This year’s Melbourne Cup will take place on Tuesday 2nd November.
The Melbourne Cup has been held on the first Tuesday of November every year since 1875 (except for during the Second World War, when it was run on Saturdays).
Between the first running in 1861 and the change in 1875, the Melbourne Cup was run on a Thursday.
“The Victoria Racing Club continues to work closely with the Victorian Government on our Melbourne Cup Carnival scenario planning, and today we advised our members that we have lodged plans with the Victorian Government for a crowd of up to 11,500 for some or all four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival,” a statement from the VRC on September 29 reads.
“We look forward to sharing the details of these plans as soon as we secure feedback from the relevant authorities in October.”
The last two years, Channel 10 have broadcast the Melbourne Cup and will do so again in 2021.
Channel 7 – which had broadcast the race for a number of years – will still broadcast Victorian race meets during 2020 and 2021, except the Melbourne Cup carnival.
10 Network will broadcast all major racedays across the week, starting with AAMI Victoria Derby Day on October 31.
They’ll also air the Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday, 3 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday, 5 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday, 7 November.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is comprised of four unique race days:
DAY 1 Saturday – PENFOLDS Victoria Derby Day – October 30
DAY 2 Tuesday – LEXUS Melbourne Cup Day November 2
DAY 3 Thursday – KENNEDY Oaks Day November 4
DAY 4 Saturday – MACKINNON Stakes Day November 9
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