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How to watch the 2019 Melbourne Cup live and free

Posted: 5 November 2019 8:48 am

Melbourne Cup

Watch the richest 2-mile handicap race in the world live. The 2019 Melbourne Cup can be watched on TV or online free.

Almost everybody knows it as the race that stops the nation. The Melbourne Cup is one of the oldest sporting traditions in Australia. Whether you love horse racing or not, you'll want to be part of the tradition and have your eyes on the big race.

Such a big occasion that the race is, it's a public holiday in Victoria. Thousands whether attending or going to work dress up for the Melbourne Cup,wearing fascinators and most likely breaking the fashion rules.

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When is the Melbourne Cup?

The 3200m long Melbourne Cup is held annually on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington Racecourse and is run at 3pm AEDT. Typically the Melbourne Cup is Race 7.

The entire Melbourne Cup Carnival includes Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Oaks Day and Stakes Day.

How to watch the Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is available on free-to-air TV, but due to the time of the race this is typically not a suitable option for everyone. With many people set to be stuck at work you may have to watch online. The best to experience that is with Kayo Sports, which has a host of unique, sports specific viewing features and a free-trial!

Fortunately there are several TV and online options to choose from.

Watch Melbourne Cup on Channel 10

Your best bet to watch the Melbourne Cup is for free with Channel 10. Channel 10 has this year forked out for exclusive free-to-air rights of the entire Melbourne Cup Carnival.

If you can't watch with 10 on TV you can sign up for a free 10 play account and watch online. Channel 10's coverage begins from 10am AEDT.

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Stream Melbourne Cup on Kayo Sports

The next best choice is with, which can be accessed via Kayo Sports or Foxtel. The former is the better option, thanks to its accessibility, versatility and exclusive, futuristic viewing features.

Not only can you enjoy over 50 sports live and on demand through the service, but it brings in new ideas like SplitView (four sports on one screen), interactive stats, picture-in-picture mode, hide scores, a key moments timeline and more. It's great for use at work, on the bus, or at home. It's just $25 after the 14-day free trial and it takes seconds to sign-up. It works on PC and Mac, iOS and Android devices, and on a TV through Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV or ChromeCast. is the home of live Victorian and South Australian thoroughbred racing.

Watch Melbourne Cup on Sky Racing

Sky Racing also broadcasts the Melbourne Cup, though its rights don't allow it to show the race live. Instead it's shown just a couple of minutes after the race has run.

You can watch Sky Racing via Foxtel on the Sky Racing 1 channel. Sky Racing is only available on Foxtel IQ and not on Foxtel's online platforms.

For further details please see our guide on how to watch Horse Racing in Australia.

2019 Melbourne Cup field

Number Horse Jockey Barrier Horse origin
1 Cross Counter William Buick 5 Great Britain
2 Mer De Glace Damian Lane 2 Japan
3 Master Of Reality Frankie Dettori 1 Ireland
4 Mirage Dancer Ben Melham 13 Great Britain
5 Southern France Mark Zahra 14 Ireland
6 Hunting Horn Seamie Heffernan 11 Ireland
7 Latrobe James McDonald 22 Ireland
8 Mustajeer Damien Oliver 6 Great Britain
9 Rostropovich Dwayne Dunn 12 Ireland
10 Twilight Payment Hugh Bowman 19 Ireland
11 Finche Kerrin McEvoy 4 Great Britain
12 Prince Of Arran Michael Walker 8 Great Britain
13 Raymond Tusk Jamie Spencer 3 Ireland
14 Downdraft John Allen 15 Australia
15 Magic Wand Ryan Moore 24 Ireland
16 Neufbosc Luke Nolen 23 France
17 Sound James Winks 10 Germany
18 Surprise Baby Jordan Childs 20 New Zealand
19 Constantinople Joao Moreira 7 Ireland
20 Il Paradiso Wayne Lordan 17 USA
21 Steel Prince Brett Prebble 16 Ireland
22 The Chosen One Tim Clark 18 New Zealand
23 Vow and Declare Craig Williams 21 Australia
24 Youngstar Tommy Berry 9 Australia

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