How to watch the 2020 Melbourne Cup live and free online in Australia

Posted: 3 November 2020 12:45 pm

2020 Melbourne Cup

Despite Victoria's troubles with the coronavirus pandemic, the Melbourne Cup will run for a 160th time at Flemington. This is how you can watch.

SUMMARY: The 2020 Melbourne Cup is on Channel 10 and 10 play,, Kayo Sports and Foxtel. You can watch on Kayo for no cost using this 14-day free trial. This gets you access to all its unique features and 50 additional live sports.

Victorians have endured one of the toughest lockdowns globally due to the coronavirus pandemic. So they will take some solace from the fact that "the race that stops the nation", the Melbourne Cup, is going ahead in 2020.

It will have a very different look and feel this year, minus the thousands of fans in attendance and the accompanying glitz and glamour that usually personifies Cup Day. But most Australians will still be glued to a screen when the horses jump and these are your viewing options.

There will still be parties across the country so we have a guide on what to wear on Cup Day for you. There will also be some Melbourne Cup cruises running for you to soak up the fun and excitement.

When is the 2020 Melbourne Cup?

Traditionally held on the first Tuesday in November, this year the racing carnival is on Tuesday 3 November. Race 7 on the schedule, the Melbourne Cup will start at 3pm AEDT.

How to watch the 2020 Melbourne Cup

You have a variety of free-to-air and subscription models to watch this year's race. It will be on Channel 10 and 10 play, along with another free-to-air option, as well as Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports.

Watch Melbourne Cup on Channel 10

This is the simplest option to watch this year's race. You can watch the race for free on Channel 10 or sign up for a free 10 play account so you can stream the action. Coverage starts at 10am AEDT.

Catch Melbourne Cup on

Another free option is to watch on racing channel It is on channel 68 or channel 78 depending on where you live across the country. It is also available on channel 529 if you are a Foxtel subscriber.

Stream Melbourne Cup on Kayo Sports

You can also stream all the action from Cup Day in HD on Kayo Sports, which also carries the channel. Kayo currently has a 14-day free trial and offers more than 50 sports all up. So you can watch the Cup and much more for no cost.

After the trial period, Kayo Sports costs $25 a month for the Basic option, where you can watch games on 2 screens or devices, or $10 more per month for a Premium option that gives you 3 screens. All the information you need is in our detailed Kayo Sports review.

Can I watch the Melbourne Cup on Sky Racing?

Yes you can, but not live. Sky Racing's rights only allow it to show the race a few minutes after it has been run. Sky Racing is only available on Foxtel iQ, not Foxtel's online options, on the Sky Racing 1 channel.

2020 Melbourne Cup field

Number Horse Jockey Barrier Origin
1 Anthony Van Dyck Hugh Bowman 3 Ireland
2 Avilius Damian Lane 10 Great Britain
3 Vow and Declare Jamie Mott 4 Australia
4 Master of Reality Ben Melham 11 Ireland
5 Sir Dragonet Glen Boss 14 Ireland
6 Twilight Payment Jye McNeil 12 Ireland
7 Verry Elleegant Mark Zahra 15 New Zealand
8 Mustajeer Michael Rodd 2 Great Britain
9 Stratum Albion Jordan Childs 9 Great Britain
10 Dashing Willougby Michael Walker 19 Great Britain
11 Finche James McDonald 6 Great Britain
12 Prince Of Arran Jamie Kah 1 Great Britain
13 Surprise Baby Craig Williams 7 New Zealand
14 King Of Leogrance Damian Lane 18 France
15 Russian Camelot Damien Oliver 16 Ireland
16 Steel Prince William Pike 21 Ireland
17 The Chosen One Daniel Stackhouse 5 New Zealand
18 Ashrun Declan Bates 24 France
19 Warning Luke Currie 8 Australia
20 Etah James Billy Egan 22 New Zealand
21 Tiger Moth Kerrin McEvoy 23 Ireland
22 Oceanex Dean Yendall 17 New Zealand
23 Miami Bound Daniel Moor 13 New Zealand
24 Persan Michael Dee 20 Australia

Looking for more ways to stream sport? Check out our sports streaming hub. Interested in watching more racing? see our guide on how to watch Horse Racing in Australia.

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