What you need to know about this year’s Melbourne Cup – 2018

What you need to know about this year’s Melbourne Cup – 2018

The Melbourne Cup was first held way back in 1861.1 Today, it’s known as “the race that stops the nation”, and this year’s event is just around the corner.

Here’s everything you need to know to get race-ready in 2018.

The when, where and how of Australia’s most prestigious horse race

The Melbourne Cup is held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria and is part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It’s held on the first Tuesday in November – which happens to be November 6 this year – and starts at 3pm.

The race is run over 3,200 metres and this year’s total prize pool is $7.3 million, with a tidy $4 million awaiting the winner.2

Check out these 6 quick facts about Melbourne Cup – the race that stops the nation!

If you’re planning to see the action in person, general admission tickets are typically priced between $48 and $91 and can be purchased from Ticketek.

What to wear

For general admission, there’s no strict dress code. However, if you step foot inside a members’ enclosure or marquee, there’s a dress code to follow:

  • Women should dress in a cocktail dress or suit, and accessorising with a hat or fascinator is encouraged. No jeans, joggers, thongs, shorts or leggings.
  • Men should wear a suit or tailored slacks with a tie. No jeans, torn clothing, uncollared shirts, joggers, thongs, beanies or tracksuits.

A splash of vibrant spring colour is always on-trend for the Melbourne Cup, along with fun accessories and beautiful fabric.

The 2018 horses and jockeys

The Melbourne Cup is a race between 24 horses from around the world. Impress your friends by doing a little research on the horses and jockeys before the big day.

HORSES nominated for 2018

The final field for the Melbourne Cup is released on November 3. So far, the list of potential horses includes3:

  • Lord Fandango: a five-year-old bay stallion from Germany that’s reached $532,533 in career earnings
  • Kings Will Dream: a four-year-old chestnut gelding (male) trained by Darren Weir, who is based at Ballarat
  • Magic Circle: a six-year-old bay gelding (male) from Ireland; he’s managed to win eight races in his career so far
  • Cross Counter: a three-year-old bay gelding (male) from the United Kingdom; he’s managed to win four races in his career so far
  • Chestnut Coat: a four-year-old chestnut stallion (male) from Japan; he won a race at Kyoto earlier this year.

JOCKEYS to look out for

We also have to wait until November 3 for official rider notifications, but in the meantime, here’s a list of contenders4:

  • Corey Brown: 2017 and 2009 Melbourne Cup winner, two times runner-up
  • Frankie Dettori: one of the world’s most decorated jockey and two-time runner-up in the Melbourne Cup
  • Kathy O’Hara: Two-time Group One winner, sixth female to ride in the Melbourne Cup in 2017
  • Blake Shinn: One of Sydney’s leading jockeys and the 2008 Melbourne Cup winner
  • Kerrin McEvoy: 2016 and 2000 Melbourne Cup winner

Can’t make it to the races?

If you can’t make it to Flemington on race day, there are plenty of other ways to mark the occasion throughout Australia.

In Sydney, you can visit the tracks at Royal Randwick, which hosts a Melbourne Cup Race Meeting and the Melbourne Cup live on the big screen. Various pubs and venues around the CBD and suburbs also offer beautiful surrounds, great food and of course, the Melbourne Cup live on screen.

Each city would be buzzing with the Melbourne Cup no matter where you are in Australia. Visit a restaurant or venue and you’ll feel like you’re right there at Flemington.

Brisbane may be around 1,700 kilometres from Melbourne, but head to Doomben Racecourse and you’ll be able to soak up all the glamour and excitement of the day.

Organising your own race-day event

Of course, you can always hold your own Melbourne Cup celebration with an afternoon tea event, BBQ or champagne high tea.

Whatever style of event you go with, don’t forget to organise a Melbourne Cup sweepstakes – it’s a time-honoured tradition.

Read more lifestyle articles, news and research.


  1. Our HistoryFlemington
  2. Lexus Melbourne Cup prizemoney reaches a record $7.3 millionFlemington
  3. Melbourne Cup NominationsJust Horse Racing
  4. Melbourne Cup JockeysPunters

Posted: 05 Nov 2018

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