How to watch the 2020 Melbourne Cup live and free online in Australia
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.
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 Racing.com, 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 Racing.com
Another free option is to watch on racing channel Racing.com. 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 Racing.com 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
|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|
|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|