How to watch 2021 Melbourne Cup live and free online in Australia

Posted: 2 November 2021 8:00 am

All the colour and excitement will be back at Flemington for the 161st Melbourne Cup. This is how to watch the race that stops a nation.

SUMMARY: The 2021 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.

A year after crowds were somewhat controversially locked out of the entire Melbourne Cup carnival, a full 10,000 people will be back at Flemington for the running of the great race on Tuesday.

Having endured a series of lockdowns that were among the longest and most restrictive on the planet during the pandemic, Victorians will relish the opportunity to get out and about during the racing carnival.

Many Australians will also be glued to a screen when the horses jump and these are your viewing options.

When is the 2021 Melbourne Cup?

Traditionally held on the first Tuesday in November, this year the racing carnival is on Tuesday 2 November. Race 7 on the schedule, the Melbourne Cup will start at 3pm AEDT. If you are going along or heading to a function or party, we have a guide on what to wear on Cup Day.

How to watch the 2021 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, plus Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports.

Watch Melbourne Cup on Channel 10

This is the simplest option to watch the race. You can watch 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 and runs through until 5:30pm.

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 colour and excitement in HD on Kayo Sports, which also carries the channel. Kayo currently has a 14-day free trial for new users and offers more than 50 sports in total. 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.

2021 Melbourne Cup field

There has been some drama regarding the field early on Cup day, with Future Score scratched after an examination by vets this morning. Part of the Irish contingent set to jump from barrier 15, Future Score was found to have lameness in his right foreleg and won't take part. That reduces the field to 23 horses.

Number Horse Jockey Barrier Origin
1 Twilight Payment Jye McNeil 2 Ireland
2 Incentivise Brett Prebble 16 Australia
3 Spanish Mission Craig Williams 14 USA
4 Verry Elleegant James McDonald 19 New Zealand
5 Explosive Jack John Allen 4 New Zealand
6 The Chosen One Damian Lane 5 New Zealand
7 Delphi Damien Oliver 3 Ireland
8 Ocean Billy Damien Thornton 13 New Zealand
9 Selino Ron Stewart 24 United Kingdom
10 Johnny Get Angry Lachlan King (a) 22 New Zealand
11 Knights Order Daniel Stackhouse 9 Ireland
12 Persan Luke Currie 11 Australia
13 Carif Blaike McDougall 8 Australia
14 Master Of Wine Fred Kersley 6 Germany
15 Pondus Rachel King 1 United Kingdom
16 Grand Promenade Kerrin McEvoy 21 United Kingdom
17 Miami Bound Patrick Moloney 17 New Zealand
18 Port Guillaume Harry Coffey 23 France
19 She’s Ideel Craig Newitt 20 Australia
21 Tralee Rose Dean Holland 12 New Zealand
22 Floating Artist Teo Nugent 10 United Kingdom
23 Great House Michael Dee 7 Ireland
24 Sir Lucan Glen Boss 18 Ireland

Looking for more ways to stream sport? Check out our sports streaming hub. If you're not sure who to stream with, we've got a Foxtel vs Kayo comparison so you can decide which one suits you best.

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