Melbourne Cup has generated an entire industry all on its own, and it’s not necessarily all about horse racing.
There are all those punting websites, journalists who write about horseracing.
Those involved with TV and media, there are all the people involved with stables and training facilities leading up to the 4-day carnival, and let’s not forget the girls.
There are all the businesses around the fashion industry including the wide variety of fascinators from milliners, and of course all the dresses and outfits that the ladies will wear on cup day.
Then there is the hospitality industry; all the restaurants and pubs will be doing a roaring trade over that period with all visitors from out of town coming down to Melbourne to witness Cup day as well as the other 3 days of the Carnival.
And of course, people will be pumping our famous cup song.
Kruzey.com.au has assembled a series of pages to help those of you that are interested in the 2019 Melbourne Cup. Refer to the following links.
On this page we talk about a few of the more technical and logistical aspects of events happening around the Melbourne Cup carnival, not necessarily Cup Day but the other days as well.
Getting to the track
If you are a local Melburnian, then you can probably skip over this section because you’ll know it intimately. But for those of you who live out of town and are wanting to get to the Flemington course you might be asking the question how do we do that?
Well it depends where you live, what direction you’re coming from and what mode of transport you’ll be using.
Let’s start with using your own vehicle. As to be expected, parking will be an issue. There are car park spots all along Fisher Parade but you’ll need to get in early. You can even park in one of the outer suburbs that is within walking distance like Footscray or Ascot Vale. However, the majority of the side streets are for resident parking only so you’ll get frowned upon if you try it on. Bringing your vehicle is a bit of a pain especially if you want to enjoy the day out, so I would be inclined to leave it at home in the garage and use public transport instead.
There are many bus services traversing the western side of the CBD of Melbourne. A good Central hub to catch a bus up to the racecourse is via Footscray. For instance, the 472 service which leaves Footscray every 20 minutes and travels up through Droop St, Farnsworth Ave and Fisher Parade will drop you right off outside the racecourse itself. This bus goes through to Moonee Ponds and is very handy to know for WS Cox Plate day.
You can either catch a dedicated service from Southern Cross to Flemington, or catch a train out to Footscray (most western destination trains stop at Footscray anyway), then walk across into the Footscray city centre right opposite the Markets, and catch the aforementioned 472 bus to Flemington.
We mention these two services, mainly because of ticketing issues. If you catch the train directly out from Southern Cross, you’ll need to have your ticket to get into the racecourse on you. When you get into Flemington railway station there is no ticketing booth, you’ll get access directly onto the racecourse and you’ll need to have your ticket on you to be scanned in.
If you come to the racecourse via the main gate from the Fisher Parade side, no problem you can buy a ticket from the ticketing booth which is located just behind the main gate entrance. Once you have your ticket, you can then get in.
The best way to get admission on to the racecourse is to purchase your tickets in advance via the Melbourne Cup web page and Ticketek. Not only is this convenient but you may also get a discount. No guarantees though. Your tickets can be physically sent to you in the post, or perhaps the easiest way is to have your tickets sent to you electronically so they sit on your phone, so that when you go through the main gate you just have your e-ticket on your phone being scanned to get onto the course. A tip: make sure to turn up the brightness of your phone so the gate scanner can read your ticket bar code.
If it turns out you’re not that well-organised, you can still buy a physical ticket from the ticket booth located behind the main gate entrance on the Fisher Parade side of the racecourse entrance.
Prices will vary across the four days. The two most expensive days are Derby Day and Cup Day, with Oaks Day and Stakes Day being lesser in price. If you have a VRC membership, the prices will be cheaper still if you buy a Season Pass that takes in other race days at Flemington prior to the Cup Carnival, such as Turnbull Stakes Day and Makybe Diva Stakes Day. You’ll also be able to use your season pass in the Autumn as well, for Lightning Stakes Day, Australian Guineas Day and Super Saturday (Newmarket Hcp and Australian Cup) etc.
The Track Configuration
The oval track at Flemington is a touch over 2300m. The Melbourne Cup itself starts halfway up the 1200m shoot which is called the Straight Six (as in six furlongs). Horses will run approximately 900m down the the home straight before doing a full lap to reach the winning post in approximately 3 minutes 25 seconds.
The Flemington course has very good drainage and very rarely does it get super wet. This has improved remarkably in the last few years due in part to technology. The ideal rating for the course will be somewhere between a Good 4 and a Dead 5. Not so hard that it will jar up some horses that don’t like hard tracks, and not so soft that it will inconvenience those that don’t like wet tracks. Usually the track managers get it right on the major race day of the year.
The weather for Melbourne around the late October and early November period is a bit hit and miss at the best of times. In last year’s 2018 Cup, the rain bucketed down for the first part of Cup Day, but eventually evened out by the time the Cup was run at around 3pm. There have been some notable years when it was extremely wet. 1976 and 2010 being two examples. If you are dressing for the occasion, then keep an eye out on the weather forecast at least two days beforehand. Use the data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology as your guide. (bom.gov.au)
Usually a few months out from the Cup, the VRC Handicapper will assign a weight to all nominations at the first round. This is a highly anticipated and highly contentious area for all connections.
Whether it’s the trainer, the owner, the journos, and more importantly the punters, the determination of the final makeup of the field and what eventual weight each horse will carry is of extreme importance.
It is both an art form and a science and not everyone appreciates the complexity of the final alloted weights to each horse as determined by the Handicapper Greg Carpenter. Trying to marry up the form between European horses and local Australian horses can be a ticking time bomb.
There are age considerations, especially for the Northern Hemisphere 3 year olds. There are weight for age considerations too, particularly where horses have raced one year and have gone up in age for the next year and their weight has markedly increased as well. Penalties come into account if a horse wins a graduating race such as the Caulfield Cup. Mares normally get given a lighter weight in comparison to the male horses.
In recent times, the maximum weight has tended to top out at around 58 kgs. A far cry from some of the heavy weights that used to be carried back in the earlier years of the race, especially horses given 60 kgs plus.
There has been criticism that the weight scales between top and bottom have been compressed. So for example, in the recent 2019 weight allocations, all 152 nominated horses have been assigned weights between 58 kgs and 49 kgs. So that’s 9 kgs spread over 152 horses. I don’t think there is any way around that, it is what it is.
Despite all the conjecture, I believe the 2019 weight allocations are fair and sporting, and are based adequately on each horses form leading into the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Good luck on the day and may you achieve financial success.
How to watch the Melbourne Cup?
Switch up? in a change of pace for this years running of the cup.
They have announced there broadcast team who will consist of…
Peter Moody, Michael Felgate, Caty Price, Francesca Cumani, David Gately, Brittany Taylor (what a great lineup)
This can viewed on free to air television on Channel 10 and also online.
Live Streaming Of The Cup?
Live vision can certainly streamed for the race that stops the nation on Sky Racing.
Melbourne Cup 2020 Tickets
Searching for Melbourne Cup Tickets 2020? Easy done.
You can simply purchase tickets to the cup at Ticketek.
What Time Is The Melbourne Cup?
The gates will crash back at around 3pm on November 5th 2020.
Make sure you clear your schedule (it should be cleared anyway)
Here is a list of start times for each state.
The race will go for around 3 1/2 minutes give or take.
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4 Day Carnival
Melbourne Cup week is comprised of 4 days of racing.
As a carnival it is similar in scope to Royal Ascot who also run a 4 day program during the English summer, and there is also the Ebor carnival at York during late August.
Melbourne Cup History
In 2019, the running of the Melbourne Cup will be the 158th version of the race, since its origins back in 1861.
Throughout that time in history, the race has been through two world wars, the Great Depression, the ascent of several kings and queens, and the making of several equine legends of the turf. Read more.
International race horses have been a mainstay for nearly 25 years, but Vintage Crop’s victory in 1993 wasn’t the first participation of an international horse in the great race.
There were others in the 80’s that became the trail blazers to today’s ex European ‘let’s migrate to Australia’ industry.
Like Authaal for instance, the son of ill-fated stallion Shergar, and a handful of other ex Europeans.
These days the Melbourne Cup field is dominated by English and Irish stayers with very little room left for Australian and New Zealand stayers, which is a complete turnaround from thirty or forty years ago.
The race has become a truly global event now, with horses victorious in recent years coming from countries such as Japan, France, Germany, England and Ireland, not forgetting New Zealand too.
The 2019 event is looking very likely to contain a stacked field of international visitors, judging by the look of the first round of nominations.
As the field thins towards the end of October, it is expected that the remaining horses will be predominantly European.
Keep an eye out on the Melbourne Cup form, through our Cup watch reports, also on this website.
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