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Everything you need to know about the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
When? The Melbourne Cup is traditionally run at 3pm local time on the first Tuesday in November.
Where? Flemington Racecourse, near Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.
Tickets? Reserved Grandstand Seating & General Admission tickets can be pre-purchased online. General Admission tickets can be bought at major train stations on the day - you cannot buy tickets at the gate.
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Spring Racing Flowers
Each day of the Spring Racing Carnival has a special flower for the gentleman's buttonhole, some girls wear them in their hair. Here is a list of flowers for Spring Racing including Melbourne Cup Week:
Melbourne Cup Carnival Preview - White Freesia
Caulfield Guineas Day - Lavender
Blue Sapphire Day - Dutch Blue Iris
Caulfield Cup Day - White Rose
Cox Plate Day - Cecile Brunner Rose (Pale Pink)
Victoria Derby Day - Cornflower
Melbourne Cup Day - Yellow Rose
Oaks (Ladies) Day - Pink Rose
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Weights - the majority of winners of the Melbourne Cup have been 4 or 5 year old male horses carrying up to 55kgs. It is possible to win with top weight, but it takes an exceptional horse to do it.
Age - Australia three year old horses often place in the Melbourne Cup but rarely win. In 2017 Rekindling won as a northen hemisphere 3yo (in Australia he was 4) and the following year Cross Counter won carrying only 51kg starting a new trend. Horses over the age of 6 have less success, although this generally applies less to European stayers who start racing later and usually have had fewer career starts than local horses. However, Australian horses aged over 8 do not win Melbourne Cups.
Barrier Draw - depends on the racing style of the horse. If they like to race forward an inside gate will assist, if they usually race back and swoop late it doesn't matter where they draw. Keep in mind it is very hard to lead all the way in the Melbourne Cup due to the distance involved.
Form - there are a few key local races which can be a good guide for the Melbourne Cup including the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, Geelong Cup, Bart Cummings and Lexus Stakes. Otherwise, look for any horse that has won over 2400m or more in the last 6 months (since May).
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Some quick tips for having a great Melbourne Cup Day:
Get your bets on early. Everyone in Australia (and their dog) will know that it’s Melbourne Cup day. Not everyone in the country will be placing a bet, it will just seem like it. In the past, some less sophisticated online systems have struggled with the overwhelming level of interest on the big race days. Bet online with a reliable company such as bet365 to avoid disappointment.
What to wear? If you’re going on course in the public area the dress code is anything goes. Some people will even go in fancy dress. But why not dress up nice, even if you’re not going to the see the races live. It’s a special day, make an effort. Buy a hat!
Check the weather forecast, but keep in mind the weather on Cup day can be unpredictable. It’s early Spring in Melbourne so it could be 30 degrees or 5, it could start out fine and be pouring rain by 3pm.
Having a party at home? The first race is at 10.30am, get everything ready early in the day. Decorate with yellow flowers and balloons (the official flower of Melbourne Cup day is a yellow rose.) Keep food simple and bite size, fire up the BBQ. Bubbles of some kind are essential to celebrate the winner of the Cup.
Find the winner. (This is so simple – see below) or go HERE for a formula to help you predict the trifecta in the Melbourne Cup.
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